Which is the best Chanel fragrance for men? Chanel has a long history and reputation of producing unique, high-quality fragrances. Chanel launched their first male fragrance, Pour Monsieur EDT, in 1955 (when Coco Chanel was still alive) and set the luxurious, elegant and timeless template for all of its future masculine scents.
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You’re in for a real treat when you try this fresh-chypre fragrance that’s still in production almost 65 years later. With its citrus, spice and wood facets, it’s an all-time classic that’s well worth your hard-earned cash.
These are our five other top picks for best Chanel fragrances for men.
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When Chanel launched Allure Pour Homme in 1999, it had a winner on its hands. One whiff of this smooth and creamy citrus EDT and you’ll understand why.
Several very good Allure Homme flankers have been launched over the years, including Allure Homme Edition Blanche EDT, but it’s Chanel Allure Homme Sport EDT that stands out for us.
The original was created by Chanel’s legendary in-house perfumer, Jacques Polge, and he brought the same expertise to Chanel Allure Homme Sport, which was released in 2004.
This scent is all about the interplay between contrasts. The fantastically fresh opening, courtesy of aldehyde, orange, blood mandarin and sea notes, will grab you without a doubt. That freshness continues through to the cedar note.
The fragrance then goes in a more sensual direction with notes of vanilla, tonka bean, white musk and amber.
It all comes together to create an invigorating scent that’s unlike other “sport” fragrances you’ve tried.
It’s always an event when Chanel launches a new collection. It was no exception when the French luxury goods company released Les Eaux de Chanel in 2018.
Chanel’s in-house perfumer, Olivier Polge (son of Jacques Polge), took his initial inspiration from three destinations that featured prominently in Mademoiselle’s remarkable life for the three launch fragrances: Paris-Biarritz, Paris-Venise and Paris-Deauville.
These are where Chanel launched her first collection in her shop; where she journeyed after the death of her beloved Boy Capel; and the Basque resort town where she opened another shop, respectively. All three fragrances are superb, but if we had to choose one, it would be Paris-Venise EDP.
Featuring a definite oriental vibe, iris features prominently in the fragrance’s top notes, with a hint of neroli. Glorious stuff! Notes of red berry and Grasse geranium add to the appeal.
Cedar, amber, vanilla, and tonka notes are also present, but in a subtle manner. While this EDT may be classified as a luxurious oriental fragrance, it’s a gentle take on the genre, not a full-on affair. It’s beautiful from start to finish.
A provocative name for a very memorable scent (“égoïste” is the French word for “egoist”). While it’s not the signature fragrance of rampant narcissists, this highly distinctive woody-spicy-ambery scent remains a classic to this day.
Launched in 1990 and created by Jacques Polge, it has many of the characteristics of bold 1980s creations.
There’s a fresh and spicy opening with notes of coriander and mandarin.
The heart, with its notes of cinnamon and damask rose, makes a strong impression. The cinnamon adds just the amount of sweetness and the rose is deep and decidedly masculine.
Despite the numerous listed notes that all work so well together, Chanel Égoïste is really a masterful sandalwood scent. Sourced from New Caledonia, the sandalwood imparts a thoroughly creamy quality to the fragrance.
The sensual vibe is amplified by notes of vanilla and ambrette seeds.
The flanker, Égoïste Platinum EDT, with its fougère-green qualities, is also worth sniffing out.
PS: If you want to see the brilliant Égoïste ad directed by Jean-Paul Goude, you can watch it here:
While the fragrance industry is often about artistry and aesthetics, it’s also about business and money.
Chanel accomplished both with the launch of Bleu de Chanel EDT in 2010, which has become one of the biggest-selling fragrances of the decade.
This woody-aromatic scent created by Jacques Polge is one of the best and most versatile freshies around, as are the EDP and parfum versions.
It opens with an immediate and addictive blast of grapefruit, with mint upping the fresh ante. The beautiful ginger note adds a spicy effect, while sandalwood brings a tad of warmth.
Many online reviewers complain that Bleu de Chanel EDT is generic and boring. We disagree. It’s a clean and versatile classic that epitomizes Chanel-style elegance.
You can complete the Bleu de Chanel experience with a range of spin-off products, including a shower gel and after-shave lotion.
Fragrances in the 80s were characterized by their audaciousness and, some might say, hyper-masculinity.
And you didn’t get any bigger in that decade than Chanel Antaeus EDT, which was launched in 1981 and created by Jacques Polge.
According to the brand’s website, “Antaeus celebrates the fleeting virility of a Greek hero who was only strong as long as his feet remained grounded.”
Fragrance inspirations can often mean nothing, but there is indeed something epic about this leather-aromatic scent, which is reflected in the rounded square black bottle to the juice itself.
This complex creation makes its presence felt right from the opening notes of citrus, clary sage and myrrh. The rose note that follows is something to behold.
The drydown is in a class of its own and features notes of cistus labdanum, oakmoss and leather. It’s rich, powerful and intense.
The big question: Is Chanel Antaeus outdated? Absolutely not. It might not be for everyone and, yes, it’s out of sync with modern fragrance trends, but it remains one of the benchmarks of classic male fragrances.
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Richard Goller is a fragrance and grooming blogger. His blog is called Fragroom. A senior editor with 20 years' experience, his blog allows him to combine two of his passions: engaging content and the always-intriguing world of fragrances. When he isn't blogging, you'll find Richard indulging in his newly found passion for balcony gardening.