6 Best Dior Colognes For Men that Smell Amazing

A perfume gives you confidence. And a good perfume gives you Power. Most of us go for Designer Perfumes as niche perfumes are expensive. Christian Dior, amongst the designer perfumes, is one of the safest options that I rely on. I have tried the Sauvages and Homme lineup and the more expensive La-Privee collection of Dior. Here is my recommendation for the best Christian Dior cologne for men, that you can trust.

The review is based on uniqueness, longevity, compliments, and mass-appealing factor.

What are the best Dior Colognes for Men – Summary

Here is my list of the 6 best Dior Colognes for Men.

  • Dior Homme Intense
  • Dior Oud Ispahan
  • Dior Eau Sauvage Parfum
  • Dior Sauvage EDP
  • Dior Fahrenheit
  • Dior Elixir
This picture shows my pick of the 6 best Dior Cologne for Men. By choosing either of the following you would never go wrong.
1. Dior Homme Intense
2. Dior Oud Ispahan
3. Dior Eau Sauvage
4. Dior Sauvage EDP
5. Dior Fahrenheit
6. Dior Elixir

Although I have numbered by choices, trust me when I say, that if worn rightly, all of these perfumes are iconic. They all deserve to be in your collection and you are covered for years to come.

Although perfumes seem expensive they are not. Investing in good perfumes means that you would spray less and get more lasting and projection. In a single spray, you would be applying 0.1 ml approximately. So let’s say you put on 5 sprays in a single go then a 100ml/ 3.4 Oz perfume should last for 200 days.

Here are my 6 picks for the best Dior Colognes that every Alpha Male must have and create the effect that distinguishes men from boys.

One of these can be your signature perfume. To know more on how many perfumes should you have read this article.

1. Dior Homme Intense – Best Cologne for Formal Occasions

Homme Intense by Dior is the best cologne for men in my opinion. You can’t go wrong with this perfume. Homme Intense is all about maturity and seriousness.

Dior Homme Intense bottle and box is shown in the review of perfume and it is one of the best Dior Cologne for Men

An up-class, deep, and complex perfume that opens up with Lavender and Iris. Both give it a very lipsticky and powdery note. I have not smelled this clean Iris Note in any other perfume.

Iris coupled with lavender in the opening gives this perfume a lip-sticky, seductive smell and in dry down, it changes to a suede-like texture note coupled with Cedar and Vetiver.

This perfume changed its accords in three distinct phases. The Lipstick opening lasts and projects for 35-40 minutes.

Then the lipsticky, powder and creamy phase coupled with suede accord lasts for a good 5 hours and the last phase is deep woody, musky, and sort of buttery accord that prevails for a good 3-4 hours.

Dior Homme Intense longevity is 12 hours easily.

Dior Homme Intense is a very good choice for official and formal occasions. It projects well and, you would be complimented. An attractive and seductive perfume that attracts opposites. Being a unisex perfume, this is a safe choice for women.

DHI is best for the fall and winter seasons. Though in summer you can wear it also during the evenings.

Read my in-depth review of Dior Homme Intense to know why this is among the best Colognes for Men.

Because of mass popularity, there are counterfeit versions of perfume. To know the differences between real vs fake Dior Homme Intense, read this in-depth article.

2. Dior Oud Ispahan-A true Oriental Experience

Oud Ispahan picture taken during the review

Surprisingly another Unisex Perfume in the list of Best Dior Colognes for Men. I like deep and complex perfumes. Oud is a heavy note and is suitable for winter. But here it is used intelligently with dry rose accord and projects a unique accord of woody and floral combo.

Oud Ispahan is raw and yet complex in its opening. It is a bit heavy and best suited for fall and winter.

A mystic journey with Labdanum opening an Oud note up-front. Very rapidly Floral accords of Dry Rose and Saffron come into play alongside Patchouli (An earthy green note).

Strangely in Oud Ispahan, all the notes are very distinctive and yet complexly mixed. The last phase in dry-down is all about woody accords that still project even after 12 hours.

Although Oud Ispahan is an expensive buy, the Cologne smell is LUXURIOUS, MATURE, AND SEDUCTIVE. Read my complete review of Dior Oud Ispahan to know why I have put it among the best-smelling Dior Cologne for men.

3. Dior Eau Sauvage Parfum – Best Old School Classic Cologne By Dior

Eau Sauvage by Dior is a 1966 classic, that was reformulated in 2012 and last reiterated in 2017. Dior Eau Sauvage from 2017 by Francois Demachy is pure love and easily among one of the best Dior Cologne for Men. It is a perfect definition of MASCULINITY.

Dominant notes are Bergamot, Vetiver, and Elimi. The best opening of citruses and possibly the fresh perfume category. Normally the citruses in most perfumes either go sour or just smell like candy but not in this one. It feels so refined and pure.

The dry-down phase is a very distinct form opening. The vetiver gives this perfume a woody accord here with hints of Lavender. I must say that this is one of the best Vetiver based perfumes. You would get a feel of a burning forest with woods and sweet floral accords.

The Vetiver does not leave you in the dry-down phase which is shouldered by the addictive note of Elemi. You still get the woody accord here which remains pure love.

This perfume is for mature people who are dressed nicely. By no means i am saying that others can’t wear it. It is for everyone and strangely for almost every season. If you know how to carry this perfume, you can exhibit your best and dominate others.

Dior Eau Sauvage is a mass-appealing perfume that lasts from 8-10 hours easily. And in the fresh perfume category, this projection and longevity are hard to see.

Read my in-depth take on Dior Eau Sauvage Parfum to know why this is a cult classic that is here to stay and put to shame many niche perfumes.

The mastery in the creation of Dior Eau Sauvage Parfum is better than Bleu De Chanel EDP, in my humble opinion.

4. Dior Sauvage Eau De Parfum – The Best Selling Dior Cologne for Men

If you are a regular visitor to my website then by this time you know that while writing the comparison article of Sauvage EDT vs EDP vs Parfum vs Elixir – I made a mention that if you tailor in the price point then Sauvage EDP is my favorite perfume.

The EDP version of Sauvage is the best seller and most liked among the Sauvage line-up. More suited for spring and summer, this citrusy cologne is a compliment monster. You can not go wrong with this cologne.

Very few perfumes are this captivating right from the opening. Sauvage EDP opens up with a cool Bergamot and spicy Sichuan Pepper and for a good 30 minutes plus this phase lasts. The second phase lasts for another 3-4 hours and is carried by peppers and Ambroxan.

Ambroxan is used very intelligently here. It not only tampers down the Spicy accord but also projects beastly.

Sauvage EDP is a perfect office fragrance. It fills up the room and is also very appealing and brings a smile to everyone’s face. People would come to you and ask you which perfume you are wearing.

My introduction to Sauvage EDP was on one such occasion that I mentioned during the review of this legendary perfume.

In my opinion, people would guess this perfume easily as it is not very unique. And that might be the only downside of this cologne by Dior which comes in at a fourth place in my listing of the best Colognes by Dior.

5. Dior Fahrenheit – The Famous Petroleum Note

Dior Fahrenheit Perfume is shown in the picture which is one of the best Dior Cologne for men

You either love or hate Dior Fahrenheit. Launched in 1988, this timeless classic cologne was aimed at Matured and Alpha Males.

It went through many reiterations, and its intensity was toned down a bit. But even at present, the 2015 reiteration of Dior Fahrenheit Cologne (still going on in 2023) is no less intense.

There are so many notes in Fahrenheit, which creates so much difference in different weather conditions but yet the famous Petroleum/ Kerosine like smell (which can be put off for many) is still there in the opening.

I will say that use this perfume with caution. Fewer sprays are more as it is into the nose-type fragrance. Must go through How to apply perfume to have in-depth knowledge of how to carry strong scents.

In the initial phase, the chain reaction of all the notes causes the famous kerosine-like aroma which lasts less but projects more. And people hate it or love it. I use very less of this perfume and that too on cool winter evenings, and I enjoy this phase.

Later on the sweet lavender and lathery notes take over, which is very mature and earthy.

A definite mature male cologne, that should be worn on cooler evenings. Do not go for a blind buy and check this perfume physically first.

Dior Fahrenheit lasts for a good 5-6 hours and projects for 20-30 minutes initially. A very strong scent that is good for outdoors in cool temperatures. A timeless classic that is unique and emanates Masculinity.

Read my take on Dior Fahrenheit in this detailed review.

6. Dior Sauvage Elixir- Last but not the Least

Dior Elixir is shown in the picture

Elixir by Sauvage is more towards the niche category but the price is high-end designer perfume-like. A complex perfume that is a put-off in opening for a raw nose. You have to live with this perfume for few times before you start loving it.

Sauvage Elixir is not a mass-appealing perfume and is more suited for a mature audience. Its opening is a composition of sour spices, which can become harsh for immature noses. In the second phase, the spices are rounded off by lavender a bit yet maintaining the darkness of the perfume.

The longevity is beastly and projection and sillage are just OK. This perfume is suited for mature noses only and should not be compared to Sauvage’s earlier siblings. It is altogether a different perfume.

If you have read my comparison article on Sauvage EDT vs EDP vs Parfum vs Elixir, you must be knowing that I like this perfume a lot. The reason I am putting this perfume at number six is purely because of the price point and expectation that the masses have with Sauvage Line-up.

Read my take on Sauvage Elixir where I reviewed this perfume in detail.

My Guide for Buying Perfumes

I look for following and also educate my friends and family to do so as well

  1. Fragrance Notes: When I’m buying a perfume, I always start by considering the fragrance notes. I like scents with a blend of fresh and woody notes. Dior Sauvage is a perfect choice, with its notes of bergamot, pepper, and ambroxan.
  2. Occasion and Season: It’s important to think about when and where I plan to wear the perfume. For everyday wear, especially in the warmer months, I prefer lighter scents. Dior Homme Cologne, with its clean and citrusy notes of bergamot and grapefruit, is an excellent choice.
  3. Longevity: I like my fragrance to last throughout the day. So, I tend to look for eau de parfum or parfum concentrations. Dior Fahrenheit fits the bill with its unique combination of violet, leather, and wood notes, offering good longevity.
  4. Sillage: Depending on the occasion, I may want a subtle or strong sillage. Dior Sauvage has a strong sillage, making it a great choice when I want to make a statement, while Dior Homme Cologne offers a more moderate sillage for a subtle presence.
  5. Brand and Reputation: I’m a fan of reputable perfume brands with a history of producing quality scents. Dior is a trusted brand known for its exceptional fragrances, making it a go-to for me.
  6. Personal Preferences: My personal taste is unique, so I always test a perfume on my skin to see how it reacts with my body chemistry. Dior Eau Sauvage is a classic that works well with my skin, and I love its fresh, citrusy notes.
  7. Budget: I consider my budget, but I’m also willing to invest in a fragrance I truly love. Dior fragrances can vary in price, but the quality justifies the cost, in my opinion.
  8. Sample First: Before committing to a full-sized bottle, I make sure to try a sample. It’s the best way to see how a fragrance wears on me over time and if it’s a perfect fit.
  9. Packaging and Presentation: While it’s not the most critical factor, I do appreciate the elegant packaging and bottle design of Dior perfumes. It adds to the overall experience.
  10. Allergies and Sensitivities: I’m mindful of any allergies or sensitivities I may have. Fortunately, Dior fragrances are typically well-tolerated, but it’s always wise to check the ingredient list for any potential irritants

Parting Thoughts

I am just addicted to perfumes and at times I am amazed that why so many people do not use colognes with knowledge. For me, cologne is an essential part of wear and should be given due consideration.

Since perfume addiction can go expensive for many, hense diving down into designer category rather than niche perfumes is always a good idea.

Not many can have the time to check every perfume physically so I hope that my article on the best Dior Cologne for men can be helpful to people who are reading this.

Any perfume from Dior mentioned here will not let you down, provided you are wearing it as per occasion and season of the year.

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