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A Man’s Guide to Fragrance: How to Choose and Wear Cologne

I was the last person to board my plane on a recent trip to Atlanta.

Guide to Fragrance When I asked if I might check my bag, the stewardess looked up and exclaimed, “You smell lovely!” as she leaned over to retrieve my luggage.

Now that I’m married, I have to admit that this praise from a lovely lady made me feel wonderful for the duration of the journey.

And that, gentlemen, is why this is important.

Fragrance is an intangible component of our own style that has a significant impact on how people perceive and remember us.

A decent cologne has several advantages, ranging from improving your appearance to making you feel less worried and more confident.

Despite this, 80% of men do not use scent and soy wax melts on a daily basis!

What is the reason for this?

The biggest problem, in my opinion, is a lack of basic knowledge and education. The majority of guys who use colognes and fragrances do so because they were introduced to the practice by a father or role model. The industry is dominated by women in the United States, and most men are unfamiliar with the lingo.

Furthermore, there is a huge worry of overusing fragrance and the negative consequences it might have on our image. “Pepe Le Pew” is a moniker that no one wants.

Thankfully, gaining a working understanding of fragrance and how to wear it successfully is simple, and we’ll show you how today!

Why Do People Use Fragrances?

Wearing a fragrance will boost your attractiveness as well as your confidence among ladies (and in general).

Women will find you more appealing if you use a perfume. For women, smell is the most essential factor in selecting a spouse. While visual clues are more crucial for men when picking a woman, fragrance is the most potent component for women when choosing men, according to a European study. A man’s eyes are used first and foremost, whereas a woman’s nose is used first and foremost (even if she isn’t aware of it!).

Women also have a greater and more refined sense of smell than men. Women routinely outperform males in smell tests, both in identification and detection, beginning at birth. In fact, women’s noses have been genetically modified to detect male pheromones (scented sex hormones). These scents are combined with fragrances to create an even more distinctive and appealing olfactory experience. (For more information, see our post on how to tell if a lady likes you.)

A fragrance can help people form stronger emotional bonds. The sense of smell is the most powerful. It’s 150,000 times more sensitive than your vision, and it could detect over a trillion different odors (our eyes can only perceive roughly 7,000,000 colors, and that’s a conservative estimate). Strong and distinct scents elicit a strong emotional response.  When I smell that same aroma now, it brings back memories of him.

A good scent enhances your overall impression of being a sharp, well-dressed man. We all know that looking good boosts your self-esteem. When you look good, you feel better. Wearing cologne adds to that sense, as you’ll be confident that you not only look but also smell like a million bucks.

Even in non-dating and non-sexual situations, you should be aware of the significance of your smell in the environment.

Let’s look at what goes into making and defining the smells you spritz on your body next.

What Are the Different Types of Fragrances?

It’s worth noting that every fragrance smells differently on various people.

What Do Fragrance, Perfume, Toilette, and Cologne Mean?

Fragrance is a generic name for perfume that is used for both men and women.

It comes in a variety of forms and goes by several names, but it generally falls into the following categories:

  • Eau Fraiche is a type of crème fraiche. Fragrance in the most diluted form, usually containing 1-3 percent perfume oil in alcohol and water. It usually just lasts a few minutes.
  • Köln is a city in Germany (Eau de Cologne). It usually lasts around 2 hours.
  • Toilet paper (Eau de Toilette). 5-15 percent pure perfume essence dissolved in alcohol in a gentle spray formulation. It usually lasts around 3 hours.

Fragrance (Eau de Perfume).

(I’ll use the term cologne a lot in this piece because that’s what most people think of when they think of fragrance.) It has a concentration of 15-20% pure perfume essence and lasts for roughly 5 to 8 hours.
Perfume. Per fume is a mistranslation of the Latin phrase (through smoke). The most potent and pricey of all the scent options. Perfume (or perfume; see how these names get mixed up!) is slightly oilier and contains 20-30% pure perfume essence.

A single application can keep you going for up to 24 hours.

The Fragrances Life Cycle
Fragrances have a three-part life cycle; imagine an evaporating pyramid, with the top gradually disappearing until you reach the bottom.

The scent of most fragrances is made up of three main sorts of notes: top, midrange, and base notes:

On a high note. The top note is the fragrance’s first, softer scent that meets the nose just after it’s applied to the skin. The highest note can last anywhere from 15 to 2 hours. Light flower scents, citrus, fruity aromas, powdery scents, marines and aquatics, and spices like cinnamon are also common top notes.

 

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