Many guys will go overboard when it comes to spending on ladies – fancy meals, expensive gifts, or exotic weekend getaways – but few take into consideration how they smell. Investing in a good cologne will make you irresistible to ladies. Smells are great turn-ons when it comes to dating.
But, the cologne you choose should have a long-lasting scent. The cologne market is saturated with various products and finding the right one can be a challenge. Colognes are not suitable for all occasions. You have casual and formal fragrances just like you have clothes for different occasions.
1. Creed AventusMen Eau De Parfum Spray
This comes from a fragrance house that has been producing male colognes for centuries. The Aventus cologne is for that man who wants to stand out from the crowd. Splash some Creed Aventus when you are taking her for your first date and want to make an impression. It is also a great cologne for the office.
Besides, the high price, the Creed Aventus comes with a strong scent made of black currant, pineapple, and ambergris. Having manufactured fragrances for kings, you are assured of nothing but the best. Nothing has been left to chance as evidenced by the elegant, cologne bottle.
For the base notes, you have oakmoss, musk, vanilla, and ambergris. The middle notes are supplemented by dry birch, rose, patchouli, and Moroccan jasmine.
Due to its multiple layers, it is hard to judge the Creed Aventus scent the moment you open their bottle. You will first be attracted to the woody and pineapple scent, followed by a brasher flavor. You also get a splash of bergamot that gives it a citrus feel.
- Makes you stand out
- Explosion of multiple scents
- High-quality cologne
- A bit costly but worth the price
2. AZZARO WANTED – Men Eau de toilet spray
Instead of having two sets of colognes to match different occasions, the Azzaro meets all your needs. The fragrance is long-lasting without it been overpowering. You do not need to worry about it losing its scent hence needing reapplication.
You can apply the Azzaro Wanted to the office, during a night out, or casual gateways during the weekends.
The manufacturers describe the Azzaro Wanted as “woody, spicy and fresh”. When you open the gun barreled shaped bottle you are hit with a citrus scent. The lemon is great and you can wear it without it being too overpowering.
The cologne is also laden with mint, ginger and some woody flavor and this locks them all in. Many people have likened the scent to that of candy. As you continue wearing the Azzaro you will start discovering a more fruity scent. Do not worry that the fruity scent will wash away your masculinity as the woodiness still remains.
- Balanced citrus and fruity scent
- Can be worn on all occasions
- Long-lasting scent
- Some of the flavors come off as too artificial
3. Givenchy Gentlemen Only Absolute
This is a great cologne for winter or during the Christmas season. It parks a woody, spicy scent that comes off as a bit metallic. An explosion of spices like saffron, nutmeg, and cinnamon then follows this.
What makes the Gentlemen only strong is an additional layer of vanilla and sandalwood. This gives you a sensual feel that is sure to drive the ladies wild.
The Givenchy is inspired by high-end fashion and this is replicated in the bottle design. It is dark in color with some infusion of red labeling. If you have a date during the Christmas season, you can sprinkle some Givenchy on your wrist and the vanilla scent will bring out the Christmas spirit.
Once you sprinkle some portion on your arm joints, you will notice some strong freshness that is brought out by the bergamot. Then you will notice a cinnamon scent. As the day progresses, the scent becomes warmer and a bit spicy. To add to the sweetness you have the vanilla and sandalwood.
- Blends both warmness and spiciness
- Great for winter outings
- Explosion of different flavors
- Too strong hence lacks durability
4. Gucci Guilty Eau Pour Homme
The first thing you notice is the striking batman logo that is intertwined with the Gucci logos. Inside, you are taken back by the strong bergamot and lemon scent. As you continue adorning the cologne you will find all that muskiness being replaced by sweet orange scent.
This is an ideal cologne for outdoor activities due to its light scent that warms up your summer. You can dash your wrists with the Gucci guilty when you are thinking of taking her for some summer activities. The scent goes well with your casual clothes and lingers throughout the day.
The crisp, fresh scent keeps you smelling great even under the strong summer heat. It is a scent that is loved by both men and women. For the top notes you have lemon and bergamot; middle notes – orange blossom, orris, and snowberry; base notes –musk and patchouli. This is the ideal cologne for a man who wants to exude in boldness, masculinity, and charisma.
- Great for summer and spring
- A crisp, fresh scent
- Stays on you all day long
- Often confused as a unisex cologne
5. Bath & Bodyworks – Mahogany Woods
Winter means you stay a lot indoors. You do not have the heat from summer that keeps you sweaty. But, that does not mean you cannot attract her with some masculine scent.
The Mahogany woods come with a blend of bourbon vanilla, mahogany, and some golden amber. This gives you an attractive warm smell that will keep her thinking of cuddling.
The Mahogany bath and body fragrance is for those looking for that boozy scent. It also has some sweetness but it is of wood. You also have some vanilla added for notes. The scent will last for more than 8 hours.
The downside is that you will not completely describe it as a masculine scent – women can adorn it – especially if they like their colognes to have a sweet and boozy scent.
- Boozy, sweet scent
- Last long
- Not too masculine for a male cologne
6. Sauvage by Dior Eau de Parfum
We all love games of mystery. If you want ladies chasing you then you need to work on your ability to create mystery and anticipation. Do not become too much of an open book. This scent by Dior combines a sensual, suave, and mysterious scent that will keep your woman guessing.
The scent is an explosion of Sichuan pepper, bergamot, ambroxan, and lavender. To top it up, you also have some popular spices like papua vanilla, nutmeg, and star anise. These scents will be your inspiration for a romantic night at the beach as you watch the moonlight illuminate your candlelight dinner.
- The scent lasts long
- Mysterious scent to keep your date guessing
- Assortment of mixed spices
- Works more as an evening scent
7. Jimmy Choo Man Eau de toilette spray
This is the ideal cologne for the modern man who is confident in himself. When designing the fragrance, Jimmy Choo had in mind a man who is seductive, masculine and who has a heightened sense of style.
You get some fruity and woody tones from the fragrance which goes well with day or nightwear. Also, included are blends of pink pepper, honeydew melon, lavender, pineapple leaf, suede, and a dash of patchouli.
Most men would prefer a musky scented cologne that is also not so overpowering. The scents combinations produce something that evokes a rebellious spirit while at the same time bringing out a refined man.
- Can be worn any time of the day
- Elegant and refined scent
- Light scent that is not overpowering
- Lacks variety
8. Nautica Voyage
If you want to bring back memories of the coastal oceans then the Nautica Voyage is your cologne of choice. This is even evidenced by their marketing – where you have a hunk sailing against the winds adorning the fragrance. The Nautica parks a fresh aquatic scent. It is the ideal fragrance for the sunny outdoors.
The Nautica is light and combines a fresh scent made from apple and some green notes of leaves. All these scents are laid on a woody base that has some moss, cedar, and amber. The result is a fragrance that reminds you of sailing with no care in the world.
- Fresh, light scent
- Great fragrance for outdoors
- Limited to casual wear
9. Guess Seductive Homme Blue
Guess seductive is for the modern man who is bold, charming and oozes with attractiveness. You can pair the cologne for different occasions as it passes off as sensual yet airy cologne.
Inside you will find some mandarin pulp, cardamom milk, pink pepper, vetiver, violet leaves, vanilla orchid, and some sandalwood. The cologne was launched in 2011 and it instantly drove the ladies insane. It is available in both 50ml and 100ml bottles.
Due to the cool scent produced you can wear it with your office clothes or during winter. Once sprayed the scent will last for more than 8 hours straight without the need for reapplication. What drives the cologne is the orchid scent. You will notice it at the front, center and after letting, the cologne, sit on you for long. There is also some amber but it sits at the back seat of the orchid.
- Has an airy and sensual feel
- Suitable for most occasions
- Presents one as sophisticated
- Scent, does not last long
10. Yves Saint Lauren Y Eau De Toilette spray
The brand name has for many years being synonymous with the fashion industry. Their men toilette spray does not disappoint when it comes to quality. The top fashion company launched the spray in 2017 to a rapturous welcome. The target market was the modern youth who wants to become elegant. The scent is fresh and masculine but is not overpowering unless you overspray.
For the base notes, you get incensed, ambergris, fir balsam, and some cedar musk. The top notes are bergamot, white aldehydes, pineapple, lemon, and ginger.
The inspiration for the fragrance was Yves Saint Lauren black jacket and white t-shirt. This means it combines both strength and freshness. The sage and ginger will offer the scent of freshness representing the t-shirt while for the jacket you have the subtle power of the cedarwood, balsam fir, and marine ambergris. This makes the fragrance stand out and give the user an iconic look.
You can pair this fragrance with your evening casual look or adorn it for those special occasions.
- Combines both freshness and strength
- Stays long
- Not too overpowering
- Suitable mostly for evening occasions
How to select the right cologne
Selecting the right cologne is not that straightforward. Some scents can be overwhelming and may not complement your personality. You also need to consider the weather and clothing style that you plan on adorning that day. Colognes are made from various compounds and are blended together to create some of the best scents.
The first thing, you need to understand are the “notes”.
1. Fragrance notes
Base Notes: At the foundation of any fragrance are the “base notes”. These are subtle scents that begin to be noticed sometime after applying the scent – often 30 minutes. They last for more than 10 hours.
Middle Notes: After this, the “middle notes” kick in. These are the heaviest and mostly include spices. You should be very choosy when selecting the middle notes as that is what people will notice throughout the day.
Top Notes: Whenever you open a fragrance there is the scent that you perceive fast. These are called the “top notes”. They tend to be stronger, brighter, and sharper. Top notes will give strong scents do not last long and should not be your basis for selecting a cologne.
2. Differences in Colognes, fragrances, Eau de Toilette, or Perfume
If you have been in the market trying to purchase the perfect cologne then you have probably encountered some of the descriptions mentioned above. Fragrances are determined by the concentration of the ingredients.
This also determines the price of the cologne. The cheapest has the lowest while the most expensive have high concentrations of various spices and compounds. The concentration will also influence the duration of the scent.
Eau Fraiche: Has the lowest concentration of perfume oil 1 -3%. Scent lasts less than an hour.
- Cologne: Has 2 -4% perfume oil and will last for more than two hours
- Toilette: Has 5-15% perfume oil and lasts for more than three hours.
- Perfume: Has 15-20% perfume oil, lasting 5 to 8 hours
- Parfum: Has 20-30% perfume oil, lasting for almost 24 hours
3. Cologne scents
These vary with cologne, but there are some popular notes you will find in most colognes. For the oriental notes we have – soft oriental, oriental, woody, woody oriental. Floral notes include floral oriental, floral, soft floral.
Fresh notes include fruity, water, green, water, and citrus. Lastly, we have woody notes that include woody, dry woods, mossy woods, and aromatic. You should look for a mix of these when choosing the right cologne for particular seasons. Each of the notes evaporates after some time and you are left with another scent. This is what makes colognes unique and with long-lasting scents.
Defining your personality
The scent that you choose to go with should complement your personality and personal tastes. Once you have identified the right scent, it becomes your signature scent. Fragrances are also designed to be worn for different occasions; some are great for summer/winter while some work well with your casual clothes.
Summer scents are made to be brighter, lighter, and warmer to complement the hot weather. The scent illuminates of freshness which helps mask sweat that accompanies the season. In this regard, you will have them having some citrus scent. Winter scents are mostly deep fragrances with spicy and woody notes.
If you are looking for a scent for the office then go with heavier scents as this helps pass you off as authoritative and strong. When hitting the gym or going for a run, choose a scent that is musky or spicy while when heading for a party get one that is bright. Such kind of scent will have blends of floral and citrus notes to capture female attention.
How to Apply Colognes
You have identified the right cologne, the next step is applying it in the right way. Here many men go wrong. It is not unusual to find someone who has over-sprayed himself with cologne. Such scents become irritating and choking to females instead of it being a point for attraction. So, what is the right way to apply cologne?
- Do it after a shower. It is a “no” to apply cologne to sweaty skin. The scent and sweat are not the best combinations.
- Clean your skin dry before applying some cologne on your skin pores.
- Hold the spray bottle some 3 to 6 inches from your skin.
- The right places for applying are body areas that diffuse lots of heat; this includes the chest, neck, pulse, and forearms. This does not mean you apply in all these areas. Choose one particular place that lets the cologne be felt.
Colognes work best when applied to your pulse points as they mix with natural oils giving them that uniqueness. Your clothes prevent a fragrance from going through all the stages. Such kind of fragrances will appear flat and at times may leave stains to your clothes.
The best way to apply cologne is to spray some on your finger and then transfer the scent to your application areas like the wrist or neck. Spraying a cologne increases the chances of over-application. It is also not recommended to create a mist of the cologne and then walking into it.
If it is the first time you are applying a cologne, you can ask a female friend whether the cologne is too strong or light. You can then know how to apply the right amount.
Testing the cologne
Before you can actually purchase a cologne you need to test its scent to find out whether it is to your liking. This will mean being somewhere you can spray some on your wrist to test it. In some departmental stores, you have scent blotters that allow you to have some of the scents from the cologne without necessarily applying it on your skin.
You should put into consideration your skin sensitivity to a particular cologne. Try out two or three fragrances on your wrist and check how they interact with your skin. Take a walk around the departmental store as you wait for the scents to react with your skin. This also brings out the various notes.
Avoid applying too many colognes on your skin as this will only confuse you as to the scents. If you are still finding it hard to identify the right cologne, check out various online reviews on the product. Here you will find customer reviews of the different scents.
Buying the right cologne is not automatic. It will require you to test different scents until you find one that suits your personality. Once you have identified the perfect one, it becomes your signature brand. People – especially ladies – will identify you with that scent.
Colognes don’t come cheap. It is prudent that you invest in various brands to fit on various occasions. There some that will go well with casual wear, some ideal for summer/winter, and one particular one that ladies find irresistible.
When starting out go with the small bottles; this lets you experiment a bit before coming to a conclusion. Some of the small brands do have some really nice colognes and are worth spending your money on. Be careful of imitations; well-known brands have many clones that will pass you off with a cheap scent.[content-egg module=Amazon template=list]