Men are often challenged in some cases even overwhelmed at selecting a proper men’s fragrance. Rest assured that it is not that hard to pick the right fragrance, once you know each fragrance function and your needs. Most of the time, you may need more than one kind of scent as your daily demands will vary.
First, you must understand the differences between Cologne, EDT, and aftershave. Yes, both cologne and aftershave have a similar perfume in the bottle, but in reality, there are differences.
Aftershave is designed to use after a man shaves. Aftershave is used to close the pores and may offer an intense sensation after its application. This is the result of the aftershave closing the user’s pores.
Cologne’s scent is always stronger and last longer than aftershave. Cologne is used as a perfume to give a person a pleasant fragrance. People often become confused on the differences between cologne and EDT, when in actuality cologne and EDT are the same.
Second, you must understand that a fragrance is composed of many layers of perfumes. These perfumes are broken down into groups of scents known as top notes middle notes, and bottom or base notes. Top notes are usually light spices, fruity, citrus or minty perfumes that disappear after about ten minutes after application. Middle notes are usually are middle spices vanilla, cinnamon, woodsy, and heavier citrus scents such as grapefruit or orange that last for about an hour. Lastly, the scent contains bottom or base notes. This is the “mature” perfume, the perfume that you will be known for after you leave the room. The bottom or base notes are composed of stronger perfumes: long-lasting leathers, woods, tobacco, and heavy spices such as peppers and cloves.
Lastly, it is time to select the fragrance that you need. Never buy a perfume after just smelling the scent on someone or just smelling a sample sprayed on a scent card. The reason behind this is twofold. First, the scent changes after it matures. Secondly and more importantly, all scents do not smell the same on all people! The smell created from scents is a result of a basic chemical reaction between an individual and the scent once it is applied. Since each person has different body chemistry, when the fragrance is applied, the reaction or “smell” may be slightly different than someone else who wears the same scent.
In order to buy the right perfume, you should smell the perfumes on smell cards and once you determine that you may like a scent, spray it on your wrist. Smell it in intervals and if the perfume is one that you like, it is wise to purchase it either at the store or on the Internet. You may choose to purchase both an aftershave, and cologne as your needs, and desired strength of fragrance may change based on what your day has in store for you.