Best perfume for men: NZ buying guide

From timeless classics to modern masterpieces, we’ve lined up the heavy hitters in the men’s fragrance world.

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Looking for a new scent can feel like hunting for the right pair of jeans. You want something that fits just right, feels good on, and boosts your confidence. This guide will break it down for you. We'll explain what the most popular men’s perfumes really smell like and how to choose one that’s comfortable, but sharp enough to turn heads.

Top perfume brands for men in NZ

From timeless classics to modern masterpieces, we’ve lined up the heavy hitters in the men’s fragrance world:

1. 1 Million by Paco Rabanne

Imagine bottling up confidence — that's 1 Million. It’s spicy, and sweet — kind of like a leather jacket with a cinnamon stick in the pocket. Perfect for making a strong impression.

Browse our Paco Rabanne's 1 Million listings. 

2. Sauvage by Dior

Crisp, fresh, and a bit earthy — like peeling an orange in a forest. It's clean but with depth, great for everyday wear.

Shop Dior’s Sauvage.

3. You by Giorgio Armani

Soft, sweet vanilla with a hint of herby sage. It's understated but interesting, the kind of scent you wear to feel polished.

Find You by Giorgio Armani.

4. David Beckham

Fresh as a new pair of sneakers with a touch of warmth from the woods. It's casual yet smart, ideal for daily wear.

Shop David Beckham’s perfume

5. Invictus by Paco Rabanne

It’s like a sea breeze mixed with the zing of grapefruit. Think of it as a fresh win in a bottle, sporty and upbeat.

Browse all our Invictus listings. 

6. Eternity by Calvin Klein

Eternity is super versatile, fitting in both at the office and on a night out. It smells a bit like fresh-cut grass meets a smoky bonfire. 

Buy Calvin Klein’s Eternity.

7. Aventus by Creed

Rich, fruity pineapple meets smoky wood. It’s like a luxury car’s leather interior — it’s got a vibe of success and power.

Shop Aventus by Creed

8. Fahrenheit by Dior

Picture a violet flower wrapped in leather — that’s Fahrenheit. It's a unique, stand-out scent for someone who likes to be different.

Find Fahrenheit by Dior

9. Joop by Joop

A bold combo of spicy cinnamon and sweet jasmine. It's a bit musky and perfect for those who are into stronger smells.

Shop Joop by Joop.

10. CK One by Calvin Klein

CK One's citrus purity makes it a unisex favourite. Like a fresh-squeezed lemon in a clean, cool breeze. It’s laid-back, refreshing, and suits everyone.

Browse for CK One by Calvin Klein.

Finding your signature scent

When the thought of committing to a full-sized bottle feels like a gamble, here’s a pro tip: start with perfume minis or snag a gift set. 

Perfume minis

Perfume minis are the answer to avoid that buyer’s remorse. Wear it for a few days; see how it mixes with your day-to-day. Does it last from your morning coffee to your evening wind-down? Is it turning heads for the right reasons? That's what you need to figure out.

Browse men’s perfume minis on Trade Me. 

Perfume gift sets

Gift sets take it up a notch. You usually get a selection of fragrances, plus some grooming goodies thrown into the mix. It’s a great way to add some variety to your routine and can be a solid value for money. Maybe you’ll find your new signature scent in there, or just a casual fragrance for the weekends. Either way, you've got options without the pressure.

Find your ultimate men's perfume gift sets

Does a higher price tag mean better quality?

The old saying "you get what you pay for" does hold some water in the world of fragrances, but it's not the whole story. The key is to shop around and find a fragrance that resonates with you. You could also choose to go for a pre-loved men’s fragrance on Trade Me for a fraction of the price. Just make sure to check the storage and shelf-life — perfume can degrade over time if it’s not stored properly. 

Shop new and pre-loved men’s perfumes on Trade Me. 

Nailing your scent

Diving into the world of men's fragrances can be a sensory overload, but you've got this. You're not just buying a scent; you're picking out a new part of your daily ritual, a companion for all the moments life throws your way. This guide has hopefully demystified the process, spotlighting a range of scents from bold and spicy to fresh and earthy.

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