Getting it right on a first date is one of the most intimidating things in the world. You’ve got to dress well, talk about all the right things, and take her somewhere that will make a good impression. As if that weren’t enough, you have to smell great as well.
Guys, I feel you and I got you covered.
Regardless of how long you’ve been dating someone, she will still expect you to make an effort when you take her out. This means pulling out all the stops and, of course, picking the best date cologne.
But there are so many, aren’t there? Have you been fragrance shopping recently? My gosh, it’s a challenge to figure out what women like. And if you’re not well versed in fragrances, scent notes, and what’s on trend at the moment finding the right scent can be an arduous task.
Let me speed up that process for you.
I am going to help you find the cologne with the most attractive, sexy, and masculine properties for your next date. In this post, you will discover how to make yourself irresistible all through the power of the sense of smell.
Top 12 Colognes You Should Wear On A Date
1. Dior Homme – Best Date Night Cologne
Dior Homme has to be one of the highest complimented colognes that I own. Women seem to go wild for it and I can’t put my finger on why. Perhaps it’s the unique mixture of lavender, iris, and sage with warm cacao, amber, and leather. It might be the way the fragrance lingers delicately in the air for HOURS after spraying.
Dior Homme is a great choice for date night because of how well it performs. Yes, it lingers and it certainly does not go unnoticed but it’s not offensive either. It demands attention in a classy, sophisticated manner. If you’re going somewhere special, it’s the perfect compliment to your surroundings and your favorite shirt.
2. Montale Intense Cafe – Most Romantic Cologne
Intense Cafe is a unisex fragrance and a lot of people might think it’s a fragrance geared towards women due to its rose notes. However, I believe that because of its intense coffee accord and musky base, Intense Cafe has to be one of the best romantic colognes men can wear.
It feels warm and comforting. Almost like a hug in a bottle and I think that’s what makes it great for men to use on romantic dates.
I think Intense Cafe would be best kept as a scent for winter since it can be overpowering in summer. But it’ll emit luxurious, romantic clouds of scent from your skin throughout the duration of the date and beyond.
3. Armani Code – Most Seductive Cologne
Since 2004, Armani Code has been one of my favorite fragrances as a soductive cologne. There’s nothing like it, and that immediately grabs attention, notably, from women when I wear it.
If you’re trying to seduce that special someone on date night then there’s nothing better than Code. It’s a dark and mysterious cologne that pops out warm spicy notes left, right, and center. Leather, star anise, tonka bean, and tobacco are all in the mix for a sexy scent.
Once you get up close and persona, Code isn’t going to gas her out with an intense scent. Sure, she’ll pick up on it but it’s not that overpowering that your natural body odor won’t come through, and nothing is more seductive to a women than that.
4. Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit De L’Homme – Most Sexy Men’s Cologne
La Nuit De L’Homme is an incredibly powerful fragrance that exudes masculinity and embodies power. But it does this with confidence and not with arrogance. YSL has managed to blend a handful of accords together to create a unique and characterful cologne that’s perfect for dates.
What I like about La Nuit De L’Homme is that while it helps to attract attention, it does so quietly and without dominating. For me, it is the perfect choice for an intimate date with someone you’ve been seeing for a while.
5. Dolce & Gabbana The One
D&G’s the One cologne has become one of its most recognizable scents. It’s warm, spicy, and super sexy, making it perfect for one-on-one dates.
What I personally love about The One is the way it makes me feel when I wear it. The blend of grapefruit alongside spices, tobacco, and orange blossom makes me feel confident and self-assured. And being authentic on a first date definitely works in a person’s favor.
6. Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male
Le Male is a classic cologne that took the world by storm in the mid-90s. The fragrance is one of the most unmistakable men’s fragrances ever launched. Anyone who’s even remotely interested in perfume will instantly recognize it.
But why does this make it good for a date? Well, it’s simple. Wearing such a highly aromatic, vanilla cologne tells a woman that you are classy, elegant, and powerful. To make a good first impression, there aren’t many other colognes that will do it as well as Le Male.
7. Hugo Boss Boss Bottled
There’s no doubt Boss Bottled is a classic, a staple on many men’s vanities since the early 90s.
With Boss Bottled, you get fruity notes with woods, cinnamon and vanilla so there’s a very sexy sweetness to the warmth that girls go gaga over. It is an aromatic fragrance with a distinctive character. If you wear this on a first date, then the lucky lady is always going to associate the scent with you. She will think of you every time she smells it, when you aren’t around.
8. Creed Aventus
Is Aventus one of the most well-known and popular niche colognes out there? Yes, I think it is! Not only that but it’s an uber luxurious (and kind of pricey) perfume so wearing it demonstrates that you have class and sophistication. And when it comes to impressing someone on a date, there are no two better qualities.
Aventus is designed to show power and success and it does it in an exquisite yet masculine way. With super sweet pineapple and fruits at the head along with floral and woody notes through the heart, Aventus makes for a bold scent.
9. Chanel Bleu De Chanel
I’ve always associated Bleu de Chanel with sports for some reason. I think it’s the fresh citrus notes that remind me of summers spent playing tennis in the sun. Just me? OK but it also works excellently as a date night cologne and let me tell you why.
BDC is an inoffensive yet extremely pleasant men’s cologne. It doesn’t try to be something it’s not nor does it try to imitate anything else. Yes, its fragrance is somewhat similar to other fresh fragrances but there’s a unique appeal to it as well.
For summer evening dates where you want to impress without being too over the top, Bleu de Chanel excels, for sure.
10. Dior Sauvage
Sauvage is a heady, masculine cologne for a modern gentleman. It demands attention and is one of the sexiest men’s colognes that I own. I mean, Johnny Depp is the face of Sauvage, and I doubt there’s a woman in the world that would kick him out of bed.
Sauvage is fresh and aromatic before it melts down to an intoxicating mix of spices and woods. I love this cologne also because it lasts forever, so I’d recommend it for an outing that will last all day. What’s more, because Sauvage is such a recognizable scent, she will always associate Sauvage with you. That’s easy bonus points.
11. Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille
When you think of a luxury perfume brand, Tom Ford is one that immediately comes to mind. They are typically unisex fragrances but some tend to be slightly more masculine, as is the case with Tobacco Vanille. It’s warm. It’s comforting. It’s sweet. My mouth dropped open the first time I smelled it.
Tobacco Vanille is ideal if you’re going on a date that demands sophistication and class. It has the feel of a serious grown-up fragrance and tells a woman that you’re a guy worth sticking around for.
Tobacco and vanilla are joined by spicy notes, tobacco blossom, cacao, and tonka bean. But let me tell you, don’t go mad with it because Tobacco Vanille is super powerful and a few sprays will do the trick.
12. Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb Extreme
Spicebomb took the world by storm, but it has become something that everyone seems to be wearing. The way I see it, when you’re going on a date, you want to stand out from the rest. I recommend Spicebomb Extreme if you already love Spicebomb, but want to make more of a statement.
It’s like the older, classier brother of its predecessor and Spicebomb Extreme screams authority and strength like nothing else. This scent is filled with rich notes of tobacco, black pepper, caraway, and vanilla that give off a sensual vibe that draws people in instantly.
On cozy, loved up dates Spicebomb Extreme will make her feel like she doesn’t want to let you go.
Should You Wear Cologne On A First Date
Absolutely, it’s perfectly acceptable to wear cologne on a first date; after all, you’re trying to show off the best side of yourself. However, you need to make sure that you choose a cologne that you know smells good on you. Different colognes perform differently depending on your body chemistry so choose a tried and tested fave. Moreover, don’t wear something that’s too over the top or you might take away from other attractive parts of yourself.
How To Apply Cologne For Maximum Effect
Before you use cologne, be sure to prep the skin by showering and moisturizing. Your skin will absorb the scent better as the pores are open and the skin isn’t dry. Spray cologne on your pulse points such as behind the ears, the neck, and the wrists.
If you want to really make a statement, don’t just use the cologne. Use all of the other products in the range like shower gels and creams as this will layer the scent.
Does Cologne Make You More Attractive
There is actually scientific evidence that cologne can make you more attractive. The fragrance affects how people perceive one another and as many as 97% of women claim that they find a man more attractive when he’s wearing a nice cologne.