If you’re at all interested in men’s fragrances, you may have come across the concept of “barbershop fragrances”. Elegant, sharp, nearly medicinal at times, these scents evoke the old-school charm of a classic barbershop. They may feel fresh, zesty, cool as a cucumber or, conversely, a bit more soapy and close to the skin. Either way, they are classic and timeless, and we wouldn’t dream of choosing just one. Sit back, get comfortable, and follow along on this aromatic journey through the best barbershop fragrances.
Paco Rabanne Pour Homme Eau de Toilette
A true classic
We couldn’t possibly list our best barbershop fragrances without including the 1973 Paco Rabanne Pour Homme Eau de Toilette, an aromatic fougère that perfectly evokes the feeling of a fresh shave.
From an aromatic and inspiring start, with lavender, thyme, and Brazilian rosewood, this classic fragrance grows deeper and richer, with a base of oakmoss, tobacco and musk meeting the timeless charm of an amber note.
Burberry For Men Classic Eau de Toilette
For Brits and Brits at heart
A woody aromatic men’s fragrance with a quintessentially British old school quality, Burberry For Men Classic Eau de Toilette is a timeless classic, a men’s cologne that suits any outfit, any occasion.
The composition opens with an invigorating burst of bergamot, lavender, fresh mint, and thyme, which then develops into an intense heart of moss, geranium, and sandalwood. Base notes of amber and cedarwood add a warm and woody aroma, creating greater depth.
Calvin Klein Eternity For Men Eau de Parfum
A modern take on the classic fougère
Refined and sophisticated, Calvin Klein Eternity For Men Eau de Parfum celebrates modern, multifaceted masculinity. A new woody note significantly transforms the original fougère formula with a dose of elegance.
A powerful and sophisticated base of suede and vetiver layers coupled with a heart of warm geranium and cypress. Alluring top notes of sage and apple impart a contrasting crisp freshness to this compelling fragrance.
Carolina Herrera CH Men Eau de Toilette
An impeccable statement
Not all of the best barbershop fragrances feel the same. Indeed, Carolina Herrera CH Men Eau de Toilette is a oriental spicy perfume that exhales a unique character, sensual and elegant at the same time. A statement opening of grass together with bergamot and grapefruit creates a remarkable first impression.
The fragrance develops with heart notes of aromatic nutmeg, saffron, and woodsy notes coupled with violet. A warmer base of leather, sugar, vanilla and oakmoss completes the irresistible charm of the composition.
Hugo Boss Hugo Eau de Toilette
A casual herbal scent
A classic from the 90s, Hugo Eau de Toilette is an icon of perfumery due to its original blend of intensively fresh scents and masculine woody notes.
Upon first spray, this refreshing fragrance strikes with the crisp and unmistakable scent of green apple and lavender, before settling down into middle notes of aromatic sage, geranium, carnation, and jasmine. Finally, a spicy drydown of fir, cedar, and patchouli rounds out the fragrance with a sense of assured masculinity.
Davidoff Cool Water Eau de Toilette For Men
Clean and classic
Inspired by the freshness of the ocean, Davidoff Cool Water Eau de Toilette For Men is the aromatic essence of masculine vitality, power and seduction. An invigorating scent delivers energy as well as audacity.
With refreshing top notes of lavender and peppermint, this scent opens vibrant and sparkling. The heart notes of sandalwood and geranium, together with oakmoss, add body and presence to the fragrance. Deeper notes of musk and amber add intensity, as well as an interesting contrast.
Hugo Boss Boss Bottled Night Eau de Toilette
Lavender with a twist
Hugo Boss Boss Bottled Night Eau de Toilette is an intense and spicy fragrance with a determined and avant-garde character.
A fresh, vibrant opening of birch leaves and lavender makes way for an intense heart of African violet, spicy cardamom, and opulent jasmine. The provocative composition then rests on a base of warm, precious nuances of Louro Amarelo tree, sensual musk, and classic sandalwood.
Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Eau de Toilette
Powdery and sweet
The way we see it, this is one of the best barbershop fragrances out there. Launched in 1995, Le Male Eau de Toilette is an unconventional oriental fougère fragrance that feels refreshing and sweet at the same time. Built on contrasting scents, this fragrance features the green notes of artemisia and mint coupled with cardamom, lavender and sparkling bergamot.
A heart of spicy cinnamon and caraway, together with orange blossom, contributes to the comforting, yet sensual character of this eau de toilette.
Now that we’ve shared our best barbershop fragrances, you may be feeling one of two things: a renewed interest in these classic lavender-and-geranium concoctions, or a sudden desire to explore something completely different. If you’re the former, we hope this list has introduced you to your new scent. If you’re the latter, don’t worry: we have plenty of options for other styles of men’s fragrances in our Perfume Store.
Beauty Writer & Editor