How you smell matters. According to Rutgers University-New Brunswick neuroscientist John McGann, humans can tell about one trillion different odors apart. So trust us when we tell you that whatever cologne you spray on as we head into spring and summer is worth thinking about. You don’t want to shut down a room with the stench of musk, nor do you want to cause people to sneeze uncontrollably.
When shopping for a scent, there are some things to keep in mind. Aside from personal preference, know that eau de parfums have the highest concentration of essences, while eau de toilette and eau de cologne have the lowest. So if you’re using something perfume-based, beware of dousing yourself. To help you navigate all the olfactory offerings out there, we’ve sniffed a slew of different colognes and perfumes. Some are great for work. Others are ideal for outdoor activities. But trust us, there’s one for you, and your significant others will thank you.
Spray on this Calvin Klein fragrance before heading out to pre-dinner cocktails. It's fresh, crisp, modern, and aromatic.
As the name indicates, this Calvin Klein scent evokes pure, sheer happiness, and a great time.
This cologne remains one of the most popular for a reason: it’s warm, woodsy, and bold without ever overwhelming. Spray it on after the gym, or before you head into a major meeting.
Dior Sauvage eau de parfum is warm and complex, with notes of lime, lavender and vanilla as well as a-not-so-subtle hint of spice. It’s the ideal scent to spray on before a dinner, or a night out.
This unisex eau de parfum features notes of incense, birch, jasmine, and suede that combine for a warm, woodsy, long lasting scent ideal for an all-day wear. It’s strong, without being overwhelming.
Tom Ford makes a lot of excellent scents. But Oud Wood Intense eau de parfum is one of our favorites. It’s masculine and earthy with hints of black truffle, vanilla, patchouli, wood, and tree moss. If big and bold is your style, this is an excellent choice.
It may be called Gucci Guilty Pour Homme Black, but this is a sharp, grassy cologne that’s ideal for spring rotation. It’s a bright, fearless scent. Just like its wearer.
This unisex Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Universalis Eau de toilette scent is light, upbeat, and works for any occasion, formal or not. Perhaps because it’s created by one of the world’s master perfumers.
This is more of a floral scent, so the Diptyque Do Son Eau de Toilette Spray is ideal for breezy summer days in the park. It’s light, yet evocative.
This Chantecaille Parfums Pour Homme Oud Fumé spray is bright and strong, so spritz it on before you head into work.
So you love the water? Boating and fishing are you nirvana? Then this Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme Cologne Bleue eau de toilette spray is for you, as it has citrusy, ocean-y notes.
This Acqua Di Parma spray is the one you take on vacation with you, because it’s packed with hedonistic notes of sea breezes and jasmine. And when you get back, it will remind you of beachy outings.
This Kenneth Cole production is designed to be long-lasting, with notes of spicy pepper, tobacco leaf, and coffee. Spray it on in the morning and it should last you all day. And you can share it with your better half.
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