What Cologne Do Women Like? – Did Yours make the list

Who hasn’t bought a cologne that they thought smell great,  only to find that the women in their life didn’t really care for it?   No one likes spending money on things that don’t get the result you’re looking for. 

While it would be easy and make life simple for everyone, it just doesn’t work that way. Everyone has their own taste and there is not just one fragrance for everyone. Rather than Wouldn’t it be great to know what others are thinking before you buy?

That’s why we took a sample poll to get an idea of what men’s cologne women love.   The result is this table that assimilates the data we collected into one place.  This will give you a quick idea if the cologne you are looking at is one favored by women.

We hope you enjoy the list.

Mens Colognes that Women just Love
What Fragrance is your Partners Favorite?

What Cologne Do Women Like on Men?

Cologne Price Approval Rating Popularity Women Sampled
Acqua Di Gio By Giorgio Armani  $$$73.7%5 – Everyone wears it19
Curve by Liz Claiborne for Men $80%5 – Everyone wears it25
Ralph Lauren Polo Red Eau de Toilette Spray for Men, 4.2 Ounce $$$95%1 – What is this?25
Kenneth Cole Mankind By Kenneth Cole $$60%1 – What is this?25
Issey Miyake L'eau D'issey $$45%5 – Everyone wears it25
Nautica Voyage By Nautica $80%5 – Everyone wears it25
Nautica Classic by Nautica $80%5 – Everyone wears it25
Ralph Lauren Polo Black $$$$70%1 – What is this?25
No products found.$$20%1 – What is this?25
Drakkar Noir By Guy Laroche $$73.7%5 – Everyone wears it19
Eternity by Calvin Klein $$84.2%1 – What is this?19
Tommy by Tommy Hilfiger $$90%1 – What is this?25
Spicebomb by Viktor & Rolf $$$93.3%1 – What is this?15
Terre d'Hermès by Hermès $$$$93.3%1 – What is this?15
Chrome Azzaro by Azzaro $$99.9%4 – I’ve heard the name15
Kenneth Cole Black By Kenneth Cole $$86.7%5 – Everyone wears it15
Usher By Usher $99.9%5 – Everyone wears it15
Burberry Brit by Burberrry $$$$86.7%1 – What is this stuff?15
Creed Aventus by Creed $$$$$73.3%1 – What is this stuff?15
Guilty By Gucci $$$99.9%5 – Everyone wears it15
Hugo by Hugo Boss $$86.7%3 – Partially familiar15
Eros by Versace $$$86.7%1 – What is this?15
Armani Code by Giorgio Armani $$$99.9%4 – I’ve heard the name15
Light Blue By Dolce & Gabbana $$80%4 – I’ve heard the name15
1 Million By Paco Rabanne $$$$86.7%4 – I’ve heard the name15
Fierce by Abercrombie & Fitch $$95%4 – I’ve heard the name25

So, What are women’s favorite men’s colognes?

Well, as you can see just with a small sampling we were able to extract 25 colognes that were on the top of these women’s minds. This this list is a start, but is far from exhaustive. For example one my aunt’s favorite colognes, Christian Dior’s Sauvage Eau de Toilette  didn’t make the list. My aunt loves this scent with its top notes of Sichuan pepper and Calabrian bergamot, but Gabby wasn’t in our survey.

Price – What we used for a guideline

It should be noted that prices change and there are always sales so this chart we used is just that a guideline there is no promise this is the price of the cologne on the specific day you check it.

  • $ – Less than $25 for an approximate 3 ounces of cologne
  • $$ – Between $25 and $50 for 3 ounces of cologne
  • $$$ – Between $50 and $75 for about 3 ounces of cologne
  • $$$$ – Between $75 and $100 for about 3 ounces of cologne
  • $$$$$ – Over $100 for about 3 ounces of cologne

Approval Rating – How strongly a woman said she was attracted

This particular rating shows the percentage of women that wants their boyfriend/husband/lover(s) to wear it.  The higher the percentage, the more women find that particular cologne attractive. While this is a subjective designation that doesn’t break down the top notes, heart notes, and base notes; it does give you some insight as to what these women like from an impressionist point of view.

Popularity – What did we mean by this designation?

This shows how many men are currently wearing this type of cologne.  1 = What is this stuff? to 5 = Everyone wears it.  This special category will help you find an Eau de Parfum or Eau de Toilette that is currently being worn by men everywhere and a cologne that guys are not wearing very often.  Very helpful if you’re looking for a signature scent that not many people wear (<– HUGE tip).

What cologne will get you laid?

Well, we’re not going going to say any specific cologne will get you laid based on what they smell like, however there are pheromonic fragrances out there that claim there is some science behind it. While we aren’t going to argue with science, our more practical answer is that if you are where a cologne, Eau de Toilette, Eau de Parfum that you feel is a women’s favorite clone, your confidence will be up and a confident man always has better chances in this department!

What is the most attractive smelling cologne?

We’ve covered scent profiles and strengths of the different types of mens fragrances before but we thought we would include them here as a reminder.

In general, the more the aromatic compounds, the stronger the scent.  So if you’re looking for a bold fragrance that will last a long time, it might be a great idea to select an Eau de Parfum.  If you’re looking for something a little less likely to assault the senses, an Eau de Cologne will be a better choice for you.   For me personally, the Eau de Toilette for everyday wear strikes a balance between the two. Much like goldilocks tried 3 of everything until she found the one that is “Just Right” you will likely need to do the same with men’s fragrance products to find your style.

Here are rough guidelines:

TypeAromatic Compounds
Cologne – (EdC)2-6%
Eau de Toilette – (EdT)5-15%
Eau de Parfum – (EdP)10-20%

Mens Fragrances that Women Love

So what does all this mean? You came here looking for for an answer to the question: What is it that women look for in a men’s cologne? Did they like a masculine scent best? Was it the Giorgio Armani brand or Dolce Gabbana brand? A long lasting top note? After all inquiring minds want to know….

Sadly, there is no singular answer to the question, however there was one theme all of the 90% or higher approval rated colognes. All of these choices (with the notable exception of Usher) had a top note with some sort of citrus, heart notes of spice, and a base note with a woody aroma. So here is a break down of some of these fragrances to help you find your own unique brand that carries this common them.

Common Citrus Fragrances

Bergamot: More of a floral and tart smelling fragrance than a typical orange has

Orange: A sweet, stimulating fragrance

Grapefruit: elegant aroma, happy smell , uplifting, more tangy than orange

Lemon: has a way of covering bad odors, bright smell

Common Spicy Fragrances

Pink Pepper: Comes from the Peruvian pepper tree, not actually a pepper. Fragrant hints of juniper.

Black Pepper: musty with a mild pungent bite

Cinnamon: Cozy, warm, comforting

Coriander: Hint of citrus, floral, and spicy

 Zesty ginger: its similar to citrus but has a little bit of a woody fragrance

What Cologne Do Women Like? – Woody Fragrances –

Cedar: Camphoric, hints of balsam,

Tonka Bean: Nutty, hints of vanilla to it

Pachouli: Earthy, sweet, Minty

Conclusion of Scents Women Love…

While this article is far from scientific, we think you have a little better insight into what types of fragrances women like on their man. Also in looking at the choices by women, they weren’t always the best selling cologne. Finding that one specific fragrance than women love to rule them all is elusive at best, we can get collect the fragrance overtones in the products they favored, then use that to guide our fragrance choice.

So now that you are armed with an awareness of what women look for your ready to go forth and find the scent that you will fell confident has a bouquet that falls in the scent realm of the opposite sex.