Eau de Guerlain
is certainly not a bad place to start.
There is no best for me, I wear several and a couple of my 'best' during summer are marketed as women's - Sous le Vent
& Vetiver Pour Elle
is great, I would recommend it to any guy who wants to experience a restrained, versatile, classically styled masculine. In a similar vein, although 'warmer', I think Heritage
is good stuff, and relatively easy to get hold of, as is L'Instant
- both are far more interesting than a lot of mens releases in the same price range.L'Ame d'un Heros
is one that has grabbed me over the last couple of years - muted, almost melancholic.Jicky
& Mouchoir de Monsieur
are great but would have most youngsters running for the hills, and Mitsouko
& Vol de Nuit
both have a gravitas that a lot of 'noir' stuff for guys currently being pumped out can only dream about it. Habit Rouge
is another classic that comes in different iterations . . . that one's a whole other story (search out Scentemental's detailed overview if you can be bothered).
And it doesn't stop, either - Arsene Lupin
is a very sophisticated take on leather from just a couple of years ago and this year's Songe d'un Bois d'Ete
is very cool, it uses the same accord as Leather Oud in the base enhanced with a decent cedar all offset by a spiced opening that flies in the face of all the wannabe 'western' shots at oud that have become such a cliche. It actually smells masculine, exotic, modern, original and eminently wearable.
I would recommend any of the above (and others) as 'best' based on who was asking. I wear them all and I don't play favourites with the kids, kinda thing