12 Best Lacoste Colognes for Men

Updated August 2021

Classic

Essential

Editor's Pick

Blanc

How We Found the Best Lacoste Colognes

5 Experts Interviewed

25 Fragrances Tested

Top 12 Picks

Liam Carson

Liam Carson

Lacoste is a trendy clothing and apparel designer brand whose iconic crocodile logo has made headlines around the globe.

However, did you know that they also makes some fantastic fragrances that have charmed thousands of fragheads around the world?

Although perfumes are not the brand’s main focus, their offerings are a fine choice if you are looking for easy pick-me-up scents that you can use all day long. In fact, some of Lacoste’s colognes for men have even received compliments from world-famous fragrance reviewers!

As you explore the world of Lacoste colognes for men, don’t miss out on their 12 best men’s fragrance offerings.

Summary List

Lacoste Fragrances Ranked by Cologne Critic

Editor's Pick

Best Overall Lacoste Cologne - Blanc

Why we chose it

Lacoste Blanc is one of the most famous offerings from the brand, and even fragrance critics often rave about it!

Featuring a fresh, vivacious, and simple scent structure, this fragrance is an excellent choice for casual wear to the office or to the supermarket.

The headnotes comprise of citrusy and spicy notes of grapefruits, rosemary, and cardamom, giving the fragrance a blast of freshness. After about 20 minutes, the initial blast dies down a little bit, leaving behind intoxicating floral notes of ylang-ylang and jasmine. The dry-down rests on a soft base of whispery leather and masculine woods.

This simple scent can be used in just about any setting, especially casual ones. Once again, this cologne lasts and projects moderately, so it won’t overpower.

Main Accords

  • Citrus
  • Woody
  • Aromatic

Classic

Classic Cologne - Lacoste Essential

Our Take

Every man has got to start somewhere on their scent journey, and for many young men, Lacoste Essential is the charming starting point. True to its name, Lacoste Essential is a great pick-me-up choice for men who have just gotten in the world of men’s colognes. A true ‘beginner’s fragrance.’

This is a classic Lacoste scent, with its trademark fresh and bright impression. It starts with a bursting bloom of fresh notes of bergamot, tangerine, and tomato leaves, a unique ingredient that gives the headnotes a hint of fruitiness.

Discerning noses might also detect a trace of aromatic cassia leaves in the opening. As it dries down, the scent evolves into a soft spicy-woody scent with the note of sandalwood dominating.

Inoffensive and soft, this is the perfect office scent for the young man who is not yet familiar with the world of fragrances. This cologne projects and lasts moderately, and will last you all day!

Main Accords

  • Citrus
  • Aromatic
  • Fresh Spicy

Best Value

Best Value for Money - Red

Our Take

No men’s cologne collection is complete without a bottle of classic fougere fragrance, and Lacoste Red will definitely be the barbershop cologne you need for your classy date night!

Like most modern fougere fragrances, it starts with a fresh and green touch of green apples resting on a base of pine. This classic combo helps to give it a smooth and masculine edge that will charm those who have caught a faint whiff of its scent.

As the scent dries down, beautiful notes of earthy patchouli and vetiver will slowly reveal themselves, creating a strong and relaxing base that exudes true masculinity.

This cologne might be a bit too much if you use it in the office, so it is best used on a date night or on a special dinner date.

Like most of Lacoste’s offerings, the fragrance possesses moderate projection and longevity.

Main Accords

  • Fruity
  • Woody
  • Patchouli

Lacoste L’homme Intense

Our Take

As a more intense version of the famous Lacoste L’Homme, this fragrance definitely packs the power suggested by the name and should be on every man’s list of fall-winter fragrances.

The cologne follows a classic woody-spicy structure, with an interesting little twist in the headnotes. The opening is a masterful blend of fresh spicy notes and bright citruses, mellowed down with the appearance of the tarty note of rhubarb.

As the fresh opening dries down, spicy notes of ginger and black pepper, along with pineapple, slowly take the stage, giving the fragrance a masculine and confident edge. Finally, the cologne rests on a warm woody base with prominent notes of vanilla, amber, and musk.

This intense fragrance is considered by many as the best Lacoste cologne, for a good reason! It is a strong and spicy scent that perfectly suits a man dressed in a sexy suit who’s always up for a challenge.

Wear this to formal dinner parties to impress. The fragrance is long-lasting, but it projects subtly.

Main Accords

  • Fruity
  • Citrus
  • Woody

Lacoste L.12.12 Rouge

Our Take

In case you haven’t noticed, the house of Lacoste seems to make especially great spicy and fresh colognes for young men, just like this one. True to the color of the bottle, this cologne is a fiery blend of spices that leave a confident and masculine trail of scent behind you wherever you go.

This spicy woody composition opens with the warm and inviting aroma of red rooibos tea mixed with juicy mango and fresh mandarin orange. The middle notes are an orchestra of spicy ginger, black pepper, and cardamom, which give the fragrance a strong and masculine edge. As it dries down to the base notes, the scent turns into a beautiful warm woody base of benzoin.

This fragrance projects quite softly, and you can expect reasonable performance. This fragrance is making it office-friendly, so spray away!

Main Accords

  • Fruity
  • Tropical
  • Warm Spicy

Lacoste L'homme

Our Take

Lacoste L’homme is the original version of the L’homme Intense already featured, and it is different enough that you might find yourself buying both versions!

Like most Lacoste’s offerings, this is a woody, spicy cologne with a heavy emphasis on the spicy. It bursts open with a symphony of bright citruses and tarty rhubarb. This rare note is rarely seen in designer fragrances.

After about 20 minutes, the freshness fades away, and the spices settle in. Notes of ginger and black pepper become much more prominent, mellowed down by the notes of almond and jasmine. After several hours, the scent becomes a clean skin scent with notes of musk, vanilla, and amber lingering around.

Lacoste L’homme is much more office-friendly than the intense version, so you shouldn’t be hesitant to wear this at work. It projects moderately, but it should last for a pretty long while, so it’s good value for money!

Main Accords

  • Fruity
  • Citrus
  • Woody

Lacoste L!ve

Our Take

Seductive, mysterious, and a touch playful, Lacoste Live is the embodiment of the modern man, neatly packaged in a beautiful glass flacon.

The scent’s structure is very simple, yet strangely addictive and intoxicating at the same time. The headnote comprises of fresh and juicy bergamot, which gives the fragrance a bright opening. As it dries down, the entire cologne turns much greener and more aquatic, before resting on a warm base of guaiac wood and sensual licorice.

Despite its strange-looking notes, this fragrance certainly is a crowd-pleaser, so you should wear it liberally the next time you go to work. It projects and lasts moderately.

Main Accords

  • Woody
  • Citrus
  • Soft Spicy

Lacoste L.12.12 Noir

Our Take

Every man needs a fragrance that exudes mystery and confidence, whether it’s meeting a business partner or a potential date, this fragrance is all you need when you have to dress to impress.

Lacoste L.12.12 Noir is a woody aromatic fragrance that centers around the contrasting notes of fresh watermelon and sensual dark chocolate. It first opens with a fresh and fruity blast featuring the very prominent note of watermelon, along with a hint of lavender and basil.

Don’t be fooled into thinking this is your average fresh cologne! Let it dry down a bit, and the sensual dark chocolate, mixed with silky clean cashmeran will slowly take over, giving the fragrance an incredible sexiness that few can resist.

Wear this cologne on date nights and let your irresistible charm do its work. This cologne’s longevity and projection are moderate, so you can worry less about how you’re smelling.

Main Accords

  • Woody
  • Aromatic
  • Fresh Spicy

Lacoste Booster

Our Take

This citrusy and aromatic delight is a true spirit booster that will work to lift your mood for an entire day.

True to its citrus aromatic spirit, this eau de toilette opens with a blast of fresh mint and eucalyptus combined with citrusy grapefruit and orange. A few minutes pass by, and the initial blast is subdued, leaving the stage to a classic lavender-patchouli combination with a touch of spiciness from the notes of nutmeg and chili pepper. The base notes of vetiver, sandalwood, and cedarwood form a reassuring and robust woody base.

The scent is unique enough to be used on date nights, but it’s actually much more suited to be used as a pick-me-up cologne whenever you need just need to feel good going about your daily life. It projects softly, and it lasts moderately on skin, perfect for chilling around the house.

Main Accords

  • Woody
  • Aromatic
  • Fresh Spicy

Lacoste Essential Sport

Our Take

Sport fragrances are often stigmatized as cheap and unworthy of attention, but this generalization could not be further from the truth. This fantastic fragrance is the most concrete proof that when a sport fragrance is blended well, it certainly is worth it to have a bottle in your collection.

Lacoste Essential Sport is a fresh aquatic cologne that instantly reinvigorates your body after a long workout session at the gym or on the field. On the first spray, the citrusy note of bergamot and the fresh spicy note of ginger immediately break free, joined by an aquatic note that reminds you of a clean shower. The middle notes comprise of mostly soft spicy notes that give the fragrance a bit of depth, before resting on a base of clean vetiver and musk.

This fragrance should be used after gym sessions to keep yourself smelling irresistible. However, it can also be used as casual everyday wear as well. The downside?  It does not last very long, and it projects moderately, so you may go through this quickly.

Main Accords

  • Citrus
  • Aromatic
  • Fresh Spicy

Lacoste L.12.12 Jaune

Our Take

This one is a fabulous feel-good fragrance that is full of positive energy and optimism, making it some of the best choices for hot summer days.

This uplifting cologne bursts with a slightly fizzy opening that brings to mind a cup of cold tonic water on a hot summer day. The note of pink pepper adds a touch of spiciness to mellow down the citruses. The middle notes of apple and coriander will then enter the stage with their tarty touch, before fading away, leaving behind the green woody base notes of cypress and vetiver.

As it is full of optimism and energy, Lacoste L.12.12 Yellow (Jaune) is the perfect everyday wear on summer outings. The projection is a bit soft, but the scent does last for a while so you can be confident this cologne will stay with you all day.

Main Accords

  • Citrus
  • Woody
  • Aromatic

Lacoste Pour Homme

Our Take

Although Lacoste is most famous for their fresh and uplifting fragrances, that certainly is not to say they cannot produce sensual colognes that highlight a man’s hidden depths. Lacoste Pour Homme is a simple yet elegant creation that will definitely help you stand out from the crowd.

The cologne starts with a burst of fruity and citrusy delight, stemming from notes of green apples, plums, grapefruit, and bergamot. After a few minutes, spicy notes of cinnamon, cardamom, and juniper berry enter to stage, leaving a sensual trail behind wherever you go. Finally, the fragrance rests on a warm woody-boozy base of sandalwood, vanilla, rum, and clean musk.

This sexy fragrance is the perfect scent to wear on date nights. It lasts for a long time, but it does not project very far, so you don’t run the risk of overpowering.

Main Accords

  • Fruity
  • Woody
  • Warm Spicy

Lacoste colognes for men are highly wearable choices for all seasons, and their fragrances are also pretty unique. The only downside is that most of them don’t possess beast-mode performance, but they will definitely not disappoint you.

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