The Best Aftershaves and Colognes of 2019

By Alex Bryson - 7 months ago | Updated
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With so many different brands falling over themselves to present their own creation as the very best aftershave for men, it can be difficult to pick your way through the competing bluster. How do you choose the right scent when each and every one claims to make you a confident, irresistible alpha male? After all, you only need to take a look at the aftershave-wearing population around you to establish that a fair few of these brands are not delivering on their promises.

Ultimately, of course, it all comes down to a question of taste. If a scent smells right, then it is right.

And yet, given that we’re all busy people, it’s hard to justify smelling our way around shop after shop. With that in mind, we’re going to run through some of 2019's very best scents for men – scents that epitomise the trends of the year ahead.

Davidoff Cool Water Aftershave

Davidoff Cool Water Aftershave

First up, Davidoff’s Cool Water fragrance. If you've seen any of the imagery that accompanied the fragrance’s release, you'll know that it focuses on surfers – a useful shorthand for the scent’s bracing freshness and sense of daring.

Surfing itself has seen a huge upsurge in popularity as the modern man moves increasingly away from pubs and into the sphere of healthy living. This aftershave replicates the sport’s more intangible elements, featuring an intense and forceful heart that’s inspired by the ocean, alongside accents of peppermint and lavender that burst to the surface.

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Hermès Eau de Gentiane Blanche Eau de Cologne

Hermès Eau de Gentiane Blanche Eau de Cologne

This cologne possesses all the qualities that you’d expect from a Hermès creation, exhibiting the same degree of modern sophistication that sets the brand's clothing and accessory lines apart.

If you remain unimpressed by the fragrance's pedigree, discover its inimitable aroma for yourself. A single spritz fills your nose with the delightful interplay of musk meeting incense, gentiana and iris.

What's more, this cologne was formulated with both sexes in mind, and so lends even the most corporate, buttoned-up look a frisson of arresting ambiguity.

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Taylor of Old Bond Street Luxury Sandalwood Cologne

Taylor of Old Bond Street Luxury Sandalwood Cologne

If the summer just gone proved anything, it’s that the UK’s appetite for nostalgia remains undiminished. From the Royal Wedding to Three Lions, you couldn't escape the rush of fondness for yesteryear.

And since choosing a signature aftershave is often a somewhat emotional decision, you may want to opt for something with more of a heritage vibe. Naturally, this route is riddled with potential pitfalls. Luckily, the experts at Taylor Of Old Bond Street offer a classic formulation that entirely bypasses kitsch in favour of clear citrus top notes, a subtly spicy heart and a sensual, earthy base.

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Cellcosmet & Cellmen The Original Fragrance

Cellcosmet & Cellmen The Original Fragrance

Few scents can exhibit more thoroughly modern characteristics than this eau de toilette from Cellcosmet and Cellmen.

The brand is perhaps best known for its cellular therapy, offering a series of scientifically-driven anti-ageing solutions. That same fact-orientated approach has led to the creation of this unique fragrance, which opens with energising hesperidia before leading the nose on to a heart of refined spices and precious woods. This is then superseded by a warm base of oakmoss and amber.

If you're the type of man who likes to know that his aftershave is the culmination of countless hours' research and development, then you'll find a lot to love in this fragrance.

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Paco Rabanne 1 Million Aftershave Lotion

Paco Rabanne 1 Million Aftershave Lotion

Paco Rabanne's 1 Million Aftershave probably has the most instantly recognisable silhouette of any modern bottle. Its full charms go somewhat deeper than that, however, as the scent itself balances the citrus spark of its opening against a spiced heart and an exquisite base that suspends blonde leather with amber ketal.

Emily Ratajkowski's recent signing on with the brand has seen it enjoy a resurgence in public interest and we have a feeling that 2019 is the year that this popular fragrance gets recognised all over again for its sublime character.

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Atelier Cologne Rose Anonyme Cologne Absolue

Atelier Cologne Rose Anonyme Cologne Absolue

What makes this Atelier composition so utterly modern? Well, just as it’s very much in vogue – not to mention a cornerstone of wellness movements – to strive for a sense of equilibrium, so too this formula displays a variety and balance that’s entirely of the moment. This translates to a classical floral composition, lent a bold modern twist by the likes of Somalian opoponax and comprised almost entirely of natural origin ingredients. Traditional, innovative and natural? Very 2019.

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An added bonus...

Molton Brown Russian Leather Single Wick Candle

Molton Brown Russian Leather Single Wick Candle

... because if 2019 has been defined by anything so far, it's been the debate over what masculinity means. And, for a long time, purchasing a scented candle would have appeared the height of bohemian loucheness.

Today, however, what man wouldn't want his house to smell of basil, pine and the titular Russian leather? Besides relaxing the senses, this highly aesthetic candle is also great for banishing the fustiness or staleness that can gather in a room.

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So, if you’re looking for the best cologne for men – or the aftershave par excellence – you don’t need to embark on another sensory saga from display counter to tester station, but can instead spice up your routine with something right here on Cosmetify.