What to consider when choosing a male perfume


What to consider when choosing a male perfume

Young African man spraying cologne in his bathroom. PICTURES | SHUTTER

Most men pay little attention to aspects of grooming beyond their facial hair. Gentlemen, on the other hand, know that perfume, like style, has a significant influence on social gatherings.

Someone once told me that in a social setting, people judge others from three points of view. How you look 12 feet away includes your style, posture, and gait.

From 12 inches away, they will analyze your perfume, grooming, and clothing choices that emerge from a close examination of your clothes. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, your perceptual and cognitive intellect which is revealed from the first 12 words you speak.

Today, we are going to focus on the olfactory aspect of grooming and the importance of choosing the right perfume. While this article won’t make you an expert, it will hopefully inspire you to do more research on the subject.

Your main consideration when choosing a perfume should be the impression you want to make; in what environment you will wear it; And how long do you want it to last? A good perfume will however do more for us.

It can boost confidence, improve mood, enhance attraction, and as an aromatherapy, calm the mind and help us sleep. Someone accurately described the perfume as music for the nose.

We normally consider perfumes for social reasons. An evening with friends, to impress someone at the office, or one that will serve us throughout the day. When choosing a perfume, think about your activities of daily living.


Masculine perfumes. FILE PHOTO | NMG

This means considering where you will spend the most time and social interaction. The thing to remember about perfume is that your nose is just the guide when you first encounter perfume. After using it several times, your nose will be blind. This is dangerous because you might be tempted to overdo it and offend those around you.

A good perfume should accentuate and complement your natural body scent and mask any unwanted odors. Odors are created when bacteria on your skin come into contact with sweat.

Don’t worry if you sweat a lot because it’s not the presence of sweat that causes the pungent smell, but the type of bacteria and how they react to your perspiration. Men are more likely to have body odor than women because they have more hair.

The choice of perfumes begins with the knowledge of the four main categories. Floral, oriental, fresh and woody. Michael Edwards developed the Scent Wheel which further divides 4 categories. His work breaks down and he describes the different ingredients used to create perfumes and their notes.

Second, you should know that the strength of the fragrance varies from 1%, which lasts about 2 hours, to about 30%, which lasts about 8-12 hours. The percentage refers to the amount of perfume and essential oils used to make the composition.

Eau Fraiche has the least between 1 and 3 percent, followed by Eau de Cologne at 2-4 percent, then Eau de Toilette (EDT) between 5 and 15 percent and the top of the ranking is the Eau de Parfum (EDP) with between 10-20 percent strength.

If money is no obstacle, you should consider Extrait de Parfum (Parfum) with an essential oil concentration of between 20-30%. The best perfumes are based on the quality of essential oils that have aged and matured for years before being added to the perfume. Expect to pay more for higher oil content.

If you’re looking for a signature scent, go for something handcrafted rather than settling for the common, cheaper commercial scents. Their visibility relies more on brand endorsement and ad spend than on quality.

Research your scents and the perfumer behind them. For example, Frank Voelkl created Bois for Commodity and the famous cult Santal 33 for Le Labo’s.

Other great names in perfume design are Rodrigo Flores-Roux who has worked on major brands for Tom Ford, Bruno Jonanovic who created Bad Boy Le Parfum for Carolina Herrera, Sophie Labbe who created Boss Bottled Marine for Hugo Boss and Caroline Sabas who created Oud. Intense Orange of Fragrance Du Bois.

Firmenich and International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) are two great institutions that have been creating ingredients for perfumers for over 100 years.

Knowing how to apply your perfume is as important as choosing your perfume. As described earlier, the strength determines how much you need and will guide you on how long it lasts. As a general rule, apply it to your skin, not your clothes.

Aim for the hottest parts of your body, such as the neck (sides and behind the ear), elbows and chest. A burst a few inches from your skin should be enough for each spot if you have a good quality, strong scent. Always apply perfume before getting dressed, do not rub your skin and avoid your wrists.

Evelyne Mbogo, sales manager and buyer at Lintons Beauty in Kenya, says most men don’t know the difference between fragrances or the work involved in producing them. The few who do the research are willing to pay for higher quality, handcrafted fragrances like Black Orchid and Tom Ford’s Ombre Leather.

Finally, remember that your perfume has three levels called notes. The top notes (head or opening), which create the first impression of the perfume. The heart (heart) note is the heart of the perfume and reveals its true character. Base (base) notes are the base or foundation and can last up to two days.

Michael Mwai is a lifestyle consultant at Dmiguel Style

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