Male perfumes that appeal to women (designer)

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There are three types of people when it comes to perfume,

  • Those that wear perfume to smell good
  • Those that wear perfume for their own personal pleasure/enjoyment
  • Those that wear perfume for compliments/attention

If you fall under the last category, this post is for you.

Nothing complements a man’s outfit like his perfume.

Just as a suit or dress can cause a good stir, same applies with a perfume.

The appeal of a perfume is that it is at once ephemeral and empowering. It creates shimmering invisible armor that lingers in a room long after its wearer has exited the premises.

A 2008 study out of Europe showed that women’s attraction is driven by scent more than by sight. 

Most women find it very attractive when a guy smells nice.

Some will keep your clothes or an item of yours just to keep “you” close to them. Believe it or not, women get to know when you’re coming, where you are and where you were, just from your scent.

I, for one, have noticed women prefer fragrances that have a sweet smell or a clean/fresh smell; or fragrances that have those elements. Generally fragrances that are too smoky, too musky/leathery, too woody or too spicy don’t really appeal to them.

Below, I’ve listed ten perfumes that women find appealing on men:


Jean Paul Gaultier Ultra Male: pear, bergamot , vanilla , cinamon , geranium .

Launched in 2015, This Oriental Fougere fragrance is quite the attention-grabber.

It opens with with a very vibrant pear and vanilla, paired with a  dry cinnamon note plus a bit of rose or geranium layered into the sweet powdery musky base note. This results in a light raspberry floral spice to this scent. The smell is sunny, uplifting, with some powerful soft sweet powder at its core.


Dior Sauvage Eau De Parfum: Bergamot, Star Anise , Ambroxan , Geranium , Vanilla

After the massive international success of Dior Sauvage Eau De Toilette , Dior decided to release an eau de parfum version. This is a richer and sweeter version of the original Sauvage. It is a fresh spicy fragrance with hints of vanilla. This fragrance attracts alot of compliments and is very long-lasting.



Issey Miyake Or Encens: Incense , Rose , Labdanum , Vetiver, Amberwood

An underrated gem.

An oriental fragrance with an aromatic touch which was love at first sniff. The incense blended with rose and labdanum, gives off this smoky and aromatic vibe that’s very sophisticated and mysterious.

It’s the perfect day-to-night scent and could easily become your next signature.



Gucci Intense Oud: Frankincense, Amber, Oud, Woods.

From the very first spray, GIO is strong and woody (reminiscent of cedar and sandalwood), with a deep and richly layered character. Spicy notes touch and permeate this gorgeous scent, with dry, smoky smoldering incense accenting the ambery oud that is very noticeable (but not excessively so).

This scent really appeals to women because of the combined smokiness and the sweetness it gives off.



Valentino Uomo Intense: Tangerine, Iris , Vanilla , Leather

A smoother and more creamy version of the original uomo. A simple description is  orange ice-cream with a touch of leather and a good dose of iris ..high quality and beautiful bottle, longevity is a good 12 hours. Would suit any situation dressed up and cosy nights in.


Spicebomb Extreme: Tobacco, Caraway , Lavender, Vanilla

I call this the big beard fragrance.

It starts off with sweet spices, blended with tobacco. This is quickly joined by a well-balanced touch of vanilla.  It has light-to-moderate projection.


Mancera Cedrat Boise: blackcurrant, bergamot , lemon , jasmine,  leather , woods.

This is the holy grail compliment getter for designer fragrances , and the most expensive of the list.

Every time I’ve worn this , it got alot of attention.

It’s a blast of citruses with lemon and bergamot , paired with blackcurrant , and the vibrant opening is toned down with leather and woods.


Issey Miyake Noir Ambré: Amber , Cinnamon , Vanilla , Saffron , Leather.

An oriental vanilla that is masculine from start to finish.

Opens up with leather and spices , wrapped in a sweet and creamy vanilla , and as it dries down , vanilla becomes the main player and the other notes take a backseat.

The performance is a 10/10 and it lasts long as well.











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