If there's anything you should know about me, it's that I love fragrance above all else. I'm all for floral-leaning and sweet scents when the occasion calls for them, but I will always feel best in a unisex scent. My boyfriend is also a major fragrance person, so luckily, we get to share a lot of fragrances. The mark of a good unisex fragrance is that it can smell good on anyone, and I truly don't think fragrances need to be gendered.
This week, I had my boyfriend test-drive some of the best colognes out there. Many of these are marketed with men in mind, and others are meant to be unisex. I think they'd smell great on anyone, but if you have someone in your life who is male or male identifying, these would all be a fantastic choice for them. Keep reading for the scents I liked best that my boyfriend tried, plus other colognes that smell incredible.
This scent was initially in my fragrance collection, but after my boyfriend kept stealing spritzes, I relented and gave it to him to keep. It smells so warm and inviting on his skin, and it's woodsy without making you think you're smelling sawdust.
My boyfriend told me he wore this to the office one day and asked someone what smelled so good, only to later realize the good smell was his own cologne. If that's not a ringing endorsement, I'm not sure what is. I can attest that it smells incredible—it's complex but still soft.
If you're searching for a bright, fresh-smelling cologne, this one fits the bill. Bergamot really comes through in this scent and makes anyone who smells it feel instantly transported to the Italian coast.
Byredo's new scent, which is an exploration of vanilla, is a truly unisex fragrance. My boyfriend and I have been sharing, and it smells exquisite and different on both of us. On him, I think the earthiness rings through, giving him an air of mystery.
Notes of lavender give this fragrance a surprising edge. This fragrance was made to be masculine, but it's not a traditionally masculine scent at all thanks to the lavender and white florals, which is refreshing.
I couldn't resist putting this cult classic on the list. Particularly if you live in a place like New York City, you're likely used to getting a waft of this as you walk down the street. There's a reason it's so popular, though—it truly smells good on everyone. It's distinctive but plays nicely with nearly every body chemistry.
If you think the smell of leather is one of the best smells out there, this is the cologne for you. It smells like fine leather with a twist, making it the ultimate combination of rough around the edges and refined.
I love anything that's multitasking, and this fragrance is also functional. It has phytoncides—molecular compounds produced in forests—that help relieve stress and anxiety, so you'll not only smell good, but you'll also feel good.
If I were to choose which fragrance on this list smells the cleanest, I'd probably pick this one. You truly feel like you're transported to a barber shop when you smell it—it's like a cloud of aftershave and leather seats.