Guide to Men’s Fragrances

—Urban Beardsman

Gentlemen, today we’re talking men’s fragrances, and how to find the perfect scent for you. First thing’s first – fragrances are made up of essential oils, or fragrance oils – basically, things in nature that emit a smell or scent. In the case of synthetic fragrances, the natural scent will be filtered down and identified, and mimicked. With all fragrances, it is important to keep in mind the three primary notes of a given scent: the top note, the middle note, and the base note. Top notes are scents that are more intense and able to be smelled immediately, however only last for a short time before dissipating. Middle notes sit at the in-between point, and base notes are the longer lasting and more mellow aromas.

It’s also important to remember that fragrances interact with everyone’s natural body chemistry differently – the way a fragrance smells on one person else might not be the way it smells on someone else. It’s all about trial and error here, and you have to find the fragrance that works best for you. So what kind of fragrance options do we have as guys? There are three primary categories that we are dealing with when picking a scent.

Eau de Parfums are the highest quality, typically containing 20-40% of a fragrance oil, and diluted in an alcohol. Eau de Toilettes are in the mid-range, usually containing around 5-20% fragrance oils. Eau de Colognes come in at the 3-5% fragrance oil range, and from there you get into things like aftershaves and body splashes.

Mixing and matching fragrances is another matter of trial and error – some fragrances work well together, and others just don’t. Furthermore, there’s a new movement in fragrances that sees fragrance oils mixed in different bases – other than alcohol-based – with the two most popularly used bases being base oils like a jojoba, or solid forms like shea butter.

And gentlemen, bear in mind that fragrances are one of the most allergenic items on the market, so it’s important to be considerate of those around you and fragrance responsibly!

Check out the video to learn more about men’s fragrances and how to find the right one for you!

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