If you're a stylish man…
Could you own a single
- Dress shirt?
- Pair of shoes?
There's no clothing item that's good for ALL situations (color, pattern & formality come into play).
It's different for colognes – or fragrances.
How many colognes does a man really need?
The answer? One.
One cologne can rule them all…just ask Jeremy Fragrance.
Here's what he has to say about buying the perfect men's fragrance.
Why Use A Men's Fragrance?
Style isn't just about clothing. True style encompasses everything about yourself that you show others: your confidence, your communication skills, and your smell.
Your scent is an invisible component of your personal style. It can influence how people – from strangers in the subway to colleagues at work – perceive you.
That's where fragrances come in. Fragrance is the generic term for grooming sprays that improve one's own scent. The majority of fragrances are perfumes.
Certain perfumes have a lighter, more masculine smell and are better suited for men. They're commonly known as colognes (especially in North America). In the end though…they're all types of fragrances.
But what's shocking is the fact that 80% of males don’t regularly use a men's fragrance. If you're one of them, chances are your reason might be:
- You're not familiar with the basics and terminology of fragrances
- You don't know which product to buy (or where to start)
- You're afraid of doing it wrong or smelling bad
- Fragrances are “unmanly” or only for women
Those reasons share a common ground – ignorance. So there's only one solution to this kind of problem, and that's getting information. You want good solid info on fragrances as well as how to choose the right fragrance for you. Great knowledge means great power.
Now I know this will take time. You can read up, watch a few videos, learn the opinions of experts. But you won't immediately feel like making your own choice. You may not want to pay lots of money for a risky product…or products.
Maybe you'd rather play it safe and find a “universal” men's fragrance. Why not? We all have busy lives. We spend enough energy deciding which suit, tie or dress shoes to wear every morning. Is it okay to stick with just one fragrance?
Actually – yes! Take the advice of my friend Jeremy who runs the Jeremy Fragrance YouTube channel. Jeremy is a scent connoisseur with the ultimate passion for fragrances. He's the first guy who'd tell you that men can use fragrance to come off stronger and more confident wherever they go, whoever they're with.
Below are Jeremy's nominations for the one fragrance you'll need…
Jeremy Fragrance: Category #1 – All-Around Fragrance
Remember what fragrances are at their core…a group of chemicals.
You spray them at a distance of 3-6 inches from the skin. You let the fragrance strike the warm parts of your body (neck, shoulders, chest, forearms, inner elbows, etc.) so as to mix with your body chemistry.
But if a product isn't versatile enough – you can't count on it alone. It needs to survive in both extreme heat and cold…or else the aromatic chemicals may evaporate or lose their strength over time.
So when it comes to an all-around fragrance, you need a jack of all trades. It can pass as a date fragrance or fragrance for formal occasions. But it's not top-notch in any particular area. That being said…it probably won't matter as long as you smell awesome!
Jeremy Fragrance's Recommendation: Sauvage Cologne for Men (Christian Dior)
This cologne has distinct notes of Calabrian bergamot and pepper. The scent isn't too imposing and gives off the vibe of breezy, open fields. Johnny Depp has appeared in ads for this fragrance.
Jeremy Fragrance: Category #2 – Best Fragrance For Work
Most of us are pretty career-driven. We go to work each day with big goals and aspirations at the back of our minds. I'll be CEO someday. I'll be making six figures. I'll be successful in this field.
That's a good mindset. But doing the same menial tasks, not being challenged, earning points from the higher-ups…it can feel un-stimulating for now. It can cause you to lose focus. Or lose sight of the prize.
So what can you do to stay alert and excited while spending hours at the office? You'd be surprised. Certain fragrances can actually heighten your alertness during tasks that require a lot of concentration.
Those scents can also reduce levels of fatigue or anxiety. They let time pass more quickly for you as you're no longer thinking about the time. You just do what's required of you productively…thanks to an external stimulus.
Jeremy Fragrance's Recommendation: Prada L'Homme for Men (Prada)
This is the fragrance to wear to the office during daytime hours. It's a combination of iris and amber (classic Prada ingredients) which is similar to the smell of fresh fabric softeners. You can say it's more “professional” since it's not citrusy-sharp but an airy, powdery, and elegant scent.
Jeremy Fragrance: Category #3 – Best Fragrance For Dating
A man sees but a woman smells. That's right. Studies in Europe prove that a man's scent is the #1 factor for the ladies in a potential partner.
It does make sense. Women are known to have more complex senses of smell (whereas men tend to only categorize smells as either “good” or “bad”).
That can explain why women enjoy getting flowers for gifts. Or why they might have a variety of perfumes in their homes. In fact, a scent can do wonders for a woman's mood when you interact with her.
One experiment reveals that women would more likely give their number to a guy they met in a pleasant-smelling area – compared to a not-so-pleasant area. So imagine how much more impact a man's body smell has! You'll want to take advantage.
Jeremy Fragrance's Recommendations:
Versace Eros Cologne for Men (Versace)
This cologne is tailor-made for seduction and grabbing attention. It invigorates the ladies' senses with a fusion of mint oil, Italian lemon, green apple, and geranium flowers. Put it on to give yourself maximum confidence when you approach women at bars or public places.
Spicebomb Extreme Cologne for Men (Viktor & Rolf)
You can call it a “big fat mass of sweetness” because that's what it is – consisting of vanilla, lavender, tobacco, and caraway. It's not as aggressive as the Versace Eros, but it draws women to you in more intimate settings. Picture yourself cuddling your partner by the fireplace inside a snow-covered wooden house. The Spicebomb will add to that romance.