Alfred Dunhill is an English brand that has been around for more than a century. It has produced some quality fragrances for both women and men in that time span and it has a long history in the fashion game. In the Top 10 Best Dunhill Colognes and Perfumes for Men Reviews in 2021, I have selected what I feel to be the 10 best colognes for men by Alfred Dunhill. Let’s watch
1. Century Blue Eau de Parfum
Despite you would expect Century Blue to simply be a flanker of the original Century, this is an entirely different experience. This woody aromatic masculine fragrance released in 2019 is fresher all around with a musky base.
Century Blue EDP opens with zesty bergamot, bright orange, and black pepper. A powdery or hear iris blooms nicely, whilst a hint of neroli and spicy ginger keep this from being too feminine. Upon dry-down, a more serious base of musky, sweet ambroxan mingles with salty notes that give an almost oceanic holiday feel.
As for when to wear, Century Blue is a sophisticated masculine summer/spring daytime fragrance. Its cheerful and fresh aroma is perfect for any casual occasion or a holiday scent. Similar to the original Century, longevity is more than 4 hours with moderate sillage and projection. Nothin to complain about for a fresh and light holiday scent.
Overall, Century Blue is a fresh, clean, and slightly salty masculine fragrance that’s perfect for summer/spring wear. If I had to choose between the original Century and Century Blue, the original is the out-and-out winner at I love the retro vibe.
- Top Notes: Mandarin Orange, Black Pepper, Bergamot
- Mid Notes: Neroli, Ginger, Iris, Styrax
- Base Notes: Sea Salt, Patchouli, Oakmoss, Ambroxan
2. Icon Eau de Parfum
The next of Top 10 Best Dunhill Colognes and Perfumes for Men Reviews in 2021. Dunhill Icon Eau de Parfum is a stylish aromatic fragrance of floral, spices, and citrus that oozes understated elegance and class. The nose behind this fragrance is Carlos Benaim (of Frederic Malle fame) and was launched in 2015.
The opening of Icon is floral and bright, yet manly, with sweet neroli and crisp bergamot both, dusted in black pepper. A heart of lavender, additional spicy cardamom, and pepper keep things exciting and still masculine. After an hour, this fragrance reveals a discreet but ever-present base of oud, grassy vetiver, and leather. This is one sophisticated and elegant male scent.
As for when to wear, Icon Eau de Parfum is a classic men’s fragrance that is perfect for any occasion and any season. Would make a refined and modern signature scent. Longevity is more than 6 hours. Not a projection and sillage monster, but you know you have it on and certainly not a skin scent.
Overall, Dunhill Icon Eau de Parfum is a modern, sophisticated and stylish male fragrance that is incredibly versatile. Well worth the investment
- Top Notes: Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli, Black Pepper
- Mid Notes: Lavender Black Pepper Cardamom Sage Juniper Berries
- Base Notes: Vetiver, Oakmoss, Iris, Oud, Leather
3. Icon Absolute Eau de Parfum
Dunhill Icon Absolute is a contemporary combination of leathery, warm woody notes for a man with a certain something about him. This sexy yet discreet fragrance was released in 2015.
The opening of Dunhill Icon Absolute is surprisingly bold, with notes of black pepper and bergamot. Soft black rose and earthly saffron are sweetened but a hint of jasmine. The base is revealed and sensual itself quite quickly. fresh tobacco leaf and Oud delight the senses, and Tuscan leather comes to the forefront and creates a dark, intense overall mood.
As for when to wear, with its leather/woody notes with a touch of tobacco is winter/autumn for sure. Feels refined and luxurious, so one to get dressed up for. Think formal engagements where you don’t want to clear the room with your chosen scent, but still smell classy close-up.
Sadly this is, in my opinion, the lowest-performing Dunhill perfume in the collection so be prepared to keep re-applying every couple of hours. Projection and sillage are only slightly better than a skin scent. That said, the fragrance itself is top-notch and perfect for up personal and close encounters.
Overall, Dunhill Icon Absolute is a sophisticated and suave male fragrance that’s perfect for winter/autumn. Just be aware that this is not long-lasting at all.
- Top Notes: Black Pepper, Bergamot
- Mid Notes: Saffron, Jasmine, Black Rose
- Base Notes: Oud, Tobacco Leaf, Leather
4. Moroccan Amber Eau de Parfum
Dunhill Moroccan Amber is a luxurious and aromatic scent that is part of the Signature Collection released in 2019. This Oriental Spicy fragrance is beautiful and warm spiced for a luxurious, deep feel.
Opens with a multitude of spices; coriander, black pepper, cardamom, and even ginger are all clearly present. After a few minutes, these settle to reveal a hint of hazelnut combined with a heart of saffron. I personally could not detect the burnt sugar scent of Immortelle. The dry-down reveals warming amber that becomes the main notes, together with coffee and saffron. Very sexy and confident.
As for when to wear, Moroccan Amber makes an excellent winter evening/autumn scent. Classy and refined with a real gentleman vibe. Ideal as a date fragrance. Performance is good with the longevity of 5+ hours and decent sillage and projection.
Overall, Dunhill Moroccan Amber is a sexy oriental fragrance that gets lots of compliments from both men and women. Makes an impressive date fragrance.
- Top Notes: Coriander, Cardamom, Black Pepper, Ginger
- Mid Notes: Immortelle, Saffron, Hazelnut
- Base Notes: Coffee, Oud, Leather, Amber
5. Century Eau de Parfum
Dunhill Century Eau de Parfum is an aromatic spicy male fragrance that is both citrusy and woody. Released in 2018, Century has become a firm favorite because of its vintage retro vibe.
Century Eau de Parfum opens with the freshness of bittersweet orange and grapefruit. Bergamot was not detectable to my nose. Neroli is the star of the show in the heart, giving off its bittersweet, rich scent. Lemony olibanum makes a discreet fruit, as does spiced cardamom. Upon dry-down, a wave of earthy cypriol oil surface and deep sandalwood create an extremely refined gentleman’s fragrance.
As for when to wear, Century Eau de Parfum screams summer/spring due to the neroli and citrus combo. More of a daytime casual scent, so one to wear when dressed down. Would make a great post-exercise/gym fragrance or even a holiday scent.
Longevity is more than 4 hours with moderate sillage and projection, this is very reasonable for such a woody/ citrus scent.
Overall, Dunhill Century Eau de Parfum is both fresh and clean with a woody retro vibe. Feels very 1980s classic, for that reason alone I think this is a worthy addition to your perfume collection.
- Top Notes: Grapefruit, Bergamot, Mandarin Orange
- Mid Notes: Cardamom, Neroli, Olibanum
- Base Notes: Sandalwood, Cypriol Oil, Musk
6. Icon Racing Eau de Parfum
Dunhill Icon Racing Eau de Parfum is said to be inspired by the glamour and speed of British motoring. A crowd-pleasing combination of manly florals, citrus, and woods that could almost be unisex. Indeed, this perfume will attract attention and has an almost Dior Sauvage-ness about it.
The opening of Icon Racing is delightfully zesty and bright. Lemon and bergamot pair well with the spiciness of cardamom. Mid notes of lavender and orange blossom add masculine florals with a hint of black pepper. A musky/woody base adds male class. It’s quite creamy and sweet once fully settled so perhaps there is some tonka bean lurking in there too.
when do a suitable time for you to wear it? Dunhill Icon Racing is an elegant choice for summer/spring/autumn. Does not have the warmth for a full-on winter scent, but don’t let that put you off, this is an impressive scent. Performance is 6+ hours for longevity and decent projection and sillage. I have seen this perfume available at fragrance discounters for crazy low prices.
Overall, Dunhill Icon Racing is a fragrance to fall in love with. A combination of citrus, elegant florals and spices get compliments galore. I could not stop smelling myself when I had it on. Bravo!
- Top Notes: Bergamot, Cardamom, Grapefruit
- Mid Notes: Orange Blossom, Pepper, Lavender
- Base Notes: Vetiver, Musk, Guaiac Wood
7. Icon Elite Eau de Parfum
Dunhill Icon Elite is a woody and spicy male fragrance that is different from the run-of-the-mill woody scents. Uses the woody duo of sandalwood and ebony to great effect when paired with cardamom.
The opening is crisp and fresh, with citrus notes of lime, bitter orange, and bergamot. Spicy cardamom soon creeps in to greet a heart of woody/smokey vetiver, sage, and black pepper. Perhaps the Elvis Presley tune Wooden Heart could not be more apt here; A wave of sandalwood and ebony add masculinity and depth. Suede is also clearly present. Very sexy, attention-grabbing, and manly.
As for when to wear, Icon Elite is pretty much an any-season Perfume. Perhaps not on the hottest day of the year, but the wood/citrus combo works well. Great for more formal functions and as an office fragrance.
Whilst performance is not off the chart, it’s a reasonable 3 hours before becoming a skin scent. Projection and Sillage are moderate. If you also apply to your clothing, you will get more than 4 hours but just be careful of staining.
Overall, Icon Elite smells dark, expensive, and almost niche. One to wear to stand out from the crowd.
- Top Notes: Bergamot Lime Bitter Orange Cardamom
- Mid Notes: Vetiver Blue Sage Juniper Black Pepper
- Base Notes: Ebony Sandalwood Suede Labdanum
8. Indian Sandalwood Eau de Parfum
Dunhill Indian Sandalwood is an addictive woody scent that is part of the Signature Collection and released in 2019. Seductive and sexy, this fragrance does not strong initially, preferably it’s a delightfully discreet secret agent that creeps up when you least expect it.
The opening of Indian sandalwood is bright with raw carrot and citrusy bergamot. A heart of floral smelling orris root adds mossy and slight sweetness notes give an almost forest-floor feel. Patchouli adds a sensual and manly earthiness. You need to give this scent 30 minutes to reveal itself fully. Upon dry-down, creamy smooth sandalwood emerges to coat every single note.
As for when to wear, such a woody scent is more eveningwear for winter/autumn. Think black weddings, tie events, formal parties, and other social engagements. Would also make a classy office aroma. Longevity is excellent for more than 6 hours with good projection and sillage. Certainly, not a skin scent, but will get you noticed for all the right reasons.
Overall, Dunhill Indian Sandalwood is a classy masculine aroma that can give Tom Fords Santal Blush a run for its money. Not overly complex but still a winner.
- Top Notes: Carrot, Bergamot
- Mid Notes: Orris Root, Moss
- Base Notes: Sandalwood, Patchouli, Cypriol Oil
9. Arabian Desert Eau de Parfum
Dunhill Arabian Desert is one of the classic Dunhill scents and part of the Signature Collection released in 2019. This oriental floral fragrance uses incense and amber to stunning effect to capture the majesty and mystery of the Arabian desert.
Dunhill Arabian Desert has a fresh opening of crisp bergamot entwined with musky/sweet saffron and pink pepper. A floral heart of powdery rose and sweet jasmine really captures the imagination and an excellent addition. The base is to die for, with warm and smokey incense, spicy amber adding richness and depth. This is one extremely glamorous masculine fragrance.
With spicy and warm notes, the Arabian Desert is perfect for winter/autumn evenings. One to wear for an undercurrent of extravagance. Performance is incredible, the longevity is up to 12 hours. heavy sillage and projection—excellent value even at list price.
Overall, Dunhill Arabian Desert is a smokey, hypnotic yet slightly floral attention-grabbing fragrance the oozes luxury. Highly recommended.
- Top Notes: Pink Pepper, Saffron, Bergamot
- Mid Notes: Jasmine, Rose
- Base Notes: Amber, Incense, Agarwood, Oud
10. British Leather Eau de Parfum
Dunhill British Leather was released in 2019 and is one of the classic Dunhill scents and part of the Signature Collection. This spicy woody perfume enticingly warm, perfectly incredibly and spiced addictive. Perhaps one of the best Dunhill fragrances available.
The opening is zesty citrus combined with crisp juniper and spicy cardamom. The heart is more floral than I expected, with orange blossom and lavender providing a lighter, sensitive side. These floral notes are balanced with the earthy and spicy pepper, the bitter scent of a mate. A formidable base of intoxicating patchouli and expensive leather soon become the stars of the show. Wow.
As for when to wear, although many reviews suggest this is a winter/autumn scent, I felt this is just as happy in summer/spring but more for the evening in the warmer months. As for performance, longevity is brilliant up to 8+ hours, sillage and projection are nearly on the beast scale.
Overall, Dunhill British Leather is arguably one of the best leather fragrances out there. If you want to find a classy leather fragrance in the market, give this a try as it will not disappoint. Can be picked up for a great price in the perfume shop
- Top Notes: Bergamot, Juniper, Cardamom, Hazelnut, Lemon
- Mid Notes: Lavender, Orange Blossom, Violet Leaf, Pepper, Mate
- Base Notes: Vetiver, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Cypress, Leather
Mark Weston who is the new creative director for Dunhill has injected fresh ideas since 2018, has seen the previously rather tired brand completely reborn. The Dunhill perfume range has been totally transformed with a complete makeover. From the fresh woody/citrusy Century Eau de Parfum to the rather sumptuous British leather, the best Dunhill fragrances for men have something for any occasion and every man.
Through the Top 10 Best Dunhill Colognes and Perfumes for Men Reviews in 2021 shows us that this brand continues to produce modern masculine fragrances of a quality to rival that of Creed and Tom Ford. You might want to get a bargain while you can.