Colognes, Body Sprays, and Aftershave
As its name suggests, aftershave
is designed to be applied to your face after your regular hair removal routine. These products are frequently alcohol-based, and they can help disinfect your skin as well as minimize the appearance of your pores. Many aftershaves are also scented and can help ensure that you smell fresh throughout the day.
Body sprays also typically feature alcohol as a key ingredient. They are formulated to provide a strong scent initially, but their potency fades as time passes.
Eau de cologne and eau de toilette are both products that get their fragrance from natural oils. These sprays have layered scent profiles that develop throughout the day. Their ingredients also combine with the unique skin chemistry of the wearer, so they will smell slightly different depending on who uses them.
Choosing a Fragrance Profile
The fragrance profile of a cologne is divided into three layers, known as notes. The top notes are the scents that are strongest when the product is first applied. These notes are frequently described as being fresh or sharp, and they might include citrus and other fruits.
Top notes evaporate fairly quickly, and the next scent layer is known as the middle or "heart" notes. These scents give the cologne its essence, and they are generally softer and milder.
Once the middle notes evaporate, the fragrances left behind are the cologne's base notes. These scents are heavier and designed to last until you change your clothes or wash off the cologne in the shower. Common base notes among different colognes for men include woodsy
, musk, and vanilla.
Since the entire scent profile makes up the overall impression of the cologne, you'll need to experience all the note layers before you can adequately judge how a certain fragrance
interacts with your body chemistry.
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