Did you know that some of the best fragrances for men date back a century, never mind decades? And so often the old ones are still the best.

Fashionbeans.com consulted a couple of the best 'noses' in the world to establish a list of the very best. So how many have you worn or have yet to try?


The stories may be apocryphal but legend has it that Eau Sauvage was originally formulated as a women's fragrance and 4711 was never the intended name – it was a formula that noted proportions of the main ingredients 4:7:11.

Just as Marilyn Monroe famously confessed that all she wore to bed was Chanel No 5... If all you're wearing is your best pair of men's underpants, or your birthday suit, which fragrance will match your mood?