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Starting a Versatile Cologne Collection in 2024 You Can Be Proud Of

Starting your own versatile cologne collection in 2024 can be an exciting and rewarding journey. Whether you're new to the world of fragrances or looking to expand your scent collection, this guide will help you create a well-rounded cologne collection that covers all occasions and multiple venues.

Here's how to embark on your fragrance journey with confidence and style.

The Starting Point: Selecting Your First Colognes

When you're new to the world of colognes, it's wise to start with options that are widely appreciated and versatile:

  1. YSL La Nuit Woody elegance meets sweet lavender and cardamom, creating a complex yet approachable aura that's perfect for day or night, work or romance.
    3.3 oz. bottle of ysl's La Nuit De L'Homme cologne
  2. Dolce & Gabbana The One Creamy cardamom and tobacco mingle with citrusy freshness, making it a versatile charmer that effortlessly transitions from office meetings to intimate dinners. The cardamom note really makes "The One" shine, and we recommend checking out our review of this Dolce & Gabbana masterpiece.

    bottle of dolce & gabbana the one cologne on a nightstand

  3. Versace Eros Playful mint and citrus dance with tonka bean warmth, offering a vibrant, youthful energy that grabs compliments without being overpowering, ideal for both casual days and energetic nights out.

    photo of a rose and next to it is a blue bottle of versace eros cologne

These colognes are not only versatile mainstream favorites but also provide a solid foundation in different fragrance families. We recommend starting your 2024 cologne collection with these because they're known crowd-pleasers that work well on most skin types. Yves Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana, and Versace simply know how to make compliment monsters. 

Let's Personalize That Cologne Collection

You want your collection to have something that works for the various venues that touch your daily life.

  • Gym & Sports: Go light and citrusy with Bleu de Chanel Eau de Toilette or Acqua di Giò.

    bottle of acqua di gio cologne laying on white fabric
  • Office Cool: Strike a confident balance with Bvlgari Man Wood Essence or Hermès Terre d'Hermès Eau de Toilette. The latter is Fragrance Familia's ultimate office cologne for the working professional

    6.7 oz. bottle of Hermès Terre d'Hermès Eau de Toilette cologne

  • Clubbing and Date Night Vibes: Unleash your inner party animal with Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male or Paco Rabanne 1 Million.

    "Le Male" is a  Sweet vanilla and creamy cinnamon melt with sharp mint, creating an irresistible warmth that lingers in the air, perfect for stealing attention on the dance floor or leaving a lasting impression on a date.

    "1 Million" is a spicy cinnamon and bold leather mingle with juicy mandarin, projecting a confident, magnetic aura that screams "party animal" with a touch of sophisticated sweetness, ideal for turning heads both at the club and on a romantic night out.

Creating a Big Boy Cologne Collection

All these colognes mentioned are amazing starter additions to your fragrance wardrobe and Fragrance Familia recommends starting with these. However, you'll eventually want to add some luxury big boy colognes to the collection as well. These are often $200/$300 or more colognes that offer much more exclusivity, along with versatility. Only when you're ready, though.

This is the point in time when you'll be adding Roja Parfums, Initio, and Creed colognes to your growing collection.

Why make the jump? Because just like that first bite of gourmet chocolate after years of Hershey's, luxury colognes reveal a whole new universe of scent.


    • Handcrafted, high-quality ingredients: No synthetic shortcuts, just the finest natural essences for unparalleled depth and nuance.
    • Unique, unforgettable profiles: Ditch the crowd-pleasers and embrace niche compositions that turn heads and spark conversations.
    • Artisan perfumery at your fingertips: Experience the art of scent creation, where each note tells a story and the wearer becomes a connoisseur.

Ready to dive in? Here are 3 heavy hitters to get you started:

1. Initio's Oud for Happiness: Royalty in a bottle. Boozy rum and honeyed tobacco dance on a bed of smoky oud, projecting an aura of power and sophistication. Perfect for commanding attention at business meetings or exuding effortless mystery on date nights.

black 3 oz. bottle of initio's oud for happiness cologne with a green eye in the center

2. Roja Parfums Elysium: A sun-drenched citrus paradise. Sparkling grapefruit and juicy mandarin mingle with creamy woods and floral whispers, creating an invigorating, luxurious scent that shines brightest in the warmer months. Daytime elegance redefined.

1.7 oz. bottle of roja parfums elysium cologne

3. Creed Aventus: The king of masculine scents. A potent blend of pineapple, birch tar, and smoky vetiver, Aventus is bold, confident, and undeniably alluring. From boardrooms to black-tie affairs, it leaves a lasting impression wherever it goes.

3.3 oz. bottle of creed aventus cologne

There you have it - a guide to starting what will become an impressive cologne collection that will reflect your taste and lifestyle. You'll have the everyday, versatile fragrance. You'll have the trusty gym sidekick. You'll have the professional corporate workhorse. You'll have the date night and clubbing compliment monster.

After these have been added to your collection, you'll want to add some of the more luxurious colognes to it. It's an itch that can't be contained.


How's your cologne collection going? What was the first scent that made it in? How many are in the wardrobe now? Please share with the Fam in the comments!

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