Sometimes The Classics Are Best – Nautica Classic for Men


Pros: Clean, fresh scent, is extremely affordable, has a masculine appeal that is not overpowering.

Cons: Does not project well, on some skin types the fragrance does not last for twelve hours.

Best Uses: Summer, causal weekends, or for a clean, fresh scent at work.

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Sometimes the classic scents really are the best, and Nautica Classic for Men is one of those colognes. It has a fresh, clean scent that never seems to go out of style, and can be easily worn by men of any age. Older men can relieve cherished memories from their youth, and it is an ideal starter cologne for younger guys.

The clean masculine scent is never overpowering, which makes it a great cologne for men to wear to work or on causal weekends. Since it is a lighter fragrance it does lack the complexity of some of the more expensive men’s colognes, but it is the perfect scent to choose for hot summer days. Overall Nautica Classic is a nice, light men’s cologne that is always appropriate when you simply want to feel and smell fresh and clean.

Our Review of Nautica Classic for Men

Nautica Classic for Men was first released in 1992 by Nautica, and is characterized as a Woody Chypre fragrance. It has a light refreshing scent that is slightly spicy, with a strong touch of lime that can last all day. It is a cologne that is best suited for work or casual wear, and will always be an excellent starter scent for younger guys.

Fragrance Notes

The refreshing fragrance starts off with top notes of lime, coriander, cinnamon, cypress, tarragon, sage, bergamot, neroli, lemon, and aldehydes. This gives it the fresh and slightly spicy scent that can linger throughout a busy day. The middle notes of jasmine, caraway, cyclamen, rose, and geranium add a hint of sweetness without taking away from its masculine appeal. The base notes are amber, sandalwood, oakmoss, cedar, musk, and patchouli. These heavier scents do not add complexity, instead it helps to balance the lighter fragrance notes.

The Scent

One of the first things that you will smell is the refreshing hint of lemon and lime, which will linger throughout the day. Instead of reminding you of ocean breezes, Nautica Classic tends to bring to mind warm summer days. The spicier scents of geranium and cinnamon help to balance out the floral aromas, but unfortunately the base notes are often lost in the cool citrus scent.

 The Appearance

Like all of Nautica’s men’s colognes, it is affordably priced in an expensive looking package. The trademark Nautica bottle resembles a sailcloth, and makes a beautiful addition to any fragrance collection. The bottle does have a slightly retro feel that has not changed since 1992, and this only adds to its visual appeal. The cap is clear, unlike some of the newer silver ones, but still manages to look sleek and elegant.

Best Uses

This cologne can be worn by men of any age, and is ideal for daytime or casual weekends. It is a light summer fragrance that lacks complexity, making it inappropriate for formal evening occasions. Even though the fragrance hasn’t changed since its introduction, the fresh, classic scent never goes out of style. Nautica Classic is a great starter cologne for young guys, or for older men who enjoy changing their fragrances to suit the occasion.


The 3.4oz. 100ml bottle of Nautica Classic for Men is affordably priced even for students on a budget. While it is intended for casual or summer use, the clean, fresh scent can carry your through a whole year. Men who are looking for a simple cologne will find that Nautica Classic provides amazing value for their money.


We found that Nautica Classic for Men not only has a fresh scent that is never overpowering, it also makes a great starter cologne for younger men. It has a light fragrance that keeps guys feeling and smelling clean, and its affordable price makes it a great addition to any cologne collection. If you need a causal cologne, or simply want a less complex fragrance for daily wear we highly recommend Classic by Nautica.

Brent Adderly (perfume tester)

I was initially skeptical about wearing an older cologne, being afraid that it would smell outdated. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it has a nice clean scent that hasn’t gone out of style. While some might have problems with it lasting through the day, I found that it wasn’t an issue for me. What I did notice was the scent was initially strong, but it quickly faded to almost zero projection. While I wouldn’t recommend this cologne for evening events or formal lunches, it is a nice men’s cologne for casual or summer wear.


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