The Manual’s Five Favorite Colognes


Choosing a cologne can be difficult. You never want to pick a scent that comes on too strong, but if you are going to wear cologne, you want to wear a fragrance that leaves an impression. Whether you are attending a dinner party, catching casual drinks, hitting the club, or meeting someone on a first date, a well-selected cologne can make all the difference.

Because this decision is harder than it appears, The Manual is here to provide you with a selection of colognes that we heartily approve of. These aromas are not tied to the summer or any other particular season, but rather are scents that we feel will fit whichever occasion you might find yourself in.

At The Beach 1966 by CB I Hate Perfume

Chris Brosius is a Williamsburg based perfumer who’s manifesto is that he “hates perfume” but believes that scent is “the record of your own life” and that it his job to capture that experience. His perfumes are non-gender specific, especially At The Beach 1966, which carries the scent of having “been swimming all day in the ocean.” Though, this is certainly a summer scent, the liberating smell of the ocean is something that never gets old.

15ml at $100.00

Burberry London for Men

Burberry is a brand that signifies class and sophistication, and their men’s fragrance is no different. Men of all ages and distinctions will agree that this is a cologne that will never go out of style. With top notes of bergamot, lavender, fresh mint and thyme and solar notes of amber and cedar wood, Burberry London achieves a balance that makes it anything but a seasonal fragrance.

50ml at $52.00

Heroes & Aristocrats The Scents No. 1 by Royal Apothic

Described as a “thoroughly modern masculine fragrance” Heroes & Aristocrats The Scents No. 1 has been crafted to create a fragrance “reminiscent of a fresh shower.” That’s not to say that is just a light perfume—the bottom notes of patchouli, sandalwood, cedarwood and grey musk make it suitable for any lounge or men’s club. That being said, it’ll still be hard to find anyone complaining about a cologne that smells like a “fresh shower.”

60ml at $36.00

Acqua di Giò for Men by Giorgio Armani

This cologne is inspired by Giorgio Armani’s island paradise of Pantelleria, which is located off the coast of Sicily. Fitting of its Mediterranean inspiration, the scent contains zest of green tangerine, rock rose, rosemary, persimmon and jasmine. The fragrance aims to “embrace nature’s contrasts” and, even if you don’t completely understand what that means, you’ll be pleased with the result.

3.4 oz spray at $78.00

Le Male by Jean Paul Gaultier

Since 1995, Jean Paul Gaultier’s Le Male has had a firm place on the dresser tops and medicine cabinet shelves of men everywhere. The bottle itself, in the shape of the male torso, has become something of an icon in the world of masculine scents. The fragrance— with its top mixture at first of wormwood, bergamot and cardamom, followed up by lavender, orange blossom, cinnamon and cumin, with a base of wood, musk, vanilla, amber and Tonka bean—is unmistakable. For guy new to the world of cologne, this is the perfect stepping-stone into the realm of fine scents.

4.2 oz spray at $85.00