This post is dedicated to all of the masucline perfumes that I enjoy smelling on men and not myself. I wear many masculine fragrances. I think Dior Homme, Caron Pour Un Homme and Chanel Pour Monsieur are some of the best masculines ever. BUT I wear these myself. This list is dedicated to those masculines that I absolutely adore and wouldn’t wear on myself. Why wouldn’t I wear them? They are just too darn masculine and “manly” for me. This are the ones I want to smell on a man.
1 – Halston Z-14 (1976)- This is my favorite masculine to smell on men. It’s strong, it’s powerful and it’s not cliché. Here’s my review. And you can find this for dirt cheap at discounters like Fragrancenet. It’s very easy to find a 4.2 oz bottle retailing for under $25.
2 – Dior Fahrenheit (1988) – Half of my love for this fragrance is that this is what my husband wore before we were married. I associate it with him. The other half of my love for this is that it is good. I love the aquatic oiliness in this. It reminds me of ferry terminals (in a good way). The 1.7 retails for $57 at Sephora.
3 – Ralph Lauren Polo (in the green – 1978) – I love this stuff. My image of it is a salad with thousand island dressing with patchouli bacon bits. The description sounds odd; it is an odd description. But, seriously, this stuff is irresistible. The 2 oz spray retails for $56 at Sephora.
4 – Chanel Antaeus (1981) – Give me moss and I’ll be happy! Give me a super masculine moss over labdanum and beeswax and I’ll be smitten. The 3.4 oz spray retails for $75 at Nordstrom.
5 – Caron Yatagan (1976)- Weird, herbal, and animalic. Confession – I wear this. BUT it smells so much better on men. And you can find it for a steal on discounters like Fragrancenet. You can often find it in the $40 range.
6 – Jacomo de Jacomo (1980) – Dark, spicy, aromatic, woody, oh, and smoky. Here’s more proof that you don’t need to spend a fortune to smell awesome. The 3.4 oz bottle retails for like $25 at Drugstore.com.
7 – Hermès Équipage (1980) – It’s boss. This is money. I’d be the trophy wife of this one. It’s spicy, woody, elegant. The 3.4 oz retails for $120 at Nordstrom.
8 – Chanel Égoïste (1990) – This always been what I thought hot guys wore. The type of guy that can wear a crewneck under a suit and has a head full of perfect wavy dark hair. This is one of those cocky, confident scents. The 3.4 oz retails for $75 at Nordstrom.
9 – Aramis Devon (1978) – A green, leathery chypre. It’s viewed as the “country” fragrance in the Aramis line-up. It’s the type of romantic that would take you for a picnic in the countryside on the back of his vintage Triumph motorcycle. The 3.4 oz retails for $50 at Nordstrom.
10 – Hermès Bel Ami (1976) – This is like a sophisticated leather only used in yachts I’ll never set foot in. I often joke that Bel Ami is my “sugar daddy” fragrance. It’s a more mature, super wealthy guy fragrance. I love it. The 3.4 oz retails for $120 at Nordstrom.
11 – Yves Saint Laurent Kouros (1981) – Kouros is a powerhouse. It’s loud, it’s dirty with leather and animalic honey. It has moss. It reminds me of those ancient Greek statues of the perfect man wrestling other perfect men. It’s stylized but raunchy like that. Get this while you can. You can still find it for a decent price at Fragrancenet.
12 – Caron Le 3ème Homme (1985) – This is a strong, 80’s masculine. So much is going on in it and it really is one that wears differently on different people. It’s just wonderful. Here’s my review. And yes, you can find it at discounters like Fragrancenet. Once again, you can find it for around $40.
After making this list, I’m left with a few conclusions:
- You do not have to spend a fortune to smell good. Most of these retail for under $100. Many are in the $50 and under range.
- I have “old man” tastes in perfumes. All of these were launched before 1990. I seem to like men’s fragrances from the late 1970’s to early 1980’s. See the next bullet.
- I think I like these older fragrances for a few reasons: They were good and I like leather and moss. Men’s fragrances weren’t clean, aquatic messes. They were “manly”. And the other reason is that these scents were before my time, so I have not smelled them on every guy my age, lack of over saturation, so these seem “new” to me.
Gentleman – Which fragrances do you get compliments on? If you have a significant other, what do they seem to like?
Ladies – Which masculine fragrances do you love but wouldn’t wear because they seem too masculine OR they seem to work better on men?