Basic Guide To Men's Fragrance
The power of scent is irrefutable. Scent can bring back memories (good and bad), scent can uplift or decrease mood, and can even attract or repel members of the opposite sex. In other words, looking good goes beyond the clothes and one of the components we believe every man should master is their scent. We are talking about long lasting quality scent that is signature to you. Something that exudes confidence and overall style. The problem is that most men do not know the in’s and outs of the fragrance market place. After-all there are tons to choose from, so where do you start?
Here’s our basic guide to men’s fragrance and our top picks for this season:
Eau de Parfum: We are sure you’ve read this on bottles of cologne before and probably wondering what it means. Well to start - Eau de Parfumes are generally more expensive (for a good reason though). These types of scents last up to 8hours, and have the highest concentration of parfume, they are richer and deeper, thus, less is more in this category. Eau de Parfum is typically used during formal events such as weddings, dates, other formal events etc. but you can certainly use it for daily wear.
Eau de Toilette: Eau de Toilette fragrances are less expensive than Eau de Parfumes and they are commonly used for everyday use. The scent staggers to about 4 hours - therefore you are more than likely going to be reapplying. Right as you get out of the shower, apply this fragrance on your pressure points and you’re ready to go.
Cologne: Cologne is lighter in scent, and as you guessed it, does not last very long. Length of the scent for cologne will last for only 2 hours. About 2-4% of perfume is diluted in either water or alcohol for this category. These are usually very cost effective and abundant on the isles of your local drug store. Although some may have appealing scents - the “Last all Day” promise will soon prove itself as being false.
Here’s our top picks for Men's Fragrances:
“Looking good goes beyond the clothes.”
#1: OudGalore by Chris Collins
A dark and sultry Oud entwined with hot clove & aphrodisiac cinnamon. There is Love at first sight with the orris tones, but Ciste Labdanum and Incense fill this fragrance with a mystic and enigmatic side. The woody tones of Copahu balm, Patchouli and Sandalwood complete this fragrance with rebellion and warmness. You can purchase here.
#2.) CoFounders: Prince Donell and Dana Chanel
A woody and fruity fragrance that celebrates strength, courage and success.
First, the fruity freshness of bergamot and the sweet apple; the heart reveals a sweet aroma of juniper and rosemary, and the bottom closes with harmony of oak moss and patchouli. Purchase here.
#3. Ovation for Men by Shawn Crenshaw
Ovation for Men is a fresh, clean, aromatic eau de parfume. It’s a balanced blend of Sicily lemon, Calabrian bergamot, aqua, Indian patchouli, and cashmere wood. Purchase here.
#4. Dior Sauvage by Dior
Sauvage evokes freedom which is echoed in the colognes short film depicting a scorching Joshua Tree desert scene starring the rebellious icon Johnny Depp. Orchestrated with zesty Calabrian bergamot, black pepper notes, a salty ambroxan and patchouli of the purest quality Sauvage is fresh and wild. Purchase here.
#5.) Maison Martin Margiela’s Replica Jazz Club
Maison Martin Margiela’s Replica Jazz Club captures and immortalizes the exhilarating ambiance of a Brooklyn jazz club in a simple and stylish bottle. Consequently, the wonderful fragrance is sure to have you hearing saxophones and trumpets with its evocative scent, which features musk, vanilla, tonka bean, vetiver, and tobacco leaves. Purchase here.
If you want a long lasting impression we advise that you invest between an Eau de Parfume or Eau de Toilette. We also suggest that you be cautious about designer fragrances because they tend to be made with cheaper materials to ensure mass production and probable profit. Stick to your niche fragrances and top quality brands to get the most bang for your buck.