Does your cologne not last long enough? Is it way too overpowering (you know who you are)? Believe it or not there actually is the proper way to apply your favorite fragrance so that it does all the things it’s supposed to. Here are some tips, tricks, and best practices.
Did you know there’s actually a bit of an art and science when it comes to putting on cologne? And since there’s no shame in my game, I’m not afraid to admit I was doing it wrong basically my whole life. I do consider myself an expert in picking out the best cologne each season, but not so much with the actual application. So in order to get this question answered correctly once and for-all, I researched this (to death) and consulted with a few different experts in the men’s grooming space in order to find the true best tips and tricks. Let the Q&A begin!WHAT’S THE RIGHT WAY TO APPLY COLOGNE
Believe it or not most guys are actually not doing this (self-included) so making just a few of these changes is going to help give you a much better fragrance experience.
So that’s all you really need to do. Really. It’s pretty simple but, again, I wasn’t doing some of those things and most guys weren’t either. Speaking of which, here’s what not to do.WHAT’S THE WRONG WAY?!
Don’t worry, there really aren’t a ton of wrong ways to do this, but stopping any of these practices can help your fragrance last longer and work better with your own body chemistry.HOW TO GET YOUR COLOGNE SCENT TO LAST LONGER
Did you ever notice that some of your fragrances last longer than others? I’m talking about the scent itself, not the bottle. I used to think that this was because of the brand itself. While that’s part of it, it’s more important to take a second to see which cologne type you’re using (or planning on buying) because based on that will help determine how long (in hours) your scent should last. Here’s a little cheat sheet I put together.
You definitely don’t have to pick out the most expensive colognes in order for the fragrance to last all day, but it’s important to note that typically some of the top designers and brands are either Eau de Parfum or just straight-up Parfum (think of colognes from designer Tom Ford or even the always expensive Creed cologne).HOW TO GET YOUR COLOGNE ITSELF TO LAST LONGER
Different from making your scent last throughout the day, if you want to keep your favorite cologne smelling great for a few years (yes, really) where you store your bottle actually makes a difference.
Now that you know where not to store it. Basically you’ll want to pick a place where the temperature is typically the same and it’s not sitting directly in sunlight all day. Instead, store your bottles in safe zones like your bedroom, inside your night-stand, inside your closet, etc.
So now you know all the ins-and-outs of how to apply it, how not to apply it, the difference between the different concentration levels, which ones last longer, and where to store it. I think we can officially say we’ve all graduated into cologne aficionados. Now get out there and conquer your day!