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What Are The Best Colognes For Men Who Travel By Air

Updated on March 15, 2015
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There are several types of types of people who travel by air that we love to hate.

People who fall into these groups are those many of wish we could simply toss from the plane in mid filght

I have ranked them in order of dislike:

  • The screaming child and/or the uncontrollable brood. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been forced to endure the screaming child(yes I know babies cry)or the bratty seat
  • kicking punks
  • The Loud know it all talker. Lord I hope the FAA never allows cells phones on a plane
  • The POS or passenger of size. I’m a big guy, but damn, I only occupy the seat I paid for. No more.
  • Those who either thinking bathing is optional
  • Those who think nothing of spraying on too much of the wrong cologne or perfume

There are work arounds for dealing with most of these people, I have noise cancelling ear phones I can plug into my ipod or laptop to help drown out the children, I have an evil stare that tends to stop the seat kicking and finally and for the POS I have the friendly nudge that tells my seat mate to tuck it in

The last group of air travelers I can’t stand don’t offer any sort of work around short of not breathing or prying the O2 mask from the panel above you. These people are the scent offenders.

They tend to wear the wrong colognes or perfumes or too much of a good thing. They usually are oblivious to the misery they’re causing

I would like to share a few colognes I like to wear while travelling by air. This article is inspired and dedicated to the gentleman on my recent flight from Indianapolis to Florida in which a gentleman decided to spray on an entire bottle of Old Spice.

Don't get me wrong, The Scent Bro loves a bottle of OS. He doesn't like it in the closed spaces provided by a jetliner and in the quantities this dude used. I am thankful this was a 2 hour trip to Florida and not 8+ hours to Hawaii.

What Is A Good Travel Cologne


In keeping with our aviation theme, think of sillage as you would a jet trail in the sky. While the plane may be miles down the road, the trail remains for a time after the plane has passed.

Good travel colognes are those that aren’t oppressive to the point the pilot will want to land short and kick your butt to the tarmac. The perfect scent should be one that is light, smells great and ranks high in the sillage department.

Sillage ranks low on my list of must have for a scent.

That is until a couple of years ago when a fellow passenger followed me off the plane tracking me by scent. After a couple a drinks during a long layover, a friendship developed that lasts to this very day.

What Are The Best Colognes For Air Travel?

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Puredistance-Released in 2010, this “off the beaten path” to many, scentful creation is one of my favorite colognes to wear just about anywhere. It especially is one of my fave aromas to wear while travelling by air. Puredistance features

  • Top Notes- Bergamot Lemon
  • Middle Notes-Jasmine Rose
  • Base Notes- Carnation, Cinnamon, Clover, Musk, Labdanum, Leather, Oak Moss, Patchouli Wood Notes, Vetiver

This combination of notes produce a fragrance I just don’t smell a lot with the exception of the Orlando area of Florida. I reckon the reason for this is the large concentration of European travelers in the area.


This is a cologne that should be used in moderation. Too much and you will be handed a ‘chute and asked to get off the plane

Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce
Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce

Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce Cologne-Released in 2002 A&F Fierce is my second choice fragrance choice. Considered by many to be a young man’s cologne that attracts young women, I believe Fierce is a great addition to the collection of anyone.

Used in moderation, this bouquet will serve you well as a travel scent. My experience with Fierce is women of all ages seem to really dig the cologne and can pick up on it from miles away. Thanks to notes such as:

  • Top Notes-Cardamom, Fir, Lemon, Orange Petit Grain
  • Middle Notes-Jasmine, Lilly Of The Valley, Rose, Rosemary
  • Base Notes-Oak Moss, Musk, Rosewood, Vetiver

Flanker Scents

A flanker scent for lack of a better word is a sequel to a highly popular perfume or cologne. These sequel or flanker scents often share the name of its predecessor as well as the the same shaped bottle.

Recommended Reading:

Why You Should Hate Flankers

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue-is a 2007 flanker scent to Dolce & Gabbana for men that I actually like. A light fragrance with top notes chock full of citrus,

I find D&G Light Blue which works well in the board room as well as the classroom, makes the list for a nice cologne to keep in mind when you’re about to leave on a jet plane but don’t know when you’ll be back again.

D&G features:

  • Top Notes-Bergamot, Grapefruit, Juniper, Mandarin
  • Middle Notes-Rosemary, Rosewood, Pepper
  • Base Notes-Incense, Oak Moss, Musk

D&G Light Blue For Men
D&G Light Blue For Men

Light Blue in my experience sprays on light and stays light while keeping the masculine thing going. Nice thing about this cologne, I don’t smell it all over the place, something I like.

There you have it, my short list of colognes for men who travel by air. Please keep in mind that due to travel restrictions, you are limited in the amount of liquids you can bring in your carry on kit.

You may want to consider small travel sized vials.


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