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10 Men’s Fragrances for Valentine’s Day

By Amy Derungs

January 20, 2021


Many things make up a first impression. The way someone smiles or what outfit they’re wearing. But one thing that stands out is what cologne clings to their collar.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, many people feel the urge to shake things up a little. And so should you. Abandon that ordinary bottle of Axe in favor of something promising and exciting.

Not only will you yourself feel confident and attractive, but those around you will take notice too.

From vibrant citrus eau de parfums to mysterious musky scents, there is a fragrance for every kind of gentleman. Acquaint yourself or the special man in your life with the joys of owning a cologne that fits best.

The following article aims to guide you in choosing the perfect Valentine’s Day fragrance for your taste. Whether you’re new to the perfume scene or seeking to reinvent your signature scent, look no further. We’ve got all the best options right here.

Which Fragrance Should You Buy?

The fragrance that you choose should correlate with the kind of main accords and notes that you like in a scent. Make sure that you know what you’re looking for and then find the fragrance that best suits your needs.

1. Best Overall Valentine’s Day fragrance: Acqua di Gio Profumo, Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio Profumo Cologne

Acqua di Gio Profumo is a piece of art. This Aromatic Aquatic was launched in 2015. When first encountering this perfume, adjectives such as elegant and fresh come to mind. 

Bergamot and fruity notes form a charming first impression. These blend excellently with memorable green, earthy and fragrant accords. The incense note makes this cologne mature and mysterious.

This fragrance presents a lot more depth compared to the original Acqua di Gio. The dry down is smooth with a smoky component.

If you’re looking for a smoldering scent with an fresh and beautiful aquatic twist, then this is the one for you.

Top Notes

Citrus bergamia, Citrus fruits, Marine, Exotic spices


Middle Notes

Geranium, Rosemary, Sage


Base Notes

Frankincense, Patchouli


Accords

Aromatic

Herbal

Warm spicy

Green

Citrus

Woody

Earthy

Fresh spicy

Balsamic

Fragrant

Sensation

Natural

Uplifting

Refreshing

Fresh

Stimulating

Calming

Exotic

Elegant

Light

Bright

79%
Longevity
75%
sillage
83%
bottle

Acqua di Gio Profumo is an uplifting cologne perfect for summer. A good choice for day or night. This fragrance appeals most to younger men intent on making the impression of being a wealthy businessman.

2. Premium Fragrance: Aventus, Creed

Creed Aventus Cologne

When speaking about the best Valentine’s Day colognes, the house of Creed must be mentioned. Aventus is a chypre fruity fragrance released in 2010.

This fragrance encapsulates all that is masculine and optimistic.

The opening notes are pronounced yet tasteful. Notes of pineapple, musk and oak moss are at the forefront of this scent. Later, the fragrance gives in to comforting patchouli and impactful jasmine components.

The dry down is a smooth and agreeable. The combination of all these notes reminds one of enjoying a walk on the beach while looking out to the sea.

You won’t get enough of this memorable cologne.

Top Notes

Citrus bergamia, Apple, Blackcurrant, Pineapple


Middle Notes

Jasmine, Rose, Birch, Patchouli


Base Notes

Amber, Musk, Vanilla, Oak moss


Accords

fruity

Woody

Fresh

Aromatic

Sweet

Powdery

Balsamic

Animalic

Sour

Citrus

Sensation

Sensual

Warm

Romantic

Cozy

Comforting

Natural

Fresh

Stimulating

Calming

Deep

80%
Longevity
76%
sillage
80%
bottle

Creed’s Aventus is a well-blended perfume with distinct fruity notes.  This fragrance works best in summer and spring. Suitable for both day and night-time.

3. Best Value: For Him Bleu Noir Eau de Toilette Extrême, Narciso Rodriguez

Narciso Rodriguez Bleu Noir Extreme For Men

For Him Bleu Noir Eau de Toilette Extrême is a new perfume by Narciso Rodriguez. Released in 2020, this Woody Fresh fragrance is a true stunner.

This smooth blend carries the signature Narciso Rodriguez elegance and class with a modern twist.

Cool, crispy notes of citrus define the opening notes. This then transitions into a seductive combination of unique woody accords. The note of musk is the protagonist of this scent, making it soft yet mature.

Among overly saturated blue fragrances on the market, this cologne presents a fresh, refined approach. Sophisticated and pronounced are adjectives that describe this cologne.

Top Notes

Mandarine, Basil, Mint


Middle Notes

Musk


Base Notes

Labdanum, Cedar wood, Ebony wood


Accords

Woody

Balsamic

Citrus

Fresh

Fruity

Sweet

Juicy

Dry

Floral

Succulent

Sensation

Sensual

Deep

Warm

Energizing

Light

Uplifting

Pure

Inviting

Unusual

Fresh

70%
Longevity
65%
sillage
82%
bottle

For Him Bleu Noir Eau de Toilette Extrême presents an aesthetic bottle and elegant cologne. Its versatility allows this fragrance to be worn for all seasons and occasions. Most suitable for younger men interested in trying something new.

4. Neroli Portofino, Tom Ford

Tom Ford Neroli Portofino

Neroli Portofino is a light unisex perfume launched in 2011. This Citrus Aromatic is definitely a hit by Tom Ford.

Aromatic and citrus accords embrace you from the first spritz. 

Sour orange, lemon and lavender top notes champion this fragrance. Jasmine and citrus blossom components prove to be bold and embracing. Fresh Neroli calmly weaves itself through the well-blended composition.

As the perfume dries down, it goes from being strong to powdery. The sensation of this fragrance against the skin can be described as refreshing and elegant, creating an effervescent quality.

This vibrant and transporting fragrance won’t disappoint.

Top Notes

Citrus bergamia, Sour orange, Lemon, Mandarine, Lavender, Myrtle, Rosemary


Middle Notes

Jasmine, Orange blossom water, Citrus blossom, Pittosporum


Base Notes

Amber, Musk mallow, Angelica


Accords

Aromatic

Citrus

Floral

Herbal

Sweet floral

Green

Amber

Bitter

Sour

Fruity

Sensation

Sensual

Light

Romantic

Fresh

Clearing

Elegant

Stimulating

Calming

Relaxing

Soothing

66%
Longevity
61%
sillage
85%
bottle

Portofino Neroli by Tom Ford is intent on being a refresher fragrance. The clean composition makes this a winner for the summertime. This cologne is best suited for casual settings in warm weather.

5. Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum, Chanel

Bleu De Chánel Eau De Parfum Pour Homme

Bleu de Chanel is a sophisticated and contemporary perfume that hit the market in 2014. This woody aromatic fragrance for men is worth the hype.

The path of this cologne is linear. From start to finish, it is nothing but elegance and depth.

The opening is pronounced – strong notes of citrus and sensual spices. Hints of nutmeg and white floral cling to the fine print. 

Amber notes and green accords create a combination of endless wonder. Cedar, sandalwood note and other woody elements maintain freshness in this EDP.

Overall, this fragrance manages the perfect balance between being aromatic and mysterious.

Top Notes

Grapefruit, Lemon, Sweet orange, Ginger, Pink peppercorn


Middle Notes

Jasmine, Mint, Labdanum, Nutmeg


Base Notes

Amber, Frankincense, Cedar wood, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Woody elements


Accords

Balsamic

Woody

Green

Fresh spicy

Citrus

Aromatic

Dry

Sweet

Powdery

Earthy

Sensation

Calming

Fresh

Uplifting

Natural

Bright

Stimulating

Sensual

Warm

Deep

Energizing

75%
Longevity
69%
sillage
80%
bottle

Bleu de Chanel feels intriguing, boundless and handsome on the skin. This fragrance is suitable for all seasons and times of day. Make an impression with this woody aromatic scent.

6. Terre d'Hermès Eau de Toilette, Hermès

Hermes Terre D'hermes Eau de Toilette

Terre d’Hermès is a woody spicy fragrance for men which debuted in 2006. This fragrance is inspired by the richness of nature and presents many interesting dimensions.

The initial notes blend together seamlessly. An opening of zesty oranges, bitter grapefruit and peppery spice frames the first few minutes.

As time progresses, the strong opening becomes a balance of deep earthy and muted aromatic accords. Coarse vetiver and dominant cedar gives this EDT a masculine, mature approach.

Overall, a vertical fragrance focused on vegetal and mineral notes is created.

Terre d’Hermès is classy yet low-key. Expect more than a few compliments when wearing this out.

Top Notes

Grapefruit, Sweet orange


Middle Notes

Geranium, Pepper, Pink peppercorn


Base Notes

Styrax balsam, Oak moss, Patchouli, Vetiver


Accords

Earthy

Woody

Warm spicy

Aromatic

Fresh spicy

Citrus

Fresh

Juicy

Tangy

Floral

Sensation

Uplifting

Natural

Fresh

Warm

Comforting

Pleasing

Optimistic

Stimulating

Sensual

Calming

82%
Longevity
76%
sillage
79%
bottle

Terre d’Hermès captures the modern, mature gentleman in a bottle. This fragrance is a good choice for business and leisure occasions. Try out this stellar cologne on February 14th.

7. Fahrenheit Eau de Toilette, Dior

Fahrenheit Eau de Toilette By Christian Dior

Despite being released in 1988, Fahrenheit by Christian Dior remains a timeless classic. This woody floral musk scent for men sets the bar.

The overall fragrance is striking because of its strength and uniqueness.

Clean citrus and addictive flower components dominate the opening notes of this perfume. Middle notes of woodland lily, nutmeg, cedar wood, sandalwood ground the composition.

The fragrance then becomes an invigorating blend of violet, patchouli and vetiver.  This translates into an old school vintage scent, akin to comforting leather.

Fahrenheit is a one of a kind experience. Be bold and give it a try.

Top Notes

Citrus bergamia, Lemon, Mandarin, Chamomile, Thornapple, Lavender, Nutmeg, Cedar wood


Middle Notes

Carnation, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Woodland lily, Violet leaves, Nutmeg, Cedar wood, Sandalwood


Base Notes

Amber, Leather, Musk, Tonka beans, Patchouli, Vetiver


Accords

Aromatic

Floral

Green

Woody

Balsamic

Sweet floral

Citrus

Sweet

Animalic

Fruity

Sensation

Calming

Sensual

Natural

Pleasing

Fresh

Warm

Balancing

Light

Uplifting

Bright

83%
Longevity
80%
sillage
78%
bottle

Fahrenheit by Dior remains relevant due to its uniqueness. This fragrance is best worn in warmer seasons.  Its versatility allows it to be a signature scent or something worn for a special occasion.

8. Pour Homme II Eau de Toilette, Gucci

Gucci-Pour-Homme-II-2

Gucci Pour Homme II was released in 2006. This fragrance is defined as being uncomplicated yet uplifting.

The opening is an aromatic bouquet of fresh, green and bitter accords that create a warm and calming sensation. Citrus and violet leaves play off vibrantly in the first few notes.

Spice and black tea are at the heart of this scent. The musk and olive wood is heavenly in the background.

As time progresses the dry down becomes intimate cinnamon and rich tobacco. The overall mood of this fragrance changes from light and airy to something sexy and reserved.

You’ll be sure to make some happy memories with this Gucci fragrance.

Top Notes

Citrus bergamia, Violet leaves


Middle Notes

Black tea, Cinnamon, Red pepper


Base Notes

Musk, Tobacco, Natural gum, Olive wood


Accords

Green

Fresh

Bitter

Fruity

Aromatic

Sweet

Woody

Warm spicy

Sour

Citrus

Sensation

Warm

Stimulating

Surprising

Natural

Fresh

Sensual

Deep

Elegant

Light

Uplifting

65%
Longevity
58%
sillage
86%
bottle

Green accords and woody notes make this the classy, sexy fragrance that it is. No matter the occasion, you can dress this cologne up or dress it down. Pour Homme II Eau de Toilette is a four season stunner.

9. Pasha de Cartier Eau de Toilette, Cartier

Cartier Pasha De Cartier

Pasha De Cartier remains a cologne to be reckoned with despite being released in 1992. This woody aromatic fragrance feels like strutting straight into a vintage film with a personalized soundtrack.

An aroma of fragrant lavender and fresh green accords define the opening notes. Citrus elements highlight this fragrance as being refreshing yet mature. 

Upon closer examination, Pasha de Cartier presents subtle notes of rosewood and patchouli. All these components blended together create a wonderfully masculine scent that softens pleasantly.

If you’re looking for distinguished cologne that will turn a few heads, this is the ideal one for you.

Top Notes

Mandarine, Lavender, Aniseed, Mint, Meridian fennel


Middle Notes

Cilantro, Rosewood


Base Notes

Labdanum, Oak moss, Patchouli, Sandalwood


Accords

Woody

Aromatic

Green

Herbal

Sweet

Fresh spicy

Warm spicy

Balsamic

Citrus

Sharp

Sensation

Sensual

Soft

Inviting

Natural

Fresh

Light

Uplifting

Stimulating

Warm

Exotic

74%
Longevity
68%
sillage
75%
bottle

Pasha De Cartier reinforces what it’s like to be elegant and attractive. The most suitable occasion to wear it is out in the evening. A good choice for warmer weather. This classic is definitely worth a try.

10. Pour Homme Dylan Blue Eau de Toilette, Versace

Versace Pour Homme Sealed Dylan Blue

Versace Dylan Blue is an intense cologne released in 2016. This aromatic fougere fragrance by Versace radiates a modern yet relaxed energy.

This engaging fragrance is casual with bursts of character. Initial grasps of grapefruit, bergamot and aquatic notes are a sure crowd pleaser.

While being fresh and aqueous, this EDT also has a woody, brisk edge. This persists down to the last traces of the perfume, making it stand out.

Violet leaves, patchouli and warm spicy accords create a well-rounded cologne. The dry down turns out to be a light musk fragrance.

The overall composition can be described as clean, masculine and inviting.

Top Notes

Citrus bergamia, Grapefruit, Fig leaf, Aqueous notes


Middle Notes

Papyrus, Violet leaves, Pepper, Patchouli, Ambroxan


Base Notes

Musk, Incense, Saffron, Tonka beans


Accords

Bitter

Warm spicy

Fresh

Green

Earthy

Aromatic

Woody

Balsamic

Musky

Citrus

Sensation

Natural

Fresh

Sensual

Warm

Elegant

Uplifting

Comforting

Pleasing

Refreshing

Stimulating

75%
Longevity
72%
sillage
82%
bottle

Pour Homme Dylan Blue Eau de Toilette is versatile in its fresh, woody accords. This cologne is suited to all seasons and occasions. Definitely worthy of a place in your fragrance collection.

In summary, a fragrance that makes you feel good and agrees with your body chemistry is a winner.

Not everyone can pull of mature, woody notes or feel connected to breezy, cool fragrances. Embrace this individuality and express it through the art of perfume.

From Tom Ford to Hermès, these big name houses have all paved the way for themselves by making good impressions and trying out new things.

From start to finish, they exude elegance and excellence. We have come to associate their brands with adjectives such as empowering and sexy.

You can do the same. Take charge and choose the cologne that best represents your character and personality. Through this, you can feel comfortable in any setting knowing that your scent completes and defines you.

Make this Valentine’s Day as memorable as it can be. Invest in a special cologne that will be remembered for years to come. Spread the love and happy shopping!