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Men's Cologne How to Choose a Signature Scent

Updated on December 3, 2018
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How to Finding A Great Cologne

Choosing a personal fragrance can actually be much like choosing the proper suit or what shoes to wear with that suit. A signature cologne should fit your personality as well as your lifestyle. Do you have a wonderful pleasant scent that has become your signature scent? If not, maybe its time you get one.

When it comes to knowing how to pick a cologne, first choose a base scent. A base scent is the first prominent scent that you smell when smelling a fragrance. That first scent should be a scent you like and feel comfortable smelling. Many men's colognes are designed to provide a strong note of musk, sandalwood or citrus. These stronger fragrance notes provide the foundation for lighter notes in cologne which are as a rule spice or floral. Sometimes it's not easy to find just the right mixture of these notes to suit one's liking. A good signature scent can make your presence in the room pleasant and memorable. Remember your signature cologne can often be the first impression when you enter a room full of people. Make that first impression a pleasant one, a memorable one.

Here are a few good tips to help you find the perfect cologne. A cologne that will become your signature scent...

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The Nose Knows...

First Think Variety

When choosing a signature cologne It's important to find the right store, a store that has many varieties of men's colognes to sample, and ultimately purchase. A good selection of colognes can offer you the opportunity to really consider all of your options under one roof.

The Nose Knows

Always smell a cologne first from the bottle. If you like the scent, spritz a small amount on a tester strip, let it stand for a bit, then smell the strip about 12 inches from your nose. It's important to let the scent settle a bit before smelling it. Never spray the cologne on your skin, until you find a cologne that you are really interested in. Keep in mind you will be trying on multiple scents, and the scents will combine on your skin, making it more difficult to choose one single fragrance. Most cologne counters provide small fragrant testers strips. Just wiser to use a tester strip. When you find a pleasing scent, then try it out on your wrist.

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Finding A True Scent - Coffee Beans Are Helpfull

After smelling each fragrance be sure to sniff a few coffee beans if the salesperson has them available. Coffee beans, as a rule, will be available at the Fragrance sales counter. Coffee helps clear each given aroma from your nasal cavity. This will provide you with a more "true" scent of each cologne you choose to smell.

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Narrow Down The Search - Then Give Them A Spin...

Once you have narrowed your search down to a few fragrances, ask the sales clerk for a sample of the selected colognes. This will provide you the opportunity to try several different scents over a period of time. You can see how they react to your body chemistry throughout the day. Plus you can see how those around you feel about the scent. Keep in mind individual oils and hormones can cause a fragrance to smell differently, so it's important to give a fragrance a trial run.


Take Your time... No Need To Rush

After trying the sample colognes for at least a week, you should be able to know if you are comfortable wearing the fragrance. Before buying take into consideration how comfortable you were wearing the scent, did you receive any feedback on the scent from friend and co-worker? Were the comments positive or negative? If all comments were positive, and you love the scent, it's time to purchase a bottle of the fragrance. I recommend a small bottle just to make sure you have made the right choice.

Just A Few More Things To Consider

Make sure when you wear cologne to apply just a bit -- you don't want to overpower people around you.

Apply cologne to the following pulse points: the inside of your wrists, behind your ears, and on your neck.

Make sure to keep cologne bottles out of the warm temperatures, this will give the cologne a longer shelf life.

If you want your scent to last longer, uses the same fragrance in a shower gel, aftershave, and moisturizer.

Never spray your cologne on clothing. It may stain.

Do not rub your wrists together after applying cologne. The rubbing action will break down the oils in the cologne and change the scent of the fragrance.

Are Ready To Find Your Perfect Signature Scent

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    • Sharlee01 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharlee 

      9 months ago

      Leland, Thank you for your visit, and kind comment. To help with your question on expensive cologne versus less costly colognes. I many cases the more costly cologne are produced with natural floral, spices as well as herbal ngredients, and an added preservative. The less costly are produced much of the time using artificial fragrances, and an alcohol base as a preservative. Funny you brought up "Old Spice". Old Spice goes back many years and was created by a created by perfumer by the name of Albert Hauck. He used an array of wonderful natural ingredients to formulate the classic scent. It was a blend of 21 different flowers, herbs, and spices. Today it would be considered one of the best. In the 90's Proctor and Gamble purchased the scent, and I am not sure if they changed the formula? In my opinion, it has a very invigorating scent with warm undertones. I think it should be used sparingly to achieve just the right scent.

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      Leland Johnson 

      10 months ago from Midland MI

      Sharon- great advice, especially the coffee bean trick. I'd never heard of that! I know that I have to be cautious because my wife is pretty sensitive to colognes, so I go as mild as I can. Do you have any thoughts about expensive cologne being significantly better than cheaper stuff? Is it more about personal preference? My big brother used to wear just Old Spice and I always thought he smelled great, but that might just be nostalgia talking. Thanks for this super article!

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