You can thank Elizabeth Taylor for subjecting us to celebrity brand scents. It was in 1991 that the actress unveiled ‘White Diamonds’… By 2000, celebrity brand fragrances made up only 2% of the market. Today, it’s up to 6%, and growing. And, it’s also big business for celebs. Take Jennifer Lopez, for example. She’s raking in over $250 million a year with her scent. With that kind of cash, it’s no surprise that celebrities would want to have their own brand of fragrance.
While we know that there are more than enough celebrity brand perfumes out there for women, there’s also plenty of celebrity colognes for men. Everyone from actors, musicians, and athletes is now in the cologne business. But, with so many options, it’s hard to decide which brand to purchase, if you really want to be a part of this trend. So, here are the seven best celebrity scents for men.
7. Antonio Banderas – ‘The Secret’
In 2010 the actor launched his first scent. Today, Banderas has a number of fragrances, but it’s his original scent, ‘The Secret,’ that has placed him on this list. With notes of mint, grapefruit, cinnamon, pepper, apple liqueur accord, tonka bean, woods, musk, and leather, it’s masculine and sensual. Surprising, it’s very reasonably priced, but that doesn’t deter the scent from being a solid decision.
6. Patrick Dempsey – ‘2’
The ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ actor was actually hands-on with his scent ‘Unscripted.’ His 2009 follow-up, ‘2’, has a designer scent but at a reasonable price. The top notes are mandarin and nutmeg, followed by mid notes of spiced wood, green fig, and citrus. The base notes are olibanum, patchouli, guaicwood and skin musk. Overall, it’s a decent choice for the office.
5. Carlos Santana – ‘Carlos Santana for Men’
‘Carlos Santana For Men’ has a blend of bergamont, lavender, mandarin, cinnamon bark, apple, maja accord, sandalwood, cypress wood, patchouli, musk, leather, amber, tonka bean, and vanilla. This alluring scent debuted in 2005 and has won people over since. Longevity may be a problem, but you can’t complain for the price.
4. Sean Combs – ‘Unforgivable’
Released in 2006, this eau de toilette spray marketed itself as a sleek, smooth blend that combines “masculine style with classic luxury.” ‘Unforgivable’ contains a mixture of Sicilian lemon, Italian bergamot, green mandarin, Moroccan tangerine, grapefruit, juniper leaves, birch leaves, champagne accord, Mediterranean air accord, Tuscan basil, Australian sandalwood, amber, tonka bean, and rum. It’s won fans over as well as the FiFi Award Fragrance Of The Year Men`s Luxe 2007.
3. Tim McGraw – ‘McGraw’
The country star launched his first scent in 2008, and it’s rather impressive. Besides having a nice and sharp-looking leather-topped bottle, the cologne contains a warm, woody fragrance that has a touch of aged whiskey. Its top notes are bergamot and nutmeg, followed by avendar and moss. Simply put, it’s manly and perfect for any occasion. Since its release, people have found that ‘McGraw’ is one of the better celebrity fragrances out there.
2. Usher – ‘VIP’
The singer and actor unveiled his first scents in 2007 for both men and women. While he has gone on to release other scents, his scent ‘VIP’ is perfect when going out for the night. ‘VIP’ opens with its top notes of tangerine, bergamot, kumquat, and nutmeg, followed by heart notes of violet leaf, lotus flower, and saffron. The base notes are the sensual and earthy notes of vetiver, oakmoss, and suede.
1. David Beckham – ‘Pure Instinct’
The limited edition of David Beckham’s first scent ‘Instinct’ is a spicy blend of black pepper, cardamom, silver sage, rosemary, and tobacco leaves. It’s masculine enough for the modern man and is sexy enough to make the ladies enjoy it. Also, it comes in a sleek silver bottle that you would proudly want to display in your bathroom.
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