10 Must Have Retro Male Fragrances

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10 Must Have Retro Male Fragrances

By Selma Komisky

Hey guys, did you know women appreciate a man who is well groomed and smells nice? Yes, simple, but true. Back in the day grooming was a MUST! Showering daily, sporting a nice haircut with a solid product to maintain and style like Brylcreem or pomade was a given. Also, a good shave with a splash of after-shave and a not too overpowering cologne was a perfect finish to put a man in his own classic style. So, why not learn from the men from the past by developing a quick, simple, daily grooming routine for something that is never out of date? Let’s take a look at some timeless cologne; here are some of my best retro picks to help you get started.



This retro cologne by Faberge was first released in 1964. However, Brut’s enduring formula has remained a classic in men’s cologne and after-shave over the years with its fresh and distinguished blend of spices, citrus, and woody scents.


Estee Lauder debuted this fragrance in 1966. The heart of this cologne is woody and possesses an intensive floral-spicy aromatic scent that makes it a classic.


Paco Rabanne Pour Homme

This hyper masculine scent launched in 1973 and is a luxurious combination of woody and aromatic fragrances. Try these warm base notes and it will make a great rediscovery – hipster or not.

Polo Green

This classic cologne by Ralph Lauren from 1978 comes in a vintage bottle. Made of grassy notes of artemisia, basil, and thyme, with spicy notes of cumin, coriander and cloves. Great for casual wear.



Fahrenheit by Christian Dior is a solid blend of extremes. Woody yet floral, this musky fragrance for men fuses mandarin, violet leaves, patchouli, and leather for a bold statement.

Pour Monsieur

Created originally in 1955 as the first men’s fragrance by Chanel and then re-launched worldwide in 1989. If you are looking for a long lasting pick, look no further. With citrus at the forefront, this spirited cologne is both timeless and sophisticated.


CK One

Calvin Klein established a trailblazing blueprint for the gender-neutral fragrances for men and women currently gripping the industry. With a contemporary green tea signature along with amber, musk, and cardamom to name a few, this clean fragrance doesn’t get old.

Acqua di Gio Pour Homme

In 1996, Giorgio Armani released a heavy hitter. With a light citrus and marine fragrance that was understated for the minimalist (typical of the 90s), Acqua di Gio also included Bergamot and Cedarwood notes that makes it a standout.

2000 and Beyond

Armani Code

Giorgio Armani for men returns once again to this list with its 2004 signature fragrance. With its clean and spicy scent, featuring notes of bergamot, lemon, and orange tree blossom with guaiac wood, and tonka bean, this scent is a natural smelling and confident cologne.

Y by Yves Saint Laurent

With key notes of apple, sage, vetiver, and tonka bean this earthy cologne released in 2018 is inspired by the iconic Yves Saint Laurent white t-shirt and black jacket. The new masculine fragrance combines fresh with chic, an overall twist and old favorite.

As shown above, it only takes a simple addition of a fragrance to make something old new again. Try Sephora or Ulta Beauty’s men’s section to sample fragrances that coincides with your own body chemistry to see what fits you best. Adding your own choice of these throwback colognes will guarantee a timeless favorite. Because remember, you are a class a