4 Cologne Types That EVERY Man Needs [with Examples]

I have been getting a few questions through Instagram lately on cologne types for men, and how many I think every man needs. In today’s article, I’ve put together a concise list of 4 different cologne types that every man must add to his wardrobe. I’ve included some examples also to give you an idea where to start. Let’s take a look!

1. The Unforgettable Freshie

acqua di gio profondo
Acqua di Gio Profondo

Let’s kick this list off with the first type of cologne every man needs – an unforgettable freshie.

The freshie is the ‘easy reach’ cologne for warm days as well as those days you undertake physical activity. Think – gym, hikes, sport, etc.

I recommend to men all the time that they need at least 1 freshie in their collection. However, having some variety is even better.

Prada Luna Rossa Carbon

I did say unforgettable too, didn’t I? Refreshing colognes that not many men wear are attractive options as they help you stand out from the crowd. No more Davidoff Cool Water!

Prada Luna Rossa Carbon is a ‘Sauvage-like’ scent that I strongly encourage you to try. You can find my review on it here.

Another is Acqua di Gio Profondo, a recent Acqua di Gio flanker that I reviewed here.

2. The Winter Wonder

Spicebomb Extreme

Now you’re covered for hot days, you need to consider the opposite end of the scale too.

A quality winter fragrance should possess the ability to cut through the cold. It can be comforting, inviting, and even sexy. It must be able to warm you up when the weather can’t.

Winter aromas can be used to draw others in closer, when smelling you from a distance simply doesn’t suffice.

kilian black phantom
Black Phantom

Kilian Black Phantom is one seductive and delectable fragrance that I reviewed recently. You have to check it out.

Another is Spicebomb Extreme. It’s one of my favourite winter designer scents ever. An explosive combination of spices and vanilla.

3. The Everyday Essential

Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme

The Everyday Essential is the next cologne type that ever man needs in his collection.

This is the fragrance that will be your workhorse – it’s the one you reach for by default. It’s office safe, inoffensive, and has appeal to the masses.

Consequently, your everyday cologne will also have supreme versatility across a broad spectrum of events and occasions.

Additionally, it fills the gap between the freshie and winter scents – for those moderate weather days where the freshie and winter frags simply won’t do.

Tom Ford Grey Vetiver

Tom Ford Grey Vetiver is my first recommendation in this category. It has a green, pleasant, and smooth scent profile. Nothing bombastic or outlandish.

Channel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme is my next choice. This one is sweeter and more playful, but just as safe and considerate.

I have reviewed many more fragrances on this blog that fit squarely in this category. Have a browse around until you see something you like.

4. The Special Occasion Superstar

Parfums de Marly Layton

Finally, every man must have a special occasion fragrance in his collection.

A cologne in this group is reserved for those rarefied situations where you need to make a statement. This includes birthdays, date nights, weddings, graduations…you get the idea.

Scents in this category have a bold likability or unique mass-appeal. They aren’t your run of the mill scent that everyone and their mother would recognise. They must fill you with confidence and act as your invisible suit of armour throughout the event.

ysl tuxedo
YSL Tuxedo

YSL Tuxedo is one fragrance that I endorse strongly. Tuxedo is on the more formal side and will serve you best if you’re suited up (blazer and chinos works too).

Parfums de Marly Layton on the other hand, is a little more causal, but equally as special. Layton’s slightly safer and has even broader appeal, a no-brainer to wear for birthdays and dates.

We want to hear from you! Let’s keep the conversation going in the comments! What are your thoughts on my list of 4 Essential Cologne Types for Men?

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