The other day, I was pasted to the side of a tube carriage on my way to work. It was hot. It was sweaty. It was pretty unpleasant. Then, a bloke jumped off at his stop and left the most irresistible trail of scent behind. I knew that aftershave for men. Chanel’s Bleu de Chanel: the first aftershave for men that I ever bought my boyfriend… and one I’d quite happily swim in myself.
Buying fragrance for others is risky business. It’s an intimate choice given that, depending on the longevity of the scent, the lucky recipient will be up close and personal with it for the rest of the day. But get it right, and you can be treating not only the person on the receiving end (and yourself) to a whole world of intoxication – but also passing strangers, whose poor nostrils deserve a treat. A new signature scent, if you will. Yep: successfully treating your dad/husband/brother/boyfriend to one of the best men’s aftershaves is an act of public service.
But how to choose the right male fragrance? Look towards the crowd-pleasing aftershaves for men, avoiding anything too unique or niche that might wind up divisive.
It’s a rare event when all the base, heart and top notes combine to create a scent so universally appealing that it flies off the shelves, but aftershaves like Dior’s Sauvage, Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male (which is £45 at Amazon, FYI), Paco Rabanne’s 1 Million and, of course, Chanel’s Bleu de Chanel have reached near demi-God status as continual bestsellers for this reason. As for other smash hits, we reached out to FeelUnique and Boots.com to find out what their most popular men’s scents are. Just to take away the guesswork.
Whether you’re looking for Valentine’s Day gifts for him, Father’s Day gifts or birthday gifts for men, shopping this guide means you don’t need to worry whether to go for a woody scent or something citrusy. You don’t need to choose between musky or notes of pink pepper. One spritz of *any* of the below will have him so sold that he picks up an aftershave balm, moisturiser, serum and body lotion all in the same delectable scent.
After you’ve perused our complete edit of the best aftershaves for men, how about looking for a new scent for yourself? Whether it’s floral fragrances, zesty perfumes or vanilla perfumes that take your fancy – or you’re into the greatest new perfume going or a stickler for the classic, most popular perfumes of all time – we’ve got something for you. Including perfume gift sets aplenty.