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Best Men's Cologne 2011

A man should never leave his house without a spritz of cologne. A man should never leave his house without a spritz of cologne.

Finding the right cologne can be challenging for many guys – downright impossible for some. Trying to figure out what cologne is suited best for you may be intimidating because of the variety of choices. Maybe you leave the cologne shopping to your wife or girlfriend, but it’s not a bad idea to know what’s out there and which colognes are better than others. A great cologne helps you make a memorable first impression and sets you apart from the crowd – not to mention girls love a guy who smells good.

2011 has introduced several new colognes, but many from years past are still popular. The biggest trend of the new year is warm, earth base notes enhanced with rare herbs and flowers. 2010 saw a lot of heavy men’s colognes, but this year’s collection is smoother and more sophisticated. Whether you’re looking for a classic that has proven its worth, or want to try something new, here are a few excellent men’s colognes to choose from.

Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio

This is one of the most popular signature scents from Armani because of its sensual masculine aroma. The fragrance seems to be taken directly from a Mediterranean breeze. Acqua Di Gio is a contemporary expression of masculinity in an aura of marine notes, fruits, herbs, and woods. Get it on Amazon for $62.

Tom Ford Azure Lime

A good choice for everyday wear, this Private Blend edition is a sophisticated woodsy musk with a subtle hint of citrus lime. Tom Ford explains, “Private Blend is my own scent laboratory; it's where I have the ability to create very special, original fragrances that are unconstrained by the conventions of mainstream scent-making. Private Blend is designed with the true fragrance connoisseur in mind.” Azure Lime evokes the relaxed style of the paradisiacal island of Mustique and is available from Nordstrom for $190.

Obsession by Calvin Klein

Women everywhere agree; we love a guy who wears Obsession. Not only does this cologne smell great, it also lasts 24 hours. Obsession is an intensely provocative scent; powerful and potent. Its base notes are amber, musk, vetiver, and sandalwood; mid notes of lavender, myrrh, and sage; with finishing top notes of mandarin and bergamot. A small bottle from Calvin Klein is $65.

Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight in Paris

First of all, gotta love the bottle. Secondly, the scent is just as cool. We recommend Midnight in Paris for date night. It’s long-lasting and romantic (just like you hope to be, right?) with intriguing aromas of black lily of the valley, incense, tonka bean and rosemary. It’s smooth and just a bit mysterious, offered at luckyscent.com for $115. Get a sample for $3.

Clive Christian No. 1

If you want to go all out and get the most expensive cologne on the market, this one fits the bill. At $850 a pop, you’d think people would be crazy to buy it; but once you smell it you’ll understand. You might even find yourself reaching for your wallet. The base note of wood is perfect, with an incredible blend of bergamot, citrus, and jasmine. If you’ve got a special occasion where you want to smell like a million bucks, make a stop at Saks Fifth Avenue and pick up a bottle of Clive Christian.

Another brand you can’t go wrong with Versace. Since his first cologne in 1981, Versace has continued to reign as one of the best producers of men’s fragrance. Try “Dreamer,” a seductive and smooth scent meant for casual wear; on sale from Amazon for $40. Whichever cologne you choose, apply it on the areas of your body that produces the most body heat (wrists, neck, behind your ears). Your body heat activates the cologne, increasing its strength and smell so it lasts all night. For more great fashion tips check out RosebudMag.com's guide to men's shoes here, and men's watches here.

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