Grooming, Style

A Guide To The Perfect Aftershave For Every Type Of Guy

So you know you want to gift him an aftershave, but you have no idea which one. Sound familiar? This pretty specific guide should help you with that.

Buying a men’s cologne for Christmas is a fail-safe gift. No matter what kind of guy he is, there’s an aftershave for him somewhere.

Is he a 9-5 office man who needs something steady and staple (pun intended)? Is he a party goer who wants something punchy and long-lasting? Perhaps he’s a luxury man who likes the finer fragrances. Either way, we’ve narrowed down which scent we’d pair with every type of guy (and we’ve even added a full look for them, too).


The Office Guy

He’s a 9-5 worker who needs a scent for the everyday office scene. Surrounded by the same people each day, this aftershave will become his signature scent. It needs to be powerful enough to create a presence but not so pungent that he’ll suffocate fellow commuters. For The Office Guy, it’s all about balance.




What: Montblanc, Explorer

Smells Like: Montblanc’s Explorer smells strong and moody with hints of wood and leather combined with patchouli offering fresher notes of the outdoors.

TOPMAN SAYS: This is the kind of cologne that smells like business. And, if someone were to ask “what are you wearing?“, by replying with “Montblanc“, they’ll know you mean business, too. It’s strong, unique, but not overpowering. That’s the balance we’re looking for.

Wear With: Your office suit. Keep it a cool two-piece with a clean white shirt to match the freshness of the scent. Smart shoes should be polished and keep your shirt tucked it – always. Ties are optional.



Where To Buy: Here.



The Creative Guy

Creative doesn’t mean he has to be in that kind of industry – what we mean is a guy who likes something a little off-track. This is for the guy who appreciates the process and art of how the aftershave is created just as much as he appreciates the final product. He likes to support brands who do it all themselves.




What: Laboratory Perfumes, Amber

Smells Like: A spicy scent with bursts of greenery. At first, you can really smell the amber, but then, as time passes, it gets warmer with hints of vanilla and wood.

TOPMAN SAYS: Laboratory Perfumes has nailed the longevity test. This scent is a game changer – the longer you wear it, the more it changes. Adapting to the body’s temperature, a few sprays of Amber in the morning will smell different in the evening. One of the TOPMAN HQ members even said: “This smells like a good looking guy“. Made environmentally friendly in the UK with cruelty-free ingredients, these gender-free perfumes are blended the old-fashioned way.

Wear With: Amber goes hand-in-hand with a pair of looser fitting jeans, a long-sleeve top and some boots. For the evening, add a blazer to give the look a smarter edge.



Where To Buy: Here.



The Party Guy

This is for the guy in your life who loves to go out. Clubbing, pub or general social events, he’ll need a scent that will last all night. The last thing he wants is to spray it before he leaves the house only for it to sweat off during a dance-off.




What: Jimmy Choo, Urban Hero

Smells Like: Lime and black pepper with a vetiver undertone. It’s a fresh smell with a leathery kick.

TOPMAN SAYS: This Jimmy Choo aftershave has a distinct citrus scent for just a second before the woody base notes hit you. It’s like when you say hello to someone, smell them, and, when they’ve walked off, you then catch a scent that lingers long after they’re gone. We think that’s exactly what a party aftershave needs to do. Leave ’em wanting more.

Wear With: We’d put Jimmy Choo Urban Hero with a classic out-out outfit. A pair of black jeans (no drink spillage stains here!) and a knitted t-shirt will give you a casual vibe without being too dressed down. Wear with trainers you can last all night in.



Where To Buy: Here.



The Conscious Guy

If you’re shopping for a man who’s aware of sustainability and who’s keen to do his part, you need to buy from a brand which shares the same values. There are plenty of do-good brands out there – it’s all about finding one that will feel the most authentic to the receiver.




What: Le Couvent des Minimes, Porto Bello

Smells Like: This is a sweet and spicy scent that brings new flavours to the forefront every time you smell it. It’s a subtle smell that’s still strong.

TOPMAN SAYS: Each of these unisex fragrances are made with up to 86% natural origin ingredients with an 18% concentration. That’s good because that means it will last longer without the aid of artificial ingredients. All of their perfumes are also 100% vegan – so that’s already doing wonders for our planet. We picked Porto Bello because we think it’s one of those understated smells where people will ask what aftershave you’re wearing every single time.

Wear With: For the guy who wants to smell amazing without being flashy, we’d give smart chinos, a pair of chukka boots and an overshirt for good measure. Always comfortably suitable for every occasion.



Where To Buy: Here.



The Outdoors Guy

For the guy who loves to spend his time outside, he needs a scent that blends in with the outdoors whilst differentiating him with his surroundings. Think country walks and burning fires – a whisky in hand, always. This is for the guy who wears heavy knits and takes pleasure in the simple things.




What: Laboratory Perfumes, Atlas

Smells Like: The countryside. It’s a deep smell with touches of rum, vanilla, cinnamon and ginger. Black pepper lingers afterwards.

TOPMAN SAYS: We know, we know. We’ve already featured Laboratory Perfumes. But after smelling this one, we couldn’t resist double-dipping. This is an aftershave that you’ve never smelt before. Its warm depths hold so many ‘flavours’ that it entices you for more and more. For any guy who likes nature and the outdoors, this is the scent for him.

Wear With: A warm coat. Puffers and parkers are your best shout for those chilly weekends. Add a fur trim to your coat for an extra touch, or keep it simple in a plain colour.



Where To Buy: Here.



The Sporty Guy

The only thing he loves more than a decent aftershave is his sport. Whatever it is (even just the gym), he needs a scent that will last the duration of the game or workout while standing stubborn to any sweaty odours. It needs to be a scent that won’t wash off easy – a lingerer, in other words.




What: Baxter Of California, Pacific Cannabis

Smells Like: Not cannabis. We repeat, not cannabis. This smells like nighttime walks along the beach combined with a sea breeze. Sage, tonka, vanilla, driftwood, bergamot. A concoction of cool.

TOPMAN SAYS: We too were a little nervous unwrapping Pacific Cannabis, but (much to our surprise) this fresh scent is nothing like the name suggests. It’s one of those transporting aftershaves where you really get a sense of the inspiration behind it. For the man who likes exercise, this cologne will have no issue out-weighing any other odours whilst standing the test of time. We love it.

Wear With: Your favourite sweaters and joggers. En route to your workout or on the way home, there’s nothing better than travelling in optimum comfort.



Where To Buy: Here.



The Traveling Guy

For a guy who is always on the move, he needs a bottle that he can easily slip into his suitcase (and hand luggage) that also looks great when showcased on his shelf. It’s going to need to be a scent this isn’t so overpowering that he’ll get sick of it, but that’s detailed enough that he’ll always be able to pick out different notes to complement his mood.




What: GALLIVANT, Amsterdam

Smells Like: Floral, spicy and woody. It’s an intriguing scent with many depths to it. A light, homely smell.

TOPMAN SAYS: Amsterdam by GALLIVANT is exactly what you’d want from an aftershave on the go. This unassuming fragrance is deepened with the stronger spicy smells that come from underneath. This is what we like to call a grower, not a shower. The longer you wear it, the more the smell adapts. Created by guys who love to travel, could you think of a better brand to take inspiration from? Coming in a 30ml bottle, this one won’t fail airport security.

Wear With: Comfort is key, but style is important too. Wear your choice of smart joggers paired with a t-shirt so you have room to move whilst keeping cosy. Add a sweatshirt to stay warm.



Where To Buy: Here.





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