It is really important to smell nice; not only for other people’s sakes but also for our own. Having a nice, distinctive scent can give us a sense of confidence and help us feel sexy and is also a definitive tick in the box where women are concerned.
Smells are really important for women and if, as a man, you take care to smell nice, you will definitely be remembered. You’d actually be quite shocked at the amount of weight a smell can carry when a woman is deciding if she fancies someone or not.
So, with all the above in mind, it’s important to be able to choose suitable fragrances that suit you and your personality.
Learning about fragrances
If you are really serious about finding the best fragrance for yourself then you should definitely learn more about how fragrances are constructed. Most people don’t even realise that all perfumes are made up of a selection of different ‘notes’.
There are top notes, middle notes and base notes. These different notes are basically formed of a range of different scents but all come together to form the one perfume or cologne. A trained perfumer will be able to tell you what these different notes are, just as a trained wine taster would be able to detail the ingredients in a bottle of wine.
How to choose your perfect cologne
Choosing a scent should not be taken lightly. By that we don’t mean it’s an extremely serious task that should take weeks but taking a day or so to consider your options is more than acceptable.
The first thing to do is obviously the sniff test. Try out a few different scents and see what comes to mind when you inhale the scent. Try to figure out if you think these scents would suit your style and personality or not. It’s a good idea to keep track of all those you have tested, perhaps even using a notepad to note down your first impressions.
This may sound like a lot of work for choosing a scent but you’d be surprised at how many people just walk into a shop, buy a cologne after a quick sniff test and then realise the smell has changed by the time they get home and they now don’t like it.
Give your nose a break every now and again and leave the cologne store to enable you to breathe in fresh air and let the spray from the colognes you have tried dissipate a bit and react with the air. This can totally change a scent and will give you a better idea of whether or not you really like it.
How to apply your scent properly
Once you’ve been through the process above and given yourself time to really sniff out the most suitable fragrance for yourself, it is time to learn how to apply it properly. So many men just slather themselves in fragrance and this is not good!
If all men stuck to the following, we’d never have to suffer severe nostril distress after coming in to contact with a man and his overpowering fragrance:
- Always try before you buy and know how strong the fragrance is when it has had time to fully develop.
- Add two dabs of cologne on the chest, near your heart, one dab of cologne on each wrist and then a final dab on the base of the neck. These are all warm pulse points and will ensure your body gives off a consistent cologne scent.
- Don’t every reapply your cologne simply because you cannot smell it. The problem with wearing cologne is that after a time your sense of smell becomes used to it and the scent will no longer seem as strong. Other people, however, will most definitely still be able to smell your fragrance. If you reapply every time you can no longer smell your scent, you will just overpower everyone around you.
James writes for Click Fragrance. When not writing, he can often be found picking out cologne for himself and his friends.
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