A Men’s Guide to Fragrance: How to Choose the Right Perfume
The legendary fashion icon Tom Ford once said, “Good manners and good cologne is what transforms a man into a gentleman”.
Your perfume defines your personality. If you smell good, you can leave a long-lasting impression of yourself wherever you go. Studies prove that most women get attracted to men who smell good, their scent matters more than their looks. The good smell does not only attract women but also enhances your personality which ultimately lifts your confidence. Yet, you will find most men storing their perfumes in their cupboards for months waiting for a special occasion to wear them. They usually prefer deodorants over perfumes for regular use because deodorants are considered to be more masculine and sporty while perfumes are considered to be expensive, exclusive, and only for special occasions. It’s time that we come out of these social constructs and realize the importance of perfumes and how they can impact your lifestyle.
Here is a quick guide to the exclusive fragrances and perfumes for men, all the unique elements and notes these perfumes contain and by the end you’re sure to know what is the right pick for your personality.
Some Main Men’s Perfume Notes
1 – CitrusCitrus scents come from the ‘Hesperide’ family of fruits, inspired by the Hesperide nymphs of Greek mythology. These zesty fruits are a perfect energizer and bring freshness. Some of the common citrus fruits that are used in men’s perfumes are orange, lemon, bergamot, grapefruit, mandarin, and yuzu. These tangy notes are sure to give an energetic vibe for your daytime wear.
2 – OrientalOriental fragrances are very warm and sensual, and perfect for a romantic date. Some of the common oriental ingredients used in men’s fragrances are amber, musk, vanilla, and spices. Another subcategory called ‘gourmands’ involves hints of aromatic dark chocolate or coffee that brings in a delicious twist to the perfume. Oriental fragrances give a sensual masculinity and an air of sophistication that makes everyone fall in love with your fragrance.
3 :AromaticA perfect blend of soothing and energizing properties, aromatic fragrance brings out the best in you and makes you feel like the gentleman that you are. It is mostly a plant-based fragrance with a twist of mystical woody smell. It traditionally contains cumin, lavender, thyme, and rosemary that are often paired with strong musky notes which is why they are traditionally restricted to masculine fragrances. These soft and gentle fragrances paired with musky bases are sure to make hearts melt.
Woody notes usually smell warm and dry. They have an earthy hint to them that gives a lush and sensuous vibe to the perfume which is why they become a great choice for men. The intense fragrance is usually preferred for more formal occasions as it adds depth to your overall personality.
Many premium men’s fragrances like Le Florentine Classic Men’s Perfume include a blend of woody and citrus notes that gives a rich, manly and classy aroma.
How to choose the right perfume for yourself?While there are many perfumes available in the market for men, you must choose the right perfume for yourself that suits your personality. To make things a bit simple for you, we have come up with some tips that can help you choose the right perfume for yourself.
1. Try before you buyIt is always advised to try your perfume before you make a purchase. Not every perfume would go with your personality. Even if you like the notes of any perfume, it doesn’t mean that it would gel up with your body odor. Every perfume smells different on different people, therefore choose wisely. Whenever you go to any perfume showroom, try at least two perfumes on your body preferably, on the back of your wrist, and check how it is smelling on your skin. Once you are done with one perfume, smell coffee or tea to neutralize your sense of smell. Try not to smell more than one perfume on your skin because it may layer up and give you a false impression.
2. Wear according to the occasionThere is the right perfume for every occasion. For example, when you are going to an office party or casual gathering, anything refreshing, soothing, and calming like Fougere or Woody would be the best option for you. Whereas, for romantic dates, a more intense fragrance with oriental or leather notes is considered ideal.
3.Change according to the seasonCertain specific notes suit certain times of the year. For example citrus and floral fragrances are well suited for spring while oriental, woody and leathery notes stand out more during winters. Let nature act as your catalyst.
4.Know your fragrance notesMany common perfume ingredients are used in both men’s and women’s perfumes, but very few ingredients are exclusively used in men’s perfumes. Men must know what notes compliment them the best and try to buy the perfume which has a perfect combination of all those notes or at least has some of those.