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.
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.
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 overpower.
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 nighttime 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 last at a fair price point.
Nautica Voyage is very much like their cologne in 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 sprays 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 into 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 an 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.
3 Tips for Finding the Perfect Body Spray
Consider the following categories of scents when buying a body spray:
- Floral: Great for daytime wear, floral scents can include more masculine flowers such as gardenia. A floral scent is nice, friendly, and not overpowering.
- Fresh and Clean: Whether worn at work or school, a body spray with a fresh scent will be both pleasant and light. This scent category is also excellent should you look for a body spray to use after going to the gym.
- Musky: Beloved by men for centuries, musky body sprays go on nicely and are made for evening wear. Typically evoking heavier notes of cinnamon, spice, and of course, musk – they often last longer and can also boldly set the tone for the evening.
- Woodsy: This is a versatile scent that you can use for countless occasions. Excellent if you want 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. But, of course, some scents may seem a bit stronger even though you used them less.
Our recommendation here is to get an honest opinion from a few trusted confidants if uncertain of the potency of the spray.
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, it’s essential to try and match them as best as possible.
Shawn Burns is the founder and senior editor of Tools of Men. He started this site with the goal of teaching men proper grooming habits and sensible style. Shawn’s expertise includes in-depth product reviews and how-to articles. Shawn was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for his expertise.