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6 Best David Beckham Colognes (And 1 to Avoid)

I’m a British football (NOT SOCCER) fan, so David Beckham is always going to hold a special place in my heart. When I realized he had a cologne line out, I knew I had to try them out for 7Gents.

And I was pretty shocked to learn that they’re really affordable for a celebrity with such a flashy reputation.

I was able to pick up these fragrances for about $15 a piece, and the best David Beckham colognes really punched above their weight in that regard.

Best for Date Night
Top Pick
Mature Masculinity
4.4
4.6
4.2
$13.90 ($5.56 / Fl Oz)
$18.58$16.30 ($6.52 / Fl Oz)
$25.00$16.45 ($6.58 / Fl Oz)
Pros:
  • A seductive scent that evolves from refreshing citrus and nutmeg to a softer woodsy/creamy base.
  • Great performance for the price with up to 6 hours of longevity.
Pros:
  • A modern, masculine fragrance with a fresh citrus opening and warm cardamom heart.
  • Perfect for young professionals who want to project confidence on a budget.
Pros:
  • A spicier fragrance packed with Sichuan pepper and zesty ginger, resting on a softer base of cashmeran and woods.
  • Perfect for a Gent in his 30s for casual masculinity.
Best for Date Night
4.4
$13.90 ($5.56 / Fl Oz)
Pros:
  • A seductive scent that evolves from refreshing citrus and nutmeg to a softer woodsy/creamy base.
  • Great performance for the price with up to 6 hours of longevity.
Top Pick
4.6
$18.58$16.30 ($6.52 / Fl Oz)
Pros:
  • A modern, masculine fragrance with a fresh citrus opening and warm cardamom heart.
  • Perfect for young professionals who want to project confidence on a budget.
Mature Masculinity
4.2
$25.00$16.45 ($6.58 / Fl Oz)
Pros:
  • A spicier fragrance packed with Sichuan pepper and zesty ginger, resting on a softer base of cashmeran and woods.
  • Perfect for a Gent in his 30s for casual masculinity.
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These fragrances tend to balance a bright, citrussy opening, a warm enveloping heart, and a woodsy, masculine base. There are nuances across them, but the main name of the game is uncluttered masculinity that isn’t trying to show off. They’re sleek and professional, just like the man himself.

My top pick, David Beckham Instinct, stacks up against fragrances that retail for 3 times the price. It’s a modern, compliment-inducing cologne that has become a go-to daily wear for me.

If you’re looking for something more alluring, consider Intimately Beckham for some seductive warmth on date night.

Just make sure you steer clear of David Beckham Respect. It doesn’t deserve any – let’s put it that way.

TOP PICKS

Best-Smelling David Beckham Scents for Men

David Beckham Instinct – Best David Beckham Cologne Overall

Intimately Beckham – Best David Beckham Cologne for Date Night

David Beckham Homme – Best David Beckham Cologne for Men in their 30’s

David Beckham Classic – Best David Beckham Cologne for Men in Their 40’s

David Beckham The Essence – An Instinct Alternative

David Beckham Classic Blue – Best Blue David Beckham Cologne

And 1 to Avoid

David Beckham Respect – A David Beckham Cologne to Avoid


Instinct – Best David Beckham Cologne Overall 

David Beckham Instinct is a modern, masculine fragrance that punches well above its price point.

david beckham instinct cologne in hand

This $15 cologne delivers the perfect balance between freshness and warmth, with a bright citrussy opening resting on a warming cardamom heart.

It’s all tied together on top of a clean vetiver base which hammers home a brand of slick professionalism and projects plenty of confidence.

David Beckham Instinct David Beckham Instinct
$18.58 $16.30 ($6.52 / Fl Oz)

A modern, masculine fragrance with a fresh citrus opening and warm cardamom heart.

Perfect for young professionals who want to project confidence on a budget.

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This fragrance is for a younger gent who might have some budget restrictions and wants to smell like a gentleman without smelling like a grandfather.

David Beckham Instinct lasts for between 4 and 5 hours, which is an excellent effort for a $15 cologne. It’s easily on par with mid-range choices like Nautica Voyage which cost over twice as much.

david beckham instinct

In terms of projection, you’ll be kicking out an arms-length scent bubble for at least a couple of hours – but if you want to keep collecting compliments, you’ll have to be prepared to reapply during the day.

Top Notes:Bergamot, Mandarin Orange
Middle Notes:Star Anise, Pimento, Cardamom
Base Notes:Vetiver, Patchouli, White Amber
Instinct Fragrance Notes

Intimately Beckham – Best David Beckham Cologne for Date Night

This warm, aromatic fragrance smells as expensive as designer fragrances that cost three times as much.

Intimately Beckham Intimately Beckham
$13.90 ($5.56 / Fl Oz)

A seductive scent that evolves from refreshing citrus and nutmeg to a softer woodsy/creamy base.

Great performance for the price with up to 6 hours of longevity.

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Intimately opens with refreshing citrus and nutmeg, before moving into a warmer amber and star anise heart. It’s soft yet masculine, and the sort of scent that’s going to collect plenty of compliments from girls.

It dries down to a creamy, woodsy base that lasts a long time compared to other Beckham colognes. If you’re liberal with the sprays, you’ll crank out six hours of fragrance with Intimately.

This masculine fragrance is perfect for date night, feeling powdery and sophisticated but with enough “edge” to it from the spiced elements.

For the price, you really can’t go wrong. If you’re looking for an evening scent that can go the distance, Intimately is a great bet.

Top Notes:Cardamom, Bergamot and Grapefruit
Middle Notes:Nutmeg, Violet and Star Anise
Base Notes:Sandalwood, Amber and Patchouli
Intimately Fragrance Notes

David Beckham Homme – Best David Beckham Cologne for Men in their 30’s

David Beckham Homme is a spicier fragrance that delivers the prickle of Sichuan pepper on a woodsy base. It’s perfect for casual masculinity – this is the sort of fragrance a handsome and fit gentleman in his mid-30s would wear.

David Beckham Homme David Beckham Homme
$25.00 $16.45 ($6.58 / Fl Oz)

A spicier fragrance packed with Sichuan pepper and zesty ginger, resting on a softer base of cashmeran and woods.

Perfect for a Gent in his 30s for casual masculinity.

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The opening is a bright burst of citrus and zingy ginger, but within 15 minutes it makes way for that warm heart. Cashmeran rounds everything out, adding a softer texture to the composition.

It’s a subtle yet striking blend that could be described as manly-woody soapiness.

The only drawback is that the longevity here sucks. David Beckham Homme is a beautiful fragrance, but it only sticks around for a couple of hours.

For that reason, I’d recommend it as a burst of masculinity to apply before you head out for dinner with a lady. It will keep you smelling your best for short sojourns, and the quality is high enough to justify the lack of firepower.

Top Notes:Sichuan Pepper, Ginger and Citruses
Middle Notes:Cashmere Wood, Leather and Rosemary
Base Notes:Mahogany, Musk and Patchouli
Homme Fragrance Notes

David Beckham Classic – Best David Beckham Cologne for Men in Their 40’s

David Beckham Classic EDT is a mature, distinct scent that would be perfect for a 40+ hot dad.

David Beckham Classic David Beckham Classic
$20.00 $18.23 ($6.08 / Fl Oz)
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Right off the bat, it gives out a lovely, warming, woodsy amber vibe. I don’t pick up any of the gin or lime mentioned in the notes – I get powdered ginger rather than a refreshing lime cocktail.

It’s a similar story in the dry down, with nutmeg and cypress leading the charge, joined by a rather unique Texas Cedar note.

Texas Cedar is a soft, balsamic wood scent that smells a little similar to juniper berry, and lends David Beckham Classic a pretty distinctive element. While mature, this is not a boring scent by any stretch of the imagination.

Longevity is pretty similar to Intimately at just a couple of hours, but while it’s here Classic EDT kicks out fragrance. I wore it on a quite warm day and I was kicking out fragrance, picking up compliments left right and centre.

Top Notes:Lime, Gin and Galbanum
Middle Notes:Mint, Cypress and Nutmeg
Base Notes:Amber, Texas Cedar and Vetiver
Classic EDT Fragrance Notes

David Beckham The Essence – An Instinct Alternative

The Essence is pretty similar to Instinct, opening up with fresh citrus fruits before moving into a warmer heart.

David Beckham The Essence David Beckham The Essence
$40.57 ($16.23 / Fl Oz)
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The main difference is that the sweet, fruity sense is a little more powerful – it’s more of an easy-going fragrance that’s suited for spring and summer sunshine.

Over the four-hour lifetime, the fresh fruitiness dries down it a clean, green woodiness.

Overall it’s a bright and natural-smelling fragrance – maybe a little generic, but a solid cologne that is a great option to throw in your gym bag to keep you feeling shower fresh throughout the day.

Top Notes:Grapefruit, Violet Leaf and Lavender
Middle Notes:Apple, Pineapple and Cardamom
Base Notes:Kashmir wood, Patchouli and Tonka Bean
The Essence Fragrance Notes

David Beckham Classic Blue – Best Blue David Beckham Cologne

Classic Blue is a fresh, aquatic fragrance that can hand with mid-range blue fragrances like Nautica Voyage and Versace Man Eau Fraiche.

David Beckham Classic Blue David Beckham Classic Blue
$18.00 ($6.00 / Fl Oz)
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It opens with a wonderfully citrussy grapefruit and lemon pairing, slowly revealing softer notes of white musk and well-developed violet.

I also noticed a little cucumber in the first 15 minutes, which isn’t one of my favorite notes, but I thankfully found that to dissipate with the emergence of some herbal roughness from clary sage.

As the drydown develops, things get more floral and woodsy, adding a little warmth in the base.

Like Intimately, Classic Blue is another Beckham fragrance with surprisingly good longevity. It projects really well for 3 – 4 hours, and lingers on as a warm and mild scent for another 2 – 3 that people will still detect if they get up close. Very impressive for a sub $20 cologne.

Top Notes:Pineapple, Violet Leaf and Grapefruit
Middle Notes:Apple, Clary Sage and Geranium
Base Notes:Cashmere Wood, Moss and Patchouli
Classic Blue Fragrance Notes

David Beckham Respect – A David Beckham Cologne to Avoid

Some of the David Beckham colognes I’ve recommended on this list don’t have the best longevity, but still justify themselves in terms of scent. Unfortunately, David Beckham Respect takes it too far. It barely exists.

David Beckham Respect David Beckham Respect
$14.73 ($4.91 / Ounce)
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This citrus-led scent is just too weak, and suffers from a nasty, synthetic alcohol element that I can’t stand. It just smells cheap to me.

You can tell the effort here is for a citrussy, melon-influenced aquatic, but it just gets overpowered by a lack of quality. Think Bleu de Chanel but far, far worse.

Sure, it’s only $20 or so, but I’d rather put that towards one of the other fragrances on this list for sure. Avoid.

Top Notes:Grapefruit, Pink Pepper and Watermelon
Middle Notes:Lavender, Basil and Cardamom
Base Notes:Patchouli, Oakmoss and Vetiver
Respect Fragrance Notes

Best for Date Night
Top Pick
Mature Masculinity
4.4
4.6
4.2
$13.90 ($5.56 / Fl Oz)
$18.58$16.30 ($6.52 / Fl Oz)
$25.00$16.45 ($6.58 / Fl Oz)
Pros:
  • A seductive scent that evolves from refreshing citrus and nutmeg to a softer woodsy/creamy base.
  • Great performance for the price with up to 6 hours of longevity.
Pros:
  • A modern, masculine fragrance with a fresh citrus opening and warm cardamom heart.
  • Perfect for young professionals who want to project confidence on a budget.
Pros:
  • A spicier fragrance packed with Sichuan pepper and zesty ginger, resting on a softer base of cashmeran and woods.
  • Perfect for a Gent in his 30s for casual masculinity.
Best for Date Night
4.4
$13.90 ($5.56 / Fl Oz)
Pros:
  • A seductive scent that evolves from refreshing citrus and nutmeg to a softer woodsy/creamy base.
  • Great performance for the price with up to 6 hours of longevity.
Top Pick
4.6
$18.58$16.30 ($6.52 / Fl Oz)
Pros:
  • A modern, masculine fragrance with a fresh citrus opening and warm cardamom heart.
  • Perfect for young professionals who want to project confidence on a budget.
Mature Masculinity
4.2
$25.00$16.45 ($6.58 / Fl Oz)
Pros:
  • A spicier fragrance packed with Sichuan pepper and zesty ginger, resting on a softer base of cashmeran and woods.
  • Perfect for a Gent in his 30s for casual masculinity.
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What Cologne Does David Beckham Wear?

David Beckham does claim to wear his own colognes, but Esquire also report that he wears Creed Aventus.

It’s a very masculine (and expensive) scent that is equally at home in the boardroom as a 5-star hotel lobby.

The opening is nice and juicy, packed full of blackcurrant and pineapple. This fruity sense lasts for around 2/3 hours, before moving into a smokey, woody birch heart.

The dry down is mysterious and musky, a little like the fruit from the opening but with some oakmoss sprinkled in. The whole ride lasts around 10 hours, so you get plenty of bang for your considerable buck. 

If Creed Aventus is a little out of your price range at $300 a bottle, check out our guide to the best Aventus clones for some more affordable options.

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