6 strategic tips for men: How to find your new signature cologne

6 strategic tips for men: How to find your new signature cologne

Congratulations, you have embarked on a journey to find a new signature scent. This is an exciting quest – at least in the beginning. But after the first couple of sniffs, you may start to feel overwhelmed by the amount of options on the market. 

If you find yourself in a cologne slump, try these strategic methods on your search for your perfect signature scent:

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1. Study the notes

In the cologne world, notes are descriptors of scents. It’s important to understand how these notes interact with each other when cologne shopping.

The top notes evaporate quickly, generally within the first 5-15 minutes of application. These notes will give you a first impression and will have the strongest impact on you, the wearer of the scent.

The middle notes are sometimes referred to as the heart notes, because they are at the core – or heart – of the cologne. Middle notes often mask the strong, sometimes unpleasant, impression of the base notes and help them to become more pleasant over time. A middle note is generally mellow and rounded.

The base notes combine with the middle notes to make up the main theme of the cologne. Base notes evaporate slowly, bringing depth to a scent. These notes are rich and deep, and they are typically not detected within the first 30 minutes of application. 

Overall, the notes will tell you everything you need to know about a cologne. 

2. Ask your friends

We all have that one friend who smells amazing. Well, hopefully. 

When you’re beginning your scent journey, try asking a trusted friend who always smells good. Then, don’t just run out and buy that cologne after you find out what it is. Look it up. Study what fragrance family it belongs to and which notes it has. This is an excellent starting point on your scent journey as it gives you a real-life experience on pleasant notes.   

Who knows, maybe you’ll become that friend who smells amazing, and sooner rather than later, your friends will be asking you what YOU’RE wearing.

3. Match your scent with the season

Sometimes the scent you want to wear will match the season. It’s a good idea to not only have one signature scent, but a handful of seasonal signature scents. 

As a general rule of thumb, fall and winter scents should be heavier. These are usually from the oriental or woody family. In the summer and spring, you want to find something more floral, citrus or herbal. 

4. Look at what’s popular 

When all else fails, look to the best sellers. These fragrances are popular for a reason. They are often tried and true scents that have stood the test of time. 

After all, why start from scratch when so many men out there have done the hard work for you? There is only one downside to this method: The fact that your scent may not be as unique to you. Use this as only one step in your scent journey.

5. Consider your personality 

Are you a chivalrous gentleman? An easy going, chill guy? A lady killer? An adventure lover? 

Your scent can say a lot about you, so it’s important to consider what your scent goal is. A leather scent can say that you’re ambitious – someone who knows what he wants and goes after it. 

An oriental scent can be for the man who is laidback, flexible and ready for anything. Musk-based colognes ooze masculinity. Do some introspection when you’re on your scent search and consider your personality type when reading note descriptions. 

6. Start small before you go big  

Whenever you’re trying a new scent, it’s a good idea to buy a smaller bottle first, even if you have already sampled the scent. 

Yes, you can usually get a better price per ounce when you go big. But sometimes after you wear a scent for a while, you may decide you don’t like it as much as you thought you did. 

Lower your initial investment until you’re absolutely sure that you have found your perfect scent. 

No matter what scent you choose, at we guarantee brand names and offer up to 80 percent off retail prices, helping you smell your best for less.  

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