Choosing a Type of Fragrance
You can find several different styles of fragrances for men
, including aftershaves, body sprays, colognes, and eau de toilette. Aftershave products include balms, lotions, and tonics, and they can be used to help minimize the appearance of your pores and soothe your skin if your razor causes irritation. Many of these products are also scented, and they are designed to help you smell fresh throughout the day.
Body sprays have a high alcohol content and a fairly basic scent profile. These products can be used to help you exude a certain fragrance for relatively short periods of time. Eau de cologne and eau de toilette are two names for products that use natural oils to create a layered scent profile that evolves over time.
Layered Scent Profiles
The natural oils found in eau de cologne and eau de toilette interact with your body chemistry to produce a smell that is unique to the wearer. The fragrances in these products are comprised of three layers.
When a cologne is first applied, the top notes are the most prominent. These bold scents might include fruity
oils like citrus, and they are designed to stand out. Top notes fade fairly quickly, and the next layer is the set of middle notes. These scents are typically floral
, and they might include several different ingredients to create a unique blend. Middle notes also evaporate eventually, leaving behind the fragrance's base notes. Heavier and longer-lasting, base notes are meant to linger throughout the day. Oils frequently used as base notes include musk, amber, vanilla, and sandalwood.
When you choose a fragrance
, you should be aware that each scent layer will interact with your skin in a different way. Make sure to try out the product all day long so that you can accurately judge its complete profile.
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