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The ultimate Guide to Men’s Cologne
Updated on February 3, 2016 kgeorge93 more Men’s Fragrances
Top-of-the-line ways to boost your image is through the usage of scent. The way you smell in public often times say too much about you, and nowadays making a powerful first impression is a serious stepping stone to success. But with so many colognes and fragrances on the market, we as men are left bewildered with a plethora of questions.
Which fragrances are worth buying? How should I apply my cologne? What times are appropriate to wear my cologne? Which colognes will make me stand out, and provides me the sting I need? and the often asked question: Which fragrances will women love?
I will tackle all these questions and more, and help you find the best fragrances that suit your lifestyle. As a connoisseur with over 4 years of experience, I have a lot of data regarding mens cologne. Whether your in search of that one perfect fragrance, and even excited about building a collection of your individual, my lens will help you discover what your searching for. As I construct my page, I’ll continue to post fragrance reviews and offer you my personal recommendations. Be at liberty to comment and post your feedback. God Bless 🙂
Creed Boutique New York Fragrance 101: The Essentials Part 1
Classes of Fragrance
The fragrance industry is a multi-billion dollar business, that manufactures countless amounts of colognes and perfumes every year. But what exactly is a fragrance? Simply put a fragrance is a mixture of ingredients which produces a scent often times used as a beauty supplement. Colognes and perfumes are essentially a mixture of alcohol, water, and essential aromatic oils. The oils in fragrances are usually synthetic or derived from plants and is what give a fragrance its unique aroma.
The 3 primary fragrances you can see are eau de cologne (EDC), eau de toilette (EDT), and eau de parfum (EDP). The difference between these three categories of fragrances is their concentration of essential oils. EDCs are composed of 2-6% fragrant oils. EDTs are composed of 5-15% fragrant oils, and customarily make up nearly all of men’s fragrances. EDPs are composed of 10-20% fragrant oils and are usually present in very prime quality fragrance and most women’s perfumes. Some less common varieties of fragrances also exist: splash/aftershave (1-3%) and perfume extrait (15-40%). Normally we are going to use the colloquial terms cologne and perfume to discuss with men’s and women’s fragrances respectively.
Understanding the classifications of fragrances can give you a sense of how potent a cologne or perfume is before you buy it. Bottles which are EDT or EDP are going to have greater scent strengths than an EDC because the upper the percentage of oils, the more aromatic the fragrance can be.
Tonka Bean Fragrance 101: The Essentials Part 2
As you start to explore the exciting world of fragrances, you will come across a very important concept called fragrance notes. What exactly is a note? Well notes are the ingredients in a cologne which give the fragrance its scent. Notes can either be natural (plant extracts) or synthetic (man-made). Examples of notes include: lemon, leather, sandalwood, and patchouli. Fragrances are usually composed of a mixture of multiple notes, that are further subdivided into 3 categories: Top Notes, Middle (Heart) Notes, and Base Notes. These are kind of like the different layers of the fragrance.
The top notes comprise the scent you get when you first apply your cologne; and they usually last anywhere from a few seconds to even up to 2 hours in rare instances. As the fragrance remains in your skin, the highest notes will fade away and you’re going to get another scent made up of the middle notes. This usually lasts a bit longer than the top notes, but will usually fade away within the first few hours of applying the fragrance. Lastly after the highest and middle notes fade and the cologne has “dried down”, you’re left with the bottom notes which provides an aroma that may last throughout the vast majority of the fragrance. Some colognes however, stay quite linear and smell pretty much the same from start to finish, while others are more complex and are constantly changing because it remains in your skin.
The term “dry-down” is fragrance slang for the scent you get after the cologne or perfume has settled on you skin for some time; usually referring to the middle and base notes. The reason why notes are important to know is because it provides you with a general idea of how the fragrance will smell like. If you first spray a cologne on paper or on your skin, you’ll immediately smell the top notes. But don’t be fooled, those top notes may not last very long before the scent changes and goes into its dry down.
Applying cologne to the carotid artery Fragrance 101: The Essentials Part 3
How to apply Fragrance
Now that you know somewhat bit of the chemistry behind fragrances it is time to now answer one in every of the largest questions. How do I apply my cologne? Too many men make the mistake of misusing their cologne by not applying it properly. On this third a part of Fragrance 101 I shall be supplying you with the Dos and Don’ts in terms of wearing cologne.
With regards to wearing cologne you always want to be sure to apply your fragrance directly onto your skin. Not within the air, not in your hair, and not in your clothes. Colognes are meant to combine along with your pheromones and your skin chemistry giving it a singular aroma. Spraying cologne anywhere aside from your skin is not recommended for several reasons.
One being that colognes were never designed to be sprayed else wear because it’ll change its intended smell. Secondly, your hair and clothes are inclined to trap other scents in your environment much easier than your skin, which may foul up the scent of a fragrance if it you’re surrounded by bad odor. The human skin is slightly oily and organic and won’t trap scents from the environment unless it’s applied in the type of a liquid. Your clothes then again will hold onto aromas comparable to food which could cause your fragrance to smell strange when you apply it onto your clothes.
And the ultimate reason is because clothes retain scents for a really very long time. This may occasionally sound great but if your spray your fragrance directly onto your clothes chances are high the scent will linger for days sometimes weeks after application (trust me I’ve tried it before). If you use different scents you’ll find that your fragrances are going to be mixing with the old fragrance on your clothes; again this is not going to produce the intended scent.
Next we must discuss where on the body should we apply our fragrance. You want to apply your fragrance on areas where there may be a lot of blood flow. These areas are warm and moist, which is able to increase the strength and longevity of your fragrance. The best places of apply cologne is on your neck and wrists, more specifically on your carotid and radial arteries (the locations where you take your pulse). Along with this, you may apply cologne behind your ears, Adam’s apple, chest, inside of elbows and knees, or anywhere near your neck. These are the areas where there’s plenty of blood flow and will ensure your fragrance lasts longer. Once i do my individual fragrance reviews I will talk more specifically about how I apply each cologne.
The final rule of thumb is the 3 spray rule. With most fragrances, 3 sprays will suffice with at least one of many sprays being on the neck. This may ensure your cologne will not gas people out, but at the identical time others will have the ability to smell it. In case your fragrance is weak or strong you might apply slightly more or a little less respectively; I’d say use 5-7 sprays maximum. In case your cologne doesn’t have an atomizer (sprayer), you may just dab a bit of bit on the tip of your finger or cotton swab and apply it onto your skin. The picture on this module shows the correct location to use cologne.
The last tip about wearing cologne is to never rub your fragrances after application. Do not rub your wrists together, don’t rub you neck, or anyplace else. It will drastically weaken the scent and destroy your fragrance. If you want to spread the cologne to both wrists just put them together. NEVER RUB YOUR COLOGNE!!!
Angel Men Fragrance 101: The Essentials Part 4
Not all fragrances are the same and I’m not just talking about their unique scents. Some fragrances will last longer in your skin than others; this is known as longevity. On average a cologne’s longevity is about 6 hours.
The subsequent term to be aware of is sillage. Sillage refers to how potent the fragrance is and the way well the scent projects off the skin. The higher the sillage the more likely others are going to be able to detect your cologne.
Sillage and longevity are determined by various factors. The most obvious one being the fragrance’s composition. Colognes with greater concentrations of essential oils might be more potent than those with lesser concentrations of essential oils. Also certain notes in a cologne similar to patchouli and pepper can enhance the sillage/longevity.
Another crucial factor that determines sillage/longevity is temperature. The warmer and more humid the temperature, the greater the longevity/sillage of your fragrance. For that reason, it is healthier to use lighter fragrances throughout the warmer days and stronger fragrances in the course of the colder ones. The increased heat and humidity within the air can improve the strength of the fragrance and the way well others can smell it. Within the summer for instance its better to use lighter colognes to forestall gassing out others along with your scent. And within the winter its better to use stronger scents to combat against the dryness of the air.
This same concept applies to your skin as well. People with oily skin will have the ability to retain their cologne better than those with drier skin. An incredible option to strengthen your cologne is to moisturize the areas where you spray cologne with Vaseline, aftershave balm, or cream. Skin that is moist will lead to better longevity and projection; and who would not want that.
The cologne on this picture is known as Angel Men and is by the house of Thierry Mugler. It is very well known for being one of the best fragrances in the case of sillage and longevity. Many people even claim that this fragrance lasts over 24 hours on their skin. This is without doubt one of the colognes I’ll be reviewing for you guys later on.
Tom Ford Private Collection Fragrance 101: The Essentials Part 5
Designer vs. Niche
The penultimate essential I might wish to impart to you is the distinction between designer and niche fragrances. That is one of the basics of fragrances and knowing this information will assist you as you purchase fragrances.
Designer fragrances are released by companies which might be more mainstream and can usually be found at malls like Macys and Sephora. These designer companies are usually more well-known for his or her fashion items outside the realm of fragrances. Examples of designer houses include Versace, Armani, and Salvatore Ferragamo. Versace and Armani are more known for his or her clothing line, especially their expertly crafted suits. And Salvatore Ferragamo is thought primarily for his or her luxury shoes and handbags.
Designer colognes generally are available in a variety of bottle sizes, the main ones being 1.7 oz and three.4 oz. At most department shops you’ll be seeking to pay around $50-60 for a 1.7 oz and $70-80 for a 3.4 oz. Prices and bottle sizes will vary with different fragrances but this is the standard for many men’s cologne.
Niche fragrances however are rarer and dearer than their designer counterparts. Niche fragrances are made by companies that usually specialize in only fragrances. Examples of niche houses include Creed, Amouage, and Nasomatto. A majority of these colognes usually come within the EDT (eau de toilette) and EDP (eau de parfum) concentrations.
Niche colognes use more natural higher quality notes than designer fragrances and are thus more costly. For those who see terms like private collection or private blend associated with the fragrance it may be niche. More notably, you’ll be able to identify a niche cologne if you see an exorbitant price tag on it. The costs of niche cologne will usually exceed $100 for a couple of 2 oz bottle. Some niche fragrances like Creed cost over $300 for a 4 oz bottle. And to get your hands on a 1.6 oz bottle of Clive Christian’s No. 1 you’ll be trying to pay close to $900, making this the world’s most expensive perfume.
Both designer and niche fragrances make great scents. Although niche quality may be very high, it doesn’t mean all designer colognes are cheap and uninspiring. Actually the only bottles I own as of now are designer fragrances. I’ve gotten the chance to smell a couple of niche fragrances and will likely be doing reviews on them later. Many fragrances within the niche line smell just like designer ones and thus it isn’t a giant deal if you don’t wish to go bankrupt buying niche fragrances.
Expiration Time Fragrance 101: The Essentials Part 6
Generally a cologne shall be good for 3-5 years after that it could become a little bit stale. But don’t be concerned if you’re taking care of your fragrances and store them in a cool dark environment they’ll last you for many years. A superb place to store them can be in a closet or drawer, anywhere away from sun exposure or excessive light. Optimal temperature for a fragrance could be 50-70 degree Fahrenheit. You don’t need to leave your cologne next your window or in your car, which can accumulate sunlight and heat. You also should avoid keeping fragrances within the bathroom which can be extremely popular and humid. Also just to be thorough, do not keep your fragrances in a fridge or freezer either. Having them frozen wouldn’t be very wise (you probably already knew that).
Some fragrances will list their expiration times on the base of the bottle. You will see a small logo that appears like an opened container with a number on it. It’ll usually say 36m or 24m or some number followed by an “m” (see picture on the module). This tells you the way long the fragrance will be good for in months. So 36m means the fragrance is good for 36 months, so 3 years. Your colognes though will last longer than their written expiration date if you retain them in a dark cool environment. The primary bottle of cologne that got me fascinated with fragrances was Drakkar Noir, an old cologne that my father used years ago. It was ancient, easily over 12 years in age. Yet once i used it, it smelled like it presupposed to (maybe a bit stale) and lasted a great while on my skin.
You probably have already purchased a bottle, a terrific resource you should utilize to search out the manufacture date and shelf life of the fragrance is website below:
When you arrive here, choose the brand of your fragrance and input in the batch code (PS: Some brands will not be available). The batch code is the identification code used by manufacturers and is usually located on the bottom or side of the bottle.
Cologne Review – Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue Pour Homme EDT (2007)
Dolce even though it has nothing to do with the scent itself. Psychologically if the bottle has a classy or appealing look, you may feel more inclined to purchase the cologne.
Anyway… lets get to the review of how this smells. So after i first apply this onto my skin, I get a rush of citrus mixed with some violet. The citrus note is just not as bright as in Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue, rather it is a darker, heavier, more syrup-like citrus (if that makes any sense). When that is on my skin I can not really distinguish between the highest and middle notes because they’re blended very well. The orange and lemon of the top notes give this fragrance its freshness while the violet leaves, coriander, and Virginia cedarwood gives it a dark slightly spicy vibe. The top and middle notes of this fragrance will last on your skin for a couple of hours before it enters into the base.
The scent I got from Only the Brave for this first few hours slightly resembles that of Yves Saint Laurent L’homme (I will be reviewing this one soon). That “syrup-likeness” that I get from Only the Brave is just like L’homme, and is probably as a result of violet and Virginia cedar notes, which both fragrances have.
Only the Brave smells the same for about the primary 4-5 hours, but then suddenly changes when the highest/middle notes settle down. The bottom of this fragrance will give you a spicy smoky-leathery scent which reminds me of Gucci by Gucci. Although its not listed on the note breakdown, I detect a tobacco note which is why I find it to be a bit smoky. The citrus note still remains even at the top but is more subtle, and the benzoin and styrax in the bottom give this fragrance a slightly synthetic vibe.
Diesel Only the Brave smells nice but it surely often times criticized for being pleasant but boring. I can understand that since this fragrance would not stand out too much in term of getting a novel scent. However, what distinguishes this fragrance from the remaining is its longevity and projection. This cologne is a MONSTER relating to longevity/sillage. This lasted on my skin for 8-10+ hours easily, and projected about 1-2 feet off my skin for the first 5 hours. One time I used 4 sprays of this fragrance and a friend told me that I smelled nice but was wearing too much cologne. Even after this fragrance dried-down after around 9 hours there were still people asking me what I used to be wearing!!
By way of when to make use of this you’ve got many choices. You may wear this for casual wear, school, work (just don’t use too much), formal occasions, and even all year. It will work well in the summer because of its freshness and also within the winter because of its smokiness.
To apply this fragrance use 2-3 sprays max in the warmer months and 3-4 sprays max in the colder months. For this one I just apply one or two sprays on the neck (the sprayer could be very generous so one spray may cover your whole neck) and i needs to be good. You may apply some in your wrists in order for you but careful not to use an excessive amount of since this cologne is virile.
Only the Brave is a great beginner’s cologne that smells nice and lasts long
-Scent: 7/10 (pleasant freshness, very safe smelling)
-Uniqueness: 5/10 (smells similar to other fragrances)
-Sillage: 9/10 (Awesome projection, you’ll get noticed, just don’t spray an excessive amount of!!!)
-Longevity: 9/10 (Phenomenal, will last you throughout your work/school day)
-Versatility: 8/10 (Can be worn on many occasions, less sprays in summer, more in the winter)
-Price: 6/10 (A bit pricey)
Recommendations from Amazon – Men’s Colognes to purchase
Listed here are a few of the fragrances on my page you could purchase via Amazon. I do my best to search out the most affordable yet reliable sellers for you guys. Enjoy 🙂
P.S: These sellers have limited quantities, so do not wait too long before it’s too late!!!
Click thumbnail to view full-sizeDifferent genres of fragrancesDolce “>Burberry Touch (2000)Versace Man Eau Fraiche (2006)Yves Saint Laurent L’homme (2006)Carolina Herrera 212 (1999)La Nuit De L’homme (2009)Gucci by Gucci (2008)Davidoff Champion Energy (2011)Diesel Only the Brave (2009) Related
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@lonnie-wakefield: Thank you to your feedback and kindness lonnie-wakefield. I’ll be doing my top 5 summer colognes list soon, so make sure you check that out; especially if your all in favour of buying a fragrance anytime soon
lonnie-wakefield 4 years ago
Wow! I’m impressed. I am always searching for a decent smelling cologne, and every time it seems I’ve found one, one it has “dried out”, I get burnt out in a short time. Thanks for the lens!
Authorkgeorge93 4 years ago
@takkhisa: Thanks very much takkhis. I plan on adding more modules on this lens. You probably have any specific questions regarding cologne or want me to do a review on a particular fragrances don’t hesitate to ask. 🙂
Takkhis 4 years ago
Welcome to Squidoo! Well written lens and i see so much of information on Men’s cologne 🙂