How To Choose The Right Cologne
We all want to smell good, be it for ourselves or attracting others. Finding the right cologne is all about complimenting your style and existing cleanliness. Cologne is not meant to be overwhelming, to cover up your body odor, nor to smell like everyone else.
Where to go and how to startThere are many places to buy fragrances, from department stores to individual designer boutiques to fragrance depot type stores. I would avoid the latter like the plague. My suggestion is to go to a store like Sephora, where you have easy access to all the tester bottles you could want and nobody pressuring you to buy things you don't want. As a first step, you should probably bypass the best seller shelf. The whole point of the exercise is to not smell like every other dude, instead you want to find something that works best for you.
It's time to start sniffingAt a place like Sephora, where there is literally a wall of men's fragrances (size varies by location), it can be a bit intimidating. You have two options, you could start at one end and work your way to the other, OR if you're single you can try to solicit the help of a nice looking hottie nearby. An important note, you probably want to avoid the women who are also smelling colognes because unless they're Father's day shopping... they're probably browsing for their boyfriends. However, the benefit of asking a stylish woman is they can probably size up your style and quite possibly point you in the right direction. There is also a third option, which is to tap into your network of female friends to hook you up with the perfect scent. No matter which method you use, there are a couple tips for smelling the cologne samples.
- Use the paper strips that most stores provide, don't spray is on or toward yourself. Spray the cologne on the strip, waive it around so it dries a little and give it a sniff.
- Reset your nose by sniffing the tin of coffee beans that will probably be sitting next to the sample strips.