Many fragrances have come and gone, but these tried-and-tested ones have stood the test of time. You probably know the scent of most on this list. If not, you should pick the rest up and add them to your arsenal. Here are the top, most iconic fragrances for men... because, sometimes, all it takes is a classic.
1. Paco Rabanne 1 Million Eau de Toilette 100ml
PACO RABANNE 1 Million Eau de Toilette, P5350, zalora.com.ph
Paco Rabanne's 1 Million has been a staple in every man's wardrobe since it was launched in 2008. It was a created as a collaborated among three famous noses: Christophe Raynaud, Olivier Pescheux, and Michel Girard. All you have to know about it are its notes of blood orange, grapefruit, cinnamon, mint, rose, spices, leather, white wood, patchouli, and amber, which all make up this sexy and spicy scent.
2. Dior Sauvage Eau de Parfum
DIOR Sauvage, P7300, rustans-thebeautysource.com
If Sauvage seems familiar, it's because it takes its name from Dior's 1966 Eau Sauvage. That's the only thing the two share in common, however. Sauvage is a lot more contemporary with notes of Calabria bergamot and ambroxan that's raw, noble, and woody.
3. Chanel Bleu de Chanel
CHANEL Bleu de Chanel, price unavailable, chanel.com
It's been short of a decade since Bleu de Chanel was launched, but it's already gotten icon status. The citrus, spicy fragrance was developed by Jacques Polge with notes of labdanum, nutmeg, ginger, sandalwood, patchouli, mint, jasmine, grapefruit, vetiver, cedar, and more. It's a scent that's been said to be extremely masculine and versatile enough for all occasions.
4. Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio
GIORGIO ARMANI Acqua di Gio, P5880, watsons.com.ph
Acqua di Gio is a scent that's familiar to almost everyone. It's citrusy, spicy, aromatic, and even a little floral. Unlike other men's fragrances, this one is definitely a lot sweeter, but the masculinity comes in with all the salty and bitter notes in the form of rosemary, cedar, patchouli, and other sea notes.
5. Creed Aventus
CREED Aventus, P17,000, rustans-thebeautysource.com
You may know Creed as the chosen brand of the world's top celebrities, but it's really much more than that. Aventus, for one, is a benchmark for men's fragrances. It's fruity yet smoky and sweet yet woody, thanks to its notes of blackcurrant, bergamot, apple, pineapple, rose, jasmine, patchouli, and more. Pick this up if you want a classic that will always work.
6. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue
DOLCE & GABBANA Light Blue, P4850, rustans.com
In 2007, Dolce & Gabanna's Light Blue was the scent for men. Years later, it has cemented its place in fragrances. The citrusy, spicy scent is the ultimate summer fragrance you should pick up if you just want to smell fresh. Just consider the top notes: Sicilian mandarin, juniper, grapefruit, and bergamot.
7. Issey Miyake L'Eau D'Issey Pour Homme
ISSEY MIYAKE L'Eau D'Issey Pour Homme, price unavailable, rustans-thebeautysource.com
Issey Miyake's L'Eau d'Issey was everyone's first experience with a sort of niche-style fragrance. Jacques Cavallier used unusual and rare materials to create the scent such as yuzu and water lily combined with bergamot, lemon, and tarragon. There's also hints of nutmeg, tobacco, sandalwood, cedar, and vetiver.
8. Davidoff Cool Water For Men 125ml
DAVIDOFF Cool Water for Men, price unavailable, rustans-thebeautysource.com
The '90s were a big time for fragrances and Cool Water was "it." It's fresh, simple yet strikingly masculine, with notes of mint, lavender, coriander, rosemary, neroli, jasmine, and more. We're sure this was what you used in school, and we wouldn't be mad if you still use it to this day.
9. Calvin Klein CK One 100ml
CALVIN KLEIN CK One, P3498, rustans-thebeautysource.com
Another '90s staple: CK One. Like it or not, when this was released, it was a pretty modern scent. The unisex fragrance is sort of a one size fits all because who can resist something citrusy, woody, and floral? The notes say it all: pineapple, mandarin orange, papaya, bergamot, cardamom, lemon, nutmeg, orris root, violet, jasmine, rose, freesia, sandalwood, amber, and cedar.
10. Bvlgari Pour Homme EDT
BVLGARI Pour Homme EDT, P6000, rustans-thebeautysource.com
The late '90s were all about Bulgari's Pour Homme. Another Jacques Cavallier creation, it has notes of lavender, orange, nutmeg, bergamot, orange, coriander, pepper, and vetiver, to name a few. It's considered safe these days, but there's nothing wrong with sticking to what you know, especially with scents.
*This story originally appeared on Esquiremag.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.