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How to Wear Cologne Like a Boss [Infographic]

Let’s face it, we all have our reasons for wearing cologne. Some of us want to impress the ladies, smell good at work, or some of us choose to wear cologne because we appreciate the art behind it.

Regardless of why you wear it, there are too many cologne users wearing their cologne the wrong way. So whether you are a “Cologne Master”, or someone starting to wear cologne for the first time, you need to wear cologne the right way to get the most out of it. By checking out the tips in this article, you will now learn how to wear cologne like a boss!

how to wear cologne

Let’s begin with…

How NOT to wear your cologne

Don’t overspray

When you overspray your cologne, you immediately go from smelling sophisticated and important, all the way down to stinking up the place.

One day while I was at work, a man came into our store because he had a question on his bill. He handed me it to me and while looking over my shoulder, he was guiding me on where to look for the areas of concern with the billing.

Honestly, I don’t think I heard a word he said because the popular fragrance he was wearing was overpowering and WAY too strong. I took the bill and walked behind our counter so he couldn’t follow me and told him I would take a peek at it. After standing about 10 – 15 feet away from him, I don’t know if the smell was still lingering in my nostrils or if I could actually still smell him.

It didn’t matter, the stench was making it impossible to concentrate so I faked a, “I’m gonna go ask my manager” and went to go look for him in the backroom even though he was standing next to me.
skunk

Yes this story is few and far between, but if you read about fragrance on twitter, almost 1 out of every 10 people talking about cologne is bringing up the fact that people are bathing themselves in it. This is a huge problem.

Overspraying is BAD and will not help you smell like a boss. You are better off not wearing anything and smelling like BO than clearing out rooms with how much you smell.

Tip: The amount of sprays you need for each fragrance is different for each one. Some strong fragrances you may only need one spray, while others you may need five. The magic number I use is right around three for most of my fragrances. People should not be able to smell you from more than an arms length away.

DON’T use cologne to cover up BODY ODOR

If you are human, you’ve most likely been in a situation where you’ve experienced the phenomenon known as body odor (BO).

Body odor can occur after you do something physically active, hang out in a warm environment causing you to sweat, or sometimes being stressed out causes your body to emit unpleasant odors.

But I’m sure we don’t need to tell you that…

This is NOT the time to use cologne to try and cover up this stench. When you think of cologne, it is scientifically created in a chemistry lab. When these chemicals, alcohol, or other random mixtures join with your body’s odor, it actually makes you smell more “funky” than you originally smelled.

If you are in a jam and don’t have access to deodorant to try and cover your body odor, try these few tips;

1. Rub hand sanitizer on your armpits

The sanitizer will help fight the odor caused by bacteria to get you smelling respectable in minutes. The only downfall is that you will smell like sanitizer but hey, it’s 10x better than smelling like a dog fart.

If you’re hanging out with some ladies, a lot of times they will have a bottle of this in their purse, or you can find it sometimes in men’s bathrooms.

2. Use soap and water in the nearest bathroom

Running to the nearest bathroom and using some of the hand soap from the dispenser is a great “quick fix”.

You are going to get rid of the smell for a short amount of time before your perspiration comes back but that might be all you need. This technique should buy you are about a half hour.

3. Stay Dry, Stay Calm

If you get rid of the “moisture” on your body, it leaves less food for your apocrine glands to eat up and keep that bad odor ticking.

The same tip goes with unnecessary stress you may be currently under. Try to remain calm when you notice you are starting to smell. Your bad smelling sweat glands start going nuts when it’s fueled with unnecessary stress and anxiety.

If you’re out on the town trying to get laid, those tips might be able to keep you on track.

DO NOT Spray Cologne on Your Clothes

Remember that cologne is a mixture of alcohol and other ingredients. When you spray this concoction on your clothes, it can ruin them. Since you most likely value your clothes because you paid for them, it would be horrible if they lost their color just because you sprayed your cologne all over them.

Secondly, the best part of cologne is how it mixes with the oils of your skin. This creates a unique experience for everyone wearing the cologne. Since we all sweat uniquely and emit oils at different rates, our bodies mix with the cologne and creates a different smell for everyone.

By not mixing the fragrance with your body, you are missing out on the fragrance. If you spray it on your clothes, it is also more likely to remain linear. What makes a fragrance cool is how it changes over time and if it’s on your clothes, there is less potential for a fragrance to shine it’s true smell over time.

Young men like to spray their fragrances on hooded sweatshirts and give it to their girlfriends because it smells like them. I would be a horrible person to tell someone not to do this, but just don’t do it expecting to smell like cologne all day.

Don’t Mix Colognes!

Believe it or not, your cologne has a plan for you. A significant portion of them are designed to change over time and that is part of the genius behind them.

So if you’re changing colognes mid-day before your first cologne expires, chances are you’re going to have some crazy, unique mixtures going on and chances are they won’t smell very good.

If your cologne is starting to wear off, just give yourself an extra spray of whatever you’re wearing and call it good.

Now one thing you do NOT have to worry about is clashing your deodorant and your cologne. Just because you wear old spice deodorant, doesn’t mean you have to wear old spice cologne. Feel free to mix these scents up since your deodorant is not usually overpowering.

There is an exception to this rule. If you are still wearing Axe body spray, don’t even attempt wearing cologne. First of all, it usually means you are 12 years old, and secondly the Axe body spray will cover up your cologne so it makes it worthless.

DO NOT Use the Mist Technique To Wear Fragrance

We’ve all seen people do this. They spray a cloud of fragrance into the air and walk through it like they just don’t care.

Why on earth would anyone do this? (I’ve done it so don’t feel bad) You are wasting your fragrance. If you’re going to pay for fragrance only to just spray it up in the air so you can walk through it, you’re wasting 75% of it by letting most of the fragrance molecules evaporate before it even lands on you.

And Here is How To Wear Cologne Like A Boss!

First of all, we need to spray cologne on our bodies. But where exactly is the best place to spray it? How much should I be spraying? These questions seem to be simple but if you cruise different forums around the web, it seems even everyone is confused on some basic principles on how to wear cologne.

The Best Time To Spray For Epic Results

To make the best use of cologne, you want to make sure you spray it when your skin pores are open. The best time to do this? You guessed it, right after a steamy hot shower.

Not only are your skin pores wide open and ready to take in your cologne, but your body is nice and warm which will certainly get the scent kicking off into high gear.

Spray Cologne on Your Pulse Points

bodyThe BEST place by FAR to spray cologne is on your pulse points. These locations generate the most heat on the human body because blood flows there abundantly.

The heat from your body slowly activates the cologne and releases different notes over time which helps it last longer and smell differently as time moves on.

The Best Places To Spray

You have 3 sprays of a cologne to help you smell “like a boss” so you need to make them count. If you spray more than three, generally you will stink like you just nose dived into a pool of perfume.

Remember that you can always reapply later if you are worried that the cologne will wear off.

The Cologne Master Method

After getting out of the shower or getting ready for the day, make sure you are shirtless. It helps if you’re looking into a mirror and telling yourself how sexy you are. This is not required.

Spray #1 – This should be sprayed directly on one of your wrists. When this happens, you should see a pool of whatever fragrance you’re wearing hanging out on the wrist you sprayed it on.

Take your other hand and now gently DAB your wrist together. DO NOT rub your wrists together! This causes friction and will actually cause the fragrance to wear off quicker.

After you dab your wrists together, wipe them behind your ears and down your neck. Behind your ears is one of those intimate places you can place your fragrances. Every time someone gives you a hug, or whispers in your ear, they will smell what you’re wearing.

Spray #2 & 3 – These two sprays should be delivered to your upper chest and neck.

These two places are some of the warmest parts of your body so they activate the fragrance extremely well. Because they are in close proximity to your nose, you’ll sometimes be able to tell if your cologne is wearing off.

This technique is where the men are separated from the boys. You NEVER rub your wrists together because the friction you generate from this behavior evaporates the cologne a ridiculous amount faster. Instead, lightly dab your wrists together so the cologne spreads to your other wrists.

This combination of using all of these sprays has generated the best results for me personally. The heat from my neck releases the cologne over time so I am able to smell good through a full day of 6-10 hours usually depending on the cologne.

This combination also helps because you never come off smelling too strong. Other people will only notice it if they are within an arms distance away, which is perfect for where you want to be for people to identify that it’s you they are smelling.

Other places to Spray Cologne

If you want to try your own recipe of where the best places to spray cologne are, don’t be afraid to try these other places;

  • Back of the knees – Leaves a trail behind you
  • Around your ankles
  • Behind your ears
  • Between your breasts (women especially)
  • Inside the elbows

You can experiment with spraying the cologne in the air and walking through it. If I am at work and need a little extra power to finish out the day, this is how I reapply it. I usually will only spray it once because smelling too strong like cologne is dangerous.

Go Smell Like A Boss!

Now you know where and when to spray your cologne. For some of you newbies our there, hopefully this all make sense. If it doesn’t or have a few suggestions to add, feel free to drop me a comment or hit up my contact page.

For all you seasoned Cologne Masters, feel free to give me your advice as well along with any other information that needs to be passed on to other men. Like I said, don’t be afraid to hit me up because I want to hear what you have to say!

 

Last updated 11/18/16

How To Get Free Cologne Samples, Or Ridiculously Inexpensive For Men

When it comes to men’s cologne and fragrances, most dudes are overwhelmed by how many choices there are. Wouldn’t it be nice to have access to free cologne samples?

For the last few years, each time I wanted to try a new fragrance, I just bit the bullet and purchased the bottle. Today I have a shelf of ridiculous amounts of fragrance that would be impossible to wear over the next few decades and my wallet is several hundred dollars lighter because of it.

If I had any common sense, I would have just taken the time and researched all the ways I could find some free samples so I could have saved a few bucks, or prevented the embarrassment of purchasing fragrances that I’ll never wear again.

Easiest Ways To Get Free Cologne Samples

1. Find The Retailers That Offer Free Samples

The easiest way to find free fragrance samples, is to find the department stores that offer them for free! Sounds easy right? Well… maybe not… You may find yourself wandering around the mall begging for samples with little or no success.

Luckily, we have found a few stores that will shell them out at no charge!

nordstrom

AND

sephora

Both of these places have wonderful reputations on walking out with a few free samples.

But, how many samples will they allow you to take home?

Outstanding question! This usually depends on a few different things. If you are buying a few bottles of cologne, and you ask them nicely, they will most likely give you as many samples as your pockets can hold.

If you’re walking up randomly and ask for a sample, they are more than likely going to only give you a few.

At the end of the day, the person behind the counter is going to decide how many samples you get to take with you. Try to be kind and courteous because ultimately these people hold the key to those free cologne samples you’re looking for!

Looking for a Sephora or Nordstrom near you? Well, we have you covered.

Nordstrom nearest you – Just enter your zip code.

Sephora nearest you – Just pop in your zip code.

2. Take Your Own Vials With You

Not everyone has a Norstrom or Sephora next to them. Personally I’m about 60 miles away from a Sephora and about 2.5 hours away from a Nordstrom. If I want to sample a new fragrance, it is not realistic for me to drive an absurd amount just to find a retail store that will give out free samples.

This is where heading into a local retailer like Target, Wal-mart, JC Penny’s, Herbergers, or whatever makes a little more sense. These retailers typically won’t hand out a freebie sample for you to take home. If they are promoting a new product, perhaps they will have them readily available, but there is no guarantee that you will be able to snag one.

The best thing to do in this situation is to purchase your own vials or decanting kits to bring home your own.

The most common retailers will have have bottles of fragrance just sitting out that anyone walking by can pick up and spray a few squirts and then stick it back in their pocket.

The picture shown above are vials that you can spray perfume, cologne, or other things in that come from a bottle to take home as a sample. You can get a package of 100 of these things off Amazon for under $15!

*Pro Tip – Some of these places will have coffee beans sitting out on the counter. These are not meant to make your head explode on why they are there, but they are meant to sniff between smelling fragrances so your nose doesn’t get all confused on what the actual fragrance smells like.

coffee beans cologne

 

If you go somewhere fancy and you actually start to like the guy  behind the counter, make sure you get his/her business card or give them a tip, because they usually make commission and it would probably mean a lot to them if you purchased from them, even if it means paying a few more bucks. After all, you usually are taking time away from the employee where he/she could be working with other customers.

So in conclusion, if you buy a pack of 100 vials for $15, you’re looking at about 15 cents per fragrance sample! Not so bad!

Are you wondering which fragrances to get samples of? Well, check out our infamous post on the best cologne for men and start there!

3. Where To Get Free Cologne Samples Online

When browsing the web looking for free cologne samples, good luck! There are tons of places that promise if you fill out a form, click on this link, you will have a perfume sample. These places are mostly scams looking for some advertising dollars and I noticed when I did fill something out, it just took me to the manufacturers page that I could of found on my own.

Lesson #1 – It’s difficult

The saying, there is no such thing as a free lunch, is 100% accurate.

If you’ve found some places that are 100% legit and recommend we add it to our list, PLEASE LET ME KNOW so I can get it added to the list.

Here are a few that I found…

PrettyThrifty.com – Mostly random stuff but currently the best I’ve found

LatestFreeStuff.co.uk – Based out of the UK

Lesson #2 – You might have to buy something with it

If you want to get a sample of something, your best bet is the next time you order your favorite potion from FragranceX, Perfumania, or one of the other big time online retailers, ask them if they can provide you with a few samples.

Here are some places that will add samples to your order with no issues;

The Fragrance Shop – UK

Lesson #3 – Go to the manufacturers website and get your beg on…

If you’re ready to start pulling out the big guns and really start to hunt for free samples online, you might want to check out all the major manufacturers to see if they will send you one directly.

This is extremely expensive for them to do, so don’t be surprised if you have to sign up for their newsletter to do it. After all, they need to get something out of it too.

4. Are you ok paying a few bucks?

Find some online retailers –

Heading to the store and filling up vials is a long and cumbersome process. Maybe it’s not such a bad idea to just pay a few bucks and get samples sent directly to your house.

After all, it takes gas to travel to the department store. It also takes time out of your precious day which most likely has some value. Would you pay $5 so you wouldn’t have to sit in traffic, drive to the mall, get out in possibly cold and rainy weather to get a sample of fragrance?

The answer to that question is pretty simple for me… heck no…

Most places online that sell perfume samples, do it at a reasonable cost. When I say reasonable, I’m talking about less than 10 bucks per vial and for most fragrances right around 5 dollars. You simply just can’t go wrong there.

Sites That I Use

MyPerfumeSamples – These guys are great! They even have a clearance section where you can find samples for less than a dollar.

FragranceX – I buy a lot of of my stuff here and it’s super convenient they also sell samples.

Amazon.com – Where I buy most of my fragrance

CreedBoutique.com – If I’m going after Creed cologne samples. I also wrote a post exclusively for Creed here.

Ready For Some Tips For Trying On Samples?

Method 1 – Using paper strips

perfume strips

These paper strips are readily available at most department stores, but also can be purchased at Amazon.com for under $10.

The GOOD

What’s awesome about this method is the amount of fragrances you smell in a short amount of time.

The BAD

When smelling off a test strip, you’re only getting the top notes of the fragrance. Unfortunately many scents are complex and need to several minutes to hours to develop. Using strips, you may overlook a fragrance because the top notes are not to your desire.

*Pro Tip – If you want to track how well the fragrance progresses over time, write on the strip the time you smelled the fragrance and come back to it in a few hours.

Here are some tips for using these bad boys;

  1. Write the name of what you’re smelling on the strip so you don’t forget!
  2. Don’t soak the strip with fragrance, it only needs a small amount
  3. Don’t let the part that has the perfume oils on it, touch other surfaces or smelly objects
  4. Wait a few seconds for the initial top notes that stink with alcohol dissipate. This will most likely skew your sense of smell.
  5. For the love of goodness, don’t huff the strip… There is no need to take deep inhalations to figure out what a fragrance smells like
  6. Don’t smell too many different strips consecutively… Your nose can only hand about 3… Have some coffee beans nearby if you can to neutralize your nose

Method 2 – Apply fragrance directly on your skin

I know this method seems simple and juvenile, but it really is the best way to get a taste for what a fragrance really smells like. Everyone has different skin, so therefore the fragrance oils can smell different to other people!

The GOOD

This method is the best to sample fragrances. You get to smell what the fragrance actually smells like. If you’re trying to decide between a few different cologne samples, use this technique and spray a bit on your wrist and the other fragrance on your other one.

The BAD

You only get 2 shots at a sample this way. (unless you convince the people you’re with to loan you their wrists)

Questions/Comments?

And that about does it for how to get free cologne samples! If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave me a comment below and I would love to chat with you about it or add it to the post. Don’t worry, I’ll give you credit!

There is a topic that I may have missed for some, but I wanted to write a separate post about it. The topic is “perfume swapping” which involves trading bottles with someone. Since this doesn’t have to do with samples, I wanted to give it a full post to see what happens.

Cologne 101 – A Guide On How To Start Choosing and Wearing Fragrances

 

With this guide, you’re going to learn;

  • Why wearing cologne is important
  • What’s the difference between fragrance/cologne/perfume?
  • Basics of fragrance
  • Linear vs Non-Linear
  • What notes are
  • The differences between cologne, fragrance, and perfume
  • Tips to get you started





Why wear cologne?

Why wear cologne?

Fragrance for me started back in high-school. I can remember my group of friends spraying Acqua Di Gio before heading to school or going out for the evening. It seemed girls couldn’t keep their hands off them and guys wanted to be like them. After awhile of noticing the effects of something simple like wearing cologne, I knew I had to get my very first bottle to see if I could gain the same results they did.

My first experience choosing a cologne was rather interesting. When I headed into the local department store, there were at least 20-50 different fragrances I could choose and I had no idea how to narrow down my choices. The kid next to me was busy squirting every single cologne they had out for display and stunk so bad that I immediately became nervous and was anxious to leave. I saw a bottle of Acqua Di Gio just waiting to be plucked from the rack. Since it’s the only cologne I have ever known, I quickly picked it up and ran out of there as fast as I could.

After wearing my new cologne to school, sports, and out with friends, I immediately noticed the results. The girls I talked to sometimes would compliment me on how I smelled and I would catch them leaning in closer to talk to me. The guys I hung out with looked gave me more respect, and lastly I had more confidence with everything I did. I was less shy, timid, and just all-around felt more comfortable talking and being close to other people.

I loved cologne! It made chicks want me, guys want to be me, and it gave me more confidence! But was this really true?

After wearing different colognes for over 15 years, I know that no single bottle of cologne can actually pull these statements off. A cologne can’t make someone that doesn’t want to be attractive suddenly transform into a womanizing machine. The cool kids in school don’t want to hang out with you just because you’re wearing cologne.

What fragrance actually does is give you a “presence”. Imagine shaking these guys’ hands.

Both of them give you some sort of perception of who they are and how tough, rugged, soft, sophisticated, and intelligent they are just by looking at their picture.

Now imagine these dudes with the following smells and how it changes how you view them…

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Imagine them smelling like they just finished cutting wood… sawdust, woody aromas, earthy smell

Imagine them smelling they just got back from a campfire… smokey, outdoorsy

Imagine them smelling like they just hopped out of the shower… like soap, cleanliness

Imagine them smelling like pure sexiness… like they were headed on a hot date

You can see how simple smells can change how you view someone. This is their “presence”! It can make someone that looks manly appear 1) even more manly and bad ass 2) like an overgrown teddy bear or 3) like a sex machine ready to prowl. If you look at someone that looks a little more proper and business professional and you change the way they smell, 1) they can also be perceived as more manly, 2) more soft and laid back, or 3) like the sexiest man on the planet.

You can now see the purpose of fragrance and why you need to be wearing it. Using a scent can make you appear cleaner, manlier, sophisticated, sexy, or just simply fresher than you actually look. It magnifies and amplifies how you already feel creating an “aura” around you that gives you confidence and something that people want to be around. The fragrance by itself doesn’t attract women or breed confidence. Wearing it will give you more “presence” to create an environment where you appear to be more sexy, confident, sophisticated, or whatever you may be looking for.

According to a Men’s Health Article published in 2009, “smelling is the most intimate sense”. When we smell someone we consume them. Don’t believe me? What happens when you try and eat when your nose is plugged? You can forget about tasting anything because your taste buds rely on sense of smell. Understanding this philosophy, smelling like a Greek god can help you be perceived as one.

What’s the difference between cologne/fragrance/perfume? Isn’t it all the same thing?

If there is one thing I’ve learned from talking to fellow Cologne Masters and experts, it’s that they take fragrance talk, terms, and definition very seriously. So for the record, let’s get this right.

If you walk up to one of your buddies and they smell like Greek god with their cologne, you might say something like “Holy Moses, your cologne smells amazing!”. Most people will accept your compliment and go on with their life.

If you’re talking with a Cologne Master, fragrance expert, perfume-head, or someone else with considerable fragrance knowledge, they might correct you and say that it is not “cologne” and it’s actually an “eau de toilette” or “eau de parfum”.

Keep in mind, this should rarely happen, but it’s important to know that the word cologne is actually means just in case you end up talking to a fragrance professional about it.

General word = fragrance

If you wish to be safe when talking about a scent you like and you don’t want to sound like an idiot, call everything a fragrance.

In each fragrance, there is a certain amount of aromatic compounds. A fragrance can usually be between 1-30% of this composition and the rest of it is either water or alcohol. This concentration of aromatic compounds makes up the oil.

If a fragrance has a lower concentration of oil compared to alcohol, this mixture is called an eau, which means water.

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Pure Perfume

  • Difficult to find
  • Very expensive
  • 15-30% oil
  • 6+ hours of longevity

Eau de Parfum (EDP)

  • 8-15% perfume oil
  • Mostly women’s fragrance
  • Lasts 4-6 hours

Eau de Toillette (EDT)

  • 4-10% perfume oil
  • Highest concentration for men
  • Lasts up to 4 hours

Eau de Cologne (EDC)

  • 2-5% perfume oil
  • Lasts around 3 hours

Eau de Fraiche (EDF)

  • 1-3% perfume oil
  • Lasts less than 3 hours

*Note – After wearing cologne for so long now, one thing to take with a grain of salt is how long these fragrances actually last. I have worn several Eau de Fraiches that lasts more than 3 hours. The times on these fragrance are more of a guideline than a rule.

**Note – Throughout the site, you’ll see many articles on cologne. Keep in mind in the world of fragrance, cologne is used very loose. People describe perfume, Eau de Fraiches, Eau de parfums, and Eau de toillettes as cologne! Just keep that in mind when you see different fragrances. Look for the abbreviations of EDC, EDT, EDP, and EDF next to all of these colognes if you’re one of those guys that needs to know what type of fragrance a particular scent is.

The Basics

To begin, you must understand one essential fact about your skin. Believe it or not, your skin is different than the person next to you. Your skin might be more dry, oily, sweaty, clammy, or hairy compared to friends, lovers, and family members. Because of this fact, fragrances you use may smell different on you than someone else! A bottle of cologne will contain various extracts, oils, alcohol, preservatives and water. This combination of skin and cologne creates a mini chemistry experiment. If you’re someone that has difficulty with cologne wearing off throughout the day, I highly suggest you check out ways to keep you smelling good all day.






Linear Vs Non-Linear Fragrances

Before reading anything further that I’m about to write, I bet you can guess what the difference between a linear or non-linear fragrance is.

A linear fragrance smells the same from the moment the scent hits your skin until the last drop evaporates into the atmosphere.

A non-linear fragrance is a complex array of different ingredients that are blended together to put the person who is wearing it on a fantastic voyage of different smells throughout the day.

There are pros and cons to both linear and non-linear fragrances so it’s up to you to decide which one is right for you.

For example, if you’re heading to school and want to simply smell clean all day, a linear cologne would be most appropriate. You won’t offend anyone by smelling clean and you don’t have to worry about the fragrance changing into something that the person next to you may not like.

Perhaps you’re heading out on the town to run some errands and you wish to go on a little adventure. Why not choose a cologne that changes as the hours pass? You’ll find yourself continuously sniffing yourself to complete the fragrance journey you started when you first sprayed the initial scent on your skin.

If you hear people talking about linear versus non-linear, pay attention, but don’t take their words as gospel. It’s your decision on whether you want a cologne that smells the same in it’s entirety or something that changes with time.

What the heck are notes?

A_Fragrance_Pyramid_Designed_by_CologneMasters

Every fragrance or cologne has base, middle, and top notes. If you combine all of these notes together, you get what is called an “accord”. When you spray a fragrance on your skin, the scent begins to evaporate over time. While the fragrance is evaporating, you will begin smelling different notes. Most colognes go through a progression from when you spray it on your body, until it fully evaporates or gets washed off. Top notes, which last only a few minutes, middle notes last less than a half hour, and base notes last until the fragrance fades away.

Top notes

These notes are also called the “head” notes. When the cologne is emitted from whatever is holding it, the top notes are identified immediately. The head notes consists of small, light molecules that evaporate quickly. These notes are the users first impression and for this reason are the most important when someone is selecting a cologne. The essence of these notes are very strong in how it smells, and evaporates quickly. Citrus and ginger are common top notes.

Middle Notes

Also called the “heart” notes, these notes show their true colors right after the initial blast of the top notes. The “head”notes quickly evaporate which set the stage for these middle notes to emerge from anywhere from two minutes up until a half hour or more. With some fragrances, the initial detonation of the cologne spray can be overpowering so the middle notes conceal the initial unpleasant spray of cologne straight out of the bottle. These middle notes grow more pleasant as time passes by. The heart notes are generally more mellow compared to the top notes.

Base

The base notes are the grand finale of the cologne’s journey of evaporation over time. These notes are not observed until approximately 30 minutes to an hour has passed by the initial application of the cologne. Since the base notes are the longest lasting, these molecules are described as strong, large, deep, and rich compounds.

The Fragrance Wheel

fragrance wheel

Phew! That was a lot of generic information on fragrance! But now, we are finally ready for the fun stuff and we are one step closer to choosing our first batch of cologne!

When you first start reading about different fragrances, it can be confusing trying to figure out how colognes smell just by reading about them. Better yet, if you head into a department store to check out some samples, your smelling ability starts to get overwhelmed after smelling just 3 colognes!

This is where the fragrance wheel comes into play and saves the day. Michael Edwards created an easy to understand wheel so you can gauge how a fragrance smells just by looking at where it falls on it.

In the four corners of the image you can see the main categories of floral, oriental, fresh and woody. Here is what these bad boys mean;

Floral – This is the most popular fragrance family. When you think of floral, you should obviously think of flowers. Floral notes can have the spirit of just one flower, which is called solifore, or it could contain the essences of many flowers which is called a white floral bouquet.

I know what you’re thinking and yes these fragrance are typical “girly” and “feminine”. However, with the right combinations of floral scents, these concoctions can smell very mature, prestigious, masculine, and beautiful.

Oriental – These are scents people remember and are great for holidays. These scents are rich, spicy, and usually include warm spices, resins, and rich opulent florals. Oriental flowers are exciting because they are often mysterious and seductive.

Oriental fragrances by themselves can be overpowering. This is why they are often mixed with floral notes to keep the fragrance from blowing everyone away.

Fresh – These scents should remind you of hopping out of the shower and smelling clean, crisp, zingy, and vivacious. The top men’s colognes right now seem to be all in this family of fragrances and you can find an array of the top fresh scents here.

These colognes are youthful colognes, but don’t think they are exclusively for kids. They are worn dominantly during the day and usually during the summer and spring months. Without ever smelling a fresh cologne, you can imagine what these scents smell like. Thinking about what it feels like when someone just steps out of the shower. A combination of this category with others are often deadly powerful combinations and super popular.

Woody – Last but not least we have our woody fragrances. The scents are considered earthy and should remind you of trees. At first this doesn’t sound too appealing but picture the warmth and smell of a roaring bonfire can bring.

Even though you don’t directly think of this warmth, you subconsciously feel it every time you put it on. These scents make you feel powerful and they are the type of fragrances you want to have your back as you go to a job interview, head to the office, or entertain friends at the cabin.

Notice for this article, we did not go into the sub-categories. If you are the type of guy that is just looking for his first cologne, a signature scent, or just something a little different, you do not need to know the sub-categories. Try to figure out the “main” categories first and figure out what types of cologne you like.

If you start to feel a little more attached to cologne and you find a particular family you just can’t get enough, that’s the time to really start focusing in on the sub-categories. We will not tackle these in this “Getting Started” post but in our next lesson we will go into them with more detail.

Tips and Tricks To Get You Started

 

Tips And Tricks To Get You Started

 

 

When it comes to selecting a cologne, you need to make the decision yourself. A “Cologne Master” can give you all the advice in the world, but it’s up to you to make the final decision on what cologne will work best with your body chemistry.

Have at least 3-4 colognes to get you started. When you choose what clothes our outfit you’re wearing for the day, cologne should be a primary accessory. If you’re heading to work, have a cologne for your business clothes and attire that goes a long with it. If you’re heading to the gym, make sure you have a cologne that works well for that. It’s always nice having cologne choices and you will need a few different ones for different occasions.

Women love cologne. If there is not other reason to wear it, this alone is worth it.

Don’t be that guy that puts on too much cologne. Everyone secretly laughs at you and you start receiving attention in a negative way. Remember the personal bubbles in grade school that the teacher didn’t allow you to enter into? If someone outside your personal bubble can smell you, definitely reduce the amount of cologne you are wearing.

Where To Begin Choosing Cologne?

Start thinking about why YOU want to wear cologne. Buying a fragrance to impress a lady is different than finding a cologne to wear to work or school. I strongly suggest taking a minute to think where you plan on wearing your colognes and each situation that you may want a different one. Like I mentioned before, I recommend having 3-4 different fragrances at a time.

1. For daily use like work/school… something clean/fresh

2. A signature scent… Something that when people smell they know you’re around the corner. Lot’s of kids can picture their fathers wearing their “signature scent”

3. Pure Sexiness… You should have a fragrance you use when you’re looking to make some magic happen

4. Something seasonal/manly/ or just a wildcard… For this cologne you might have something special you wear for holidays or maybe something you wear when you’re trying to smell extra manly

After reading through this entire article, you are well on your way to becoming a certified Cologne Master. It’s time to take all the knowledge you have learned or unlearned and put it into practice and find a cologne that is perfect for you. The next place you take a peek at is our Getting Started Page. Here you will find a well organized layout of everything you need to be checking out on this site.

 Topics Worth Checking Out Immediately

Hopefully now you have a cologne that you’re ready to wear. It’s time to figure out exactly where to put it on and how much is necessary. Check this article out so you don’t embarrass yourself.

How To Wear Cologne Like A Boss

If you’re a young guy looking to pick out their first cologne, check out one of our most famous articles in;

Best Cologne For Young Men

After you have chosen, and learned how to wear your cologne, make sure you understand how to prolong and make it last by checking out this article.

How To Make Your Fragrance Really Last

Closing Thoughts

I think what people forget what the purpose of cologne really is. If you read the first part of the page, you know how well it amplifies how you already feel about yourself. If you’re spraying cologne on yourself to impress a girl, you won’t unless you’re actually willing to make the move to do it. If you’re using fragrance as a way to cover your body odor, you will also fail because people smell right through that and you’re most likely going to over spray anyway.

Instead, use fragrance as a tool to enhance what you’re looking for. If you’re heading in for a job interview and need to look sophisticated, use a cologne that will enhance that. If you’re stepping out of the shower after working out and just want to smell clean for the people next to you, wear something that complements that. Don’t lose focus on what fragrance can do for you, because if you use it wisely, you’re going to blow peoples minds with the presence you set.

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