Top 10 Most Complimented Men’s Colognes

Top 10 Most Complimented Men’s Colognes

Most guys want to find a cologne that fits their style and is appealing to other people as well. There's some scents you might love wearing but no one else seems quite as enamored of. Then there's others (like my love/hate relationship with Curve) that you're not crazy about but get people commenting and asking you what cologne you're wearing all day long. Of course, the ideal is to find a fragrance you enjoy wearing AND that other people enjoy smelling on you. 

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We asked 10 men which of their fragrances gets the most compliments.

I wear Polo Black, I think Polo has been around so long that any of their fragrances you really can’t go wrong with. No doubt this is my go to cologne as it smells more sophisticated and not overpowering during business meetings or a night on the town with my wife.

— Mark Llano, President & CEO of Skeleton Optics, US Marine Corp (retired)
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I've been a fan of Truefitt & Hill's grooming products for a while and was surprised with a bottle of the 1805 cologne as a gift recently. I appreciate its clean, classic scent and always get compliments when I wear it, and questions about what it is.

— Noel G, Actor and Producer
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I wear a LOT of colognes - everything from high-end Gucci to basic Stetson. However, the one that has gotten me the most compliments (from both men and women) is Calvin Klein’s Intense Euphoria. This is also my personal favorite. It’s funny because I’ve tried the regular Euphoria, and while it’s good, it doesn’t garner nearly the amount of praise at the Intense Euphoria does. 

— James Pollard,
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 I wanted to recommend Santal 33 Parfum from Le Labo. It's the one fragrance everyone has loved on me, both men and women. I'm a fan of the smokiness and masculinity it has, without being too overwhelming.

— Jeremy Lindy,
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Gucci Guilty Intense is by far, the most complimented cologne I wear – it also is the one that lasts the longest. This one is more so a scent for the weekend, as I feel in an office setting, it may be a bit overpowering.

I’ve had so many strangers come up to me and ask what I’m wearing, it’s ridiculous. If you’re looking to grab attention, this one is a sure way of doing so.

—Ross Walker Smith
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Whenever I wear the scent Morrocan Mint Tea by Massachusetts niche perfumer Serena Ava Goode just about every person I come into contact with moves in just a little bit closer and asks why I smell so great. The scent smells of mouthwash. REALLY strong mint mouthwash, but in the best way. Then it dries into a sandalwood, but the mint is always around.. It's surprisingly good in the winter months.

— Paul Cram,
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Grey Flannel is a calming familiar scent. This makes my customers feel safe and confident. Though the fragrance is not entirely a floral, the unusual violet note is the undisputed star of the olfactory pyramid. When paired with citrus, oakmoss and sandalwood, gone are the candy-sweet connotations of violets, and “hello” warm, comfy sweater. The citrus brightens the composition while the oakmoss and patchouli ground and tame it. 

—Howard Wiggins, Interior Designer
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I wear Coast by Thomas Clipper. People constantly ask what I'm wearing when I have this on. Coast is part of the UNITE collection the company is dedicated to responsibly sourcing their products. The UNITE collection is designed to be used together. So while Coast is fresh and sporty with citrus notes all on its own, it can also be blended with the other two scents in the collection, City or Country, to change the profile. 

— Caleb Gibson, CEO/Founder Carrot Krate
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Brut Cologne does the trick for me (and more importantly for my wife!)

— Keith Guernsey, Author

Thanks to all the guys for weighing in on their scents. Love seeing the mix of new niche fragrances and the classics. If you're still looking for your signature scent that will get everyone asking what you're wearing, these fragrances are a great place to start.