An aftershave is more than just about altering the way you smell. Finding your signature scent can boost your confidence, help you feel more ready for the day and even trigger good memories!
So, we're sure you'll agree it’s pretty important to find one that you can reach for everyday! If you're looking for a new fragrance, or you want to buy one as a gift, check out the top 10 aftershaves we can't recommend enough at the moment.
1. Man by Emporio Armani
A true delight for the senses, ‘Man’ by Emporio Armani is the perfect example of what to do when it comes to creating a scent! So, how does this sound? Top notes of juicy pineapple, orange and Japanese yuzu perfectly combined with a heart of nutmeg, jasmine and rose and a base of precious woods and creamy amber. It’s a win, win, win from us!
2. L’Eau D’lssey Intense by Issey Miyake
If you’ve not heard of Issey Miyake before, let us catch you up! He’s affectionately known as the ‘father of Japanese fashion’ and has been a leading name in his industry for years. That’s some pretty strong credentials, which is probably why his 'L’eau D’lssey Intense' Eau de Toilette, which was released in the early 2000s, is still a firm fave among fragrance fans. Expect sweet, light, and sensual notes in L’eau D’lssy Intense which will have you hooked from the first spray.
3. Only the Brave by Diesel
A classic gents scent, Only the Brave is a unique and very masculine concoction of aromatic spices and woods – and is worn with pride by its legions of fans. Its unmistakable bouquet will take you from daytime to evening, perfect for the boardroom or meeting the in-laws! With a punchy bottle (quite literally, given it’s in the shape of a fist!) it’s the fragrance equivalent of perfectly fitting jeans and a tailored shirt.
4. Invictus by Paco Rabanne
This gloriously fresh, woody citrus scent is ideal for anyone who loves being in the limelight. In just a few spritzes, Paco Rabanne Invictus wastes no time in announcing itself – a sharp burst of grapefruit is combined with a fresh aquatic accord, together with warm notes of Guaiac wood and smoky patchouli. If you don’t feel like wearing super heavy, aromatic scents, this is a great alternative –and a perfect post-sports scent to keep in your gym bag!
5. Le Male by Jean Paul Gaultier
If you feel like channelling some ‘old school’ French allure, then cast your eyes upon Jean Paul Gaultier’s classic Le Male. Combining two of the classic notes in men’s fragrance (lavender and vanilla) but in a totally original and exciting way, this warm and enveloping concoction will prove popular with anyone who wears it (not to mention passers-by!). Plus, if you didn’t have enough reasons to make this your new signature scent, Gautier has added some extra cheeky panache with an iconic sailor-shaped bottle! Ahoy there, Monsieur!
6. Boss Bottled by Hugo Boss
A well-loved fragrance that gives us such fuzzy feelings of nostalgia – Boss Bottled is a failsafe classic that we keep reaching for time and time again! Musk is one of those wonderful yet massively underrated ingredients that gives perfume serious sex appeal but not in an obvious way. It’s the mischievous base note in this dark and handsome concoction, enhanced by smoky vetiver and warm notes of cedarwood, cinnamon and clove. You really can’t go wrong with this crowd-pleaser, ideal as a gift or just a treat-to-self.
7. Dylan Blue by Versace
This popular concoction is what’s known as a fougère, a classic construction in men’s fragrance, with lavender, oakmoss and tonka bean. Dylan Blue provides a modern spin on the genre, with enough character of its own to make it stand out and then some! The sharp top notes of grapefruit contrast nicely with the woody notes in the base. (Plus its staying power is second to none!) Whether you're a diehard Versace fan or you're just discovering its many addictive scents - we're sure this will become a staple in your fragrance wardrobe.
8. 1 Million by Paco Rabanne
‘1 Million’ is one of those fragrances which gets people asking, ‘what are you wearing?’ (in a good way, of course). It’s the scent that’s been driving girls wild ever since its launch and is showing no signs of slowing down on the popularity front!
9. HUGO Man by Hugo Boss
The perfect finishing touch for a stylish gent’s wardrobe, HUGO Man is the prime example of how a men’s scent can work really well as an invisible stylish accessory! How does this grab you? Green apple followed by aromatic notes, backed by a chorus of cedarwood, sandalwood and fresh, green notes of pine. It certainly ticks all the boxes for us!
10. Eros Flame by Versace
When it comes to scents with a story and staying power, Versace’s Eros Flame has everything going for it! With sprightly top notes of Italian lemon, tangerine and orange, together with sharp Madagascan black pepper, with smoky undertones of patchouli and vetiver, you’re not going to forget this one in a hurry!