best aftershaves for men: find your signature scent with our top picks


THERE’S nothing better than having a signature scent — so that if someone were to walk past a stranger and smell it, they’d immediately think of you.

After all, in the words of designer Tom Ford: “Good manners and good cologne is what transforms the man into a gentleman.”

Men’s perfume began to transform into its current iteration in the late 18th century when grooming at home became more common and men needed to soothe post-shave skin.

Fast-forward to today and the world of men’s fragrances is vast: there are aftershaves, eau de toilettes, perfumes and colognes, including endless combinations of smelling notes.

Whether you’re panic buying dad a gift this Father’s Day or you want to find a scent that you love for yourself, we’ve collated our favourite aftershaves below.

Men’s colognes are often musky and warm with amber and smokey notes often working as the foundation. This is what gives fragrances a “masculine” scent.

However, during summer, you’ll likely signature be wanting something a little lighter and fresher; think fruity, citrus notes and aromatic herbs.

Notes to look out for are lavender, bergamot, neroli, coriander and patchouli to get you started as these will all give you that everyday, brighter summer scent.

With a heart of sandalwood, it still has a typically masculine musk, but mandarin and fruity bergamot add a softer, fuller quality than some more traditional-smelling colognes.

At £79 for 60ml, it’s not going to break the bank and because it’s highly concentrated, you’ll only need a couple of pumps for a long-lasting scent.

If you’re looking for a light summer scent that feels individual then L’Eau D’Issey Pour Homme EDT should be number one on your list.

First off, the bottle looks really chic, with a slim silver cap and a frosted body.

The sent itself, like Dior Sauvage, is based on Sandalwood but the nutty heart of cinnamon and nutmeg paired with the top note of sharp yuzu gives this a fresh tone.

Add to that the reasonable price of less than £50 for 75ml and £84 for 200ml, and you’re on to a summery winner.

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