One of the difficult things about shopping for fragrances online is the fact that you have to go by text descriptions of what it smells like and cannot simply grab a bottle and try it out. I know, that I personally, have had to take some leaps of faith based on reviews when buying cologne and have actually had quite a bit of success coming up with some great fragrances I would have otherwise missed. One way to get around this is to buy smaller sample sizes to see if a certain scent is really for you or if it is something you can take a pass on. Unfortunately, not all colognes or perfumes have sample sizes that are readily available. However, for this post I have compiled the best colognes for men that have sample sizes available on either Fragrancenet.com or Fragrancex.com, two of the leading retailers in online fragrances. Also, I have linked each to its page on either respective site and have included coupon codes that can be used for free shipping.
Fragrancenet.com ‘s Best Colognes with Available Sample Sizes
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Creed Aventus– An upscale fragrance that hits with any opening of citrus before settling down into a pleasant and memorable scent.
1 Million by Paco Rabanne– 1 Million is a sweet and fresh cologne for men that later reveals its spice notes. A really great casual cologne for guys. Notes include: Mint, Grapefruit, Rose, Patchouli, Amber, Cinnamon, White woods, Blond leather, Blood orange, Spice notes
Versace Man Eau Fraiche– beautiful scent which is light, crisp, clean, and perfect for the warmer months. Notes include: Lemon, Rosewood, Carambola, Cedar leaves, Tarragon, Sage, Musk, Amber, Sycamore wood.
D&G Light Blue– A light, airy, and sophisticated fragrance for men that always seems to be a top seller. Notes include:Mandarin, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Juniper, Rosewood, Rosemary, Musk, Wood, Oakmoss, Incense.
Gucci Guilty Black– A bold take on the Gucci Guilty line of fragrances. Guilty Black is for those guys who like to stand out and command attention. Notes include: green coriander, lavender, orange blossom
Dirty English by Juicy Couture– A rich and exotic smelling fragrance that is masculine and has crisp leathery notes. A really nice surprise from Juicy Couture.
Curve Crush by Liz Claiborne– A newer take on the classic Curve fragrance. This one is clean and fresh also but has an undercurrent of spice which gives it a certain energy.
Emporio Armani Diamonds– A nice moderate blend of citrus and woodsy notes which help to give Diamonds a confident yet understated feel. Not an overpowering scent but one that stays fresh and with you throughout the day.
21 Le Fou by D&G– A relative unknown from Dolce. 21 Le Fou has a bit of sweet and a bit of spice. The spice is almost reminiscent of a peppermint in that, it has a sweet candy-like smell underlying it’s kick. I really enjoy this stuff based on the sample I got for it. A very nice fragrance.
Fragancex.com: Best Colognes with Available Sample Size
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L’Homme Intense by Yves Saint Laurent– Notes of bergamot, lemon, orange blossom and violet leaves.
Obsession by Calvin Klein– A casual blend of citrus, spicy notes, and musk. This fragrance has been popular for a very long time and is versatile enough to be worn on any occasion.
Versace Pour Homme– A fresh and dynamic scent full of spice. This one is classy and memorable. Notes include: Jasmine, Moroccan cedar wood, musk, kashmir wood, azalea.
Jean Paul Gaultier– A classic fragrance and one that ladies seem to love on men. Jean Paul Gaultier has a fantastic scent to it and is composed of notes such as: mint, lavender, orange blossom and woods.