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Good news, fellas! Good news. Smelling good at any age is now easier than ever if you spritz yourself with something that matches your level of maturity

Good news, fellas! Good news. Smelling good at any age is now easier than ever if you spritz yourself with something that matches your level of maturity. Thus, here are the best colognes for varying age groups. To whichever y’all may belong, happy sniffing, people!

1. The teen years

These formative years can be some of the toughest. You’re going through puberty, which means your hormones are determining many of your poor decisions, including your cologne choices, while you struggle in the search for your own identity. Adidas Born Original For Him is a safe bet because of its vitality and young appeal, and not to forget, its budget-friendliness. Guess Seductive Homme Blue is a great next step, with a fresh and airy, but more selective, scent. Finally, Paco Rabanne 1 Million introduces you to warm and spicy as you leave adolescence behind.

ADIDAS BORN ORIGINAL FOR HIM
Fragrance group: Woody Aromatic
Main accords: Aromatic, fresh spicy, woody
Top notes: Lavender, rhubarb and violet leaf
Middle notes: Black pepper, orange and sage
Base notes: Cashmere wood, cedar and sandalwood

GUESS SEDUCTIVE HOMME BLUE
Fragrance group: Woody Aquatic
Main accords: Aromatic, fresh spicy, marine
Nose: Guillaume Flavigny
Top notes: Black pepper, cardamom, caviar and citruses
Middle notes: Geranium and sea notes
Base notes: Cashmere wood, moss and sand

PACO RABANNE 1 MILLION
Fragrance group: Woody Spicy
Main accords: Warm spicy, cinnamon, citrus
Nose: Christophe Raynaud, Olivier Pescheux and Michel Girard
Top notes: Blood mandarin, grapefruit and mint
Middle notes: Cinnamon, rose and spicy notes
Base notes: Amber, Indian patchouli, leather and woody notes

2. The 20s

The 20s, if anything, are possibly the best and most badass years of your life. And if you’re just not feeling 22 yet, it’s high time you did. You could opt for Lacoste Pour Homme L.12.12 Magnetic, a blend of woody and aromatic, which gives off the impression that you’re fun, but are also ready for some grownup action. Elsewhere, the intense woods and tonka beans in Montblanc Emblem let people at your workspace know that you’re charismatic, elegant and not to be messed with. And as your 20s draw to a close, Bvlgari’s Man Black Cologne will pretty much prepare you for your entry into the next decade.

LACOSTE POUR HOMME L.12.12 MAGNETIC

Fragrance group: Aromatic Spicy
Main accords: Woody, aromatic, fresh spicy
Top notes: Artemisia, bamboo and juniper
Middle notes: Geranium, tea and violet
Base notes: Amber, patchouli and vetiver

MONTBLANC EMBLEM
Fragrance group: Aromatic Spicy
Main accords: Aromatic, ozonic, spicy, warm
Nose: Sonia Constant
Top notes: Cardamom, clary sage and grapefruit
Middle notes: Cinnamon and violet leaves
Base notes: Tonka bean and woody notes


BVLGARI MAN BLACK COLOGNEFragrance group: Oriental Floral
Main accords: Citrus, amber, white floral
Nose: Alberto Morillas
Top notes: Citruses, green notes and rum
Middle notes: Orange blossom and tuberose
Base notes: Amber, benzoin, musk and sandalwood

3. The 30s

It’s here that the actual fun starts, and you’re fully in charge of the direction in which your life is heading. And it’s here that Alfred Dunhill Icon’s refined and luxurious yet modern scent reflects this transitional chapter in your life. Likewise, let the power and control you’ve established in your mid-30s be reflected with Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit de L’Homme Intense, with its refined elegance and its touch of mystery. Finally, Uomo by Ermenegildo Zegna has strong citrus and woody accords, and we recommend you end your 30s on this note before you enter the next decade—that of sophistication.

ALFRED DUNHILL ICONFragrance group: Woody aromatic
Main accords: Aromatic, fresh spicy, citrus
Nose: Carlos Benaim
Top notes: Bergamot, black pepper, neroli and petitgrain
Middle notes: Cardamom, juniper berries, lavender and sage
Base notes: Iris, leather, oakmoss, oud and vetiver

YVES SAINT LAURENT LA NUIT DE L’HOMME INTENSE

Fragrance group: Oriental
Main accords: Powdery, floral, aromatic
Top notes: Iris and violet
Middle notes: Sage and vanilla
Base notes: Patchouli and tonka bean

ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA UOMO

Fragrance group: Woody Aromatic
Main accords: Citrus, woody, ozonic
Notes: Calabrian bergamot, cedar citruses, vetiver and violet leaves

4. The 40s

By the time you enter your 40s, you absolutely know who you are. So make sure your cologne reflects this confidence. Issey Miyake’s Nuit d’Issey Bleu Astral shows breadth with a timelessly fresh scent, while the warmer Christian Dior Dior Homme Intense suits you well as you near the end of your 40s. Finally, Dolce & Gabbana’s Velvet Collection has a price tag better suited to established bank balances, with the Wood being a subtle, masculine choice.

ISSEY MIYAKE NUIT D’ISSEY BLEU ASTRAL


Fragrance group: Woody Spicy
Main accords: Citrus, leather, aromatic
Top notes: Coriander and lime
Middle notes: Leather
Base notes: Amber wood and woody notes

CHRISTIAN DIOR DIOR HOMME INTENSE


Fragrance group: Woody Floral Musk
Main accords: Woody, floral, powdery
Nose: Francois Demachy
Top notes: Lavender
Middle notes: Ambrette, iris and pear
Base notes: Virginia cedar and vetiver

DOLCE & GABBANA VELVET WOOD

Fragrance group: Leather
Main accords: Woody, warm spicy, leather
Nose: Rodrigo Flores-Roux
Notes: Benzoin, ebony wood and leather

5. The 50s

And finally, the perception of overly musky gents belongs in the past. There’s no reason not to smell damn classy, for lord knows you’ve earned your respect. And it’s here that Jo Malone’s Oud and Bergamot mixes the richness of oud with the bergamot’s citrusy freshness. Elsewhere, Tom Ford’s Black Orchid matches the car you’re now driving and should be used accordingly to reflect your Clooney-esque demeanour.

JO MALONE OUD AND BERGAMOT


Fragrance group: Oriental
Main accords: Citrus, oud and woody
Nose: Christine Nagel
Notes: Amalfi lemon, bergamot, oud, orange and Virginia cedar

TOM FORD BLACK ORCHID


Fragrance group: Oriental Floral
Main accords: Warm spicy, sweet, earthy
Nose: Tom Ford and Givaudan

Top notes: Amalfi lemon, bergamot, black currant, gardenia, jasmine, mandarin orange, tuber and ylang ylang
Middle notes: Fruity notes, jasmine, lotus, orchid and spices
Base notes: Amber, incense, Mexican chocolate, patchouli, sandalwood, vanilla, vetiver and white musk