Men’s fragrances: how to choose what’s best for you

Your personal fragrance makes a statement – it can reflect your mood and personality, and also give an impression of yourself to others. So choosing a signature scent is actually quite a personal thing. The best way to begin your search is to go with your instinct and simply choose something that speaks to you. But remember to always try the scent out – each person’s body chemistry reacts differently to fragrances and scents can change over time. Keep in mind that fragrances also aren’t a single smell – they are composed of three “notes”: the head note is what you smell upon application, the heart not is what lingers and is the main theme, and the base note is the foundation of the fragrance and clings to your skin the longest. That’s why it’s essential to not only try fragrances, but to check if they still work on your skin after several hours.  

Lasting power

Male fragrances are typically broken down into aftershaves, eau de parfums, eau de colognes and eau de toilettes. An eau de parfum has the most staying power, then eau de toilette, cologne, and finally aftershave, due to the concentration of perfume oils in the formulations. Other factors can also influence how long a fragrance lasts – for example, scents tend to fade at a faster rate on dry skin, and oily skin will carry fragrances better. Also, how long you’ve had your fragrance and where you store it can too impact its longevity. 

Different fragrance families

Fragrances are further broken down into their fragrance families, meaning how scents divided into categories. If you don’t know where to begin in finding your scent, choosing a fragrance family first can help narrow it down. The most common categories in men’s fragrances are: herbal, tobacco, citrus and woody. Herbal scents are crisp and clean and commonly made with herbal oils like sage, rosemary or mint. Tobacco scents uses a blend of leaves, pepper and woody notes for a smoky aroma. If you want to go for a sportier fragrance, citrus scents are invigorating and tend to highlight notes such as grapefruit, orange or lemon. And woody fragrances use sandalwood, cedarwood and patchouli and are mixed with spices like cloves and cardamom.