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10 best aftershaves for men 2024: The most loved fragrances from Dior, Chanel, Tom Ford & more

Treat him to a new signature scent...

Men's aftershave
Hollie Brotherton
Hollie BrothertonLifestyle & Commerce Senior Writer
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A new aftershave is a birthday present almost any man would love to unwrap, so if you've found yourself looking for a gift for him, you're in the right place.

A good scent can boost confidence, evoke memories, and give his bathroom shelf a serious upgrade, and if you're unsure of which one to choose, we've done the hard work for you.

From the bestselling Dior Sauvage to Chanel's new icon Bleu de Chanel, luxury options from Tom Ford and spicy, sexy scents by Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, below you'll find a curated list of what we believe are the best men's fragrances. 

The best men's aftershave at a glance

The bestselling scent: DIOR Sauvage Eau de Parfum, from £79 / from $88

The fresh scent: Chanel Bleu de Chanel Eau De Toilette Spray, from £72 / from $110

The sexy scent: Gucci Guilty Eau de Parfum For Him, from £64 (save 15%) / from $120

The spicy scent:  Yves Saint Laurent Y Eau de Parfum, from £72 / from $125

The musky scent: Zara Vibrant Leather Eau de Parfum, £22 / $35.90

The citrus scent: Prada Luna Rossa Ocean Eau de Toilette, from £65 / from $120

The luxury scent: Tom Ford Oud Wood Eau de Parfum, from £145 / from $295

The addictive scent: BOSS The Scent Absolute For Him Eau de Parfum, £58 (save £36) / $84.48 (save $13.52)

The modern scent: Valentino Uomo Born In Roma Eau de Toilette, from £65 / from $97

The customisable scent: Escentric Molecules 'Theirs' Gift Set, £171

How we chose the best men's aftershave

  • Personal favourites: I was previously a beauty editor at a major online retailer, so I've tested all of these fragrances and can confirm they smell amazing.
  • Bestsellers: Maybe you already know he loves one of these scents, but if you're blind-buying a gift, it's often a good idea not to go too rogue. Everything featured in this edit is a bestseller for the brand, and for good reason.
  • Budget: I've included aftershaves for a mix of budgets, so you can purchase a gift for as little as £22 or up to £145.
  • The bestselling scent

    Dior Sauvage

    DIOR Sauvage Eau de Parfum

    Notes

    Top - Bergamot

    Middle - Sichuan Pepper, Lavender, Star Anise, Nutmeg

    Base - Ambroxan, Vanilla

    With crowd-pleasing notes of Italian bergamot, warm nutmeg and soft vanilla, it's no wonder Dior Sauvage is one of the world's bestselling scents for men. Inspired by the desert at sundown, its sensual and a little bit exotic.

  • The fresh scent

    Chanel Blue de Chanel

    Chanel Bleu de Chanel Eau De Toilette Spray

    Notes

    Top - Citrus Accord, Vetiver, Pink Pepper

    Middle - Grapefruit, Dry Cedar, Labdanum

    Base - Frankincense, Ginger, Sandalwood

    Bleu de Chanel is the most popular men's fragrance by the French fashion house. It begins fresh and clean but develops into something warmer, masculine, woody and aromatic. Subtle with impressive longevity, it's the ultimate everyday scent.

  • The sexy scent

    Gucci Guilty

    Gucci Guilty Eau de Parfum For Him

    Notes

    Top - Fresh Rose, Hot Chili Pepper

    Middle - Lavender, Orange Blossom

    Base - Cedarwood, Patchouli

    Gucci scents are always a little more unique than your average. This dark and seductive fragrance mixes classic notes of rose and patchouli with red hot chili pepper for an added kick.

  • The spicy scent

    YSL Y

    Yves Saint Laurent Y Eau de Parfum

    Notes

    Top - Apple, Ginger, Bergamot

    Middle - Sage, Juniper Berries, Geranium

    Base - Amberwood, Tonka Bean, Cedar, Vetiver, Olibanum

    If he likes a bit of spice, Y by Yves Saint Laurent will fit the bill. Mysterious, modern and masculine, it's just soft enough to leave you wanting more.

  • The musky scent

    Zara vibrant leather

    Zara Vibrant Leather Eau de Parfum

    Notes

    Top - Bergamot, Lemon

    Middle - Bamboo, Leather

    Base - Patchouli, Papyrus

    Not just one of our favourite high street fashion stores, Zara has fast become a go-to destination for fragrance. The sell-out scents could be mistaken for designer but have a high street price tag. Many think this smells very similar to a certain Creed Aventus.

  • The citrus scent

    Prada men

    Prada Luna Rossa Ocean Eau de Toilette

    Notes

    Top - Bergamot Essence, Pink Pepper Essence

    Middle - Iris Accord, Sage Essence

    Base - Vetiver Essence, Tonka Bean

    A cocktail of citrus and fresh, floral scents, Prada's Luna Rossa Ocean also has a unique leather heart and sensual accord of suede to add a delicious dose of masculinity. 

  • The luxury scent

    Tom Ford Oud Wood

    Tom Ford Oud Wood Eau de Parfum

    Notes

    Top - Exotic Rosewood, Cardamom

    Middle - ​Oud Wood, Sandalwood, Vetiver​​​

    Base - Tonka Bean, Amber

    Smooth, woody, and a little bit spicy, Tom Ford's Oud Wood is the definition of luxurious and alluring, which could explain its unwavering popularity. If you really want to treat him, it's a fail-safe.

  • The modern scent

    Born in roma

    Valentino Uomo Born In Roma Eau de Toilette

    Notes

    Top - Violet Leaves Absolute, Ginger Essence, Citron Essence

    Middle - Clary Sage Essence, Peppermint Accord, Mineral Salt Accord

    Base - Vetiver Essence, Guaiacwood Essence, Leather

    Launched in 2019, Valentino's Born in Roma has very quickly become a popular choice for men, with it's woody, spicy and youthful but masculine scent. Suitable for all seasons, day and night, he'll be reaching for it constantly.

  • The customisable scent

     Escentric Molecules

    Escentric Molecules 'Theirs' Gift Set

    Notes

    Molecule 01 -  Iso E Super

    Molecule 02 - AMBROXAN™

    Molecule 03 - Vetiveryl Acetate

    Molecule 04 - Javanol

    Molecule 05 - Cashmeran

    Escentric Molecules' minimalist scents are centred around a single note aroma-chemical, which is designed to work with your pheromones, creating something that smells different on everyone. If he likes the kind of fragrance that people stop you in the street to ask what you're wearing, this is it. In this limited-edition customisable gift set, you can choose two bottles from the collections to gift one to your partner and keep one for yourself. 

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