Choosing a cologne can be overwhelming. You walk into a department store to the men’s cologne counter and are either greeted by a sexy young girl (hopefully), an old woman who hit the wall 3 decades ago (probably), or a waifer thin lad with a cocksucker lisp (most likely).
Next step, they start spraying colognes on those little pieces of white cardboard and shoving them under your nose with one hand, followed by then shoving a can of coffee beans under your nose too. I will say, the coffee beans work to neutralize your sense of smell, so you can differentiate between colognes.
If you’re anything like me though, I don’t like being hassled or pressured. I like to take my time, smell the ones I want to and make a decision after I’ve had a chance to see what smells good on ME.
For you cats out there who are clueless to the best process to select a cologne, here’s some tips to make the process painless, productive and some recommendations from my own personal collection.
4. Narrow Them Down By The Process Of Elimination Using Your Instinct
The moment you smell a cologne you can tell if you like it or not. If you have to think about it, it’s not for you. That doesn’t mean you buy it instantly, just means you put it in the ‘Options’ category.
Spray the cardboard sheet, wave it in the air so it dries and take a good whiff. If you’re not sure, forget that cologne. You want a cologne that not only smells good on YOU, but one that you like and one that you feel confident wearing.
3. Select Your Favorite And Spray On Your Wrists
After you’ve eliminated the ones you don’t want, choose your favorite that you like. Spritz 1 time each on both your wrists and then rub your wrists together. Then leave the store. Walk around for 45min-1 hour. You can be shopping, having lunch or jerking off in the men’s restroom, doesn’t matter, but what does matter, is that you give the cologne time to settle with your natural scent so you can get a good idea of what it really smells like on you.
After the time has passed, smell your wrists and even better have a girl with you to take a whiff too. Girls have a more sensitive nose and are usually great at helping a man pick out a good cologne. If you don’t have a girl with you, well here’s the perfect opportunity to do some openers on girls at the mall.
“I’m picking out a cologne. What’s your opinion on this one?” Girls love to help with anything to do with clothes, style and colognes.
2. Choose A Cologne For Day And Night
You don’t have to if you’re tight on cash, but if you can, buy two colognes: Day time and Night time.
The day time scent should be light and fresh and the night time scent richer. Rocking a couple sprays of a great day time cologne will even give you more confidence when spitting some day game, so do yourself a favor and invest in yourself.
Bonus Tip: If you only have enough money for one cologne, choose a night time one. Day time isn’t pertinent to have cologne like it is at night and you can always get by with a cheap body spray like Axe for the day.
1. Don’t Get Sold On Hype; Choose What Works For Your Body Scent and Chemistry
Lastly, don’t get sucked into a sales person’s pressure on what to buy. They make money through commission and always push the latest released colognes. Problem with that is, is that just because it’s a brand new cologne by a name brand, doesn’t mean that it will mix well with your body chemistry.
Fuck the labels and choose what smells great on you. That being said, there are some brands that make great scents for men and have been consistent with delivering great colognes. Here’s a few of my favorites from my own collection.
Bonus Tip: When you’re paying for your purchase, ask for samples of other colognes. Since you’re already spending dough, the sales person is happy and will stock you up with small samples. This is a great way to wear other colognes and see what works for you without spending extra money.
My Personal Go To Colognes
Tom Ford Noir
This is one helluva Night Time cologne. My personal test of a cologne is how masculine it smells on me. I’m not into fruity scents. Tom Ford may be light in the loafers himself, but the man has impeccable style and his men’s colognes are very masculine.
Burberry Brit For Men
A classic staple in my collection for years, Burberry Brit is also a great Night time cologne.
Yea yea I know it’s been around forever, but it still works because it’s a classic scent. You can never go wrong with Polo and this is a rocking scent perfect for a round of golf, or lunch on Ocean Drive in Miami.
Any kickass new colognes you guys use? Drop a comment letting me know.
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