Friday, 11 May 2007

Men's Fragrances

As well as looking the part for work, a night out on the town with the boys, or a date with that special someone, you’re also going to need to be smelling the part, but let’s be honest, if that involves placing Old Spice or Brut anywhere near your body, then you might be in need of a new scent.

So what’s important when choosing that new cologne?

Well, firstly, you need to know that a scent is an extension of yourself, with every scent smelling different on different people what with how the cologne takes to your body. While your mate Clive smells charming in the new Paul Smith fragrance, you have to understand that you may end up smelling like a pair of old socks.

Selecting that scent?

The best bet to get an idea of how a fragrance smells on you is to go to a Department Store (such as Selfridges, Harrods, House of Frasier) and make a beeline for their fragrance department.

Once you’re there, resist all temptation to cover yourself in as many scents as possible, as this will cloud your judgement, as well as make you pass out.
Instead, take along several pieces of card, and spray each one with the different cologne.
This method allows the cologne scent to stay fresh, and unmixed from the other scents, allowing you to make a more informed choice, as well as not making you smell like Jean Paul Gaultier’s powder room.

Popular Scents

So, what’s at the height of cologne fashion at the moment? We explore a few options.

Calvin Klein - Contradiction

A fine concoction of oriental wood, and is a spicy blend of lime, clementine, wood and ebony means this is far too good to be sharing with the woman in your life, much like you would have with CK One.

Dolce and Gabanna

This cologne is perfect for that fresh smell and would work brilliantly for nights out. The mixture of citrus, lavender, and tobacco is unique and instantly recognisable.

Jean Paul Gaultier – Le Male

With Le Male, you don’t only get a great fragrance, but also an untimely piece of art in the shape of the fantastic bottle it comes in. Jean Paul has mixed the scents of lavender, orange blossom, cinnamon, musk, and vanilla together brilliantly to produce a scent that is provoking, yet distinctive.

Hugo Boss

A true classic, Hugo Boss has been at the forefront of popular fragrances for time.
The mixture of green apple, and outdoor scents such as pine needles, lavender and jasmine make this a sure-fire buy.

Issey Miyake - L'Eau D'Issey Pour Homme

A personal favourite of mine, Issey Miyake outdo themselves once again with this summit of a fragrance.
With the aroma being the distinctive mixture of tangerine, nutmeg, tobacco, sandalwood, musk, and blue water lily, Issey Miyake is a top choice for the gentleman that wants clean cut scent.

Fragrances are a top bet for changing your image, so remember that with haircuts, and facial hair, it’s always best to choose one that reflects you, and matches your personality.
If you keep these points in mind, then you’re on for making a good smelling impression with anyone you come across.


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