The perfect body spray can make all the difference in a man’s game when it comes to both confidence and style.
Not only helping bring out the best in you, but a top-rated body spray should also have a well-balanced scent of notes (top, middle, and base), not be too overpowering, and be affordable – like AXE Body Spray for men.
In this review and guide we not only take a look at all the most popular body sprays for men available, but also discuss a few key considerations you need to take into account when buying a body spray, along with a few simple tips on how to wear your body spray.
Let’s get started:
Comparing The Best Body Sprays
|AXE Body Spray for Men||Fresh||4oz||$$|
|Bath and Body Works Noir For Men Body Spray||Black Cardamom and White Musk||3.7oz||$|
|Calvin Klein Cosmetics Obsession Body Spray||Warm and Spicy||5.4oz||$$|
|Calvin Klein ETERNITY Body Spray||Woody||5.4oz||$$|
|Kenneth Cole Body Spray||Violet, Musk, Mandarin, Woodsy||6oz||$$|
|Nautica Voyage Body Spray||Fresh/Clean||4oz||$|
|Playboy Male Body Spray||3 Varieties||4oz||$|
|Tommy Bahama Set Sail St. Barts Body Spray||Oceanic Scents||6oz||$|
Everything You Need To Know When Buying A Body Spray
When researching all the various body sprays for men, we came across five key attributes that should help in finding the best body spray for you.
Here’s what they were:
Naturally the primary reason why a man buys a body spray is due to the scent. Available in a multitude of smells – the scent of the body spray you decide to buy will define your style.
Scents can generally be categorized into any one of the following:
- Floral or flowery scents
Great for daytime wear, floral scents can include more masculine flowers such as gardenia, and are nice, friendly, and not overpowering. Many (but not all) fruit and berries also fall into this category, however, they are rarely included in men’s body spray.
- Fresh and clean scents
Fresh and clean scents are perfect for daily wear. Whether you are going to school or work in an office setting, a body spray with a fresh scent will be both pleasant and light. Here you will find scents smelling like ‘fresh breeze’ and several citrus-based notes.
This scent category is also great should you be looking for a body spray to use after going to the gym.
- Musky/Oriental scents for evening wear
Beloved by men for centuries, musky body sprays go on nicely and are made for evening wear. Usually evoking much more heavier notes of cinnamon, spice, and of course, musk – they often last longer and can also boldly set the tone for the evening.
- Woodsy scents are versatile
Competing with both fresh and flowery scents, woodsy scents are another versatile body spray that can be used for countless occasions. Great if you are aiming for that hipster or natural unshaven look – a woodsy body spray relies on standout scents including sandalwood, cedarwood, and tea tree.
When using body spray, the more you apply, the stronger the scent will be.
Of course, there are some scents that may seem a bit stronger even though you applied less.
Body fragrances, like those outlined directly above, are typically designed for evening or formal wear.
When it comes to finding the best daily body spray to use, you want to find one that strikes a nice balance of evoking a great scent that is subtle and pleasant.
Our recommendation here is to try to get an honest opinion from a few trusted confidants – especially those of the opposite sex (if that’s whose attention you are hoping to attract) – as it will give you an idea of what works for you.
On a related note regarding how a body spray smells on you:
Everyone’s skin reacts differently when it comes to applying a scent, be it body spray, cologne, aftershave, etc.
Therefore, what may work for one man won’t necessarily work for you.
Should your budget allow, we recommend trying a few different ones within the same scent category and see what smells best.
3. Intent (Sexy vs. Casual)
While fresh or clean scents may be best suited for daily wear, don’t necessarily discount them when it comes to either sexy or evening wear – especially if you live in or are going to a tropical location.
When wearing body sprays for certain occasions, its important to try and match it as best as possible.
Unlike colognes or eau de toilette that are widely available, the selection when it comes to body sprays are surprisingly limited.
Therefore, outside of our list of body sprays reviewed above, when visiting a fashion department store or even large fragrance online retailers, you will see that the ratio of body sprays to colognes is rather low.
The last hurdle when finding the right body spray for your style, is that it also works with your wallet too!
Especially when compared to colognes, body sprays are largely affordable.
Based on our findings, you can expect to get a quality body spray for no more than $30. Those priced higher aren’t really delivering much in the way of product quality, but instead are riding on the brand’s luxury appeal.
The 8 Best Body Sprays for Men Reviewed 2021
One name that definitely needs no introduction on our list is AXE Body Spray. They single-handedly made the body spray market what it is today…and with good reason!
The scents that they have formulated over the years have been second to none.
What we loved about this mix pack was that you could explore a wide array of body sprays at just a fraction of the cost.
Don’t be fooled by the AXE name, while they got their start serving young men in high school, they have since matured into a brand that actually delivers quality body spray for men at any age.
Perfect for a post-gym spray or even the daily fragrance you’re sure to find something in the AXE lineup that will work for you.
Bath & Body Works is probably not the first name that comes to mind when you think of body sprays for men…
But time has changed!
Noir is a unique blend of black cardamom and white musk – which hits all the right notes to deliver a subtle yet terrific smell. One particular aspect about this body spray that we really loved is its surprising versatility.
Despite the name indicating that it’s suited for evening wear, based on other men’s feedback we found that it also works great as a daily fragrance.
But it’s not without its faults…
The biggest gripe about this body spray is its size – at 3.7oz it’s just .3oz too large to take with you as a carry-on when flying.
Like Eternity, Calvin Klein has crafted Obsession to mimic the popular Obsession Cologne however, unlike Eternity, Obsession is “intensely proactive.” The line of cologne is known for its powerful scent and the body spray is similar with a strong, yet likable scent described as warm and spicy that has stood the test of time.
The 5.4oz can is a lasting size and the price is similar to its counterpart Eternity. This body spray is one of the best, will make a great gift, and, perhaps the best part, the ladies love Obsession’s timeless scent.
Calvin Klein’s Eternity Body Spray is a lighter version of their super popular cologne by the same name. The reason Eternity is one of the best body sprays is that it is a calm, fresh scent that is aromatic and lasts but doesn’t over power.
It can be used anytime because it is not a sharp scent, and is a great way to break into body sprays because it is such a popular scent amongst men of all styles. You’ll spend a bit more than other body sprays but you’ll get a bit more too (Eternity is a 5oz bottle, vs. the typical 4oz can).
Kenneth Cole Black Body Spray is another one that plays off its popular cologne to create a long last scent. Kenneth Cole Black is a very elegant aroma that is recommended for night time or romantic use.
The scent is clean and manly; crafted with violet and mandarin for sweetness, musk and wood notes for strength so it is an all-around intelligent scent. The scent is noticeable for hours, but should fade into the night. Kenneth Cole ranks with the best for body sprays and the large 6oz can will last at a fair price point.
Nautica Voyage is very much like their cologne in terms of scent making this crisp, cool fragrance one of the best body sprays on the market. The scent is multilayered: based in Moss, Musk and Amber, it then has middle notes of sail cloth and deep aquatic, finishing with Cool Green Leaf and Fresh Cut Apple.
The scent is very long lasting whether you apply a lot or just a touch. If you are new to body spray this is a great starter because the scent is crisp, fresh though not overpowering and it is very, very affordable.
Playboy Vegas Body Spray comes as one of the top reviewed body spray for its warm, casual scent. Harken your inner Hugh Hefner with this fabulous blend of Basil, Apple, Lavender, Musk and modern scent notes of Geranium, Jasmine, Vanilla, Georgywood, Tonka and Tea.
All these scents blend to a deep, warming scent that is recommended for your casual evening and perfectly suited if it turns romantic. The classic, smooth scent is good for newcomers or veteran body spray users and it comes at an extremely wallet friendly price. If you are considering a body spray as a gift, Playboy Vegas is probably your best option.
Tommy Bahama’s Set Sail St. Bart’s is unlike any other body spray we’ve rated as it doesn’t have those common woody notes, instead it is styled as ocean-like beach scent.
The scent is a super unique blend of various island notes like tequila, tropical musk, seaweed and lime that is sure to get some notice. Set Sail is wearable anytime, but is normally a daytime scent that lets you flaunt your laid back Caribbean side.
The large 6oz can is very modestly priced considering the popularity of the product and is great for men of all ages.
How To Use A Body Spray
Using a body spray is a straightforward process.
In order to get the best (and most effective) results, we recommend that you do the following:
- Take A Shower
While it may seem silly that in order to effectively use a body spray, you first need to take a shower, hear us out:
Most body sprays are simply a mixture of synthetic fragrances that were made in a lab.
They weren’t designed to become layered on to your skin for several days.
Not only will this ensure that mild irritation never occurs, freshly cleaned skin will allow the body spray to fully showcase all its notes.
Instead of having the spray interact with layered fragrances, sweat, and natural oils, the fresh base will be much better.
- Apply Your Body Spray To Pulse Points
Body sprays are designed to interact with your skin, not your clothes.
Throughout your body you have several pulse points that many experts recommend applying your preferred fragrance to.
Pulse points are located throughout your body, but the most important locations for body spray include the following:
These areas are where the veins are closer to the surface to the skin, emit more heat, and allow a fragrance to develop faster.
These are the most optimal areas to apply a body spray and recommended locations body spray companies suggest.
- Reapply Conservatively
As you will see in a minute, body sprays aren’t nearly as potent as colognes.
However, body sprays can still provide a scent for several hours. While many men may reapply midday, its important that you approach this in a conservative manner.
Even if you may have gotten used to the smell within the first hour of initial application of the body spray, others haven’t. Therefore, if you apply additional body spray, you don’t want to lay it on too thick and smell overpowering.
We recommend applying half (perhaps even a quarter) of what you normally would apply in the morning.
Body Spray Vs. Aftershave Vs. Cologne Vs. Deodorant
During our research we saw this general confusion all the time – what the key differences are between body sprays, aftershaves, colognes, and deodorants.
Here’s the quick rundown:
- Deodorants / antiperspirants mask foul odors
Used for your arm pits, deodorants are designed to mask foul odors that are caused by the secretion of sweat mixed with bacteria. Not really used as a fragrance for style, deodorants will ensure you aren’t emitting any off-putting smells.
Furthermore, antiperspirants are oftentimes coupled with deodorants and have an aluminum compound that will plug your sweat glands so the bacteria doesn’t have a chance to grow and smell.
Again, this product category isn’t for style but more for function.
- Aftershave is a close cousin to body spray
If there is any other product that is closely related to body spray (other than cologne), it would be aftershave.
Available in a variety of forms including splashes, lotions, and balms – aftershaves can serve a few purposes – with the most obvious being a post shave ointment to clean and soothe your neck.
Typically relying on warmer woodsy scents of cedarwood and sandalwood (that classic barbershop smell) – aftershaves do release a pleasant smell that is noticeable for a few hours after application.
- Colognes and body sprays are near counterparts
The selection and smell of colognes available to buy is nearly infinite. From high end designer brands to decent colognes you can buy at your local drugstore, they are great for either daily or evening wear.
Much stronger (in that the scent carries longer throughout the day) when compared to a body spray, colognes are perfect for men who know what they want.
Better to be purchased at a fashion store as you can test them out, colognes have much more complex scents when compared to body sprays.
- Body sprays are generally a great pick for daily casual use
While sure, there are some terrific body sprays that can be worn in the evening hours, by and large, most body sprays are designed for daily use.
Mostly evoking light and crisp scents, they can be invigorating – especially if you apply it after working out at the gym.
Body sprays are more potent than deodorants and aftershaves, but not nearly as strong as a cologne.
On the whole, body sprays are a great alternative to cologne as they are priced much better and you can still discover some great scents.
Common Questions Men Had About Body Sprays
As we got into the research on body sprays, we found that many men had the same questions on countless forums and sites.
Therefore, if you had a few on your mind still after going over our review and guide, we figured we would address a few of them here:
Which body spray is long lasting?
There is no one particular body spray that is ‘long lasting’ as a variety of factors are in play.
If you are looking for a body spray that lasts all day, then you will want to make sure that you apply it a bit more liberally in the morning before heading out the door and that it is applied directly to your skin.
Applying a body spray to your clothes will greatly dampen the potency of the spray while also ruining your clothes.
Of course, after applying your new body spray over a few days, you should have an idea of how much is required in the morning.
What is body spray used for?
Body spray is a versatile product. Most men use their body sprays for daily casual as a style fragrance. However, another popular use would be as a post-gym odor mask.
If you try to squeeze in a visit to the gym on lunch break and don’t have enough time to shower, then a fresh or crisp scented body spray coupled with a strong deodorant/antiperspirant should be enough to stop or cover up body odor.
To a lesser extent, body spray can be used for evening wear. However, based on our research, very few brands make sprays with scents that are made for an active night life.
Instead, colognes will be a better choice here when going out for the night.
Is body spray only for teenagers?
With offerings from timeless companies like Nautica, Tommy Bahama, etc., body spray isn’t just for younger men.
Sure, brands like Axe played a key role in building awareness of body sprays through aggressive marketing (a common brand worn by younger men), body sprays can be used by everyone.
Age is but a number here.
How We Selected These Body Sprays
When we initially set out on this assignment to find the best body sprays of 2021, we were surprised by the limited number of sprays on the market.
Unlike colognes, which are made from countless companies, the number of body sprays was significantly smaller.
But truth be told, after looking at some of the leading body sprays, and comparing them against our key product attributes (scent, strength, intent, price, etc.) we think that our list above features some of the best sprays money can buy.
We hope that this comprehensive review and guide for body sprays will help in finding the perfect spray for you.