What would an “Amazon cologne” smell like? Actually, don’t answer that—we’ve read enough harrowing tales about the restroom situation in the ‘Zon’s sprawling warehouses to hazard a guess. If you arrived here looking for a riff on Eau de Bezos, you’re out of luck. But if your frantic—and, let’s be honest, lazy—Googling led you here in search of the best colognes you can find on Amazon, well, that’s another story entirely.
These days, it’s less and less daunting to buy men’s colognes online, whether you’re searching for a signature scent or something new to round out your fragrance wardrobe. (Yes, wardrobe.) There’s no reason you can’t treat colognes like clothes by adding a fall favorite or a warm wintry number to freshen things up for the season. Or you can build out your collection of basics by putting some new fragrance families into the rotation, plucked from the classics: scents with woody notes, musky spicy notes, or some refreshing florals.
Point being, whether you’re putting your first real bottle on the dresser or you’re a fragrance freak adding to the scent equivalent of a walk-in closet, there’s a lot to look at—and increasingly, some of the best brands in fragrance are selling on Amazon. There are some pro tips to finding the goods, though (and we’ll get to those in a moment).
The Best Colognes on Amazon Shopping Guide
What can you expect?
No, you won’t find the truly luxe stuff (like Louis Vuitton) or the independent perfumers (like Arquiste), but Amazon’s growing selection of fragrances hits a sweet spot, price-wise. And given you’re flying blind (er, smelling blind?), the site’s most useful features—quick shipping, easy returns, and customer reviews—come in more handy when you’re buying scents than almost anything else. Amazon reviews require a grain or two of salt, but you’ll learn quickly if the fragrance comes with any surprises. We also like to cross-reference a scent’s Amazon reviews with reviews on fragrance-oriented sites like Fragrantica. Maybe you’re not as scent-obsessed as Fragrantica regulars, but that doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from their in-too-deep understanding.
What the heck is an “EDT”?
While you’re shopping mens fragrances on Amazon, it’s handy to know scent lingo. “EDT” means “Eau de Toilette”, which contains 5-8% perfume oil concentration. It’s the most common option you’ll find on Amazon. “EDP” or “Eau de Parfum” contains 8-15% perfume oil, while “EDC” or “Eau de Cologne” (or just “Cologne”) contains the least perfume oil, at 3-5%. (Might not hurt to revisit how to apply fragrance without overdoing it, too.)
An Amazon-specific word to the wise
One last bit of professional advice, and maybe the most crucial: only purchase colognes from verified dealers on Amazon. Those are either the brand itself or Amazon.com—you’ll know because one of the two will be listed under the product’s name at the top of the page. Otherwise, you could be buying a dupe, an opened product, or a long-outdated cologne. Don’t waste your dollars on anything but the real deal.
Below are the 13 best colognes on Amazon right now (none of which, thankfully, we’d consider an “Amazon cologne”), based on our own expertise, trusted sellers, and satisfied ratings from customers.
The Best for the Office
Polo Black is a boost of sexy tropical energy with a hint of musk that transitions seamlessly from day to night. ‘Nuff said, really.
The Best Signature Scent Candidate
Fair warning: Sauvage is always one of—if not the—top-selling fragrance worldwide, probably because it’s a classic, easily wearable year-round fragrance. Don’t be surprised if it elbows its way into becoming your signature scent. There’s no shame in following the herd when the herd smells this good.
The Best for Sophisticates
The 30-years-young L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme is one of our favorite classic colognes, projecting the serenity and sophistication of a Japanese tea ceremony, what with bright floral citric notes anchored by heavier tones with a little musk.
The Best for Date Night
Eros is inspired by Greek mythology and bears the head of Medusa, adding some sexiness and mischief to your shelf. It’ll do the same to you, too, thanks to a stirring blend of gourmand and warming notes.
The Best for Day-to-Night
A citrusy smooth expression gives Coach for Men its daytime appeal, while long-lasting spicy and amber base notes help carry it into happy hour.
The Best for Feeling Hot
You know the scent of 1 Million, they know it, we all know it. While it may not be the most unexpected fragrance, this sexed-up scent fits into any rotation.
The Best for Classic Fragrance Heads
Inside an iconic bottle silhouette is one of the best classic colognes you can buy. Few scents balance freshness and spice as smoothly as Le Male.
The Best for Your Buck
This sea-breezy scent is the top selling eau de toilette on Amazon, no doubt because it’s a mega-steal at $18 for a 3.3-ounce bottle. Nearly 80 thousand 5-star reviews can’t be wrong.
The Best for People With a Sweet
Pi is as delicious as its scent notes suggest, with top notes of vanilla and almond taking the lead. Wear it to Thanksgiving dinner or to boost your spirits in the dregs of winter.
The Best for Cold Weather
One of Amazon’s most wanted mens fragrances is Azzaro’s signature scent, a sensual yet fresh cologne that wears best from fall through spring.
The Best for a Quick Jaunt to the Mediterranean
This scent’s crispy, spicy citrus notes will send you to the Italian seaside—perfect for a winter blues pick-me-up or a long summer weekend.
The Best for Polo Fanatics
Ralph bookends our roundup, for good reason. The original Polo EDT—going 45-plus years as an industry favorite—is yet another of our favorite classic colognes. One that really hits its woodsy stride in cooler months.
The Best for Peak ’90s Vibes
Giorgio Armani knows a thing or two about the power of simplicity. So think of Acqua Di Gió as the fragrance equivalent of his influential neutral-toned menswear; its crispy, earthy blend of bergamot, jasmine, and patchouli had made it a classic since its release in 1996. When the era’s minimalism was at its peak, this fragrance delivered on a scent that’s both distinct and inviting, but never overpowering—sort of like a caramel-colored cashmere sweater.