Ten best selling perfumes of all time for men
If you are looking for a romantic gift for your man, you are unlikely to go wrong with perfume. While colognes and deodorants are also popular choices when it comes to male grooming products, there is something about a perfume which makes it an ideal gift for birthdays, anniversaries and important occasions like Valentine’s Day. So if you have decided to pamper your guy with an amorous fragrance, here is a list of the ten best selling perfumes of all time for men.
This all time classic among men’s perfume goes back to 1912 when it was created by master designer Jacque Guerlain. At the time of its launch, the fragrance was thought to recall a melancholy air and was thus named as ‘the blue hour’ signifying the period between sunset and nightfall when everything is clothed in a blue light. However its immense popularity is due to a quiet rather than somber mood which goes well with a self-assured and masculine personality. The fragrance is a blend of oriental and floral essences which include bergamot, carnation, aniseed, orange blossom, heliotrope, Bulgarian rose, iris, tuberose, vanilla and musk. The perfume was in fact the first Guerlain fragrance to include synthetic compounds known as aldehydes. In women perfumes, Coco Chanel would introduce this innovation with Chanel No. 5. The first whiff of L’Heure Bleue opens with bergamot-aniseed-floral accord which gives it a slightly mentholated feel. The perfume’s clinical aura and abstract floral accord make it a wonderful choice for men whose masculinity is a matter of quiet confidence and not an in-your-face attitude. Today a 2.5 oz bottle of this pre-war fragrance can cost you around $117 and in some stores more than that.
Acqua di Gio by Pour Homme.
The top selling men’s perfume in USA in recent years, Acqua di Gio is marked for its light and fresh fragrance that makes it ideal for summer wear. The style is resolutely masculine but one which calls to mind the refreshing, aquatic sense of a sun-washed island. The key components in this perfume are Mandarin, Bergamot, Neroli, Persimmon, Patchouli, Jasmine, Nasturtium, Rosemary as well as Marine notes. Its price at $52.50 for a standard 1.7 oz bottle is again not exorbitant which is why it makes for a best seller among men’s perfumes. Something similar is Aqva Pour Homme from Bvlgari which has also proved to be popular for its brisk aquatic freshness and thus in the same genre as Acqua di Gio, Fahrenheit and Kiton. Some discriminating users prefer the Aqva Pour Homme over its counterparts because of the former’s vibrant and masculine style. Moreover the design of the bottle with its stylish oval shape and transparent look is to die for. The fragrance is a crisp blend of mandarin and petit grain, spiced up with Posidonia and mineral amber. A 1.7 oz bottle of this Eau de toilette spray is priced at $54.
This best selling men’s perfume from Giorgio Armani is perfect for everyday use with its soft yet sensuous style. The fragrance exudes an Oriental charm with its seductive blend of fresh lemon and bergamot, softened by hints orange tree blossom and warmed by guaiac wood as well as tonka beans. Code’s popularity is hardly surprising considering that it was judged the best perfume of 2006 by the Fragrance Foundation. According to Armani himself, the fragrance is elegant and understated and bottle’s design was inspired by the ‘satin lapels of an Armani Tuxedo’. In 2005 the perfume was renamed by Black Code to Armani Code, possibly to avoid offending allusions to colored people. However there was no change in either the fragrance or the design of the bottle. This perfume continues to be relatively affordable with a 2.5 oz bottle of eau de toilette spray priced at $68.
In recent years, this perfume from the eponymous designer has emerged as a hallmark of distinguished grooming. Created by perfumer Rodrigo Flores-Roux, this perfume is ideal for winters when your man may like to wear a bold fragrance. The dry down is excellent and the fragrance exudes both sophistication as well as sensuality. The key notes in this fragrance are Medjool Date fruit, Coriander Seed Templar, Indian Ajowan, Tamarind Tea Leaves, Clary Sage Flower and Leather Essence, many of which are rarely used in perfumery. The bottle’s design too reflects the aura of distinction that is embodied in the perfume. A mix of smoked glass and leather the container is inspired by masculinity and luxury. A 2.5 oz bottle of this perfume comes for $57.
HM from Hanae Mori.
This fragrance is delicately poised between floral and edible notes and makes an excellent male grooming choice for springs and summers. As an indication of its exclusive packaging, the words ‘Hanae Mori’ are engraved in platinum on each bottle. The fragrance is a harmonious blend of as many as 50 essences, among which the most recognizable components are Vanilla, Lavender, jasmine, Lemon and Chocolate. A 1.7 oz bottle of HM eau de parfum spray will set you back by $70.
L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme.
This perfume from Issey Miyake is hugely popular with men not only for its aromatic and woodsy fragrance but also because it lasts for a relatively longer while. According to its maker, the perfume like its feminine counterpart, embodies the extreme polarities of existence, both the yin and yang. The style is fresh, warm and masculine. The main notes of this fragrance are Verbena, Tangerine, Cypress, Blue Water Lily, Nutmeg, Saffron, Ceylonese Cinnamon Bark, Amber Tobacco, Sandalwood and Musk. For $57, you can get your hands on a 2.5 oz bottle of this eau de toilette spray.
Unforgivable from Sean John. This perfume took the markets by storm because of its long-lasting masculine fragrance, spiced up with just a hint of fruit. The style is unabashedly sexy yet sophisticated, much like the man whose name adorns the product. According to Sean John himself, the perfume is a spicy blend of Sicilian lemon, Champagne, Tuscan basil and rum and is irresistible for its Mediterranean air. The base notes of Sandalwood, Sea Moss, Cashmere Wood, Amber and Tonka Bean give the fragrance a warm sensual finish. A 4.2 fl oz bottle of Unforgivable will set you back by $75.
This perfume purports to give men the freshly-showered feel all day long and that is exactly how many women want their guys to smell for their date at the end of the day. The fragrance is a refreshing blend of fruity and spicy notes which is masculine and as the name suggests, clean. The transparent bottle and the light aquatic blue color of the perfume add to the fresh feel of the fragrance. The key notes of this perfume are English Lavender, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Wild Raspberry, Clove, Patchouli and Musk. A 4 oz bottle of Clean is priced at $79.
Hugo from Hugo Boss. While fashion experts may vary on their reviews of this perfume, its popularity among users is a thumbs up for its blend of woodsy and masculine scent. To some Hugo’s fragrance may be reminiscent of Acqua di Gio and Green Jeans from Versace. Hugo is geared towards the needs men of the Generation X who are rugged and adventurous yet in touch with their sensual side. The scent of rich northern forests is evoked by key notes like Pine Needles, Cedar Leaves, Spear Mint, Green Apple, Jasmine, Lavender and Sage. Hugo’s 3.4 oz bottle is available for $57.
Touch for Men.
Touch for Men from Burberry. This summer best seller is bound to intrigue men with a blend of musky and floral notes. A good choice for daily wear, the perfume nevertheless surprises one with its rich contrasts of tender violet and white musk, tart mandarin and sturdy tonka bean, the invigorating feel of white pepper and the warm smoothness of Virginia wood as well as oak moss. Burberry purports the scent to be a vital accessory for the new look. Its 3.3 oz bottle is relatively pricey at $70.
These are among the ten of the best selling men’s perfumes in recent times. While each one of them has its signature appeal, factors like wearability and affordability account for a large portion of their popularity. Sometimes endorsement by stars or major fashion houses helps to push a brand. But for long term popularity what counts is how comfortable are a majority of users in carrying off the perfume and how easily available it is at stores across the global market. While old-time classics like L’Heure Bleue may have carved a particular niche for itself among users, generally the best selling perfumes are accessible both in terms of style and price. When men buy perfumes, apparently they go for ones which give them a sensuous and fresh feel, whether aquatic, fruity or woodsy. So buy something for your man from among the above best sellers and he will surely be ecstatic at your choice.