men's fragrance alternatives

6 Overrated Fragrances Men Need to Retire and the Scents That Should Replace Them

Have you ever caught a whiff of your own cologne and realised that you smell, well, just like every other guy out there?

Gents, it’s a common dilemma in the world of men’s fragrances: those classic scents that we once loved have become so ubiquitous that they fail to make us stand out. Fear not, because today we’re diving into the 6 popular fragrances that need to be shelved—yes, even the ones I’ve personally worn and collected, and we’ll explore some under-the-radar alternatives that are guaranteed to turn heads and garner compliments.


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– Classic men’s fragrances have become too common and fail to make a statement
Bleu de Chanel → Versace Dylan Blue: a fresh take on a familiar scent
Dior Sauvage → Creed Aventus: a premium, unique alternative to a ubiquitous fragrance
Versace Eros → Montblanc Legend Night: an alluring, less common option
Acqua di Gio → Acqua di Gio Profumo: a more intense, exclusive version of a classic
Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male: a throwback scent ready for a comeback
Paco Rabanne 1 Million → Creed Himalaya: a subtle, stylish scent of success
– Switching your signature scent elevates your personal brand and sets you apart
– Finding a distinctive fragrance is about discovering a more exceptional you


1. Bleu de Chanel → Versace Dylan Blue

Versace Dylan Blue

“Bleu de Chanel, once the go-to scent for a night out, now just triggers a sea of ex-related memories. Try Versace Dylan Blue for a fresh take that keeps the essence but adds its own twist.”

Back in the day, Bleu de Chanel was the scent for stepping out. It was like the fragrance world’s equivalent of your lucky shirt: put it on, and you felt unstoppable. Take it to the streets for a smell test, and almost every woman will give it the nod of approval. The catch? It’s likely the same scent her ex wore, triggering unwanted nostalgic flashbacks. Instead, opt for Versace Dylan Blue: a scent that shares a vibe with Chanel but has a unique element of surprise.


2. Dior Sauvage → Creed Aventus

“Dior Sauvage is everywhere. It’s like the olfactory version of Hollister’s storefront. Level up with Creed Aventus, a premium scent that sets you apart.”

Creed Aventus

This one personally stings a bit. Dior Sauvage is a fragrance that’s seen me through many compliments. But now, it’s as commonplace as the branded scent blasting through a clothing store.

The solution? Creed Aventus. It might be a bit pricey. The upside is that you won’t catch every guy wearing it. If you’re into saving money and care about how you smell, options like Scentbird make it possible to get these fragrances delivered to your doorstep for a fraction of the price.

Pro Tip: Take advantage of subscription services to build a robust fragrance collection without breaking the bank.


3. Versace Eros → Montblanc Legend Night

“Versace Eros, synonymous with passion, has become every man’s go-to. Swap it for the less known but equally alluring Montblanc Legend Night.”

Montblanc Legend Night

Initially tied to Greek mythology and the god of love, Versace Eros, with its signature sensuality, became the armour for every man’s wild night out. Embark on a new fragrance journey with Montblanc Legend Night—a hidden gem that’s just as alluring and doesn’t risk making you “scent twins” with every other guy at the bar.


4. Acqua di Gio → Acqua di Gio Profumo

“Acqua di Gio is the timeless classic that has become too common. Graduate to its intense, long-lasting sibling, Acqua di Gio Profumo.”

Acqua di Gio Profumo

Recognisable, sure. Long-lasting, undoubtedly. But has Acqua di Gio become too familiar?

Let’s shift gears towards something more intense and exclusive. Enter Acqua di Gio Profumo. An aromatic heavyweight with a deeper concentration, it’s akin to a VIP pass in the crowded club of scents.


5. Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male → Give it Another Shot!

“Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male dominated the 2000s. It’s been a while, but maybe it’s time this retired champ made a comeback?”

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male

Le Male had its heyday, wafting through every club and bar at the turn of the millennium. Years have gone by, and the frantic fervour for this scent has calmed, making it ripe for a renaissance. Reintroduce Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male and angle it as a classic throwback rather than a tired trend.


6. Paco Rabanne 1 Million → Creed Himalaya

“Paco Rabanne 1 Million, the scent of success, feels a bit overplayed nowadays. Creed Himalaya, on the other hand, brings that same winner’s aura without the familiarity.”

Creed Himalaya

Once the flagship scent for men wanting to make an entrance, 1 Million has had its golden moment. But for those who aim to both dazzle and differentiate, Creed Himalaya is the natural successor—a citrusy blend that represents success with subtlety and style.


In closing, making a switch in your scent selection doesn’t just sidestep the cliché; it elevates your personal brand and sets you apart from the crowd. These fragrance alternatives not only pack a punch but also promise individuality.

Swapping out your signature scent isn’t losing a part of yourself, it’s discovering a more distinctive you.



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Until next time, stay fragrant, my friends.


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