If you wish to make friend and influence people, then a good perfume must be an indispensable part of your repertoire to project a powerful and dynamic personality. When you are at close quarters, nothing speaks more loudly than an understated perfume that slowly wafts out from you and announces your intent and capability. That is why choosing the right perfume is as important, or rather more important, than how you dress. A discerning man knows his perfume! Ideally, you should have a good collection of perfumes that covers all the occasions and contingencies. A perfume that you wear to office will not be appropriate for an evening dinner with your loved one. A perfume suitable for a long drive in your car will not be too mild for an outing in the park.
A note about Perfumes and Eau de Toilettes
While you select your fragrance for the day, remember the quantity of perfume and their longevity in the variations you are using. A perfume or Espirit de Parfum (ESdP) will last for almost a day, a Eau de Parfum (EdP) which has a concentration of 15-20% will last for about 8 hours, a Eau de Toilette (EdT) having a concentration of 5 to 15% will last about 5 hours and a Eau de Cologne (EdC) with a concentration of 3-8% will last about three hours. So remember to touch up yourself with the same or a different one suitable for the hour.
Another important fact to know is the sillage, which refers to the trail of scent left behind by one who wears the perfume. Sillage is a French word meaning “wake” like in the wake of the trail left behind by a jet in air or speed boats in water. A strong sillage means that the fragrance diffuses well in air. Men perspire a lot and generate more body odours. A perfume with strong sillage is preferable for sporty outdoor type of men.
Another characteristics of a good perfume is that it is made of three notes of fragrances. The Top or Head notes are those that are immediately released and can be smelt on applying it; the Middle or Heart notes are those that come after some time and stays longer, The Base notes are those which are not transient but stable, and truly reflect the base nature of the perfume.
The Top of the Chart : 11 perfumes for men
Here is a collection of the most distinguished perfumes which are occasion specific, and are powerful enough to announce your presence to those who matter. Choose as many as you can and make them an indispensable part of your wardrobe. These are not the most expensive ones, but those that are affordable, are of good quality and give great value for money.
11. Ralph Lauren Polo Red EDT for Men
This Eau de Toilette Spray combines a set of fragrances that showcases the emotions of enthusiasm, confidence and grit in men. It starts with a fruity top note of lemon, fresh red grapefruit, and cranberry; and goes on to the heart notes of sage and red saffron. The base notes are solid male fragrances of hot amber, coffee and redwood. This EDT packs a punch and its all red themes represent excitement and boldness. It is ideal for the guy who loves challenges. It comes in a red bottle that signifies flaming passion and the fragrance lasts almost a day.
10. Lacoste Eau de Lacoste EDT L.12.12 Blanc,
This is a classic perfume by the French fashion house Lacoste, world renowned for their T-shirts. Lacoste Eau de Toilette for Men is a versatile fragrance and lasts for about 8 hours. It has a top note which is flowery with whiff of rosemary, roses. The middle note is made of fruity fragrances like pink grapefruit, cedar leaf and cardamom. The base notes are hugely male and made of cedar, leather and suede. Its sensuous manly fragrance would make your day any time you use it, making you feel all confident and capable to handle the rigors of the day.
9. Davidoff Cool Water For Men Eau de Toilette
Launched by Zino Davidoff, this Eau De Toilette Spray has been a classic fragrance for men since 1988. It is one of the best and most popular aquatic themed fragrances. It has a top note of lavender and peppermint which offers a sense of relaxation and freshness. The heart note contains geranium, jasmine, spicy coriander and oak moss and offers a heady mix suitable for day time. The base notes are made of moss, musk and sandalwood. The musk is predominant and provides a sensuous feeling. This unique combination with the ocean fragrance provides a crisp and fresh experience that lasts all day. The overall mix of fragrance smells manly and is meant for men who are achievers and make the most of time and opportunities.
8. Christian Dior Homme Intense EDP For Men
The renowned fashion house of Christian Dior presents this distinctive woody amber fragrance that asserts a man’s sensuality and masculine charm. It is intense yet not arrogant, but subtle and works its charm gently. It has a top note of lavender, heart note of pear, ambrette, iris and base notes of vetiver and Virginia cedar. The top note goes away but the strong woody base notes linger for a long time. It signifies a magnetic down-to-earth personality that is sensuous and attractive.
7. Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit De L’homme Eau de Toilette
Yves Saint Laurent crafted this perfume to make it smell light and pleasant yet combine a deep heady fragrance that is strongly male. This Eau de Toilette Spray cologne has been a favourite of those men who wish to project a powerful yet sensitive personality. It has a very clean and light fragrance, with top notes of bergamot and cardamom. At the middle it releases heart notes of lavender and cedar. At the base it gives coumarin and vetiver fragrance. The combination gives a sexy, strong and long lasting fragrance that connotes confidence.
6. Escape by Calvin Klein for Men Eau De Toilette Spray
Escape by Calvin Klein is a Eau De Toilette Spray and has been a favourite of men around the globe ever since it launch in 1993. It combines the fragrances of rosemary, eucalyptus, cypress, juniper, melon, bergamot and fir. It has a predominant woody notes which makes for a heady long lasting fragrance. It is one perfume suitable for any occasion. It is unabashedly masculine and gives the impression of a worldly man who knows his business.
5. Bvlgari Aqva Eau de Toilette Spray for Men
This magnificent EdT comes in a unique bottle that may look smoothly curved and feminine, but it has charming under-stated fragrances, suitable for formal occasions. The fragrances are a blend of amber, santolina, posidonia and mandarin. It is a long lasting perfume and neither too loud nor very atrociously extravagant. It has a sillage that is pleasant and lasts for hours.
4. Azzaro Pour Homme Perfume Eau de Toilette
The Azzaro Eau de Toilette Spray is a strong manly perfume that stays day long with you. It has an effervescent bubbly fragrance that is a mix of flowery and fruity fragrances. The top notes are lemon, rosemary, neroli, bergamot and pineapple. Coriander, oakmoss, cyclamen and jasmine make the heart notes. Musk is predominant in the base notes of cardamom, tonka bean, sandalwood, rosewood and cedar. These three levels of this fragrance is ideally an all-rounder and can be worn any time of the day and night. It has such a refreshing feel that can rejuvenate any soul to make it bold, virile and masculine.
3. Hugo Boss Number One Eau de Toilette
It has that heady overpowering fragrance that is pleasant and easy to the senses. The fragrance starts with top notes of cardamom, bergamot, basil, caraway, grapefruit, green apple, lemon and juniper. The heart notes comprise of geranium, jasmine, lavender, rose, may bells, sage, iris and honey. At the base it has notes of cedar, cinnamon, oak moss, patchouli, sandalwood, tobacco and dominant amber and musk. The opening notes of nutmeg and cardamom are relaxing and it then gives a blast of patchouli and sandalwood and then ends with the woody and musky fragrances that last quite long.
2. Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio Eau de Toilette
This is one fragrance that will make everybody around notice you, yet it is gentle and light. It has a unique woody and marine whiff; the tinge of which last throughout the day. It consists of top notes of bergamot, jasmine, lime and lemon, mandarin orange, and neroli. The middle or heart notes comprise of fragrances of calone, coriander, cyclamen, freesia, hyacinth, mignomette, nutmeg, peach, rose, rosemary, sea notes and violet. The base notes are made of amber, cedar, musk oak moss and patchouli. The fragrance opens with the top citrus notes and bergamot and neroli; whereas the base notes of wood and must dominate the senses for a long time. This elegant light perfume is subtle yet overpowering in a friendly cheering way. The exotic mix of the aromatic oils creates an aura of class and sophistication.
1. Chanel Egoiste Platinum Eau de Toilette
Chanel has made its reputation long back with great perfumes for women. Its offerings for men are no less distinctive. It has powerful and long lasting fragrances for men. Chanel Egoiste Platinum Eau de Toilette has dominant notes of spice, wood and vanilla. It has got all the combinations right with top notes of lavender, neroli, rosemary and petitgrain. The heart notes are flowery and spicy with sage, geranium, galbanum, and jasmine. The woody fragrances make the base notes comprising of cedar, amber, oak moss, sandalwood and vetiver. Overall it gives an effusive aroma of masculinity and authority.
The Last Word
The choice and selection of perfumes and fragrances are very personal and depend not only on personal choices but personal chemistry too. The skin odour and sweat that comes from a person is as individual as a fingerprint. That is the reason, if you recall, dogs with their enhanced sense of smell can distinguish and identify people even from the clothes of person wearing it. These personal smells when mixed with a fragrance give off a unique smell. So, two persons wearing the same perfume may smell differently. Keep this in mind while selecting your perfume.