When you smell really good, people notice.
It influences how they feel about you. It makes them want to get closer to you.
Such is the power of attraction of a great cologne.
To make sure you’re sending the right message, here’s a female perspective on the top 5 colognes to make a man look more attractive.
We follow it up with advice on how to choose your signature scent, and the best way to apply it. And why you should never be tempted to apply too much!
“Is he really hot? Or is he just wearing Farenheit?”.
Smell is the most evocative of the senses.
It directly links to a part of our brain that is responsible for emotion and memory.
So if a fragrance prompts the right emotion and makes someone feel a certain way then they want to get closer to you. If you smell really good people want to spend time with you.
Top 5 colognes to make you look more attractive
Let’s start with …
Farenheit is the classic hot guy scent – it’s sexy and warm, the perfect combination of masculinity and sensuality.
It’s a woody, musky fragrance with sensual notes of violet. Opening with a strong leather/petrol accord, it calms into a beautiful masculine floral scent.
It’s powerful, without being over-powering, long-lasting, and very very sexy. It just makes you want to be closer!
There’s a reason this fragrance is a classic. An absolute masterpiece of a cologne.
Best for: A fragrance to turn heads.
Hermes Eau d’Orange Verte
This is a beautiful citrus fragrance that smells fresh and exotic, and slightly mysterious – like a warm summer evening in a garden in Marrakech.
The clean, warm, freshness is what makes this cologne so attractive. The guy who wears this projects a warm sensuality, a certain ‘joie de vivre’.
It’s a simple blend of orange and basil, but with extra depth added by notes of cedar, patchouli and amber to make it really interesting. Utterly gorgeous!
Best for: fresh spring days and warm summer nights.
An elegant, luxurious fragrance with a fresh, classy scent. It smells like waking up on smooth white sheets in a 5 star hotel.
Clean and full of subtle sexiness. Think Jude Law in the “Talented Mr Ripley”.
It combines the classic Prada ingredients of amber and iris, but with added notes of neroli, geranium and patchouli, to give a fresh, creamy smell and watery notes.
This cologne will make you smell successful and elegant, a man of wealth and taste.
Best for: when you want to be the classiest guy in the room.
Armani Acqua di Gio Profondo
As a woman, this fragrance smells incredible to me! It’s fresh, sophisticated and very seductive.
A cologne to wear with a dark suit and a crisp, white shirt.
It’s an aquatic fragrance which opens with sea notes and is blended with a hint of sweetness from bergamot and citrus.
But it really just smells like success!
The man who wears this has got his life well put together.
Best for: hot days and cool nights, and when you want to smell like a boss.
Tom Ford Ombre leather
TF Ombre Leather is luxurious, sensual, sexy leather – and smells so so good!
Like a buttery soft leather jacket, this is smooth and silky with a touch of grace and elegance. It smells like the cologne Brad Pitt would wear.
The dominant note is clean, dry leather, but with a hint of jasmine sweetness. An inspired perfume of contrasts.
Best for: From dawn till dusk in fall/winter – and whenever you want to make a statement.
BONUS: (because it smells too good to leave out)
Byredo Gypsy Water
This is a woody aromatic fragrance that is unisex - but exudes masculinity.
Like all Byredo fragrances Gypsy Water is beautifully blended and everchanging. It starts off spicy, peppery, and you get a whiff of pine needles, but then it evolves into beautiful creamy vanilla.
This is sensitive masculinity at its best and very addictive.
Best for: Fresh and invigorating, wear this when you want to evoke a nomadic spirit.
And when it comes to skincare…
All of our skincare products have a subtle fresh, clean smell. But importantly this disappears quickly so as not to conflict with your chosen fragrance.
All that you need to keep looking handsome.
SHOP THE ROUTINE.
What’s the best way to apply fragrance?
The first thing to remember is that you don’t want to apply too much!
Women have a stronger sense of smell than men, and you want to be very mindful of that when applying your fragrance.
Just a small amount to your pulse points – your neck, wrists and behind your ear. These are where the veins are close to the skin surface and the warmth helps the fragrance to vaporise.
Coco Chanel said that you should apply perfume wherever you want to be kissed, so you could also try that!
How do I choose a signature scent?
The best way to find your signature scent is to go to a store and play with different colognes, fragrances and oils. Always use the card tester strips first rather than your wrist so that your senses don’t become overwhelmed and the smells all mingle in together.
Once you find one that you like, apply it to your wrist and walk around for 20 minutes to get a true sense of how it performs.
What’s the difference between perfume and cologne?
With perfumes it all comes down to the concentration of perfumed oil included. This affects how long the fragrance will last and how far it will carry.
Perfume – this has the highest concentration, with 20-40% perfume oil. A few sprays applied in the morning should last all day and well into the evening.
Eau de Parfum - this has between 10 and 20% perfume oil. It’s slightly less potent but the fragrance should still last for about eight hours.
Eau de Toilette —5 to 15% concentration of perfume oil. This is perfect if you want something fresh and light and not too overpowering. The smell only lasts around two or three hours, so you may need to re-apply during the day.
Cologne – traditionally colognes have the lightest concentration of perfume oils, at 2 to 4%.
But nowadays cologne is generally used to describe all masculine fragrances.