As the Autumn and Winter seasons approach, we will begin pulling out our sweaters and leather jackets. With that said, it only makes sense to switch up our fragrance wardrobe. Remember, a nice fragrance adds to your overall impression of being a well put-together man.
Scent is an invisible detail, but it’s also part of what completes your personal style. The way you smell can have a powerful effect on how people see and remember you. A nice scent can offer various individual benefits, including making you more attractive, to possibly helping you feel less stressed and more confident. Women love when a man smells nice and every man should love to smell good! Therefore, wearing a scent with your daily dress, may increase not only your attractiveness, but your confidence with women (and in general).
Smell is the most powerful sense.
Women’s noses are even specifically tuned to be sensitive to male pheromones. Fragrances combine with these sex hormones to form an even more memorable and attractive olfactory experience. In addition, smell can trigger memories better than any of the other senses. Powerful and unique scents are generally equated to a deep, emotional connection.
We know dressing well can up your confidence. They say, “When you look good, you feel good and you do good!” So, wearing a nice and appropriate parfum enhances that overall confident feeling. You’ll be confident that you not only look like a million bucks, but smell like a million bucks as well.
As mentioned in a previous post, fragrances have a three-part life cycle. This aromatic cycle is composed of top, medium (heart), and base notes. Each note evaporates, starting with the top note slowly disappearing until the base note is reached. Each of the three sections contain individual scents that are combined together into what you smell.
Upon application to the skin, the top note can be smelled immediately. These scents tend to have a lighter smell. The top note is the initial, lighter smell and lasts from 15 minutes to 2 hours. Typical top notes are various light floral scents, citrus, fruity scents, powdery scents, marines and aquatics, and spices such as cinnamon. The heart (medium or middle) note showcases the main element of the fragrance. Middle notes develop after the top note clears and can last 3-5 hours after being applied. This is in addition to the top note; they build off each other. Heart notes most often include heavier floral scents such as jasmine, or green scents such as grass or stone. Spice scents such as cinnamon and clove can appear here, along with fruity scents as well. The last to develop, is the base note. These scents are usually the bolder notes of the fragrance which become more noticeable after several hours of wear. Base notes are the foundation, and generally determine how long the fragrance will last on your skin. Typically, base notes can last 5 to 10 hours. Common base notes are sandalwood, moss, vetiver, vanilla, tar, leather, smoke, tobacco, and musk.
As Autumn and Winter swoop in, so does a variety of appropriate scents. Shopping for a new fragrance can be treated much like shopping for a new wardrobe for the season. In the same way you would consider the weather when choosing your outfit of the day, you should also consider the temperature outside when selecting a fragrance to wear, to complete your look. Some fragrances work better during the Spring and Summer, while others are better worn during the Autumn and Winter seasons. Generally, lighter, cool fragrances should be worn during warmer seasons, while heavier, warm scents work best during colder months.
During cooler months, you can’t go wrong with sweeter fragrances. These are scents which smell similar to desserts; ie: chocolate, vanilla, and caramel to name a few. Spicy fragrances, also known as Orientals, are also perfect to wear during cooler months. Spicy fragrances commonly include notes of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cumin. Spicy fragrances are usually described as warm, exotic and sophisticated. Woody fragrances also come from the family of Orientals and include notes of cedar, sandalwood, oak moss, and patchouli. Usually, woody scents can be described as musky, dry, and earthy.
To sum everything up, as cooler months require a change in attire, there are also fragrances that smell better in cooler months. Those scents tend to be sweet and or spicy. If interested, there is a scent wheel that breaks down the four main categories of fragrances. Feel free to Google “fragrance wheel”. This chart may provide more of an in-depth explanation about the four main fragrance categories (oriental, floral, woody, and fresh) and their subcategories. This information will help you learn the types of scents you are drawn to.
***TIP for fragrance application and longevity: when you spray fragrance on your wrists! This is a common mistake, so no worries. Instead, spray your preferred scent on your wrists and let it dry down naturally. Rubbing your wrist together actually makes the scent dissipate quicker than intended.
Below are a few scents to check out for the upcoming cooler months, which all can be found by clicking the images below or in-store at Sephora: