Finding Your Signature "Man" Scent

Guest post by Debbie Anderson

There is nothing sexier than a man who smells good. A hint of sandalwood, musk, or tobacco on the neck, which we smell when you leave in for a hug or to speak in our ear, is a huge turn on. That’s because scent evokes all kinds of good feelings by bringing back memories of special – or comforting – places, and most important of all, tells us women that you take care of yourself and pay attention to details. Women love the details (pocket squares, a manly watch, shoes – you get the idea).

With all the men’s fragrances out there, it’s admittedly hard to know which one is right for you – and the answer will be different for every man. So how do you choose? It takes some time, but it’s worth it in the end because you’ll have a signature scent all your own, which is as significant as any piece of clothing or tool of seduction you have in your repertoire.

Hugo Boss Elements
Hugo Boss Elements has woodsy and aqua undertones of hotness.

Here’s how to find your “scent:”

Browse: Get out there and look at the bottles, the packaging, the names. If something resonates with you (say you love James Bond and so anything with “007” in the name calls to you), look more closely at it. This phase of scent selection is crucial because it allows you to pick a fragrance that fits your personality and guides you in narrowing down the choices. You’ll also start to see a pattern in the scents that speak to you. For instance, you  might find yourself drawn almost exclusively to fragrances with leather notes, or water scents, or even grassy layers.

Dolce & Gabbana Men's Frangrance
Dolce & Gabbana is a manly scent of cedar and tobacco.

Test: Once you have your short list, try the fragrances on and see how they smell against your skin. Your body chemistry determines this part, because some scents won’t mix well with your natural odor. Try the potions on different parts of your body (don’t get kinky) and see if the scent still works for you. It’s usually best to keep it simple by smelling four or less fragrances in one test session, otherwise your nose won’t distinguish the different notes. In between tests, sniff a piece of clothing to “reset” your nasal palette.

Armani Men's Fragrance
Armani’s men’s fragrance is a sexy blend of clove, coriander, nutmeg, and wood.

Wait: Not all fragrances age equally. Some break down quickly on your skin, leaving you with no scent at all after an hour; and some continue to mix with your body chemistry and become a completely different fragrance than you initially liked. If the scent still smells like you want after a day, go back and get it.

Your signature scent becomes a part of your style and how people see you; make it a good one.

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