A perfume is one of those classic gifts that always feels good to receive–and this is true for women and men alike! On the gift giver’s side, however, it can be extremely difficult to decide which perfume to offer. After all, a perfume is something so personal and special that we always risk falling short of our loved one’s expectations. If you’re looking for the best perfume to gift the men in your life, we’re here to help you.
Based on your loved one’s personality, we’re going to make some suggestions that we believe might suit their taste. Shall we begin?
For romantic men to wear on a date
A date night fragrance is always worth a little bit of extra effort. If you’d like to offer a perfume that the man in your life can wear on a date or on a special occasion, we have two ideas that could work:
The first is the Versace Eros Eau de Toilette–what could be more romantic than a perfume inspired by Eros, the son of Aphrodite and God of love? This fragrance creates a contrast between luminous and deeper notes, featuring vibrant mint leaves and Italian lemon zest together with vanilla and vetiver. Unquestionably a fragrance hero!
Our second suggestion, Carolina Herrera CH Men Eau de Toilette, has a slightly different character. Fresh and elegant at the same time, this is a sophisticated fragrance that features the warmth of woods and leather together with spices. Refreshing grass and bergamot keep the composition from getting too stuffy–perfect for a date night.
For professional men who want to keep it subtle
Fresh and “clean-smelling” perfumes are often the best option for an office setting. We have selected two tried-and-tested office fragrances you can gift with confidence:
Calvin Klein Eternity Eau de Toilette is a classic that feels always modern and refreshing, with crisp opening notes of bergamot and mandarin orange and base notes of sandalwood and vetiver coupled with amber. In other words, an iconic fragrance that can do no wrong.
Our second office scent is Coach Eau de Toilette, a woody aromatic fragrance that will works as well in daylight as it does in the evening. This eau de toilette opens up with invigorating notes of citrus and pear, but it dries down to an earthy and grounding base of vetiver, suede, and ambergris. The final result is extremely wearable, even in the office.
For bold men looking to stand out
Some men were born to be in the spotlight, and fortunately we’ve got some fragrances to match that spirit.
The first is, of course, Paco Rabanne Invictus Eau de Toilette. The symbol of a true champion, this scent combines two different facets that compete for attention: uplifting sea and citrus notes, versus a sensual explosion of Guaiac wood, ambergris, and patchouli. Addictive and exhilarating at the same time, this fragrance makes a perfect gift for a charismatic man.
Another option is Azzaro Wanted By Night Eau de Parfum a fragrance for unapologetic hedonists looking for a signature scent. Bold and mysterious, this scent introduces itself with a cinnamon-rich opening, combined with aromatic notes of lavender, mandarin orange, and lemon. The composition warms up over time, picking up enveloping notes of incense, cumin, tobacco, and leather.
For sophisticated men with a gentleman’s sensibility
Men with a more classic, sophisticated style can be a challenge to shop for. How much is too much? How little is too little? The secret is to find a fragrance that is complex but subdued, a scent that doesn’t announce itself too loudly. If you know, you know!
Aromatic and spicy at the same time, Boss The Scent For Him Eau de Toilette has the perfect character to join the fragrance wardrobe of an elegant gentleman. The tension between the ginger and bergamot together with leather and woods creates the perfect balance. The scent feels confident and unmistakably precedes an exquisite, elegant man.
Burberry Mr. Burberry Eau de Toilette brings a clearer, fresher approach. Inspired by classic British perfumery, this eau de toilette captures the unique essence of the city of London. Top notes of zesty grapefruit meet a seductive base of earthy vetiver and smokey guaiac wood to create a perfume that is classic but contemporary, sophisticated but sensual.
For men who stay on top of trends
If you’re shopping for a man who’s into the latest fashion, you’ve got your work cut out for you. When it doubt, pick something edgy!
Carolina Herrera Bad Boy Eau de Toilette is a stylish perfume that presents itself with a distinctive bottle that feels classy as well as avant-garde. That’s a winning combination for a trendsetter! The bolt foresees a striking scent, featuring an oriental spicy personality. The blend of pepper coupled with the zesty bergamot and the enveloping cacao and amber wood constitutes the perfect scent for a remarkable bottle–and for a unique man.
Our second suggestion is Paco Rabanne Phantom Eau de Toillete, a disruptive fragrance that blends innovative technology and luxury craftsmanship. The composition opens with invigorating notes of lemon zest and Amalfi lemon. This freshness prepares your senses for a heart of apple and lavender coupled with smoke, earthy notes and patchouli that creates a bold, sharp contrast.
For athletes to wear in and out of the gym
There used to be an ongoing debate about whether you should wear perfume to the gym, but these days we seem to be on board with the idea–provided that the fragrance in question is appropriate! For the athletes, we’ve got two scent recommendations:
Moschino Forever Sailing Eau de Toilette is a stimulating scent for active men that enjoy sports of all kinds. Inspired by sailing, the fragrance feels refreshing and uplifting at the same time, with notes of lemon and mint. At the same time, a base of woods, amber and muck add a comfortable feel that lingers onto the skin.
You can also go for Versace Pour Homme Eau de Toilette, a bright and airy aromatic fougère with a Mediterranean twist. Lemon, neroli, and bergamot create a sparkling and refreshing opening, while notes of hyacinth, cedar, clary sage, and geranium round out the heart. Luminous and crystalline, this is a perfect scent to accompany a workout.
The best perfume gift sets for men
It’s one thing to offer a perfume as a gift; but it’s quite another to offer the full set! We’re big fans of fragrance gift sets, here at Care to Beauty. Not only are they good-looking, but they are also practical. Indeed, fragrance gift sets hold the secret to making any scent last a lot longer.
These days, most colognes are actually released along with matching shower gels, deodorants, and aftershaves; this allows the wearer to layer on their favorite scene throughout their daily routine and, therefore, noticeably extend the life of their cologne!
Now that we’ve suggested some perfumes we love, you must have a better idea of what to offer the men in your life. If you still haven’t found the ideal gift, don’t worry; you can always explore our full selection of men’s perfumes in the shop, and make your decision then!
Beauty Writer & Editor