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10 Best 1970s Men’s Colognes – Reviews & Top Picks

Life was different in the 1970s.

Especially for men.

They proudly flaunted their chest hair.

Everyone had a mustache, And bellbottoms were the height of fashion.

Watch Anchorman to see what a man looked like back then.

But not every man sprayed himself with Sex Panther like Ron Burgundy.

There were some fine colognes produced in the 1970s.

And, if you want to know what they are, then read this list of the top ten, which are ranked in order of recommendation.  

At A Glance: Our Top Picks for 1970s Man Colognes

If you’re in a hurry, you can jump straight into our top picks (these are the perfumes that most people buy).

  • Ralph Lauren Polo Green
  • Jovan Musk

Top 10 Best 1970s Men’s Colognes – Our Reviews:

1. Ralph Lauren Polo Green – Top Pick

This is the iconic seventies cologne.

It’s a real classic.

Like every cologne on the list, it is a very masculine fragrance.

Wood and leather are the strongest tones in it.

It’s hard not to love.

If you were around in the seventies, then you’ll recognize the scent.

It was the cologne of the decade for a reason.

Every man wanted it, and every woman wanted the man who wore it.

It stands the test of time too.

If you want to smell like a real seventies man, then buy this and spray it on.

You won’t be disappointed.

2. Jovan Musk for Men – The Runner-up

Musk was the scent of the seventies.

Jovan produced one of the most popular musk colognes of the decade too.

It was an affordable cologne, but a quality one too.

It was launched in 1973.

But at the end of the decade, you’d smell it on half of the men inside the disco.

It’s a powerful fragrance.

It still stands the test of time.

It’s still available.

If you want to dance all night to the Bee Gees, then this is your cologne.

3. Hai Karate

If you were around in the seventies, then you’ll remember Hai Karate’s commercials.

A nerd would spray himself with the budget cologne.

Then he would instantly become irresistible.

A beautiful woman walking nearby would pounce on the former nerd.

He just smelled too good.

‘Be careful how you use it,’ was the commercial’s tagline. It’s still true.

Spray this at your caution.

Unless you want to become a lady-killer…

4. Drakkar

The original Drakkar is not as well-remembered as the Drakkar Noir that came after it.

But it was ever-present in the seventies.

It is a light fragrance.

Different to the other colognes on this list, because of its airiness.

The citrus really gave it something exceptional.

It was famous for its longevity.

A memorable fragrance that is still remembered fondly by those who wore it in the seventies.

5. Old Spice Cologne

There was one question everyone would ask in the seventies: Are you an Old Spice man?

If you were, it said something about you.

You were a real man.

You knew that Old Spice reeked of masculinity.

If you were a man’s man, then this was what you wore.

And why wouldn’t you?

It was a fantastic cologne that still smells good now.

Are you an Old Spice man?

If your answer is yes, then get yourself this classic cologne.

6. Paco Rabanne Pour Homme

Another classic.

Who doesn’t know Paco Rabanne?

If you don’t, then you need to ask yourself some serious questions.  

Launched in 1973, this fragrance has been popular ever since.

It has a distinctive scent, with base notes of honey, amber, oakmoss, and, of course, musk.

It was big in the seventies.

But it is a timeless fragrance.

Fortunately, that means that you don’t need to grow a mustache to pull it off.

7. Pierre Cardin pour Monsieur

This is another woody and spicy cologne.

It was created in 1972.

It was the first scent that Pierre Cardin created.

It was so popular that forty-one fragrances have come after it.

Cardin was famous for fine fashion. That’s why this was such a stylish scent.

The hipsters of the early-1970s wouldn’t have been caught dead without a splash of Cardin pour Monsieur.

8. Fabergé Brut

Brut is another icon of the seventies.

It was endorsed by countless celebrities during the decade.

Brut men didn’t mind smelling powerfully of this strong cologne.

‘Splash it all over,’ was Brut’s slogan.

Even Elvis Presley wore this fragrance.

If it was good enough for Elvis, then it’s certainly good enough for me or you.

Who doesn’t want to smell like the King?

9. Lagerfeld Classic

This one came out in 1978.

As you’d expect from Lagerfeld, it came packaged in a beautiful decanter that the fashion icon himself had designed.

The fragrance inside the bottle was an oriental, woody scent.

It was worn by fashionable gentlemen in the late seventies.

These were men who lived in boardrooms, no discos.

Classy men, who liked to smell classy too.

10. Estee Lauder Aramis

A prestige cologne that was ever-present in the seventies.

It was created for men who liked the classic style.

That means it’s remained modern ever since.

It’s still popular now.

Maybe it isn’t as widely used as in the seventies.

But it’s still not hard to find men wearing it.

Why not?

It’s an extremely masculine fragrance.

It has the woodiness that a lot of the other colognes on this list also have.

The real heart of the cologne is leather.

It is dominated by this base note.

If you’re a man who respects tradition, then Aramis is the cologne for you.

Final Thoughts

Well, there you have it.

The best ten colognes from the 1970s.

There are some stunning fragrances on the list.

Buy them and you’ll be smelling like a real man.

Of course, there had to be a winner.

There was no doubt that Ralph Lauren Polo Green had to come out on top. It’s too good.

Everything about it reeks of masculinity.

More than that, it is a typical seventies fragrance.

Disco defined the decade.

And no seventies man would have walked into a disco unless they smelled like Ralph Lauren Polo Green.

It is the best 1970s cologne for men.

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