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A beginner’s guide to men’s fragrances

A beginner’s guide to men’s fragrances

There’s a lot more to finding the right fragrance than simply wafting it under your nose. Here with a complete beginner’s guide, we break down everything you need to know about shopping for a good scent.

Scent has meaning. Extensive research has delved deep into the emotional and psychological connections between a lone whiff and our ability to recall the past – whether that’s a devastating love affair, a mother’s gentle touch or the scorn of a teacher you couldn’t stand. More importantly, however, scent has a powerful sway over our emotions, leading us to form inherently closer bonds with those whose odor we find irresistible.

For all those reasons, how you smell plays an important part in who you are, whether you’re aware of it or not. While it may not be as immediately apparent, the way someone smells lingers far longer in the senses than the outfit they wore or the hairstyle they chose, and getting it just right can leave a powerful impression on those people you encounter each day.

Before you begin to dive into finding the right fragrance for you, it’s important to note that many scents smell different depending on the skin type they are applied to (dry, oily, prone to sweat, etc.). Because of this, trying on a fragrance before you purchase is absolutely essential, as is understanding the differentiations within the product itself…

To begin with, every scent has top, middle (or heart) and base notes. The combination of all these notes together is known as the “accord.” Due to evaporation, alcohol content and a number of other factors, a fragrance will smell slightly different over time; this is known as its “longevity.” In most cases the top notes will hit first, but often won’t linger in the same way a powerful base would. Most professionals use the terms “Fresh,” “Woody,” “Oriental” and “Floral” to describe the four scent families, and the spectrum of how our noses interpret a smell.

On top of the notes that go into a fragrance, there’s also four different strengths, or gradations, that effect how intense the aroma is. These tend to increase in price as with strength, correlating to the percentage of essential oils in each formula.

To be continued

Culled from: Highsnobiety

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