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Top 10 Best CLASSIC Men’s Fragrances | Most Complimented Fragrances

February 14, 2020


– If you’re a fan of the channel, you know that I really
love niche fragrances, but because of my personal style and the fact that I
consider fragrance to be the final detail of any outfit, I also really love those
classic fragrances as well. So what makes something
a classic fragrance, and what makes something
one of the greatest classic fragrances of all time? So when I was getting ready for this video and putting this list together, those were the two questions
that were on my mind the most. And I came up with some
criteria that for me contribute to something
being a classic fragrance as well as contributing to
something being considered one of the greatest classic
fragrances of all time. First and foremost, it
has to be a fragrance that’s been around for a while. Obviously that sense
of history is something that contributes to
something becoming a classic. Along with that history and
having been around for a while, typically a classic fragrance has some kind of story attached to it. That could be that maybe
some old classic movie star really loved that fragrance
and is famous for wearing it. Something that contributes
to the narrative of this as a classic fragrance. Most importantly, of course,
is how the fragrance smells and one of the biggest things for me is not only that it has a
classic kind of timeless scent, but that it’s versatile. I think of it very much
like I think about menswear in that way, you know
those pieces we consider as those classic menswear
pieces, a navy suit, a gray flannel suit. These are classics not only because they’re timeless and
transcendent in a way, but because they’re versatile. They can be worn a
variety of different ways by many different people in a wide variety of situations from
casual to business casual to dressy and even more formal. I feel the exact same way
about a fragrance being classic and that’s how I made my choices. So, without further ado,
let’s get into my picks for the 10 greatest
classic men’s fragrances. (light music) Number one, we have Eau
Sauvage by Christian Dior. This was introduced in 1966
and was actually Dior’s first fragrance for men. It is an absolute classic
and I would even go so far as to say that this fragrance is iconic. Top notes include lemon,
bergamot, basil, lavender, and they say a hint of cumin
though I don’t detect that. Heart notes include jasmine,
rose, carnation, patchouli, and sandalwood. Base notes, oakmoss,
vetiver, musk, and amber. This is a citrusy fragrance
and it’s also very fresh. On the surface it seems like
a very, very simple fragrance however as you spend more
time with it you realize it has a lot more depth
and a lot more complexity. It also lasts quite a while. I would say five to eight hours, which is not typical of a
fragrance that is more citrusy. This is a fragrance you
could wear all year round, any time of day, for any type of event, and it would not seem out of place. Eau Sauvage by Christian
Dior, one of the true classics of men’s fragrances. Number two, we have Knize Ten. If you haven’t heard about this one, I would say that of the
10 fragrances I’ve chosen for this video, this one is
definitely the most, kind of, if you know, you know fragrance. It’s like the speakeasy of
classic men’s fragrances. So Knize is actually a very well-known Viennese tailoring house and men’s shop. This fragrance here, Knize
Ten, was introduced in 1924 and it is considered very
old school, very elegant, and also considered a
classic leathery scent. That to me is interesting
because when I think of leathery fragrances, I
think of something big and bold and sort of unapologetically
masculine like a Tom Ford Tuscan Leather or Tuscan Leather Intense. Knize Ten is not that kind
of leathery fragrance. In fact, leather, to my
nose, is not super present. What I do get are some spicy notes, some floral notes, some
citrusy notes, and some pepper. Notes for this one include
lemon, bergamot, petitgrain, rosemary, geranium, rose,
cedar, carnation, sandalwood, leather, musk, patchouli, and ambergris. Knize Ten is light, it’s
elegant, it’s very distinct, it’s very different. This is not what I would call
a modern masculine scent. This is old school gentleman right here. I would put this more
on the connoisseur side of classic fragrances, it kind
of takes some getting used to to appreciate it, meaning
it’s not quite as universal as, say, an Eau Sauvage. It’s quite long-lasting,
especially as an eau de toilette. You could definitely wear
this on a daily basis, but I would actually maybe reserve this for something more formal
like if you were going to wear a tuxedo or a dinner
jacket and really wanted to kind of feel some sort of old school gentlemanly elegance. Number three, we have
Floris of London No. 89. Floris was founded in 1730
selling perfume, combs, and shaving products. The shop they opened was on German Street, 89 German Street to be
exact which is the 89 in this fragrance’s name. And that shop is still run by descendants of the original founders. Floris No. 89 was introduced in 1951. It is a woody citrus fragrance. Top notes are bergamot,
lavender, neroli, nutmeg, orange, and petitgrain. Heart notes, geranium,
rose, and ylang ylang. And base notes are
cedarwood, musk, oakmoss, sandalwood, and vetiver. This fragrance right
here is considered to be a quintessential English
gentleman’s fragrance. For that point, it was
supposedly a favorite of Winston Churchill and also Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond novels. This definitely has that classic gentleman kind of scent, almost like
a barbershop fragrance in that you do get a lot of lavender. It’s fresh but also more
on the herbaceous side. For me, this one tends to
get lots of compliments. I think that’s because
although it’s classic, it’s not as familiar to as many
people in the United States so it’s a little bit
intriguing in that way. This is definitely a
fragrance that can work on a daily basis, a signature
scent, in any season and any time of day or night. Number four, we have Guerlain Vetiver. Now although today known
more for their cosmetics, Guerlain was originally founded in 1828 as a fragrance house. They introduced this
one, Vetiver, in 1959, and it’s supposedly inspired
by Jean-Paul Guerlain’s gardener, the smell of tobacco and soil. It has top notes of bergamot,
lemon, neroli, and coriander. Heart notes are vetiver and cedar. And base notes, tobacco,
nutmeg, pepper, and tonka bean. So if you’re familiar with any other type of vetiver fragrances, this
is different than those. Vetiver of course is a grass
that is native to India, and vetiver fragrances tend
to have a very grassy scent, a very smooth scent, and
they can tend to dry down kind of on the soapy side. With Guerlain Vetiver, on the other hand, you do get that underlying
grassy vetiver essence, but it’s not so front and center. What’s interesting about this
is that from the first spray there is a sharpness to this fragrance and a sort of woodsyness
that makes it much more recognizably masculine than,
say, other vetiver fragrances. This lasts quite long, six
to eight hours on my skin, and is another great all-arounder
signature scent material. Number five is the original Eight & Bob. Now this is a fragrance
with a great story. It was created by Albert
Fouquet who was the son of a Parisian aristocrat. He started making fragrances
for his own personal use and in 1937, as the story goes,
Albert ran into a young JFK who was vacationing on the French Riviera. Kennedy was apparently so
captivated by this fragrance that he persuaded Albert
to deliver a sample to his hotel the following morning. Albert’s note to JFK famously said, “In this bottle you will find
the dash of French glamor “that your American personality lacks.” When JFK got back to the
States, he requested some more samples and the rest is history. It’s a fragrance that became
favored not only by JFK but people like Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, and many other Hollywood
producers and directors. This fragrance is elegant but I will say that it’s different than you would expect. Top notes are cardamom,
lemon, and pink pepper. Heart notes, dried wood,
labdanum, and violet leaves. Base notes, amber,
sandalwood, and vetiver. This fragrance definitely
opens up with the citrus and peppery notes, but
that quickly goes down into a more woodsy, slightly floral scent. But what eventually
takes over is the amber. You really have to like
amber to like this fragrance. It becomes very smooth, a little powdery. For those reasons I think
this works best for me as an evening fragrance. It has a very old school glamor to it which I imagine pairing perfectly
with a white dinner jacket or something similar. Formal but not overly stuffy. This has amazing longevity. If you wear it at night you’ll definitely still smell it on your skin the next morning. I’m gonna say this fragrance
is not for everyone. It’s not necessarily as universal as some of the ones we’ve
talked about so far, but it’s got a great
history, a great story, and it is a fantastic fragrance. Eight & Bob Original. Number six is Creed’s Green Irish Tweed. The House of Creed was founded in 1760 and its first commission
was to create a scent for King George III. It wasn’t until 1970 actually
that Creed fragrances became available to the
public, and Green Irish Tweed was introduced in 1985. It was created by Olivier Creed
who was a sixth generation descendant of the original
founders of the House of Creed. Green Irish Tweed really
is one of those rockstar classic fragrances, and it’s
a gateway for many people into the world of niche fragrances. It’s classified as a
woody, fresh fragrance, also known as a very classic fougere. Top notes are lemon,
verbena, and peppermint. Heart notes, violet leaves, and base notes are Florentine iris,
sandalwood, and ambergris. This fragrance is absolutely unmistakable. I’ve never met anyone who
didn’t like this fragrance, both men and women. It’s fresh, it’s distinct
without being weird if that makes any sense,
like people will notice it but for good reasons. Very highly complimented fragrance. It’s good any time of day,
any season of the year. I know some people who wear
this for more formal occasions but for me it’s a little
too fresh for that. I like to have a little
more spice and warmth when I’m dressing more formally. This is one you could definitely blind buy and be super confident that
you are going to love it. Number seven, Acqua di Parma Colonia. Now this is one of the
classic citrus fragrances. Some say it is the scent
of classic 1930s Italy. It’s light, it’s carefree, it’s glamorous, it’s sophisticated, and it’s
elegant in its simplicity. It has those classic glamorous
overtones I think in part because it was a favorite
scent of style icons like Cary Grant, Gregory
Peck, and David Niven. Top notes here are lemon, sweet orange, and Calabrian bergamot. Heart notes, lavender, Bulgarian rose, verbena, and rosemary. Base notes, vetiver,
sandalwood, and patchouli. Don’t let all those notes fool you because this is a very simple,
very citrusy fragrance; from the first spray it
is just a blast of lemon. A wonderful and elegant blast of lemon, but for me there’s really not anything that is super complex about this fragrance which is one of the reasons
that it is so classic. This to me is definitely
more of a summer fragrance. This is the one I put on
when we’re going to the pool or the beach, I always bring
it with me on summer vacation. My only gripe about Acqua di Parma Colonia is that it doesn’t last long at all. After about an hour or
two completely disappears. Number eight, here we have another classic citrusy fragrance, this is Blenheim Bouquet by Penhaligon’s. It was created in 1902 for
the Duke of Marlborough. It’s also known to be another
favorite of Winston Churchill as well as the head of Fiat and global style icon Gianni Agnelli. Top notes are lemon, lime, and lavender. No heart notes here. And base notes are pine,
musk, and black pepper. On the Penhaligon’s website
it says that Blenheim Bouquet is as dry and fresh as the best gin, and I think that’s a really,
really apt description for this fragrance. It has a nice sharpness
to it which is a contrast to the more sweet notes of
the Acqua di Parma Colonia. It kind of makes sense, Acqua
di Parma Colonia is Italian, Blenheim Bouquet is British. As far as the citrus here,
I get more of a lime scent instead of lemon. As a citrus fragrance, I see
this as more of a summer scent. Again, doesn’t have a
super long staying power but it does last longer than
the Acqua di Parma Colonia. I get about two to four
hours with this one. Number nine is Ralph Lauren Polo Green. Introduced in 1978, this one is known as a classic masculine fragrance. It’s warm, it’s got some spice
and it has a very sexy feel. Top notes include pine,
lavender, juniper, and basil. Heart notes include coriander,
marjoram, jasmine, and thyme. Base notes include oakmoss,
patchouli, leather, and cedar. On the opening, what you
smell first is the pine. It cuts through very sharply. That doesn’t last long though;
in about 15 to 20 minutes that sharpness is completely gone and you have a more elegant
kind of deeply masculine overall scent, though
definitely still hints of pine. Because this fragrance
is on the heavier side, I consider it to be more
of a fall/winter fragrance. I actually love this in the wintertime. It is more intense too which
makes it not the best choice for an office environment, but
where this really works well for me is the evening. Going out to a cocktail lounge, going out to a nice meal or an event. This is a great fragrance
for anything like that. Finally, number 10. Old Spice classic aftershave. I know I’m probably gonna
catch some flack for this one, but hear me out on this. So one of the things that
I think makes fragrance so compelling and so evocative
is that it has this ability to conjure up feelings of nostalgia. When you smell something,
you can remember a time, somewhere you were, how you
felt, people that you were with. That’s the case with Old
Spice for me in that sense. I guess it’s more of a personal choice but this is what my
grandfather always wore. It reminds me of him, it
reminds me of the time I spent with him, and it really is just an old school classic scent. It was introduced in
1938, it is classified as an Oriental spicy fragrance. Top notes, nutmeg, lemon, orange,
star anise, and aldehydes. Middle notes are carnation,
jasmine, geranium, cinnamon, heliotrope, and pimento. And base notes, ambergris,
benzoin, cedar, vanilla, tonka bean, and musk. To me, this just smells like Old Spice. And you probably know it as well. It’s a very classic masculine scent. It’s what my grandfather wore it’s probably what your grandfather wore. I love wearing this from time to time, it makes me feel good. People will always notice it and it’s a good conversation starter. When it comes down to it, fragrance is a very personal thing. These are all classics
but they might not be the fragrance for you. I think they’re all,
with a couple exceptions, pretty conservative, on the safe side, and extremely versatile. The two wild cards in
there, in my opinion, are Kinze Ten and Eight & Bob Original. These are classic fragrances but ones I think that might
not connect with people right away in the same
way that, say, Eau Sauvage or a Green Irish Tweed would. So let me know what
you thought of my picks for the greatest classic
men’s fragrances of all time. Do you agree? Are there some you would leave out? What are some of your picks? Leave those down in the comments and let’s get that discussion going. Links to each of the fragrances I mentioned in this video are down below in the description. Thumbs up, don’t forget to subscribe and hit that bell for notifications when we publish new videos. That’s all for now. Until next time, thanks for
watching, and stay tailored. How’s that look?

40 Comments

  • Reply Jalil Sarkis February 13, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    Can you please help me ? im looking for a fragrance ( preferably niche ) that mimics a situation :
    It's snow season . You're sitting on your eames lounge chair in a swiss chalet at night next to the fireplace ,wearing a cashmere turtleneck and sipping a glass of single malt while pairing it with a cuban cigar .
    Any recommendations ?

  • Reply sf2explus February 13, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    blenham bouqet the black peper smells so natural it puts me off other than that it is an amazing scent wish the took it easy with the peper

  • Reply Zagraniczniak February 13, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    Old Spice! LOL! That was the only scent in the cabinet of my grandfather (1882-1984).

  • Reply sf2explus February 13, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    you have great taste. worth checking out chanel Antaues for a eavening scent and sartorial from penhaligons would go with the style you have on this video

  • Reply Gabriel Valle February 13, 2020 at 11:38 pm

    Great video! I am not sure what the fragrance specifically would be, but I think Santa Maria Novella definitely deserves a nod for their fragrances

  • Reply Jam Mangubat February 14, 2020 at 12:08 am

    Putting boldly “toilet water” on your fragrance is not the most charming (knize ten)

  • Reply Michael Ryan February 14, 2020 at 12:27 am

    Penhaligon’s Endymion is my wife’s favourite.

  • Reply brouztube8 February 14, 2020 at 12:45 am

    Great and really appreciated list. A few additions to it based on my personal taste: Mouchoir de Monsieur of Guerlain (1904, reintroduced in 1980), Azzaro pour Homme of Azzaro (1978), Antaeus of Chanel (1981), Santos of Cartier (1981), Kouros of Yves Saint Laurent (1981), Fahrenheit of Christian Dior (1988), Drakkar Noir of Guy Laroche (1982) and Lapidus pour Homme of Ted Lapidus (1987).

  • Reply Noodle_Ra February 14, 2020 at 1:12 am

    I have the Green Irish Tweed but I feel it's so strong I have to spray it way away from me and then barely walk through the little mist left in the air

  • Reply Il ContraVersi Entertainment February 14, 2020 at 1:32 am

    ah yes, toilet water. lol love the video man, great ideas!

  • Reply TheDerisavi February 14, 2020 at 2:16 am

    Chanel Antaeus is my favorite.
    That Old Spice! ❤️

  • Reply Ito Fermin February 14, 2020 at 2:32 am

    I liked the emotional connection to your grandfather

  • Reply Thomas Crouch February 14, 2020 at 2:38 am

    Eau Sauvage is the king imo

  • Reply mirto1000 February 14, 2020 at 3:14 am

    Great video. Thumbs up!

  • Reply Ed Gein February 14, 2020 at 3:35 am

    What's an easy and cheap way to get a bunch of fragrance samples?

  • Reply farshid rahmani February 14, 2020 at 3:44 am

    This is definitely a time that I wish we had smellovision technology. The old spice definitely pushes the nostalgia button, as it reminds me of my dad. I used to think the white bottle was milk. 😁
    Cheers 🥂

  • Reply ET Himself February 14, 2020 at 4:01 am

    Ha – Eau Sauvage was my first ever. There is a story here – This is likely(the original) my favorite scent and the original English Leather Timberline by MEM is a close second

  • Reply Ed Gein February 14, 2020 at 4:03 am

    I find anything with Patchouli distasteful because of so many people using it to cover up the smell of cannabis.

  • Reply nana a February 14, 2020 at 4:16 am

    @hespokestyle what size of the cubits you wearing L OR M. i think they should pay you for the free advert. i bought two from there already

  • Reply Ed Tam February 14, 2020 at 4:28 am

    I was pleasantly surprised by this video. I'd expected the same old fragrances that have been reviewed by other channels, but you offered a unique list of classic fragrances and some that I'm excited to try!

  • Reply desertfox February 14, 2020 at 4:35 am

    Brut anyone? My old man's fragrance when I was a kid. I felt manly wearing the stuff in elementary school. 🤣😁

  • Reply ET Himself February 14, 2020 at 5:12 am

    Old Spice original I do remember well and would buy again if I could find it

  • Reply Ivan Isaac Mondragon Levy February 14, 2020 at 5:44 am

    all good…

  • Reply Suryansh Saxena February 14, 2020 at 5:49 am

    Hey, what about jo Malone velvet and rose oud.

  • Reply Eat Peach February 14, 2020 at 6:16 am

    Nice video. I'm glad this video is not dominant by Creed Aventus and its clone and Bleu de Channel & Dior Sauvage. That's not those random fragrance video I imagined. They are really classic choices with stories behind them. Some are hard to buy (temporary out of stock or too expensive on ebay).

  • Reply Bigwave2003 February 14, 2020 at 7:27 am

    6:54 Nice Nick and Nora Charles photo.

  • Reply Chris Sétian February 14, 2020 at 7:58 am

    That reverso looks amazing!

  • Reply Paolo Gomez February 14, 2020 at 8:11 am

    Should have been top 16 =)
    You missed Habit Rouge by Guerlain, Antaeus by Chanel and Egoiste (Not Platinum)by Chanel and Pour Monsieur by Chanel and Belami by Hermes and Fougere Royale by Houbigant,

  • Reply Philipp Mohr February 14, 2020 at 8:25 am

    I really enjoyed this list, keep up the great work, Brian!
    I personally use the Floris No.89.
    I visited London last year and had not heard of the brand, but ended up walking by their store and going in because it looked so nice. End of the story, i bought the No.89 and it is my most used fragrance since then.
    Cheers from Germany

  • Reply Pine Rocks February 14, 2020 at 9:17 am

    What a great list, I want them all!! You could also include Aramis classic and Tabac.

  • Reply Shehab Shaar February 14, 2020 at 10:10 am

    I agree that fragrance take us to wonderful memories and I love trying ur list and pick a favorite classic fragrance for me!
    You're the best gentleman ever thank for your amazing videos!

  • Reply Muhanad Fragrance February 14, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    Great and informative👏

  • Reply Hasiyna Fall February 14, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    Mmmmmm

  • Reply Alex Cem February 14, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    I own every fragrance in this vid. except the Penhaligon's Blenheim bouquet. Greate list, I would definitely
    add to this list "Aramis – Aramis" & "Rive Gauche pour Homme by Yves Saint Laurent". (Rive Gauche sadly discontinued again.) + Rougere Royale – Houbigant

  • Reply Jonas H. Assmann February 14, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    Great Video! What about Diptyque Philosykos?

  • Reply Anthony Ieradi February 14, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    Acqua Di Gio – Armani is my favorite. Or should I say my wife's favorite 🙂

  • Reply suckgames February 14, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    Hello Brian, I love your watch.

  • Reply Joshua Haslett February 14, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    Great video! I would be interested to hear your thoughts on the Brooks Brothers Classic Cologne. Honestly being Brooks Brothers I wasn’t sure what to expect but it is a crisp, balanced and fresh scent that is great for the office or a formal night out.

  • Reply d. s. February 14, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    Thank you for bringing to light these often forgotten fragrances. Good job!!

  • Reply Joshua Lee February 14, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    Wow, 5 out of 10 are in my rotation. I agree with everything you said about the 5 I use. Eau Sauvage and Blenheim Bouquet (along with Creed Royal Water) are my office fragrance. I only got Eau Sauvage because it's what my dad used, but man he was right. It is good. Maybe when my son matures he will use it too.

  • Reply Chris Collins February 14, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    Papaw wore Brute 33.

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