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The Best Cologne For Young Men 2021 | Hers And His Best

By Amy Derungs

March 4, 2021


Great colognes for young men:
Sexy and confident!

What is a the best cologne for young men? That is a very personal question. Know what to look for in a good fragrance, and you won’t go wrong.

A good cologne definitely makes you feel more attractive, less stressed and more confident. And it has a strong effect on how people see and remember you.

Buying fragrance isn’t as simple as walking into the store and pointing at the one that caught your attention. Best do some research to be informed before spending hard earned cash.

About Fragrance Notes

All fragrances have 3 levels described as ‘notes.’ It’s fascinating to be able to detect these notes. The top are the first notes you smell when you apply the fragrance, and the first to fade.

The heart/middle notes mingle with the base notes after being on your skin and warming up. The true scent of the fragrance is a mixture of the heart and base notes.

If you’re buying, put some on and walk away for an hour and wait as the scent evolves. Then you’ll be able to decide whether this is the one for you… or not. Be patient and see this as an investment.

You are sure to find a men's cologne to suit you in our list of best colognes below.

Our Choice of The 15 Best Colognes for Young Men

1. Our Top Choice: Mandarino Di Amalfi EDT by Tom Ford

Young mens cologne - Mandarino Di Amalfi Eau de Toilette by Tom Ford

This is one of renowned designer Tom Ford’s best creations from his brand. In his own words “I think fragrance might be more important than clothes, scent provokes the senses, it brings up emotion and memory and feeling.”

Citrus Aromatic - Mandarino di Amalfi opens with juicy citrus lemon overtones. The subtle hint of blackcurrant is slightly sweet and cuts the sharpness of the citrus, developing beautifully into a pepper and musky amber combo. The dry down is a stunning citrusy musk.

This deliciously masculine fragrance is one of the best cologne for young man and lasts all day and into the night. I would suggest one more spray if you’re going out. Sillage is subtle, people close by will notice you and turn to look, and it last for many hours.

The best fragrance for summer, sultry hot days and long warm evenings. This is a sexy musk with enough citrus in it to be fresh enough for a young guy. People will want to know you when you wear this one.

Top Notes: Citrus, Lemon, Grapefruit, Blackcurrant

Heart Notes: Orange blossom, Jasmine, Clary sage, Coriander, Black pepper

Base Notes: Musk, Vetiver, Civet, Amber

2. Excellent Value: No 1 Parfum by Clive Christian

Young mens cologne - No 1 Parfum by Clive Christian

Clive Christian is known for his passion in creating refined fragrances that stand out from the crowd. His No 1 is the cologne of ultimate luxury.

From the oriental amber family, No 1 is strong at first, but like all Clive Christian fragrances, it has a wonderful dry down. The initial smell is mandarin orange and cardamom softening down into sensual rose and jasmine, then developing beautifully with cedar, sandalwood, vanilla and musk. The fragrance has a very sexy male punch. The defining personality of this remarkable original potion is masculine power.

Clive Christian No 1 lasts a long time and has great silage. I’d say it’s definitely among the best cologne for young men who want to make a commanding statement.

You can wear it in any season, day or night, but if it’s really hot it might be best suited to evenings. If you’re a young guy wearing it, I have a feeling your statement is already made, you’ll get plenty of compliments! This lavish fragrance is bottled in a limited edition crystal Baccarat bottle.

Top Notes: Lime, Mandarin Orange, Grapefruit, Cardamom, Artemisia

Middle Notes:Lily-of-the-valley, Rose, Jasmine, Heliotrope

Base Notes: Virginia cedar, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Musk

3. Deluxe: Luna Rossa Carbon for Men EDT by Prada

Young mens cologne - Luna Rossa Carbon for Men Eau de Toilette by Prada

Luna Rossa Carbon is an earthy woody cologne and opens with bergamot as the strongest first impression followed by pepper. After a few minutes it fades into the background leaving a delicious warm woody smell with a citrus backing.

You’ll love the way the citrus fits so well with lavender, coal and metallic notes. Different smells move around teasingly in the final mix of patchouli and ambroxan.

The silage is strong in the first 30 minutes so give it time to settle. Then people around you will notice lush warm spice wafts of peppery bergamot so this is an attention getter and praises will be many.

Durability is good and even after 7 hours - sexy enough to wear on nights out at the club. It works best in the daytime in warmer temperatures, but it’s a good all-rounder for any season.

Luna Rossa Carbon is among the best cologne for young men, it will make you feel sexy and mature with a touch of wickedness thrown in.

And on top of all that it is budget friendly!

Top Notes: Bergamot, Pink Pepper

Heart Notes: Lavender, Metallic notes, Coal, Soil tincture - Earthy scent 

Base Notes: Ambroxan, Patchouli

4. 1 Million EDT by Paco Rabanne

1 Million Eau de Parfum by Paco Rabanne

One of the best colognes around, this is one fragrance that symbolizes young men in the twenty-first-century. 1 Million by Paco Rabanne EDT spray for men seizes sex-appeal with intensity and impact.

The smell is woody spicy and creamy all at once. In the opening the salty grapefruit carries through to a rich heart of sweet leather giving this fragrance its sexy and rugged masculinity. As it develops on the skin the rich leather note comes through with sweet resiny rose that accompanies all this - it is definitely addictive. 1 Million by Paco Rabanne has the best grapefruit opening of all and there’s always a hint of it all through the sweet leather finale.

Silage is very good and the cologne lasts for about 8 to 9 hours. Use it sparingly because it’s strong for the first few hours. 1 Million is for cooler weather, winter and autumn. And as a great night out fragrance in late summer. It’s not suitable for a hot summer day.

The 1 Million bottle is a glistening block of gold that stands on its own and the built-in pushdown atomizer merges into the gold appeal.

This fragrance also happens to be one of the Best Colognes To Attract Females!

Top Notes: Blood Mandarin, Grapefruit, Mint

Middle Notes:Cinnamon, Rose, Spicy notes

Base Notes: Amber, Leather, Woody notes, Indian patchouli

5. Insurrection II Pure Eau de Toilette by Reyane Tradition

Insurrection II Pure Eau De Toilette by Reyane Tradition

Insurrection II EDT spray for men smells great. A woody fresh scent animated with unconventional apple, bergamot and pineapple. These announce themselves before stepping back for the smoky woody, dry birch and patchouli to come forward. Rounding everything off is a leathery aroma of musk, oakmoss and vanilla, creating a vibrant expressive scent that oozes masculinity.

The silage is quite good and announces itself when you walk into a room. On most skin types Insurrection lasts for a good 6 to 8 hours. If you put it on in the morning you will catch whiffs of it all day. Don’t put too much on your skin all at once, rather refresh a few times during the day. By evening there will still be a gorgeous hint of the stunning aroma.

This is the perfect fragrance for all seasons, use it day or night. Insurrection II is the best cologne for young men who want to project success and power. You’re going to have people coming to you and asking what cologne you’re wearing and where can they buy it.

Top Notes:Pineapple, Apple, Bergamot, Cassis

Middle Notes:Birch, Patchouli, Jasmine

Base Notes: Vanilla, Musk, Oakmoss, Amber

6. Pour Homme II Eau de Toilette by Gucci

Pour Homme II Eau De Toilette by Gucci

Spicy and masculine cologne, Gucci Pour Homme’s unique scent is the perfect fragrance for young men or teenage guys to wear as a daily natural fragrance.

This is one of the best colognes - a wearable woody spicy fragrance. Pour Homme’s bergamot and violet leaves give a spicy sweet first impression. Then pimento, cinnamon and an unusual addition of black tea blend into the next delights, tobacco, musk, and olive wood make for an awesome structural mix. The dry down to woodsy tobacco and warm spice is delectable.

Gucci’s fragrance is multitalented, managing to be fresh with aquatic scents, sporty or with a citrusy scent. The vibe is elegant, and the freshness makes it perfect for men who want a light, unusual cologne to wear in summer, day or night.

Silage is subtle, you’re not going to blast anyone with your scent, rather, it’s a scent that teases the senses of anyone around you. The scent sits like a second skin and lasts really well.

Best suited for a young guys who are wearing cologne already, but still likes to be flattered, and he will be.

Top Notes: Bergamot, Violet leaf

Heart Notes:Pimento, Black tea, Cinnamon

Base Notes:Myrrh, Olive wood, Tobacco, White musk

7. This is Him Eau de Toilette by Zadig & Voltaire

This is Him Eau De Toilette by Zadig & Voltaire

A woody smoky cologne, and the smell is fantastic. Opening with a raw woodsy smell and blending with pepper and grapefruit, then relaxing into the main attraction: smoky incense mingled with woods, pepper, and creamy vanilla heart notes. The seamless combination with a sandalwood trail is the signature of Zadig & Voltaire. The dry down is a woody spicy masculine scent tempered by a lingering whiff of grapefruit.

The heavy sweetness from the vanilla is rich and dark, brooding incense gives it some exciting qualities especially if it’s worn by a young man. The impression it gives is of a confident and sexy young guy, and the sensation is fascinating and charming.

Silage is good, especially when you first apply, then it softens into spicy freshness.

This is Him has all-day endurance and projects beautifully - one of the best colognes available.

This is a fragrance for autumn or cool spring evenings. Very erotic and slick for an all-black night on the town. For young men, the very best thing about this fragrance is, the more people smell it on you, the more they want to.

Top Notes: Grapefruit, Black pepper

Middle Notes: Vanilla, Frankincense

Base Notes: Sandalwood

8. Invictus Legend Eau de Parfum by Paco Rabanne

Invictus Legend Eau De Parfum by Paco Rabanne

This spicy, woody scent opens with geranium and salty grapefruit creating a fiery blaze into the heart of the mix. Metallic citrusy ambergris, whiskey and laurel leaf melt into a hot honey, amber and guaiac wood. A conflict of marine surfaces and metal shades, combining to create a revitalizing, striking scent. Invictus by Paco Rabanne discovers new frontiers of scents for young men.

The cologne is a robustly masculine fragrance, a sexy beast, thanks to the warm combination of ambergris and whisky. The delicate blend of herbs and spices stops it becoming a typical aquatic sports scent. For a young guy, it’s a spicy fragrance with power and a delectable hint of sun-kissed skin.

Silage is noticeable in the air around you and lasts for many hours, don’t apply too much. It’s one of the best colognes for hot summer days and nights.

The bottle is in the shape of a trophy, which says lot about who it is meant for. This is a fragrance for a young man with passion, and energy. Anyone who smells it on you is immediately fascinated and will want to get to know you.

Top Notes: Sea notes, Grapefruit, Mandarin orange

Middle Notes: Whiskey, Laurel leaf, Jasmine

Base Notes: Ambergris, Guaiac wood, Oakmoss, Patchouli

9. Illusione for Him Eau de Toilette by Bottega Veneta

Illusione for Him Eau De Cologne by Bottega Veneta

This citrus wood EDT spray for men opens with a spicy flash of bitter orange and lemon, then a restrained aromatic atmosphere of fir resin and white cedar develops with a potent lively vetiver. The dry down is deep cedar and lovely sweet citrus overtones. The fir resin is quite noticeable, giving this fragrance a stunning herbal kink compared with other citrus scents. Overall the final effect is masculine, clean and refreshing.

Sillage is good, you’ll leave a nice spicy trail behind you. It’s quite noticeable for the first 6 hours, then fading to a lovely clean smell, perfect for young men who want a subtle fragrance for some occasions.

If you are looking for an outstanding all year, all occasions fragrance that most people would really like then this is the best cologne for young men. It will definitely gather compliments. Illusione is not really a sexy fragrance, it’s a great choice to smell clean at the office, out and about during the day or nice and fresh at the beach. It’s a real crowd pleaser but you wouldn't go for it for a night on the town.

Top Notes: Bitter orange, Lemon

Middle Notes: White cedar extract, Fir resin

Base Notes: Vetiver, Tonka bean

10. Fucking Fabulous Eau de Parfum by Tom Ford

Fucking Fabulous Eau de Parfum by Tom Ford - best cologne for young man

No list for young men’s colognes would be complete without this gem (with a rather pretentious name). Its magnetic fragrance stops people in their tracks. It’s difficult to imagine how any fragrance could live up to a name like that… Actually, it does, very well indeed.

This bold elegant oriental leather concoction arrives quite strongly with clary sage and notes of lavender gentling down to lush notes of bitter almond, and vanilla. Finally combining leather, tonka bean, white woods and amber. The tonka bean is sweet at first but the dry down is a gorgeous slightly sweet mellow leather.

Sillage is great and it lasts all day and well into the night. Only one application is enough, no more than that. The fragrance works better on winter nights but if it’s cold, in the daytime

Any young man wearing this in 2021 is making a bold statement about himself and his level of confidence, which has to be good enough to carry this one off. People are attracted to you when you wear this fragrance. Don’t be shy, try it - it's one of the best cologne for young men.

Top Notes: Clary sage, Lavender

Middle Notes: Bitter almond, Leather, Vanilla, Orris

Base Notes: Leather, Tonka bean, Cashmeran, White woods, Amber

11. Cool Water Eau de Toilette by Davidoff

Cool Water Eau de Toilette by Davidoff

An aromatic aquatic cologne, Cool Water EDT spray for men is an absolute legend in the fragrance community and a fresh summer day-time fragrances for young men. It has a fresh out of the shower feel to it.

Cool Water opens with strong mint notes, sea water and lavender. Then spicier notes appear and support the slightly floral base. The mint is present throughout, but not unpleasantly so. 

Because it is so fresh and aquatic Cool Water performs very well in the high heat and always leaves you feeling refreshed and reminded of the sea and summer vacations.

The not terribly long lasting so you may need to touch up towards the end of the day. The sillage is also moderate, meaning it is not an intrusive scent. Cool Water offers good value for money and could easily become your signature fragrance.

Cool Water is a clean youthful cologne with a sporty feel - you should definitely try it.

Top Notes: Sea water, Lavender, Mint, Green notes, Rosemary, Calone, Coriander

Middle Notes: Sandalwood, Geranium, Jasmine, Neroli

Base Notes: Musk, Tobacco, Oakmoss, Cedar, Amber

12. Acqua Di Gio EDT by Giorgio Armani

Aqua Di Gio Eau de Toilette by Giorgio Armani

Another aromatic aquatic cologne and a well known classic fragrance, Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio is the scent of fun in the sun at a beach in summer.

The composition is built of a perfect harmony of sweet freesia and salty notes with nuances of sunny warmth on your skin. Bitter citrus with aromatic touches of rosemary intertwine with salty sea notes. The sharp notes of spices are softened by the a warm woody aroma and musky trail.

Wear Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio in the summer, during warm days of the spring, in the office and during the day. Perfect for work as it is not cloying. It is of course also perfect for casual wear.

The longevity is moderate at around 6 hours so you may need to touch up during the course of the day. The sillage is also moderate - more of an intimate cologne.

Despite its sunny character, Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio is quite a complex cologne with different notes coming to the fore as it evolves on your skin. This fragrance has stood the test of time and it is still worth trying - one of the best cologne for teenage guys or young men.

Top Notes: Lime, Lemon, Bergamot, Jasmine, Orange blossom, Mandarin orange, Neroli

Middle Notes: Sea notes, Jasmine, Calone, Peach, Freesia, Cyclamen, Hiacynth, Violet, Rosemary, Coriander, Nutmeg, Rose, Mignonette

Base Notes: White Musk, Cedar, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Amber

13. Lucky You Cologne For Men

Lucky You Cologne For Men

Clean and crisp, Lucky You is an oriental fougere ('fern-like' in French) cologne for men. It is perfect for spring and milder summer days and is a great cologne for teenage guys. 

Lucky You opens very softly with notes of fresh grass and notes of lavender. The grass note isn’t too strong - rather a green touch added for freshness; similarly, the floral notes are there to create a soft clean aroma. The cardamon is almost imperceptible. Soon the faint base-notes can be perceived as a mix of soft woody scents, and green accords.

This fragrance feels airy, clean, fresh, light, refreshing, sporty, masculine, young and pleasant.

The cologne is not very long lasting at around 4 hours, so you may need to touch up during the course of the day. The sillage is also rather weak, making this an unobtrusive fantastic scent for school or work, outdoor gatherings, gym, or casual wear. It is a nice green, clean, youthful and refreshing scent well worth the price. 

Top Notes: Grass, Floral notes

Middle Notes: Cardamom

Base Notes: Bamboo, Sandalwood, Teak Wood, Musk, Brazilian rosewood

14. Versace Man Eau Fraiche by Gianni Versace

Versace Man Eau Fraiche by Gianni Versace

Eau Fraiche by Gianni Versace has a distinct Mediterranean quality: fruity, fresh, aquatic with some woody notes which young men will enjoy. It is a great light fragrance for humid summer and warmer spring days.

This scent opens with light and refreshing citrus, woody, and spicy accords. The bergamot, lemon, and carambola are the most noticeable of the opening notes. Blending well with the citrus notes, the carambola adds a soft green, fruity touch. 

As the fragrance dries down, the rosewood develops: as an intense, fresh, fine, and woody note. The pepper and sage are also noticeable, adding a mild spicy peppery touch. Spicy cardamom and tarragon are support notes. Musk and amber are the projecting notes. The musk in this fragrance is fresh, slightly powdery, with a lemony touch, while the amber is less noticeable. This makes the fragrance feel dry and slightly sweet. The cedar, sycamore, and woodsy notes are also noticeable. They come across as fresh woody and aromatic cedar. The saffron remains a supporting note in the background. 

Once it has reached its full dry-down, it can be summarized as a moderate to low projection of citrus, white musk, woody, rosewood, cedar, spicy, and pepper, with faint fruity accords. Eau Fraiche by Gianni Versace is extremely unique and definitely stands out compared to other summer scents - it does not smell like a classic sweet scent.

This cologne lasts throughout the day, and the projection is moderate. This cologne is very versatile - an excellent choice for the office as well as casual outdoor events.

Youthful, joyous and masculine, this is an exceptional fragrance for warm weather and among the best cologne for young men.

Top Notes: Lemon, Bergamot, Carambola (Star fruit), Cardamom, Brazilian rosewood

Middle Notes: Cedar, Tarragon, Pepper, Sage

Base Notes: Musk, Woodsy notes, Saffron, Amber, Sycamore

15. Le Male EDT by Jean Paul Gaultier

Le Male Eau de Toilette by Jean Paul Gaultier

Le Male EDT by Jean Paul Gaultier

Intense, modern, and comfortably warm,gentle and  masculine scent, this is a magnetically attractive fragrance which seduces with its uniqueness.

Le Male by Jean Paul Gaultier opens with sweet, spicy, floral, and citrus notes. The opening is dense, delectable, and intense. The lavender, mint, cinnamon, caraway, and citruses are the prominent opening notes. During the opening the bergamot is noticeable but it soon dissipates letting the other notes surface. The lavender is a floral, sweet, bitter, clean, and herbal note; the mint has a cooling green and spicy accord. The cinnamon is sweet, warm, powdery, spicy, and delectable. And enveloping all notes is the tonka bean, a very sweet note with almond, spicy, caramel, woody, and nutty-like accords. The combination of cinnamon and tonka creates a mild leather-like touch.

As the fragrance moves towards its dry down, the amber develops creating a sweet, resinous, and dry scent. Once it has reached its full dry down, it can be summarized as a sweet tonka, lavender, spicy, cinnamon, mint, and resinous fragrance with spicy, and woody accords. 

This fragrance feels ambery, bold, casual, elegant, clean floral, leathery, masculine, modern, nutty, playful, resinous, rich, spicy, sweet, versatile, warm, woody, and very pleasant. Definitely one of the best cologne for teens or young men.

This cologne is very long lasting, and the projection is strong. This is an excellent fragrance to warm up cold winter nights and the perfect choice for young confident men.

Top Notes: Lavender, Mint, Cardamom, Bergamot, Artemisia

Middle Notes: Cinnamon, Orange blossom, Caraway

Base Notes: Vanilla, Tonka bean, Amber, Sandalwood, Cedar

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best cologne for a young man?

Tom Ford is an acclaimed designer with hundreds of unique creations to his name. His most noteworthy fragrance, Citrus Aromatic - Mandarino di Amalfi opens with juicy citrus lemon overtones. The subtle hint of blackcurrant is slightly sweet and cuts the sharpness of the citrus, developing beautifully into a pepper and musky amber combo. The dry down is a stunning citrusy musk.

What cologne will get you laid?

Fucking Fabulous Eau de Parfum by Tom Ford, The name of this fragrance is magnetic and lingers in the air and makes people stop and take notice.

Is it really any good? Yes, yes it is. It’s not just the name that has such an appeal though; Sillage by Cartier has a very intriguing scent that stops people in their tracks.

This cologne is great for both day and night wear because of its lasting power too, which is why we believe it will be popular among young males who want to make a bold statement about themselves while also exuding confidence with their sartorial choices.

What scents arouse a man?

What are aphrodisiac scents? Aphrodisiac scents are typically categorized as aromatic ingredients that can be found in perfumes, body oils and massage oils. Among the best of these products includes lavender, vanilla, cinnamon, peppermint, and ginger.

Do guys like vanilla scent on a girl?

Vanilla has been used as a natural aphrodisiac for centuries, so it should come as no surprise that vanilla is one of the scents that men find attractive in women. If you are interested to know what scent appeals them the most, you might want to know this. The study suggests that vanilla creates a feeling of comfort and pleasure for guys. It reminds them of the days when they were children and smelt their mom's homemade treats - yum! Smelling sweet scents produces happy feelings no matter where you are around the globe.

Do guys like perfume on a girl?

Most of the men we polled said they love it when women wear scents that have a fresh, light smell. “I love when I lean in to kiss my girlfriend and she smells like she just got out of the shower, it just makes our shared moments a bit more enjoyable”

What is a woman's natural scent called?

Androstadienone. Women produce this hormone, which is detectable in sweat - many women's scent smells most pleasant during ovulation. Research shows that the intensity of these hormonal scents are elevated during menopause, where estrogen may be causing an increase in testosterone. Interestingly, studies have also revealed that women are more sexually attracted to the scent of men with higher levels of testosterone versus its counterpart female hormones.

Can a man smell a woman's pheromones?

A healthy sense of sexuality is not always about the obvious signs. Smell actually plays a greater role than we think it does in arousal, and attraction. The sense of smell has been profoundly underrated as a sexual trigger.

What color turns a man on?

Studies have revealed that red is the most attractive color to both women and men. However, this may not always be the case because sometimes we can base our decisions on information we don't even realize we've obtained. For example, you might associate red (or another color) with a certain person's behavior and therefore give it more importance than its value as a color itself deserves. We're often sold the idea that red is an exciting or seductive color, which it can be - but don't let this influence your personal decision such as whether you wear red-based clothing (and if so, for what occasion).

Closing Thoughts 

So what is the best cologne for young guys? There are many options available, but, in short, you want to keep it light and fresh - especially for day wear. Do the research and test the colognes you like the best out on your skin to see if they are a good match over a few hours.

A great cologne makes all the difference to how you feel about yourself and, how other people feel about you. There’s really nothing sexier than the smell of a man who smells clean and fresh. And under all that deliciousness, the smell of his cologne merging with his natural pheromones. 

Not all scents are created equal, what smells great on someone else, may not work for you. It’s very important to try the fragrance on your skin.

If your bank balance can’t afford what you really want to wear just yet, do some research because there are plenty of colognes out there that smell fabulous without breaking the bank. One rule of thumb, never put on too much, there’s nothing worse than a guy brushing past and leaving the smell of his fragrance all over you. But be bold and courageous, you won’t regret it.

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