Having a single cologne with a versatile scent could be all you really need, but if you want a different cologne for every event, I would recommend you have one cologne per occasion. That way, you will have a signature scent wherever you go.
In this guide, I’ll break down how you can get the perfect cologne collection size. Whether you’re diving into fragrances or seeking that signature scent, I’ll help you make the right choice!
How Many Colognes Should a Man Have?
For many, one versatile cologne is all you need, perfect for every setting. But, if you prefer variety, consider multiple fragrances for different occasions. I’ve named seven occasions that having a cologne for each would suit – but you may not need all of these.
While personal tastes play a part, having at least one signature scent is essential. Let me give you my recommendation of the best picks for each scenario.
1. Versatile pick
If you want to be a one-cologne man, then Creed Aventus is likely your best option. Why? Because it’s incredibly versatile, which is why it’s a go-to for those seeking just one bottle.
This Eau de Parfum offers a harmonious blend perfect for any occasion. Its unique composition, richer than an eau de cologne, ensures the scent lasts, making it a favorite among many.
One of the most popular colognes in the world - this is unbridled confidence, masculinity, and class.
Smokey pineapple on a woodsy base strikes the perfect balance between sweet and sultry.
When you think about summer, the first thing that probably comes to mind is those sun-soaked days. If you often find yourself seeking fun in the sun during this season, then I’d recommend getting yourself a scent to match your objective.
Enter Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Bergamotto di Calabria, a refreshing eau fraiche that’s perfect for summer.
This lighter cologne captures the season’s essence with its citrusy notes, offering a spray fragrance that’s both invigorating and subtle. If it doesn’t quite do it for you, then rest assured as there are plenty of colognes that suit summer.
This cologne captures the season's essence with its citrusy notes.
Tom Ford Oud Wood is an eau de toilette that envelops you in warm sandalwood notes, perfect for chilly winter nights. Its depth and richness outshine most fragrances, ensuring you stand out in a crowd.
Strong bergamot and pepper with bright flashes of lavender and cedar.
This is one of the most popular fragrances in the world - and for good reason.
Distinguished, gentlemanly masculinity in this crowd-pleasing scent.
Notes of leather, cinnamon, lavender, and tobacco on a woodsy base.
Fall ushers in change, so my recommendation is to get a cologne that reflects this. Terre d’Hermès captures autumn’s spirit.
This men’s fragrance, with its earthy and woody tones, resonates with the season’s change. It’s a scent that lingers and easily reminds you of falling leaves and crisp air.
5. At work
Men often forget that going to work doesn’t mean you can’t smell your best, so they slap on some generic deodorant that won’t inspire their boss to give them a raise. Don’t be that guy. Get yourself a scent like Prada L’Homme; if you’re a manager then this should be among your go-to office scents.
This eau de cologne offers subtle fragrances that aren’t overpowering, ensuring you leave a lasting impression without the same scent overwhelming colleagues.
6. Night out clubbing
Versace Eros is pretty much the symbol of clubbing colognes. Its vibrant floral notes ensure you stand out, making it the perfect spray perfume for nights when you aim to impress.
If this isn’t enough for you to get yourself a bottle, then check out my hands-on review of Versace Eros.
A vibrant, youthful party-banger cologne that women can't resist.
Masculine woodiness in the base (cedar) paired with sweet fruits and mint.
Beast mode performance- will last a full 8-hour day with no problems.
7. Date night
Let’s be honest, the last thing that you want is to go on a date not smelling your best. Or worse, you don’t want to smell like some generic perfume oil; such fragrances won’t do you any favors.
The solution? Dolce & Gabbana The One.
This romantic EDT is a blend that can make you completely ignore a lot of other fragrances. I love it, as it creates a truly harmonious aroma, ensuring every date night feels special and unforgettable.
A warm and rich fragrance ideal for dates in cooler weather.
Rich amber and tobacco in the base balance masculinity with seduction perfectly.
It’s one of those fragrances that can attract ladies and keep them talking about you.
Finding Your Signature Scent
Finding your ideal scent goes beyond pondering how many perfumes one should own. It’s about discovering just the right fragrance that embodies your essence, leaving a mark on those around you. This journey requires experimentation with various scents and pushing past familiar boundaries.
While a scent can mirror your identity, remember that different occasions might demand diverse fragrances. Embrace the adventure and let your scent speak for you.
How Do I Choose The Right Cologne For Me?
Even with all my years of olfactory experience, there are still moments when I can’t decide on which fragrance to add to my cologne collection – it’s normal.
But there are some life hacks that you can use to make choosing a little easier. Here are some scent selection tips that I swear by:
- Know your scent: What fragrances sum up who you are. Whether it’s the musky and masculine scents or something more light and fresh, understanding your preference is key. Doing so can further add to your confidence and communicate who you are in a subtle yet notable way.
- Sample before committing: This is where going in-store can be a huge advantage. Reading scent notes online simply isn’t the same as smelling the fragrance yourself. If you’re able to, always test a cologne before purchasing, and be sure to ask for assistance if you’re unsure of how to test a cologne.
- Expert advice: Don’t shy away from seeking recommendations. I’ll always do my best to give you the most accurate scent knowledge, but if you’re already in-store, don’t be afraid to talk to in-store experts. They can offer some pretty good insights based on your scent profile and personality.
- Match the moment: Every occasion has a mood. Whether it’s a daytime fragrance for work or stronger scents for a night out, ensure your cologne matches the setting.
- Check ingredients: Always review the ingredients list! Ensure you’re not allergic to any component and that the ingredients are ethically sourced if that’s something you’re concerned about.
Can you have too many colognes?
It’s obvious that there’s no strict limit but think of it this way: Do you realistically see yourself using 100 different colognes in a year? You probably could if you do one a day, but you’d likely forget about many of your scents or have colognes with too similar of a scent profile.
It’s best to build a scent collection that aligns with your lifestyle and occasions. Remember, quality over quantity. Go for timeless fragrances that echo your personality and make a lasting impression.
Is it okay to have multiple colognes?
Absolutely! Owning multiple colognes lets you match your scent to the mood, season, or event. It’s like having a wardrobe for your smell. It also allows you to rotate between fragrances to ensure each gets its time to shine. Just remember to store them in a cool, dark place to maintain their quality.
What’s the minimum amount of colognes I should own?
Honestly, one fragrance is the bare minimum but if you do opt for just one, you need to ensure you pick a versatile cologne. This signature scent should be adaptable, fitting both day and night, work and leisure. But, if you’re keen on variety, consider adding seasonal colognes or ones for special occasions to your collection.
Can I wear cologne that’s designed for summer in winter?
Summer colognes are typically light and fresh; winter scents are usually warm and rich. Wearing a summer fragrance in winter might not have the same head-turning impact. But, if it speaks to you and boosts your confidence, go for it! Scent is personal and there’s no strict rule.
Should I have both solid cologne and spray colognes in my collection?
Having both types can give you nice flexibility. Spray colognes provide easy application and are great for a quick refresh. Solid colognes, on the other hand, are portable and perfect for travel, in addition to lasting longer in some cases. Incorporating both in your fragrance arsenal ensures you’re always ready, whether you’re at home or on the go.
So, to wrap things up, the number of colognes a man should have truly depends on individual tastes, daily routines, and spending limits.
Owning just one bottle of a timeless fragrance, like Calvin Klein CK One, can be enough, but there’s joy in creating a diverse cologne collection. Each scent tells a story and brings to mind memories and emotions.
Do your best to explore all the fragrances, from the lightest and freshest scents to the most expensive and cheapest colognes.
Remember, the right cologne not only complements your style but also boosts your confidence. Choose wisely, and let your scent leave an everlasting impression.