(Top Up) It Just Makes Scents
In your quest to find the right cologne, one that matches you, keep in mind that it is just as important as wearing the right clothes and pairing the correct tie with the appropriate shirt. However, most men simply wear a scent that was given to them as a gift or bought hastily from a cute sales girl offering tote bags and beach towels at a department store. This results in a lot of men wearing copious amounts of tobacco- and coriander-laced colognes that don’t mix well with their natural pheromones. To find your signature scent, you’ll have to do a little research, but the results will pay off, without a doubt, when you find the right fragrance.So, let’s help you figure out how to find your scent.
Figure out your skin type
The first step in knowing how to find the scent that best suits you is to understand what type of skin you have—whether it’s oily or dry.
Oily skin tones
Just as body hair keeps the scent of a cologne close to you, oily skin enhances and amplifies your cologne. Moist and oily skin responds best to a lighter citrus-based scent because these elements help to balance out the stronger natural odors that your skin is secreting. Stay with airy or “summertime” scents for a fresher feeling.
Dry skin tones
Cologne needs something to adhere to, and dry or sensitive skin does not hold a scent as long as oily skin. Contrary to popular belief, putting on more of any scent is not the answer. Instead, try heavier or thicker scents with undertones of tobacco and musk; these have a greater presence and will stay with you longer than a lighter fragrance.
Arguably the biggest danger for the sensitive-skinned man is wearing strong cologne while wearing other potent skin products. If you’re prone to rashes and acne, you’re best off refraining from using cologne alongside strong aftershave balms and body sprays. When it comes to buying cologne for sensitive skin, follow the same rules for dry skin, but also look for colognes that list all-natural ingredients free from synthetic fragrances.
Take your lifestyle into account
Choosing the right scent is not always about what smells good according to a magazine. You also have to consider your lifestyle to narrow down your options.
Here are a few more tips to help:
Determine when you will wear the cologne
One aspect of choosing a scent that is often overlooked is the setting in which you plan to wear it. A scent that’s fit for the office is not the best for nights out. If you plan to wear one scent on a daily basis, then you’re really looking for a balanced fragrance that fits your overall lifestyle.
Bring a woman with you to find your scent
Take your woman or a close female friend you trust to go with you and let her make the final choice with brutal honesty. Even if you’re not dating her, she’ll steer you toward the scent that women will most likely find appealing on you.
Spray the scent on cards first
If available, spray the scent on a sample card for you to smell. It’s best not to have the clerk spray it directly on you, otherwise you won’t be able to tell the difference between the various scents. After a few samples, your nose won’t know what it is supposed to be smelling; when you get to this point, ask to sniff some coffee beans between your various cologne options. Many well-equipped stores have a cup of beans at the fragrance counter to sniff between sample cards to cleanse your nose. (If coffee beans are not available, just give your nose a few minutes “breather” in fresh air and it will settle down.)
Let your final choice sit for five minutes
Once you and your lady have chosen a scent, let it sit for a few minutes and then smell the card again. A strong scent will linger too long and become offensive. The right scent, however, will dissipate and settle into a nice pleasant aroma.
Once you’ve decided on the scent you like, you can make one last confirmation by testing it on your skin (try the inside of your elbow) to see if it sits well with your skin type. They say that if colognes are made of synthetic scents, then the paper test works well, as they smell exactly the same on your body as on the paper. But if they’re natural aromatic oils, then they smell different on each person as they react with the skin. Hence the skin test is good as a final test.
If you find the scent sits well, then you just might have a winner.