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9 Famous Male Celebrities and Their Favorite Colognes

Everyone’s got their signature scent — even famous male celebrities. Whether it's for a date night out, the red carpet, or just a casual weekend, I believe a man's fragrance choice says a lot without saying a word.

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Top Signature Scents of Famous Male Celebrities

Read below to learn more about the perfumes used by famous male celebrities and what some of the biggest stars wear as their signature cologne. Maybe you'll even discover your new favorite.

Hugh Jackman

Grey Vetiver is truly a gentleman’s cologne, and it’s the signature scent of Australian-born actor, Hugh Jackman. As the name suggests, this Grey Vetiver really emphasizes vetiver at every stage of the fragrance journey, from the initial smell to the dry down.

Released in 2009, this cologne hasn’t been around for very long, but it’s become popular with many men for its sophisticated, masculine, classic scent.

It’s woody and aromatic with earthy, green, and citrus tones throughout. It has notes of grapefruit, orange blossom, sage, nutmeg, orris root, pimento, vetiver, amber, and oakmoss. 

Hey, if it’s good enough for Wolverine, it’s good enough for me.

Check our review of Hugh Jackman's Beard in Best Celebrity Beards

Will Smith

Though it’s been a while since he played the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, it’s only natural that Will Smith would select a fragrance that carries such a masculine scent, like Vera Wang Men but with an unexpected freshness.

Vera Wang Men opens up with fresh top notes of green leaves and yuzu that give way to a heart spiced with nutmeg, leather, and anis. The base, which includes sandalwood and tobacco, gives this scent its solid, masculine foundation.

This scent is incredibly seductive and was created as a fragrance for grooms. It came two years after Vera Wang created her first fragrance for women.

Read our full review of Vera Wang for Men

Jay Z 

Jay Z rocks Millesime Imperial by Creed, a fresh, classy, unisex Creed fragrance that’s reminiscent of tropical fruit and sea breeze.

He started rapping on the streets of his Brooklyn neighborhood at the age of 13, and by the time he turned 19, he was nominated for his first Grammy for the hit, Hard Knock Life.

Today, he’s known as one of the greatest rappers and entrepreneur, as well as one of the most famous male celebrities. With all that said, it’s no surprise that he expects excellence when it comes to his fragrance.

Millesime Imperial by Creed opens with top notes of fruit and sea salt, which then give way to lemon, bergamot, iris, and mandarin orange. Its base notes include musk, woody, and marine notes, giving it a classic finish, while still retaining the beachy vibes.

Read our round-up of Best Creed Colognes

Antonio Banderas 

Antonio Banderas wears Sauvage by Dior which begins with citron and bergamot and quickly transforms to lavender and hedione (synthetic jasmine often used in perfumery), together with the masculine scents of oakmoss and myrrh.

The star who can bring any character to life, from Zorro to Puss in Boots, needs a scent that’s just as dynamic.

This Dior colgone was introduced in 2012 created by the nose of Francois Demachy and is often appreciated for its mature and classic fragrance. It opens with the citruses including petitgrain - an oil from the bitter orange tree.

Apart from hedione, the heart is full of lavender and vetiver, all on a classic base of oakmoss, myrrh and patchouli.

Read our 10 picks for best classic colognes

Chris Hemsworth 

This famous male celebrity known as the actor who plays Thor— Chris Hemsworth put the hammer down with HUGO by Hugo Boss to create a cologne that even the god of thunder can’t resist. 

Leaning towards the sunnier side of scents — HUGO isn't your typical fragrance. It partners earthy tones of cedar and sandalwood with lighter notes of citrus for a cologne that embodies an ocean breeze on a summer day.

Perfect for both warming up the cold season, or cooling down the warm - HUGO delivers a fine balance of sophistication and fun, perfect for the ambitious go-getters.

Read our 11 favorite Hugo Boss Colognes

Lebron James

Professional basketball player Lebron James is known for working up a sweat on the court, but that doesn’t mean he smells like it. He smells like The One EDT by Dolce & Gabbana.

The One's a powerful fragrance with a deep dry down of tobacco, heart notes of warm cardamom, and top notes of basil — making a statement without making a ruckus. 

This is perfect for casual social gatherings and events. For the man that isn’t afraid to be bold, The One is a great decision for those who work hard and play hard.

Read our full review of The One for Men by Dolce & Gabbana

Jimmy Fallon

John Varvatos is Jimmy’s go-to for a fragrance fit for the entertainers. Unique blends of leather, Mediterranean herbs, and vanilla provide an aroma that would keep anyone on their toes.

Hilarious and humble — this comedian hosts The Tonight Show and has somehow mastered the art of speaking his mind while keeping it classy. It only makes sense that he favors an equally charismatic cologne. 

Well-versed and well-loved — John Varvatos is an excellent pick for those with a silver tongue and a heart of gold.

Read our round-up of our favorite John Varvatos colognes

David Beckham

If you’ve got it, flaunt it. Beckham has a successful soccer and fragrance career and offers a variety of David Beckham Colognes for Men for any time of day and occasion.

For those who like to stay true with the option to still switch it up from time to time, David Beckham’s cologne collections provide a window to explore new horizons while keeping yourself anchored.

His fragrance line is also very reasonably priced and won't break your wallet.

Read our round-up of our favorite budget-friendly colognes

Jude Law

With equal parts warmth and musk — Jude and Paul Smith Extreme just make sense. For the refined but still slightly rugged, Paul Smith Extreme does a nice job at complimenting style and ingenuity.

Heart notes of nutmeg have the warmth while top notes of lemon have a crisp flair. Base notes consist of rosewood and musk and make for a charming fragrance for the modern guy.

Not only is this fragrance affordable, but it’s also flexible and can be used for both days in the office or on nights out.

Read our 15 favorite work and office colognes

Famous Male Celebrities Colognes Infographic
Hugo Boss Cologne
  • A fine balance of sophistication and fun
  • Perfect for ambitious go-getters
  • Perfect for both warming up the cold season, or cooling down the warm
Dolce & Gabbana The One
  • For the man that isn’t afraid to be bold
  • Excellent for both casual social gatherings and events
  • For those who work hard and play hard
David Beckham Beyond Cologne
  • For those that like to stay true with the option to switch it up from time to time
  • Offers a variety of colognes
  • Provides a window to explore new horizons


How do male celebrities stick to their chosen scents over time, and do they ever try out new fragrances?

Male celebrities often maintain loyalty to their chosen scents by establishing a strong association between their personal brand and the fragrance they wear. While some may occasionally experiment with new fragrances, many prefer to stick with what they know and love.

Do these celebrities share any similarities or differences in their scent preferences based on factors like age, career, or background?

There are definitely similarities or differences in their scent preferences based on a few different factors. For example, younger celebrities might lean towards fresher or more modern scents, while those who are more mature may prefer classic or sophisticated fragrances. Because of their cultural backgrounds, some men might gravitate towards scents that reflect their heritage or upbringing.

What should men consider when picking a signature scent, and how can they find one that matches their style and taste with so many options available?

When selecting a signature scent, it's essential to consider personal preferences, lifestyle, and the occasion the fragrance is mostly for. Sampling different colognes and paying attention to how they interact with your skin chemistry can help narrow down choices. Ultimately, the goal is to find a scent that resonates with your individual style and personality, regardless of the trends or marketing hype.


Jack is a freelance writer in Illinois with a lot of unfinished tattoos. He likes whiskey, stand up paddle boarding, and being outdoors. When he’s not writing, you can find him at the pub with his friends and family.

10 Famous Male Celebrities and Their Favorite Colognes