cologne for older men

Old Man Cologne – The Best Colognes For Older Men in 2021

By Amy Derungs

September 13, 2021

Picking the best cologne is a personal choice that requires time and consideration. When you find yourself in need of a new scent, it's important to keep some key points in mind: what do I want my fragrance to say about me? What kind of scents am I drawn to? Do I prefer lighter or heavier fragrances? Answering these questions will help you choose the perfect cologne for any occasion.

You may be interested in reading our Men's Cologne Guide for Beginners if you are not familiar with fragrance notes, perfume concentrations, how to wear colognes, and more.

Your cologne says a lot about you. It can give off an impression of how successful and confident you are, or it may even tell people what your personality is like! 

To help narrow down the choices for those who don't know where to start in terms of what they need from their colognes, we have compiled a list of some of the best fragrances for older men here.

I think it is true that there are some men's fragrances that work for an older man and some that don't. Most are really meant for young men who feel they have something to prove. Men over fifty do not feel that they have to prove anything to anyone. Older men should focus on serious, classic fragrances like those described in this article. 

The fragrances in this guide were carefully chosen with style-conscious, best cologne for 50 year old man. Most of them downplay citrusy scents in the top notes and lean on masculine notes like wood and musk in the base. Many evoke smokey and leather accords. The scents in this article were chosen for their universal appeal to those men who have a little more experience than others. 

Our List Of The Best Cologne For Older Men

1. Our Top Choice: Gucci Guilty Absolute

Best cologne for older men -Gucci Guilty Absolute

Gucci is a very reputable and popular fragrance house. Guilty Absolute is for the man who has now become the director of the company where he previously worked. This is a wearable, mature, and deep scent.

Guilty Absolute has a slightly aminalic smell reminiscent of the Sun King's stable, the most luxurious stable in France, where the smell of horses and leather saddles is elevated to olfactory art. A beautiful fragrance for those who, in this age group, want and can dare a lot.

These fragrance notes are all about woody and leathery vetiver notes with an enchanting touch of ancient cypress and cedarwood and a hint of patchouli in the dry down. Leather is the main player here, but it also features a good mix of woods darkened by patchouli. It's loud, bold, has great performance, yet still finds a way to be smooth and very well blended.

If you are at a point in your fragrance journey where you want to try fragrances that are more daring or challenging, and you enjoy leather scents, Guilty Absolute is a good choice for an older man.

Wear Guilty Absolute for the office, smart-casual, semi-formal, or formal events. Cool evenings bring out the best in this fragrance. It is a very long-lasting cologne; the projection is moderate.


Top: Leather

Heart: Cypress, Patchouli

Base: Woody notes, Vetiver

If you want to know more, take a look at our list of the best Gucci cologne.

2. Excellent Value: Old-School Elegance - Creed Viking Eau de Parfum

Best cologne for older men - Creed Viking

This old-school yet the modern fragrance is a wonderful choice of a good cologne for men: it's created in the style of what your grandfather used to wear in the 40s or 50s. Wear it to be at the top of elegance and seductiveness - it is the best cologne for 60 years, old men.

On the first spray, Creed Viking opens with a moderate projection of spicy, green, and citrusy notes. The opening is masculine, well-balanced, mature, and pleasant. The pink pepper and mint are the strongest spicy notes. The mint is sharp, fresh - a cooling green scent. 

The zesty notes of bergamot and lemon come and go. The combined strength of the pepper and mint overpowers the brief scent of the citruses. With that, the base notes surface: the patchouli and intense vetiver combine their notes in a green touch that is closer to the vetiver than the patchouli. This accord gives the fragrance a more mature character. 

The sandalwood and rose are support notes, adding some floral and sweet woody tones but are not prominent. Other than the citrusy scent, all the other notes remain for the rest of the duration of the fragrance.

Creed Viking is very versatile and can be worn to formal events, outdoor gatherings, the office, and on casual occasions. This classic cologne can be worn all year round. It has moderate longevity (about 4 hours), and the projection is not too strong. 


Top: Pepper, Calabrian bergamot, Sicilian lemon

Heart: Pepper, Spicy mint, Bulgarian rose

Base: Sandalwood, Lavender, Haitian vetiver and Indian patchouli

3. Deluxe: Uomo? By Moschino

Best cologne for older men - Uomo  By Moschino

To keep a lower profile and simply smell good and fresh, we have Moschino's Uomo? - a classic cologne and one of the best fragrances you can buy.

The aldehydes enhance the coriander, kumquat, and rosewood for a beautiful sweet fresh opening. The cinnamon pops up shortly thereafter and enhances the scent. The other notes appear but are not very prominent.

This popular fragrance evolves to a beautiful soapy finish as the cedar comes into the mix. The dry down is a sweet and powdery woody floral experience, with the musk more of a subdued means of adding warmth to the brighter top notes. The warm woody base tones remain prominent to the end.

Uomo? can be worn all year round during the day, especially in warmer weather. It makes a great office or casual scent. Longevity (around 7 hours) and projection are really good. This is a classic gentlemanly good cologne for men and worth a try. 


Top: Kumquat, Aldehydes, Coriander, Brazilian rosewood

Middle Notes: Cyclamen, Cinnamon, Clary sage, Labdanum

Base: Musk, Ambergris, Cedar, Wormwood

4. Vintage Appeal: Azzaro Pour Homme EDT

Best cologne for older men -Azzaro pour Homme

Azzaro pour Homme cologne was launched in 1978 and is still one of the most iconic fragrances. This is a vintage fragrance - an aspect that could please an older man.

The opening favors the brief, sharp citrus notes. They enhance the spicy anise, caraway, and purple lavender. As the fragrance dries down, the citrus notes recede. The oakmoss and leather develop, giving the fragrance a mossy, musky, and classy character. 

Finally, the strong initial projection becomes moderate. Once Azzaro Pour Homme has reached its full dry down, it can be summarized as a moderate projection, spicy anise, caraway, mossy oakmoss, purple floral lavender, and musky leather fragrance with green, sweet, and faint citrus fruits accords. 

Azzaro Pour Homme is a classy fragrance ideal for older men. This cologne lasts around 5 hours. It is best for winter, spring, fall, colder days, and climate-controlled environments. It is an ideal casual or formal wear fragrance.


Top: Lavender, Anise, Lemon, Caraway, Basil, Bergamot, Clary sage, Iris

Heart: Vetiver, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Cedar, Juniper berries, Cardamom

Base: Oakmoss, Leather, Amber, Musk, Tonka beans

5. Confidence In A bottle: Eau Sauvage EDT By Christian Dior

Eau Sauvage EDT

Eau Sauvage cologne made its debut in 1966, and even though it was Dior's first fragrance for men, it was soon recognized as a classic scent - it is truly one of those timeless colognes that never loses its appeal. 

The opening is that of lemon, bergamot, rosemary, sandalwood combined, but with the signature scent of citrus as the dominant theme. About 25 minutes in, the fruity notes, rose, carnation, jasmine, basil, and spicy notes emerge. Thirty-five minutes in, the vetiver makes an appearance, and the total effect is that the perfume is more green and herby than citrus dominant. Two hours in and the amber, spice, and oakmoss have taken over, and Eau Sauvage has become a woody green perfume with a hint of citrus. 

Eau Sauvage is a versatile and gentle perfume. It is really more of a skin scent from start to finish. It lasts about seven hours, and the sillage is moderate. This refreshing scent is great for warmer spring and hot summer days. This is confidence in a bottle!


Top: Lemon, Bergamot, Basil, Rosemary, Caraway, Fruity notes

Middle: Jasmine, Coriander, Patchouli, Carnation, Orris Root, Sandalwood, Rose

Base: Oakmoss, Vetiver, Musk, Amber

6. Very Likable: Light Blue Pour Homme EDT By Dolce & Gabbana

Light Blue Pour Homme EDT  by Dolce & Gabbana

NotesLight Blue Pour Homme is lovely citrus, woody, spicy, and smoky fragrance with a unique touch. Most people will like this clean scent - a perfect cologne for older men.

This cologne opens with a gentle projection of citrus, woody, and spicy accords. The opening is fresh, sour, bitter, and pleasant. Mandarin, grapefruit, and bergamot combine to add a sweet, sour, and bitter touch, and they are prominent opening notes. The woods are the second and noticeable accord, a combination of pine and fresh wood resulting from the juniper and rosewood. The rosemary and pepper are spicy notes.

As the fragrance moves to dry-down, the musk and incense come up with a moderate touch, but both create a solid projection. The musk is a mild, white musk. The bouquet is noticeable, and it comes up as a smoky accord.
The citrus notes are sharper during the opening, and they lose some of that sharpness, but not intensity, towards the dry-down. The musk and incense develop power and projection towards the dry-down, but their notes are noticeable as soon as the fragrance is applied.

Very versatile, Light Blue Pour Homme is a great and projecting daytime fragrance ideal for any season except winter. At 4 hours, it is not very long-lasting, so you may need to touch up during the day. The projection is moderate.


Top: Grapefruit, Bergamot, Sicilian mandarin, Juniper

Middle: Pepper, Rosemary, Brazilian rosewood

Base: Incense, Musk, Oakmoss

7. Classy And Very Masculine: Obsession For Men EDT By Calvin Klein

Obsession For Men EDT by Calvin Klein

Obsession For Men by Calvin Klein

Obsession For Men by Calvin Klein is a delightful, mildly sweet, resinous, and spicy fragrance with soft floral and green notes.

Obsession opens with gentle, sweet, spicy, resinous, floral, and woody notes. The opening is mature, aromatic, and ambery. There is a faint citrus accord, but it quickly fades away, letting the cinnamon, amber, and myrrh become the most prominent notes. The cinnamon is spicy and sweet; it is well blended with myrrh, which adds a sweet but resinous touch. The carnation and lavender accords are not as prominent as the featured notes. There are some lovely woods as well: a little green pine, fragrant rosewood, and sandalwood. The sandalwood adds to the sweetness of the fragrance. The vetiver, patchouli, and musk are softer, supporting the other notes. The vanilla is also noticeable and adds to the sweetness. The last and prominent note is the musk, a projecting note that becomes stronger with the dry down. 

Wear Obsession in cooler weather to make the most of its warm character. It is most suitable for evenings, but you can also use it for special daytime occasions. This men's fragrance with timeless appeal is very long-lasting with quite a strong sillage.  


Top: Cinnamon, Lavender, Coriander, Mandarin orange, Lime, Bergamot, Grapefruit

Middle: Myrhh, Nutmeg, Carnation, Brazilian rosewood, Pine tree, Sage, Jasmine, Red berries

Base: Amber, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Musk, Patchouli, Vetiver

8. A Classy Fougere: Eternity For Men EDT By Calvin Klein

Eternity For Men Eau de Toilette By Calvin Klein

Eternity For Men by Calvin Klein

A timeless fragrance, Eternity for Men, is a clean and classy aromatic cologne in the fougere style. It is hidden and versatile enough to wear all the time, yet special enough to get you many compliments. This is one of the top Calvin Klein cologne.

This fragrance opens with an excellent combination of citrus and clean-smelling floral notes. The citrus note is sweetened by the mandarin orange that tames the sharp edges of the bergamot and lemon. Lavender creates a fresh, clean, relaxing, and aromatic tone. The mid notes join the blend, bringing a combination of spicy, woody, and floral accords. The florals are relatively soft and do not play a dominant role. The woody accords are more noticeable: clean, aromatic, and slightly mossy. The most prominent base notes are the musk and the vetiver that adds a refreshing green tone. The Brazilian rosewood and sandalwood contribute to the overall woody feel of the fragrance. 

Eternity is a daytime fragrance to wear in spring and summer. Great for any occasion, this fragrance could quickly become your signature scent. The longevity is moderate, so you may need to touch up later in the day. The sillage is not too strong either.  


Top: Lavender, Lemon, Bergamot, Mandarin orange

Middle: Juniper berries, Sage, Coriander, Geranium, Basil, Jasmine, Orange blossom, Lily, Lily-of-the-valley

Base: Sandalwood, Vetiver, Musk, Brazilian Rosewood, Amber

9. Parisian class: Guerlain Habit Rouge Eau de Parfum

Guerlain Habit Rouge cologne

Guerlain Habit Rouge

First released in 1965, this was the first oriental fragrance for men. With complex notes, this classic amber woody fragrance by the legendary house of Guerlain makes a strong statement. This is a very special men's cologne that I am sure you will enjoy!

Habit Rouge starts off powdery and soft. Then a wave of citrus, mostly lemon, comes to the fore but quickly gives way to powdery sandalwood. Beautiful rosewood and suede tones come through with just a hint of the lemon, but never the sharp lemon from the opening. The rosewood matures into more of a rose with suede velvet undertones. That hint of lemon remains just strong enough to make everything else pop. The dry down is a powdery woody oriental and very masculine.

Luxurious and rich cologne, Habit Rouge should be reserved for formal occasions. Its unique scent and warm nature make it good cologne for men to wear during fall and winter - day or night. The longevity is excellent, and the sillage is quite strong.   


Top: Lemon, Brazilian redwood, Orange blossom, Bergamot, Lime, Tangerine, Basil

Heart: Rose, Carnation, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Cedar, Cinnamon, Jasmine

Base: Vanilla, Leather, Benzoin, Amber, Oakmoss, Labdanum

10. Refreshing: Tommy Bahama Maritime EDC

Tommy Bahama Maritime Eau de Cologne

Tommy Bahama Maritime

A modern cologne, Maritime is a great aromatic aquatic fragrance. It mixes soft sea notes with a slightly floral scent. This fresh fragrance is one of the best colognes for warm weather. 

Maritime opens with fresh bergamot and hints of a mix of floral notes. It feels very fresh and clean. About midway through, there is a hint of ambergris mixed with the top notes. It dries down into a softer, more subtle aromatic fresh scent. The floral top notes make lingering appearances throughout, while the sandalwood base notes makes for a soft cashmere feeling.

Wear Maritime on warm spring and summer days when you are out and about - it is energizing and refreshing and sure to get you a few compliments! This fragrance is quite long-lasting for cologne, but you may have to touch it up towards the end of the day. The sillage is moderate. This is one of the best aquatic colognes for older men.  


Top: Lavender, Pink pepper, Bergamot, Clary sage

Middle Notes: Violet leaf, Water lily, Geranium, Ambergris, Jasmine

Base: Cedar, Musk, Moss, Sandalwood

11. Sophisticated And Fresh: Acqua di Parma Colonia Eau de Cologne

Acqua di Parma Colonia

Acqua di Parma Colonia

Slightly old-school, Acqua di Parma Colonia is a citrus unisex fragrance, but it leans more masculine - one of the best colognes for older men.

The opening is lovely bright, juicy citrus notes. These are enhanced by lavender and rosemary, which, together with the lemon verbena, step forward at the start of the mid notes. But it is the rose at the heart of the cologne that is the star performer. The fragrance base brings out a nice, enduring mix of masculine notes like vetiver, sandalwood, and patchouli. There is also a light hint of white musk.

Colonia is not overly citrusy; the floras ensure that this cologne remains more of a floral chypre scent. And the base notes ground the fragrance and steer it into a more masculine arena. 

Wear Acqua di Parma Colonia on warm spring and hot summer days to keep you energized and refreshed. This fragrance has moderate longevity, and the sillage is weak to moderate. This is the perfect classy cologne for older men.  

Notes: Sicilian citruses, Lavender, Rosemary, Lemon verbena, Bulgarian rose, Vetiver, White musk, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Amber, Patchouli

12. A Natural: Vetiver de Guerlain EDT

Vetiver de Guerlain

Vetiver de Guerlain

A timeless masterpiece, Vetiver de Guerlain is a woody aromatic fragrance for men that was launched in 2000 - you can't go wrong with this scent. Guerlain's Vetiver is classic and modern, clean and earthy, uplifting and rooted.

Vetiver de Guerlain opens mainly with tobacco, bergamot, lemon, and coriander. The others notes are noticeably there too. The middle and base notes are all present and so well blended by Guerlain as to elicit much-deserved respect and appreciation. Spicy, woody, earthy, and quite remarkable. This is a very natural fragrance that appeals today as much as ever.

Vetiver de Guerlain is perfect for warmer weather in spring, summer, and fall. This scent has excellent longevity, and the sillage is moderate. It is ideal for the office and just about any other occasion! 

Top Notes: Bergamot, Tobacco, Lemon, Nutmeg, Neroli, Coriander, Mandarin orange

Heart Notes: Vetiver, Pepper, Carnation, Sage, Orris root, Sandalwood

Base Notes: Vetiver, Oakmoss, Leather, Myrrh, Civet, Tonka bean, Amber

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People Ask

What is the oldest perfume still being made?

Acqua di Colognes is a line of fragrances that has been around since the early 1500s. A convent in which Dominican monks resided up until the 1970s was home to the production of this line at one point, where they've been able to survive to this day. One of their more popular fragrances from every era called acqua di colonia has been around for over four hundred and seventy years and remains on the market as a particularly classic and elegant scent.

Closing Thoughts On Best Cologne For Older Men

The classic scents we have discussed here are all serious statements for mature men who care about style, the best cologne for older gentlemen. And what a variety! The best colognes may be a bit more expensive, but they are worth the investment. New perfumes have their place, but nothing can beat a timeless classic!

I hope that you have found your own particular scent among these iconic fragrances! And if not, have a look at the other fragrances reviewed in best cologne for 40 year old man.  

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