Only a few colognes are as good today, as they were when they were first released. Men tend to update their signature scent over time, to keep up with the trends – and their age? Believe it or not but age plays a big part in helping you choose a cologne, whether its for you or your boss, dad, brother, uncle, and granddad. As the fashion and your age evolve, it helps to have some of these timeless classic colognes handy.
We like to stay up to date with trends here at The Fragrance Guide, and at times it’s exhausting to keep pace! But we do it anyway so that you don’t have to. Check out our recommendations on colognes for older men.
Best Colognes For Older Men Products
1) Christian Dior’s Eau Sauvage EDT cologne
A prime EDT from one the oldest fashion house, the Christian Dior Eau Sauvage was a revolution when it was first released way back in 1966. Now it’s a must-have for anyone, particularly older men seeing how its exudes that classic look and smell.
It’s the packaged in a fuss-free way too and can be identified by the clear riveted bottle design, signature silver cap complete with a very simple white box. Till date, very few contemporary colognes match up to this exquisite blend. Eau Sauvage has notes of spicy lavender, rosemary, lemon in a wood, masculine base. Hard to imagine that the cologne with be in its 51st anniversary in 2019 and it still sets the bar for men fragrances. Following the success this first EDT, Christian Dior had also released a second edition in a black bottle and called it Eau Sauvage Extreme.
- 100ml EDT spray
- Clear and simple design
- Classic design
- Renowned brand
- Part of a collection of two traditional scent
- The scent is more on the moderate side
- Mild metallic chemical vibe
For an EDT, Christian Dior Eau Sauvage has incredible longevity, sillage, and staying power. It starts on a fresh, peppery note and wears down to something that’s aromatic and floral. Fresh is the only word that comes to mind when figuring out the Eau Sauvage, complete with bitter fresh lemon and rosemary merged with, spicy lavender, woody, masculine notes. And in 1966, the perfume made its creator, Edmond Roudnitska famous because there wasn’t any other blend like it. This particular edition was refreshed in 2009, so now what you should be getting is accords of cumin, bergamot, lemon, basil, fruit, and lavender. Most of the blooms are put in the core: iris root, coriander, rose, jasmine, sandalwood, and patchouli. These combinations are based in musk, vetiver, oakmoss, and amber. Anything else, and it’s not Eau Sauvage that you’re holding!
2) Aramis from Aramis
In the last half-century, most of the colognes made for men are sporty, fresh and clean and therefore suited to the younger crowd. Now the Aramis cologne isn’t like that: it’s got a fairly old scent but in a good way. Dense and complex is the best way to describe what we smell, somewhere along the lines of spices, intensive leather notes and with a woody background. In the end, we can say that Aramis is a masculine fragrance in every sense of the word with a strong character.
- Simple, Neat, and meant for daily use
- Heavy sillage,
- Long lasting
- End with a leather note.
Aramis was also created in 1966 and was meant for that man that’s traditional, classic yet modern. Owned by Estee Lauder, Aramis is popular in the US, where buyers prefer stronger scents. This composition is characterized by sharp woody notes that are often viewed as masculine and powerful, intensive with mild leathery notes.
So, the opening notes are supposed out be fresh, which is why you’ll get this overwhelming cinnamon, fresh and green scent with clear hints of cinnamon, bergamot, Artemisia. This might look like it’s a bit too strong for daily use, but this soothes down to the signature woody scent that possesses a strong, spicy – floral aromatic notes: think pelargonium, vetiver, sandalwood, and patchouli. By the end of the day, you should get lighter notes of amber, oakmoss, and leather.
We love how this cologne ‘moves’ throughout the day and is clearly meant for the 9 to 5 guy as it adapts comfortably as the hours move on. Great scent to be gifted for father’s day, your boss or anyone you feel is busy, working professional.
3) Chanel’s Pour Monsieur
The Pour Monsieur was released in 1955 and has been launched around the world under different names. So, in 1989, Chanel decided to hold a global relaunch the cologne using this one name, but guarantee that the formula has remained unchanged. That famed citrus note is still the way it is and it’s even got that kind of uncompromising bitterness, making the Pour Monsieur scent of its own. If you’re the type that prefers keeping just one good cologne on your bath stand, this is it.
- Moderate scent
- Light and Soft essences
- Available in 3 editions
- Might be too weak for those looking for a stronger scent
Verdict: Chanel’s Pour Monsieur is an everlasting classic and is known for its intelligent composition, where it plays out beautifully on your skin, gradually during the day – and lasts long. It’s a refined fragrance that’s great for the man that’s intelligent and elegant.
The notes that you get immediately after spraying are a citrus freshness filled with the aromas of verbena, lemon, orange, and neroli. Moments later, there are the familiar notes of ginger, basil, coriander, cardamom and finally ending on a sharp oakmoss and cedar note.
The Pour Monsieur is available in three variations, so one can enjoy the same scent, fine-tuned to their own liking. The second variant is the Pour Monsieur Concentree that is an oriental spicy fragrance released in 1989. The notes of lavender, mandarin orange, and petitgrain are very obvious.
And in 2016, the Pour Monsieur EDP was launched and has a woody, chypre with hints of vanilla, lavender, lemon, and nutmeg.
4) Colonia by Acqua Di Parma
This cologne had a very humble beginning in 1916 in a tiny factory in a town called Parma and was their very first release. It stood out and became a success because it was refreshing and light at a time when most other colognes compositions were heavier and stronger. Interestingly, it was meant only for perfuming men handkerchiefs. Eventually, it gained its popularity in the 1930s and 1950s and had its own celebrity clientele after some time – Eva Turner, Ava Gardner, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, and David Niven to name a few.
Simplicity is what makes the Colonia beautiful: Acqua Di Parma presents it as a citrus fragrance and it is composed out of lavender, jasmine, light musk, amber, rosemary, Bulgarian Rose and Sicilian citrus – all packaged into a simple, elegant bottle that exudes Italian chic.
- Unisex, classic and elegant
- Soft and moderate wear
- Wears off quickly
- Citrusy notes
- No masculine tones
The Colonia is clearly a Hollywood fit and would be great for someone who’s in acting, producing, directing! Everything about it is classy and chic in an Italian way – that includes the bottle that is charming, simple and therefore elegant. Its actually reminds us of the way in which colognes were made and packaged way back in the thirties and fifties. The scent also comes in the EDP and 180 ml bath oil versions too so you can extend the wear of the Colonia.
There’s another edition of it as well – a limited one made in 2007 called Colonia Edizione Murano. It’s identified by the bottle made out of Murano glass.
The Colonia opens on a note of burnished lemon and disproves that orange is the sweetest citrus meant for men. You will also get an earthiness to those lemony notes that will remind one of the lemon trees. With time, that same lemon note gets anchored into a more classy, dusty and elegant smell. This scent is good for office during the worst days of summer! Or, if you want something warmer for fall. Nothing wrong with men wearing something citrusy – this kind of scent goes with a gentler, mild guy with a nature that’s on the sweet side, just like the Colonia.
5) L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme by Issey Miyake
The men’s edition of this cologne was released in 1994. L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme has an interesting Yin and Yang composition that celebrates the world’s polarities. So the scent is warm, yet woody and surrounded by spicy elements. And with that, you even have notes of musk, vetiver, sandalwood, water lily, tobacco, cinnamon, bergamot, nutmeg, verbena, and yuzu.
So the L’Eau d’Issey for Men is aquatic and woody in general, with the main note of Yuzu surrounded by the warmth of lemon, bergamot, and tarragon. It tries to combine the scent of the open seas and fauna found close to the sandy shores. This is reflected in the middle notes that contain water lily, woody, nutmeg and spicy – very unexpected yet exciting just like the ocean.
Based on this, the L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme is for the sea voyagers spirit, someone who loves getting onto their yacht for the thrill of the high seas – and athletes too. In the end, there is an intense woody scent, enriched by cedar, sandalwood, tobacco, musk, and vetiver.
- Light, fresh, airy and adventurous scent
- Long lasting,
- Moderate to heavy sillage
- Feels moderate to those who are used to heavy scents
L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme was launched by the house of Issey Miyake in 1994. It’s been defined as an aquatic, refined fragrance meant for evening wear. At the time when it was launched, light, sporty, fresh and airy scents were big. So, if you’re a fan of this kind of genre, then this cologne is for you. It is, however, still strongly masculine and comes with a blend of spices, citruses with a base of woods, musk, and amber. Now Issey Miyake is known for using rare and exquisite materials when making their fragrances so that they’re serene and are timeless.
This particular scent is available in two new flacons in 2009, but the compositions are still the same. The bottles are in a light grey colour and an asphalt dark grey colour that represents the merging of concrete and water.
6) Penhaglions’ Blenheim Bouquet
This cologne gets its name from the Blenheim Palace, the home of one of England’s most noted royal names. It has really stood the test of time – 100 years to b exact and is as classic as it gets. First created in 1902, it has been adapted and reinvented since to keep with the trends without losing its originality. You can get the bath oil, shaving cream, and Shower gel variants now.
Blenheim Bouquet is a unisex cologne, leaning slightly towards masculine for that mature, old-timey smell. The scent is designed to stay strong for around four to five hours last best, and then it’s barely noticeable after that. This kind of composition is better for summer.
The top notes are lime, lavender, Amalfi lemon, pine, black pepper, and musk.
- Citrus and aromatic fragrance mix
- Moderate longevity
- Moderate to Soft sillage
- Light short wear
Although it says that it works well in summer, we feel that it would be better for winter only because of poor staying power and the kind of essences that makes up the composition. The scent isn’t all that creative as the formula has remained the same since 1902! Years later, Blenheim Bouquet is still enjoyable with fresh, simple, airy and open beauty about it. Think of a piny, metallic base that is filled with the floral goodness of lavender and the freshness of citrus – and that’s Blenheim Bouquet in a nutshell. Its one of those scents that are made to be loved, not over analyzed. It’s got more uplifting, non-cloying and refined wear and is well made.
7) Vetiver By Guerlain
Originally released in 1958 by Guerlain, the Vetiver cologne had been repackaged and reformulated in 2000. A very few types of cologne tend to stay the same after such extensive changes and unfortunately, the Vetiver too has a similar story. In the original version, one could get a masculine, rich bouquet whereas the new edition is more woody and fresh.
There’s nothing really bad about the new scent, with citrus top notes with a few floral hints thrown in. So it is light and complemented with tobacco, oakmoss and of course, vetiver – and that’s as masculine as one can get!
- Fresh and Energetic
- Strong vetiver notes
- Powerful start
- Soft dry down
- Mild supporting notes
- Not suited for those that aren’t fans of this genre
There are a total of seven editions of the Guerlain Vetiver: reviewed here is the Vetiver (Vintage Edition) Guerlain that has a distinct woody fragrance. The scent itself is very simple with a singular top note of lemon, mid notes of vetiver and tobacco. All of these scents are mixed into a base of pepper, nutmeg, and tobacco. So, it really is a man’s cologne, as these are notes that one can find in most EDTs for men.
The Vetiver really is the masterpiece of colognes – and when you first try it, the vetiver notes emerge slowly throughout the day. This could be due to the fact that isn’t too many other notes that confuse your nose or mask this one scent. Get this one if you’re obsessed with vetiver and have tried everything else. It’s quite an experience too, where the scent begins on a citrus note but leaves behind nothing but vetiver halo that reminds you of fresh grass after it rains!
Take a deeper breath and you’ll get whiffs of a ‘tobacco flower’ – the result of a mix of tobacco and flower for that semblance of a sophisticated, rugged man that’s loves being active.
8) Giorgio Armani’s Armani Eau Pour Homme
The cologne will be celebrating its 31st birthday this year and is still regarded as one of the classic men’s colognes. We don’t know what it is about citrus but perfumers seem to love this note. The Armani Eau Pour Homme contains a blend of fresh citrus notes like petitgrain, bergamot and Californian green lemon.
At the heart, you’ll get a whiff of spices, jasmine, and lavender: with vetiver, sandalwood, patchouli, oakmoss and cedar at the base. A pretty interesting and light composition when it’s too hot to go for anything heavy.
- A subtle scent in spite of the complex composition
- Elegant and luxurious
- Better for a cold weather
- Strong sillage not meant for summers
- The crispy undertones would find few takers
This is great, classic male cologne. If you’ve never bought cologne for an older person before, you can’t go wrong with this one. Other than being a suitable gifting option for dad, grandfather or sons, it’s the scent itself that exudes everything classic, with a sharp, aromatic and citrusy composition.
So, there’s this grand, spontaneous refreshment that the top notes give you include petitgrain, green lemon, bergamot, Sicilian mandarin. This might turn out to be a bit too citrusy, so the brand smoothened this out by adding orange blossom, strengthened by clove, coriander, cinnamon. The floral fruit blend is given depth with masculine tones of vetiver, sandalwood, oakmoss, cedar and patchouli for that nostalgic, mature feel.
9) Creed’s Green Irish Tweed
According to the story, the Green Irish Tweed cologne wasn’t meant to be sold in the market. This classic Fougere fragrance was created by the famed perfumer Oliver Creed for one of his clients in the film industry. It was only years later, when the Creed Company was out of ideas, that they decided to market this recipe.
We don’t know whether we’re getting the original formula, or if it had been changed before that. Apparently, people seem to love Green Irish Tweed the way it is, seeing how it has become one of the brands signature scents.
The blend comprises of violet leaves, sandalwood, ambergris, iris and verbena reminiscent of the Irish countryside.
- The contemporary smell even though it was made in 1985
- Very grassy and aquatic feel
- Rich, Classy and Masculine overall tone
- Not suited for those who aren’t used or want a heavy, stronger scent
The Green Irish Tweed is classy, a masculine cologne that any old dude will like. Its got the best longevity and makes one feel and the dry down is just as pleasing too. The best way to describe GIT is as a mature fragrance that isn’t old fashioned. We think that its best suited for summer as the scent from start to finish does really well in the heat without getting too overwhelming. People who have never used cologne before and are thinking of getting started on one can try Green Irish Tweed first.
10) Annick Goutal’s Sables
Sables is known for its recreation of the Immortelle flower: this flower grows only in the sand dunes and produces a distinct savory aroma that reminds one of maple syrup! And, recreating that same note isn’t easy, but somehow Annick Goutal managed it. That maple note is much stronger than the other fragrances present in the composition comprising of dark sweetness and spicy warmth.
In simpler terms, you get this smell of toasted brown sugar and settles down into warm sandalwood, amber finish.
It even works with the other woody vanilla accents and pepper too without becoming too pungent. Sables is often touted as an acquired taste and definitely meant for the older man. Apparently, Harrison Ford is big fan and if its the good enough for Indy Jones, it’s good enough for you!
- All skin types
- Long-lasting fragrance
- Simple scent composition
- Vintage look and feel
- A very overpowering spicy scent
- A rare find
- Strong scent suited for evening use.
Very rarely will you come across cologne for a man that’s more on the oriental side, as such notes that normally found in women’s fragrances. Sables was made by Annick Goutal in 1985 for her spouse as a reminder of those sand dune flowers found on the Isle of Re, where they often stayed. We guess the scent is on the sweeter side because of this sentimental note. So, how is Sables suited for older men? Well, we’re assuming it’s for those people who love traveling around to exotic places, who enjoy intriguing travels and who appreciate the value that such travels have to offer.
11) Bois 1920 by Classic 1920
This cologne is a newcomer when compared with other brands mentioned on this list, having been introduced just in 2005. In spite of that, it lives up to the classic name and the Bois 1920 company refers to the scent composition as dull feelings being reawakened, and that add mystery, desire to the rhythm.
For a man’s cologne, this might be too feminine and poetic then we’d usually like. But the one things we can’t argue with is the harmonious blend of fruity, flowery and spicy nuances rooted into an exotic, woody base.
- A unisex scent
- A smooth and light delicate scent that goes with summer
- Moderate sillage and longevity
- May get too perfumey where it’s tough to pick out individual notes
- Strong starting notes of apricot
To get a better idea of what Bois 1920 is all about – it’s similar to the Annick Goutal Sables in terms of scent. So that would also be an oriental, spicy mix. The difference here is that it’s balanced and refreshing because of the hearty, soft citruses without that cloying, over fruity notes that some colognes have.
The fruity notes that are present are contained in a woody aroma. This kind of composition works well in winters, but in our opinion might be more suited to the other three climatic conditions of the year. Why? The Bois 1920 is breezy, light and easy and obviously better for a summer picnic out, refreshing notes at work or a casual outing at work.