Saturday Question: What Is Your Favorite Masculine Perfume?

Just to avoid going through the argument that any perfume is for anyone, and there are no rules about who can wear what, I’ll do this disclaimer: I’m talking about the style of perfume that traditionally is considered masculine where you live.

Saturday Question on Undina's Looking Glass

Saturday Question #123:

What Is Your Favorite Masculine Perfume?

Do you like wearing it or smelling it on someone else?

Bonus: even though usually I’m trying to limit your answers with the requested one, three, five or ten (based on the topic), and usually you “go overboard” with your choices, today I give you a carte blanche to name any number of “runner ups” in addition to the top one.

My Answer

I thought of this question while reading several people’s comments to the last week’s question about the best-known perfumes for the brands that I suggested. I was surprised by the fact that I wasn’t even thinking about masculine perfumes while coming up with my answers. And after they brought it up, I agreed that this perfume was, in my opinion, even better-known than the one I thought of. But the main reason why it surprised me that much was that it was actually one of if not just the most favorite masculine perfumes for me.

Hermes Terre d’Hermes. I love this perfume on my vSO. Had I known years ago that brands reformulate their perfumes without changing names or packaging, I would have bought several bottles of the original one. But even the latest one that I tried was still quite nice. I don’t wear it myself: I always thought about it as his perfume.

Other masculine perfumes that I like a lot but do not wear are Tom Ford Moss Breches and Gucci Rush Men – both sadly discontinued.

The picture of Rusty has nothing to do with masculine perfumes, but I decided that it was a while since I posted any of his photos on my blog (and not all of my readers follow me on Instagram… where I do not post that often either).

Rusty July 2022

How about you?


What Is Your Favorite Masculine Perfume?


47 thoughts on “Saturday Question: What Is Your Favorite Masculine Perfume?

  1. My favourite masculine fragrances are not things my DH would wear.
    Dior Eau Sauvage (Diorella’s handsome brother)
    Aramis (The forerunner of Azuree & AE)
    Chanel Pour Monsieur
    YSL Pour Homme
    They are all chypres & proper full blown well thought out perfumery

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  2. Hello Rusty! I’m a fan of Old Spice too, though I’m not tempted to wear it myself. I like Grey Flannel also. A new fave is Savoy Steam, from Penhaligon’s, which I do wear. Actually, I like several Penhaligon’s “masculines”, either for me or my husband. Juniper Sling is great.

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  3. Dior Homme is widely known as a masculine scent that many women wear….including myself. I had admired its many iterations, and finally bought the Parfum version when it was available in the Middle East.

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  4. Hello handsome Rusty.
    Just recently I have borrowed two of hubby’s frags – Calligraphy Saffron and Guerlain Homme. I have been known to steal his Givenchy Pi also.

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  5. As you will probably guess from my other posts, my favorite masculine scent is Hermes’ Terre d’Hermes, followed closely by Guerlain’s Vetiver, which I wear myself sometimes, and YSL Pour Homme Nuit. I need to explore Dior Homme!

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    • It is almost selfy. He was sitting on my lap, and his pose was very human-like. But my arms are too short to get a proper view. So, this is what I managed to.


  6. I would have to say mine is the long-discontinued Gucci Nobile eau de toilette, because when I first tried it as a teenager, I sprayed a whole cloud of it around me and felt so happy and confident. Unfortunately now the prices of remaining stock are prohibitive. I did manage to get a mini relatively reasonably, but without the big spray, it smells mostly soapy and doesn’t have the same effect. It must be something in the top notes.

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  7. I have several “masculines” that I really like:

    Habit Rouge
    Dame Sky Father (“for a man, mostly”)
    L’Homme Ideal Cologne
    Grey Flannel

    My husband doesn’t really wear fragrance, and my son is just getting started exploring it so I don’t really have a favorite on any of the men in my life. Most of the time I smell fragrance on a man “in the wild” these days it’s because they have overdone it…

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    • L’Homme Ideal Cologne is great! I was lucky enough to snag a bottle at TJ Maxx when it was discontinued. I wouldn’t need another, which is also lucky. My own husband’s daily “fragrance” is Mennen Skin Bracer, so I quite like that. He’ll happily wear fragrances I’ve given him, but more for going out, which we don’t do often. Which ones has your son discovered? Mine likes Cool Water, which I got for him a few years ago.


  8. Hey Undina and gorgeous RUSTY! So good to see him.

    It’s funny, when we talk about masculine perfumes I always think of Jin rather than myself. So I’m going to tell you what I like to smell best on him that has come from the men’s counter. So much of his stuff is unisex or from the women’s aisle, only about half of his collection are marked for men
    Calvin Klein Eternity Aqua
    CHANEL Antaeus
    DIOR Homme (the original, he still has half a bottle)
    Though he doesn’t wear it often I always swoon when he gets the Terre d’Hermès on. I think there’s an early note in it that irks him.

    He does have a bunch of others but I don’t notice when he wears them.
    Portia xx

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  9. Great question. I don’t often wear them because unless there’s an Homme or Uomo somewhere in the name, I don’t even think about it other than “leaning masculine”. Some of my favorites include: Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche, Valentino Uomo (and its intense flanker), Guerlain Habit Rouge, among others.

    Waving at the handsome Rusty 😻

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  10. In my teenage/college days, I loved Cool Water by Davidoff on men. My vSO is not much of a cologne wearer, but I can get him to wear Nautica Blue, which works well on him. As for masculine scents that I wear, I prefer Derring-Do by Ineke.

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  11. Ooh, seconding Chanel pour Monsieur, Dior Home and Habit Rouge (edt). I also like Ormonde Man, and Carner Barcelona El Born. And Rima XI layered over Diptyque Tam Dao – which was one of my civilian protégés own idea!


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