Do you want a spray-once-lasts-all-day type of fragrance? The kind that can take you from day to night, without reaching for a midday top-up? Lucky for you, our in-house pros have put scents you know and love to the ultimate wearability test to bring you the best long-lasting perfume for men. Get set to discover scents that work as hard as you do.
How to find long-lasting fragrances
The secret to men’s long-lasting fragrance is often the formulation, from the concentration of perfume oils to the profile and notes. Now, we’re not expecting everyone to have a degree from the School of Perfumery, which is why we’ve done the hard work for you with our rundown of the top ten. But, when in doubt, if you fall in love with a scent and it’s available in a couple of different concentrations – say Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum – look out for the latter or ‘intense’ varieties as they are formulated to last the longest.
Want to get to grips with the lingo? Check out our article on Cologne vs Aftershave vs Eau de Toilette for the low-down.
1. Ombre Leather by Tom Ford
Inspired by the designer’s connection to the American West, Tom Ford’s Ombre Leather is rich, luxurious, and undeniably bold. Described by the designer himself as a ‘heightened expression’ of the original, this Eau de Parfum formulation features deep woody notes, a dose of floral jasmine, and a double concentration of leather at the heart. A little will go a long way, so dab sparingly and enjoy the fragrance as it unfolds from day to night.
2. Sauvage Elixir by Dior
Never a brand to do things by half measures, Dior is rewriting the parfum rules with their ‘extreme’ concoction – Sauvage Elixir. Opening with a burst of grapefruit and a blend of spices (think nutmeg, cinnamon, and cardamon), it has that ‘love-at-first-spray’ appeal. While the tailor-made lavender note comes through at the heart, before settling to an ambery base, for a distinct finish.
3. Invictus Victory by Paco Rabanne
Powerful. Seductive. Fresh. If there was ever a first-place trophy for best long-lasting perfume for men, it would be Rabanne’s Invictus Victory. Encouraged by the roaring success of Invictus, our fave brand for head-turning fragrances have kicked things up a notch with this ‘extreme’ (their words, not ours!) Eau de Parfum. It dials up the headiness with notes of incense, lavender, and patchouli – perfect for when you want to impress after hours.
4. Explorer Ultra Blue by Mont Blanc
Calling all adventurers! If the thrill of a mountainous hike or a deep-sea dive speaks to you, then Explorer Ultra Blue is what you want to pack for your travels. Inspired by nature’s best bits, it delivers aquatic marine notes as well as breath-of-fresh-air citrus, before it settles on the brand’s signature patchouli base (hint: that’s where the staying power really kicks in!). Whether you’re exploring the Alps or the best restaurants in town, this scent will keep up with you – and then some.
5. PHANTOM BY PACO RABANNE
Proof that Eau de Toilettes can pack a punch, Paco Rabanne’s Phantom can see you through meetings to meet-ups with ease. From the can’t-miss-it-on-the-shelf robot bottle to the addictive blend of energising citrus, creamy lavender, and sensual vanilla, it’s sure to become your new everyday favourite. And did you know the bottle is savvier than you’d expect? Connect your phone to it and watch the Phantom universe come alive. Hello, fragrance 2.0.
6. Only the Brave Tattoo by Diesel
Looking for an Eau de Toilette that lasts the day and night? Then please make way for Only the Brave Tattoo by Diesel. With layers of bold notes, including aromatic sage, spicy bourbon pepper, and rich patchouli, this is a boost of confidence in a bottle that has ‘signature scent’ written all over it!
7. Boss Bottled by Hugo Boss
You may recognise the shape of the bottle and the name. But this Eau de Parfum rendition of the Hugo Boss classic is worth revisiting. Utilising innovative new extraction methods, the spicy-woody scent is taken to the next level with its longer-lasting appeal.
8. BLEU DE CHANEL BY CHANEL
Looking for a men’s long-lasting fragrance, that’s less oud-y and more fresh? Bleu de Chanel is for you. Formulated with sandalwood, tonka bean, and amber notes, it expertly balances zingy and aromatic facets. It’s no surprise it tops our bestsellers list time and time again – it’s sure to see you through occasion after occasion!
9. CK One by Calvin Klein
If there was ever a scent to bottle up the spirit of a movement, an era, a generation, it’s Calvin Klein’s needs-no-introduction scent CK One. A free-spirited fragrance, it balances a refreshing blend of green tea, papaya, and bergamot, with dynamic nutmeg, cardamom, and rose. And not to confuse ‘long-lasting fragrance’ with ‘overpowering’, this scent is equal parts fresh and musk – the perfect everyday go-to.
10. Le Male by Jean Paul Gaultier
A classic for good reason, Jean Paul Gaultier’s Le Male is a scent with staying power – lingering hours and hours after its first spray. That would be down to the heady and distinct blend of spices (cardamom, cinnamon) and nature (mint, lavender, orange blossom) over a warming base of vanilla. So, if you want to leave them wanting more when you walk out of the room, Le Male be sure to keep them on the hook.
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About Elena Chow
Elena is a creative copywriter who’s been around the beauty block for more than a decade, writing for brands and glossy magazines. A self-proclaimed fragrance addict (her ‘open’ collection is at 14 bottles, but who’s counting?), it’s no wonder she loves penning pieces on our newest releases and trending notes. Her signature scent? Elle by Yves Saint Laurent.