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7 Incredible Men’s Colognes to Give and Receive

Just like pulling on a crisp button-down shirt, and a pair of chinos; a spritz of a fresh new cologne can brighten your day, arouse your senses, and send a signal to your unconscious brain that it’s time to get up, get moving, and get something done for the day; something badly needed in the repetitive wheel of working from home. You may also be looking for an easy gift to help brighten somebody else’s day. This year has seen the debut of some great scents, and we’ve made a few selections for you; dividing them up by their fragrance profiles. Cool, vegetal, or citrusy can be fresh for day; while something more earthy and elemental might be better for evening. Of course, there are lots of choices that mix them up so you can make one your signature fragrance. Here are our favorite colognes of the year.

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Best Overall: Henry Rose Jake’s House

BEST FRAGRANCE Henry Rose Jake’s House
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Did you know that many of your favorite conventional fragrances contain hormone-disrupting ingredients? With Jake’s House, you’re not only going smell like a complete stud, you’re guaranteed fragrances that are clean and non-toxic. The Henry Rose fragrance is the perfect day-time cologne for the spring and summer seasons that was a certified crowdpleaser for our judges. Capturing the scents of citrus, honey and musk, we’re sure you’re going to love this fragrance as much as we do. That’s why it’s a recipient of The Manual 2021 Grooming Awards.

Acqua di Parma Colonia Futura Eau de Cologne

With its blend of Italian citrus, clary sage, and vetiver, this aromatic fragrance will transport you to the woods of Southern Europe. What makes the cologne even better is Acqua di Parma’s dedication to sustainability. This cologne is 99% naturally derived and packed in a bottle that is also recyclable. A win for your senses and the environment.

Angels’ Share By Kilian Paris

Like alcohol, scents have the ability to alter your mood and state of mind. That’s why this cognac-inspired fragrance is a crowd pleasure. With its perfect blend of sweet, spicy and warm, you’ll get the best notes of this sophisticated dark liquor with none of the “boozy” smells.

Byredo Mixed Emotions

Just like the name suggests Mixed Emotions is truly a mixed bag of scents that invoke many emotions. This scent is designed to reflect the “tumultuous nature of our times”; a combination of both highs and lows. Sometimes smelling sweet, and sometimes smelling a little more woodsy- it just can’t seem to make up it’s mind, and we love the versatility it delivers.

Fulton & Roark Clearwater

The Fulton & Roark Solid Cologne will keep you fresh on-the-go. This compact cologne comes in a durable metal tin that is convenient for travel and a great addition for your every day carry essentials. Although small in size, this product is a dense one, which means it will last you up to 7 months, depending on use.

Le Labo Santal 33

This unisex Eau de perfume is long-lasting with notes of leather warm spice and violet. This cologne has a good oil base which means its guaranteed to last all day.

Kenneth Cole Mankind Unlimited Eau de Toilette

This fragrance by Kenneth Cole was launched in 2020 and includes notes of clary sage, mandarin orange and sandalwood. If you aspire to live your life boldly without limits, this cologne might make a great addition to your vanity tray.

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