Finding the right scent for yourself can be tricky, but it’s actually not hard to pick a cologne. There are obviously a few things you need to know so that you don’t end up smelling like old cheese and gym socks, but you can streamline the process with relative ease. You can go from just another guy to “The Smell Good guy” pretty quickly. Take a peek at this handy guide, and you’ll have the ladies fawning over you every time you walk into a room.
Spray and Wait. The first mistake people make when they shop for colognes is that they spray the cologne on their wrist of a strip of paper, and they immediately smell it to decide whether or not they like it. Colognes have three layers of scent called Top Notes, Heart Notes, and Base Notes. All you get when spray and sniff are the Top Notes, plus whatever alcohol is in the cologne. In a half-hour or so, that scent could change dramatically, and by the end of the day, it could be even more different. Don’t buy a cologne based on the first whiff. What smelled good at first may end up clashing with your body chemistry hours later. Give the cologne time to really reveal itself and then decide.