As a youth, my dad would encourage me to try on his cologne before going out on special occasions like school dances, dates, dinners, etc. I would adamantly refuse reasoning that wearing cologne was feminine.
One day a male co-worker was wearing something that smelled great. I asked him what it was and he said, “Polo.” I bought a bottle the next day, and it’s been my signature scent ever since.
The way you smell is important, choosing the right scent and applying it in the correct ways is too. So, how do you how to get the most out of your favorite fragrance?
1. Choosing Your Strengths
Do you know the difference between Eau de Toilette (EDT) and Eau de Parfum (EDP)? Which one is more potent?
Perfume(Parfum) is the one with the greatest concentration of fragrance (20 – 30%) and packs the biggest punch. Eau de Parfum follows with a fragrance level of 15 – 20%. When it comes to scents, Eau de Toilette is the welterweight while aftershave or Eau de Cologne is the super-flyweight.
When it comes to men’s fragrances, Eau de Toilette is the most popular strength while aftershave is used if you prefer splashing to spraying or desire a subtle scent.
If you hydrate your skin properly, your Eau de Toilettes and aftershaves will linger for longer. Splash on a fragrance-free moisturizer before applying your fragrance.
Prime your skin with some moisturizer or aftershave to give your aftershave the power to stick around for longer.
3. Giving It Some Muscle
The traditional places to apply fragrance are the pulse points on the neck and wrists. The scent usually tends to dissipate quickly since they are exposed to air.
To improve the staying power of your scent, you should apply it to the chest, so it’s trapped between your clothing and skin. Other ideal application places include the collarbone, the crook of the back, and frequently flexed muscles like your biceps.
4. Keeping Your Distance
When you apply your eau de toilette, you should spray at least 10 inches away from the skin. This will help you get more even coverage and make sure the scent never pools in one area.
When applying aftershave, splash it on your hands and then pat onto skin gently while making sure you avoid the face. The skin on the face is too sensitive for fragrance.
A soothing aftershave balm is what you should use if you would like a product with a scent.
5. Don’t Overdo It
When you’re applying fragrance, keep in mind a women’s sense of smell is better than that of men. To maximize the impact of your eau de toilette, you should wear less and not more.
Using just two or three sprays will make your woman want to come closer to investigate, which is what you’re after.
If you would like to enhance the impact of your aftershave or eau de toilette, layering is one of the easiest ways to do this. The best men’s cologne benefits notably from layering.
Layering involves using deodorants, body washes, and aftershave balms. If you would like a more subtle, daytime vibe, consider using body products without aftershave or eau de toilette.
7. Understand Your Notes
Fragrances have a three-part life cycle. Think of it as an evaporating pyramid where the top slowly disappears until you reach the base.
Each of the three sections contains individual scents or notes, which are combined into what you smell. Three different types of notes make up the smell of most fragrances: top, medium, and base notes.
Individual fragrance note can combine to create a memorable eau de toilette. However, not all notes are equal since some have a tendency to linger longer than others.
If you deeply care about longevity, you should seek fragrances with notes such as amber, vetiver, oud, musk, woods and patchouli since they are all famed for their staying power.
8. Thinking Small
A majority of Eau de toilettes usually linger for up to six hours after application. Make sure you smell great always by storing a travel-sized version of your signature scent in your car’s glove compartment, office drawer, or gym bag so you’re able to top up when you need to.
The small-sized 30-ml bottles are perfect for this.
9. Use Water To Revive
If your fragrance is fading quicker than the career of an X Factor winner and you don’t have your pocket-sized fragrance with you, you should try reactivating whatever is left by applying a little water.
A man’s fragrance is an invisible part of our personal style. It has a powerful effect on how people both men and women see and remember you.
A good cologne offers numerous benefits, from making you more attractive to helping you feel less stressed and more confident.