10 Best Men’s Perfume Bottles for Office Days and After-Work Drinks

Welcome to Fragrance Friday, where each week we’ll update you on the most iconic new releases from the dynamic world of men’s fragrances. Born out of a desire to showcase one of the most overlooked, yet versatile elements of any discerning man’s style, this weekly column will help you polish your own signature scent.

The days of rolling out of bed and heading to the office in what might as well be your pajamas should be well behind you. Even if you’re settled in the most creative industries, where the uniform is unheard of and your co-workers can’t hide their occasional negligence, the older you get, the more you don’t mind taking the time to get dressed in the morning. with confidence. The man who values ​​presence never ignores scent as a non-negotiable absolute with crisp white sneakers and statement-making outerwear.

Even if you’re cooped up in an office with a bunch of other guys you’re not particularly looking to impress, smelling fresh and having a signature scent goes beyond just attracting attention. It’s wise then to discover some of the best everyday perfumes you should have sitting on your shelf that don’t feel particularly special so as not to waste a monotonous day at the office, nor cheap enough to make you feel that you might as well be reaching for some Africa Lynx.



Here I have collected some of the favorite men’s perfume bottles for office days. And there are a few things you want to look out for when it comes to these versatile and largely harmless scents.

First of all, you don’t want something with a strong projection. Likewise, you don’t want anything with anything more than a slight streak. Having some degree of strength here is okay, but you don’t want your scent to be overwhelming. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve annoyed my co-workers by spraying perfume on my desk, and I don’t want to embody that for the entire workday.

Second, you don’t want something too expensive, or you’ll feel guilty for “wasting” it on your co-workers. On the other hand, you don’t want anything too cheap either.

It’s tempting to walk into Chemist Warehouse and drop $50 on a big brand perfume. Sometimes it works, but a lot of times it just gives you a scent that you would easily get bored of and that feels too syrupy and synthetic. Nobody wants to feel like this all day.

Below are 10 perfumes at various price points, some closer to the $150 mark and others around the $300 mark. Yes, these are still investments worth considering, but they will give you fragrances that can be used as everyday clothes in the office while also serving as suitable scents to wear.

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10 bottles of men’s perfume for office days and after-work drinks

Issey Miyake ‘L’Eau D’Issey Pour Homme’

The quintessential woody aquatic fragrance. Issey Miyake presented a timeless fragrance with ‘L’Eau D’Issey Pour Homme’, ideal for the office with a modest sillage and projection but still a complex enough bill to really feel like Something.



Too often, perfumes at this price can often wither and disappoint, but perfumer Jacques Cavallier has worked the recipe incredibly well. You have a lot of buzzing notes here, but all of them are gently layered. It’s clean, reliable, and absolutely one of the best office scents for men.

Top notes: Yuzu, lemon, bregamot, lemon verbena, mandarin, cypress, calone, coriander, tarragon, sage
Heart Notes: Blue lotus, nutmeg, lily of the valley, saffron, bourbon geranium, ceylon cinnamon, mignonette
Background notes: Tahitian vetiver, musk, cedar, sandalwood, tobacco, amber


The Artisan Perfumer ‘Un Air De Bretagne’

An Air De Bretagne marks the spirits without making a show. But that’s what L’Artisan Parfumer always seems to do very well, presenting these very affordable perfumes that are in the mid-range but still feel like luxury without the price tag.

Just like the Issey Miyake, it is a woody aquatic fragrance that skews a little gourmand with bergamot and citrus in the lead before boiling down to this pleasant base of seaweed, cypress, ambergris and cedar. . It lasts a long time, doesn’t throw up nausea, and doesn’t leave a lot of streaks. As I said, impression without making a show.

Top notes: Bergamot, citrus
Heart Notes: Calone, neroli
Background notes: Seaweed, cypress, ambergris, cedar


Aramis ‘Special Blend’

Aramis Special Blend flew under the radar for me. I was sent a bottle earlier this year, but that was when a dozen other scents also landed on my desk. I neglected it for weeks until I picked it up off the shelf and gave it a spin. Wonderful.

This woody-spicy scent, released in 2019, is beautifully done with more spice than wood, dictating cinnamon, bergamot on top, with clary sage to help freshen it all up a bit. Whiskey and Cyprus oil form the bridge to the woody and slightly gourmand base of Virginia cedar, amber, cashmeran and tonka bean.

When you’re looking for a men’s fragrance for office days, you need something versatile. It’s Special Blend to a tee.



Top notes: Cinnamon, bergamot, clary sage
heart notes: Whisky, oil from Cyprus
Background notes: Virginia cedar, amber, cashmeran, tonka bean


Ralph Lauren ‘Polo Ultra Blue’

Ralph Lauren may be overshadowed by niche perfumery from time to time, but few savvy fragrance fans can deny just how addictive Polo Ultra Blue is. This EDT promotes those really fresh, aromatic notes and adds a bit of saltiness to help bring a bit of coastal summer to your skin.

At the top, there is a lot of lemon and basil before the bridge of mineral and ambertonic notes. The very masculine drydown quickly asserts itself, displaying lots of salty, musky and woody notes. It’s sophisticated, especially for something so inexpensive.

Top notes: Citron, lemon, basil, lemon verbena
Heart notes: Mineral, ambertonic notes
Background notes: Salt, musk, woody notes


Hermes ‘Terre d’Hermes’

Terre d’Hermès was launched over a decade ago, and yet it still comes to mind when you talk about those truly reliable classics you can wear to the office every day. Perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena has worked a bit in a fruit basket to what is overall a spicy woody bill, starting with a very sweet wave of orange and grapefruit before quickly bringing pepper and flint to work. seamlessly into the quintessence of woods – cedar, patchouli and benzoin.

The scent has won more than a few awards over the years, and with the primo balance between price and quality, it’s not hard to see why.

Top notes: Orange, grapefruit
Heart notes: Pepper, pelargonium, flint
Background notes: Vetiver, cedar, patchouli, benzoin


Montblanc ‘Red Legend’

As the newest fragrance on this list – it has just launched in Australia – Legend Red is a nice continuation for Montblanc’s constant play towards the lucrative men’s fragrance market. It reminds me a lot of Moncler Pour Homme, which was also recently launched, and is also a solid choice for an office scent. I imagine it’s clary sage on top, helping to freshen up the very natural smelling deck, but preceding that with lots of blood orange zest, grapefruit and cardamom.



As the scent melds into its base of Atlas cedar, mahogany and tonka bean, there’s a real sense of sophistication here that’s not overpowering at all and carries closer to home. skin – exactly what you want if you don’t want something that’s obnoxious and divisive. It is an excellent masculine scent for office days and for after-work aperitifs.

Top notes: Blood orange, grapefruit, cardamom
Heart notes: Cedar, juniper berries, clary sage
Background notes: Atlas cedar, mahogany, tonka bean


Juliette has a pistol ‘In The Mood For Oud’

Smoked oud bombs are often obnoxious and divisive in the office. Juliette Has A Gun arrives with a quick exception with In The Mood For Oud. As the name suggests, oud is in the spotlight here, with lots of those masculine leathery notes offset brilliantly by saffron, raspberry and, at the base, tonka bean and vanilla.

Throughout the life of the fragrance, which isn’t very strong in its projection, you have this overall fire ode that smells like a heavily peated whiskey, but then there are those slight sweet details that help hold it back. It’s still a fairly new fragrance, released in 2019, and it’s still one of the most trusted in Juliette Has A Gun’s luxury collection.

Top notes: Bergamot
Heart notes: Oud, papyrus, saffron, raspberry
Background notes: Tonka bean, vanilla


Bottega Veneta ‘For Men’

Perfumer Daniela Andrier took a worldly approach for Bottega Veneta Pour Homme, and it paid off. The adventurous leather scent was created for men but could easily be worn by anyone as it distills the image, as Andrier describes it, “of a man leaving Veneto north, towards the Dolomites”.

This fragrance’s muse clearly travels through mountains and forests to get there, as there’s a lot of truly natural freshness here with Canadian fir resins and clary sage on deck, sandwiched by a tangy top. with bergamot from Calabria, pine from Siberia and juniper from the Balkans, and a base of labdanium, leather and patchouli.

Top notes: Bergamot, pine, juniper
Heart Notes: Jamaican pepper, fir resins
Background notes: Labdanium, leather, patchouli




Narciso Rodriguez “For Him”

This eau de toilette from reliable Narciso Rodriguez is one of the most versatile in the game, skewing the old school with a sleek and expressive homage to the great masculine Fougere scents of the 80s. amber, violet leaf and patchouli, all restrained and crafted in a way that doesn’t overwhelm but also has enough projection to really stand out in your presence.

Top notes: Lavender, pink pepper, violet
Heart Notes: Musk
Background notes: Musk, patchouli


Bulgari ‘Man Terrae Essence’

Earthy and elegant, Alberto Morillas really outdid himself when he introduced Man Terrae Essence for Bvlgari’s reliable men’s line last year. In many ways, it’s a sketch of the quintessential male scent, but without the lackluster sameness that many similar scents crumble into. Yes, woodsy scents on men are expected these days, but by starting above ground with zest and then slowly spiraling below ground, Morillas landed on an everyday winner.

Top notes: Lemon, calamansi
Heart Notes: Vetiver, iris
Background notes: Earthy notes, styrax


Men’s Perfume For The Office – Frequently Asked Questions

What makes a fragrance for men suitable for office days?

You want something that’s not too loud with mid-range projection and wake. Something that won’t over-split but will last you all day so you don’t have to reapply before glasses after work.

What are the best perfumes for men to wear to the office?

L’Eau D’Issey Pour Homme by Issey Miyake, In The Mood For Oud by Juliette Has A Gun and Pour Homme by Bottega Veneta are some of the best men’s perfume bottles for office days.

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