Ever stood at the perfume counter in a state of unbelieving awe? There are so many choices that you don’t know where to begin. Trying some out only makes the matter worse. The scents bombard you. Each new one only combines with the others to ruin any ideal scent.

When deciding what type of cologne you should use, consider two major factors: First, you should like the way the cologne smells. Buying something just because other people like it won't work if you don't like it. Second, consider whether using this cologne will fit with your personality. To help make things easier for you, we thought it would be useful to put together a list of tips to help you pick out cologne. If this is something that you want to learn more about, read on for four tips to help you find the right cologne to match your personality.

Start with Lighter Scents

It's better to start with lighter scents, like musk or fresh air, before moving on to more heavily-scented items, like laundry or florals. Some people can't smell the muskier scents at all, so always start with the lighter fragrances. Smell each perfume on your skin before putting it down; don't try to smell it on someone else if you can help it. Always layer more than one scent together into one fragrance.

See How the Scent Changes Over Time

In scent nomenclature, people often talk about the opening notes of a perfume and whether the scent dries down as wine does. Fragrances are living organisms that evolve over time. The first impression of the fragrance is the top note; it lasts for about 20 minutes. The middle or “heart” of the fragrance lasts for a few hours.

Try Out Three Scents at a Time

When you first start, especially if you don’t really have an idea of what you like, the best way to explore is to smell everything. Limit your explorations to sniffing only three scents per visit. Your olfactory bulb is getting more of a workout than it’s used to, so give each scent a chance.

Understand What You Are Smelling

Before anything else, it’s important that you understand what you are smelling. While things may seem tricky, scents can actually be better understood if you focus on these scent categories:

  1. Musk: This can be likened to the musty underarm odour of a college wrestling team, but musk is actually a fresh-laundry scent.
  2. Smoky: It can smell like a campfire burning, a cedar campfire or a burned-out match.
  3. Citrusy: Lime, lemon, and orange trees. This scent makes you feel like you're at a spa.
  4. Woody: These scents can range from creamy to spicy and musky to old.
  5. Green: Includes the chalky aftertaste of a wheatgrass shot as well as a dewy moss on a spring morning.
  6. Floral: Floral encompasses white flowers (gardenias, lilies, ylang-ylang, and so on), as well roses and peonies.
  7. Oriental: Incense sticks with a slight, sweet or spicy scent.


We hope this article proves to be useful when it comes to helping you find the right cologne for you. While this process may seem tedious, finding the right cologne will allow you to be your best self. Be sure to keep these tips in mind the next time you’re looking to buy cologne.

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April 03, 2022 — Paul Masterson