By Amy Derungs

March 12, 2021


Great colognes for men over fifty
Feel Confident and Fresh
Smell Great!

Prepare for compliments!
Choose a fragrance to suit your lifestyle and personality.
For pure elegance, I recommend:

Creed Viking Eau de Parfum

I think it is true that there are some fragrances that work for an older man and some fragrances that don't. Most are really meant for younger men who feel they have something to prove. Men over fifty do not feel that they have to prove anything to anyone. Older men should focus on serious, classic fragrances like those described in this article. 

The fragrances in this guide were carefully chosen with style-conscious, older men in mind. Most of them downplay citrus in the top notes and lean on woody and musky base notes. Many evoke smokey and leather accords. The scents in this article were chosen for their universal appeal to those men who have a little more experience than others.

Our List Of The Best Cologne For Men Over Fifty

1. A Man’s Fragrance: Gucci Guilty Absolute

Gucci is a very reputable and popular fragrance house. Guilty Absolute is for the man who has now become the director of the company where he previously worked. This is a wearable, mature, and deep scent.

Guilty Absolute has a slightly aminalic smell reminiscent of the Sun King's stable, the most luxurious stable in France, where the smell of horses and leather saddles is elevated to an olfactory art. A beautiful fragrance for those who, in this age group, want and can dare a lot.

This fragrance is all about woody and leathery vetiver with an enchanting touch of ancient cypress and cedar and a hint of patchouli in the dry down. Leather is the main player here but it also features a good mix of woods darkened by patchouli. It's loud, bold, has great performance, yet still finds a way to be smooth and very well blended.

If you are at a point in your fragrance journey where you want to try fragrances that are more daring or challenging and you enjoy leather scents, Guilty Absolute is a good choice. 

Wear Guilty Absolute for the office, smart-casual, semi-formal or formal events. Cool evenings bring out the best in this fragrance. It is really very long lasting; the projection is moderate.

Top Note: Leather

Middle Notes: Cypress, Patchouli

Base Notes: Woody notes, Vetiver

2. Old-School Elegance: Creed Viking Eau de Parfum

This old-school yet modern fragrance is a wonderful choice: it's created in the style of what your grandfather used to wear in the 40s or 50s. Wear it to be at the top of elegance and seductiveness, even when you are over 60 years old.

Creed Viking opens with a moderate projection of spicy, green, and citrus notes. The opening is masculine, well-balanced, mature, and pleasant. The pink pepper and mint are the strongest spicy notes. The mint is sharp, fresh - a cooling green note. 

The bergamot and lemon come and go, the combined strength of the pink pepper and mint overpower the brief scent of the citruses. With that, the base notes surface: the patchouli and vetiver combine their notes in a green touch that is closer to the vetiver than the patchouli. This accord gives the fragrance a more mature character. 

The sandalwood and rose are support notes, adding some floral and sweet woody note, but are not prominent. Other than the citruses, all other notes remain.

Creed Viking is very versatile and can be worn to formal events, outdoor gatherings, the office and on casual occasions. This fragrance can be worn all year round. It does not last very long (about 4 hours), and the projection is moderate.  

Top Notes: Pink pepper, Calabrian bergamot, Sicilian lemon

Middle Notes: Pink pepper, Spicy mint, Bulgarian rose

Base Notes: Sandalwood, Lavender, Haitian vetiver and Indian patchouli

3. Simply Smell Good: Uomo? Eau de Toilette By Moschino

To keep a much lower profile and simply smell good, fresh and refreshing we have Moschino's Uomo?.

The aldehydes enhance the coriander, kumquat, and rosewood for a beautiful sweet fresh opening. The cinnamon pops up shortly thereafter and enhances the smell. The other notes appear but are not very prominent.

The scent evolves to a beautiful soapy finish as the cedar comes into the mix. The dry down is a sweet and powdery woody floral experience with the musk more of a subdued means of adding warmth to the brighter top notes. The woody notes remain prominent to the end.

Uomo? can be worn all year round during the for day, especially in warmer weather. It makes a great office or casual scent. Longevity (around 7 hours) and projection is really good. This is a classic gentlemanly fragrance and worth a try. 

Top Notes: Kumquat, Aldehydes, Coriander, Brazilian rosewood

Middle Notes: Cyclamen, Cinnamon, Clary sage, Labdanum

Base Notes: Musk, Ambergris, Cedar, Wormwood

4. Vintage Appeal: Azzaro pour Homme Eau de Toilette

Azzaro pour Homme was launched in 1978 and is still very popular. This is a vintage fragrance - an aspect that could please a man over 50 years old.

The opening favors the brief sharp citrus notes. They enhance the spicy anise, caraway, and the purple lavender. As the fragrance dries down, the citrus notes recede. The oakmoss and leather develop, giving the fragrance a mossy, musky, and classy character.

Finally, the strong initial projection becomes moderate. Once Azzaro Pour Homme has reached its full dry down, it can be summarized as a moderate projection, spicy anise, caraway, mossy oakmoss, purple floral lavender, and musky leather fragrance with green, sweet, and faint citrus accords. 

Azzaro Pour Homme is a classy fragrance ideal for older men. It lasts around 5 hours. This fragrance is best for winter, spring, fall, colder days, and climate-controlled environments. It is an ideal casual or formal wear fragrance.

Top Notes: Lavender, Anise, Lemon, Caraway, Basil, Bergamot, Clary sage, Iris

Middle Notes:Vetiver, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Cedar, Juniper berries, Cardamom

Base Notes: Oakmoss, Leather, Amber, Musk, Tonka beans

5. Confidence In A bottle: Eau Sauvage Eau de Toilette by Christian Dior

Eau Sauvage made its debut in 1966, and even though it was Dior's first fragrance for men, it was soon recognized as a classic. 

The opening is that of lemon, bergamot, rosemary, sandalwood combined but with the citrus as the dominant theme. About 25 minutes in the fruity notes, rose, carnation, jasmine, basil and spicy notes emerge. 35 minutes in the vetiver makes an appearance and the total effect is that the perfume is more green and herby than citrus dominant. Two hours in and the amber, spice and oakmoss have taken over and Eau Sauvage has become a woody green perfume with a hint of citrus. 

Eau Sauvage is a versatile and gentle perfume. It is really more of a skin scent from start to finish. It lasts about seven hours and the sillage is moderate. This refreshing scent is great for warmer spring and summer days. This is confidence in a bottle!

Top Notes: Lemon, Bergamot, Basil, Rosemary, Caraway, Fruity notes

Middle Notes:Jasmine, Coriander, Patchouli, Carnation, Orris Root, Sandalwood, Rose

Base Notes: Oakmoss, Vetiver, Musk, Amber

6. Very Likable: Light Blue Pour Homme Eau de Toilette by Dolce & Gabbana

Light Blue Pour Homme is a lovely citrus, woody, spicy, and smoky fragrance with a unique touch that most people will like. 

This fragrance opens with a gentle projection of citrus, woody, and spicy notes. The opening is fresh, sour, bitter, and pleasant. Mandarin, grapefruit, and bergamot combine to add a sweet, sour, and bitter touch and they are prominent opening notes. The woods are the second and also noticeable accord; a combination of pine and fresh wood resulting from the juniper and rosewood. The rosemary and pepper are the spicy notes. 

As the fragrance moves to dry-down, the musk and incense come up, with a moderate touch but both create a solid projection. The musk is a mild, white-like musk. The incense is noticeable, and it comes up as a smoky accord. 

The citrus notes are sharper during the opening, and they lose some of that sharpness, but not intensity, towards the dry-down. The musk and incense develop intensity and projection towards the dry-down but their notes are noticeable as soon as the fragrance is applied.

Very versatile, Light Blue Pour Homme is a great and projecting day-time fragrance ideal for any season except winter. At 4 hours it is not very long lasting, so you may need to touch up during the day. The projection is moderate.

Top Notes: Grapefruit, Bergamot, Sicilian mandarin, Juniper

Middle Notes:Pepper, Rosemary, Brazilian rosewood

Base Notes:  Incense, Musk, Oakmoss

Closing Thoughts On Best Cologne For Men Over Fifty

The fragrances we have discussed here are all serious statements for men who care about style. So some of them may be a bit more expensive, but they are worth the investment. A great way to avoid a costly mistake is to buy a sampler if you can get one.


Each person's body chemistry is different, what smells great on someone else, may not work for you. Try the fragrance you select on your skin for a few hours and see how it develops.

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