Women Reveal 9 Colognes They're Most Attracted To
Jennifer Ryan Jones
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Is your cologne up to sniff ... err snuff? Let’s hope so. It’s likely that your fragrance choice really matters to her. For most women, a guy who stinks is a definite deal-breaker. And obviously, emitting bad fumes won't help your chances of getting up close and personal.
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Sure, you can rely on your natural pheromones to attract the woman who has your motor running. However, we suggest spritzing on some liquid courage for a boost of style and self-confidence. Remember, when you want to smell your best, there are a few cologne rules to live by that just make scents, err sense.
When it comes to men’s fragrance, men and women seem to agree. Yes, you can absolutely have too much of a good thing. Remember, dab or spritz, don’t drench or douse yourself when applying. Think you’ve gone overboard? If people comment on your cologne all day, your car or office reeks and so do all your clothes, you probably have. Take it down a notch.
How to Apply Cologne
- Take the intensity of the juice into account. First, know what you’re spraying to begin with. An Eau de Parum, or EDP is the most potent concentration, followed by an Eau de Toilette, or EDT with cologne being most subtle in strength.
- Focus on the right spots. Give your pressure points — those at your wrists and just below and behind your ears on your neck — a spritz. Keep the amount conservative and build until you get the olfactory balance just right. You can always add more or reapply later.
- Forget what you heard. Don't spray it on your clothes, walk through a cologne cloud or apply twice as much, expecting it to last twice as long. Like your golf club or surfboard, less is more. Let the right fragrance do the hard work.
- Know your notes. Fresher formulations may have citrus, marine, and aquatic notes while heavier blends may contain musk, tobacco, and leather. And you'll catch a whiff of birch, cedar, and sandalwood with a woody cologne.
- Consider the season. Pair your fragrance to the time of year the same way you would food and wine. Go lighter and refreshing in the warmer months and heavier and heartier in the cooler.
So now that you know how to put on cologne, here are some of the best smelling cologne for men, according to women available now.
Best Men's Colognes
Acqua Di Gio Pour Homme
“I love it when I can only smell my guy when I get real close. I feel like he smells like that way just for me.”– Rachel, 35
Your not a loud talker or a space invader and your cologne shouldn’t be either. Again, don't overdo it. Spritz on Acqua Di Gio Pour Homme by Giorgio Armani. It’s fresh, aquatic and effortlessly cool with notes of bergamot, neroli and green tangerine.
Prada L'homme L'eau
“I don’t have a favorite fragrance, but I know I love clean smelling cologne. Nothing beats that fresh from the shower smell.” – Jenny, 28
Dousing yourself with half a bottle of cologne will never hide cigar smoke or disguise a heavy gym induced sweat sesh. But Prada L'homme L'eau EDT with neroli, sandalwood, cedar and a slight hint of powder will leave you smelling lathered and fresh from the barbershop. Speaking of clean, apply cologne as soon as you step out of a steamy hot shower. Your pores are open, and it will add to the longevity of the scent.
Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme
“My dude definitely doesn’t have a signature scent. His hair smells like strawberries, his beard smells like vanilla and his cologne smells like the woods. It's a lot to take in.” – âDebbie, 32
Avoid cologne confusion. Layering your scent with a matching cologne and body wash like this set from L'Homme Yves Saint Laurent will keep you smelling consistent. And by keeping your other grooming products fragrance-free, you will allow her to enjoy the full expression of the bergamot, ginger and vetiver notes that make up this sexy scent.
1 Million by Paco Rabanne
“I’m looking for a man that reeks of money.” – Melly 22
You know what they say: “You get what you pay for.” Ditch the cheap cologne and smell like 1 Million by Paco Rabanne. Rare ingredients, as well as the expertise of a top "nose,” or the perfume artist can drive up the pricetag of the juice — a fancy name for the fragrance liquid itself — but they really matter. Crafting a fine fragrance is an art form, and like an exotic sports car or a bespoke suit, the dollars are in the details.
“He smells amazing when we first go out, and then it seems to wear off? Maybe I’m just used to the way he smells.” – Katy, 35
Who says all good things must come to an end? If you want your fragrance to go the distance, start by hydrating inside and out. Drink plenty of water and moisturize your skin by slathering on a dependable body lotion. Then choose a scent with long-lasting base notes like leather. Aramis has gotten the seal of approval from women for well over 50 years.
“I was obsessed with the way [a certain] cologne would smell in the store. But, when my boyfriend wore it, not so much. What gives?” – Tara, 28
Its a tale as old as time. Girl buys guy gift, the formulation doesn't work at all on the guy's skin and awkward moments ensue. How a scent mixes with your body chemistry determines how it smells on your skin. Fragrance choice is very personal. Feeling guilty? Gucci Guilty? Try shopping together and sampling a few different scents.
Remember, a fragrance changes from the first spritz to the dry down. So when you find one you both like, wear it for a full day and allow the notes to open up before committing.
Givenchy Gentleman Givenchy
“My husband has smelled the same forever. It’s kind of a snooze. I would love for him to change it up.” – Debbie, 30
Yes, your natural pheromones are what revs her engine, but don't be afraid to spice things up with an even sexier scent. Gentleman Givenchy is an energizing twist on the original scent with fresh notes of pear and cardamom that will wake up her senses paired with a base of subtle leather.
Hate change? Start building your fragrance wardrobe by exploring other scents by the same celebrity, brand or designer house. There's always a new launch, sport or summer version in which to dabble.
Ralph Lauren Polo Blue Gold
"Like a nice haircut and a cool pair of shoes, the way a man smells is a big part of his personal style." – Maggie, 21
Absolutely! Whether it's a job interview or a first date, your cologne can make or break that critical first impression. Know your audience. Your bold signature fragrance or musky patchouli oil might not win over a new boss or your new girlfriends mother. Keep it tasteful and sophisticated with Ralph Lauren Polo Blue Gold with woodsy notes at the base and ginger and sage to start. And as always, rolling up overly spritzed is never in style.
Old Spice Classic Cologne
“I hate men’s colognes that smell like perfume and potpourri. Men shouldn’t smell like a bouquet of flowers.” – Amy, 27
More than any other, your sense of smell is closely tied to memories and childhood. It's why she smells your t-shirt when she's missing you. And it's also why certain smells evoke emotions such as safety and security. For example, if her dad wore Old Spice Classic Cologne, she may be drawn to fragrances blended with similar notes of cedar, vanilla, tonka bean and musk. There’s a reason why Old Spice has been around since 1938. Your grandfather wouldn’t steer you wrong.
Whether you go for the latest version of a high designer Eau de Parfum or a classic barbershop classic cologne, as long as you make your scent your own — and don’t over do it — you can’t go wrong.
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- Sauvage by Christian Dior.
- Tom Ford Grey Vetiver.
- Terre D'Hermes by Hermes.
- The One Cologne by Dolce & Gabanna.
- Bvlgari Man in Black.
- Burberry Brit Rhythm for Men.
- Aventus Cologne by Creed.
- Amouage Reflection Cologne.
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