There’s a big, old, fragrance world out there – a classic case of so many scents, so little time! Whether you’re hunting for a new signature, a fragrance to take on your travels, or a gift idea for that special someone, why start your search in the thousands, when you can whittle it down to 10? Our experts have sniffed out the competition, trawled the five-star reviews, to bring you *drum roll* the top 10 of the best men’s aftershave on our shelves, ready to add to basket RN.
1 Million by Paco Rabanne
It’s been reported that a bottle of this gold bar is sold every 5 seconds (!), so it makes sense to start our foray into bestselling men’s scents with the one and only – 1 Million. What’s kept it at the top of the charts since it’s launch in 2008? Maybe it’s the head-turning notes (like amber, leather, cinnamon) that gets people chasing after you to ask, ‘what are you wearing?’. Or maybe its enduring longevity of said notes. Whatever it is, once you get your hands on the iconic gold bullion bar, there’s no going back.
Boss Bottled Night, by Hugo Boss
The perfect scent for after-hours, Boss Bottled Night detonates sophistication with every spray. A confident blend of mild sweetness and warmth, it features aromatic lavender and bitter birch tree in the top notes, an intense heart of African violet, and a soothing base of musk and woods. It’s no surprise it’s remained a permanent feature in the ever-changing realm of Hugo Boss aftershave!
Luna Rossa Black by Prada
Proof that Prada aftershave is in different league to the rest, their Luna Rossa collection features not just once, but twice, on our best men’s aftershave line-up. Why? There’s something for every scent style. Described as one of our 5-star reviewers as a ‘compliment magnet’, Luna Rossa Black has got a reputation that lingers just like it’s spicy, peppery notes. Perfect for your night out stash, it says to the world you’re a man with exquisite taste.
Acqua di Gio Profumo by Giorgio Armani
Taking Armani’s nineties hit (Aqua di Gio) into new territory, this intense rendition of the OG scent, Acqua di Gio Profuma, is sure to make a splash. Keeping the same sea-breeze fresh Ozonic marine notes the scent is known and loved for, it dials up the drama with a hint of fresh ginger and a lingering base of incense, patchouli, and cedarwood.
Invictus by Paco Rabanne
Paco Rabanne came in confident with Invictus – just look at that trophy bottle! But style alone doesn’t make it a winner in our books. It’s the blend of fresh notes (think grapefruit peel, marine accord) and subtle-but-sultry tones (patchouli, Gaïac Wood, oakmoss) which champions the scent to ‘top 10 men’s aftershave’ territory. Victorious by day and seductive by night, no wonder it’s a scent that always comes out on top.
La Nuit de L’homme by Yves Saint Laurent
Looking for the ultimate wingman? Yves Saint Laurent brings you a scent with more head-turning prowess than your chatty mate Dave and his bank of one-liners – La Nuit de L’homme. A blend of bold notes, from cardamom at the top to vetiver at the base, it was made to seduce the senses without hitting you in the face with spice. One to test out on your next date night…
Eros Flame by Versace
Fiery. Passionate. Confident. If your scent love language is bold and intense, then Eros Flame by Versace lives up to its word. Inspired by Greek mythology and ‘the passion of love’ unsurprisingly this scent will have you falling head over heels at first spray. Kicking things off with a burst of zingy lemon, tangerine, and orange, it lures you in with freshness before a heart of woody, peppery notes take over. Want to impress? This scent will up your game.
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 iconic Le Male. Combining two classic notes in men’s fragrance (lavender and vanilla) in a totally original way, this warm and enveloping concoction will be popular with anyone who wears it – not to mention passers-by!
Stronger with You by Armani
No top 10 men’s aftershave countdown would be complete without an appearance (or two) from the perfume powerhouse that is Armani. Stronger With You is the iconic original scent from Armani’s collection of fragrances inspired by eternal love. Its elegance, with a hint of spice and warmth, is a delight to wear, gift, and treasure!
Luna Rossa Sport by Prada
Prefer fresh and uplifting to spicy and brooding? Enter Prada’s Luna Rossa Sport. A fougere oriental fragrance that’s inspired by the challenge of extreme sailing (yes, really) it handles light and warm tones to sophisticated effect. Taking its cue from nature’s wonders, it’s a refreshingly uplifting scent that has go-everywhere appeal.
About Elena Chow
Elena is a creative copywriter who’s been around the beauty block for more than a decade, writing for brands and glossy magazines. A self-proclaimed fragrance addict (her ‘open’ collection is at 14 bottles, but who’s counting?) with a try-anything-once approach to skincare, it’s no wonder she loves penning pieces on our newest releases and must-try hacks.