For most men, selecting a personal fragrance is eerily akin to picking out a piece of jewelry. The man has little idea what he’s doing or even where to even begin… other than looking within a specified price range. This general lack of olfactory knowledge is a shame, as the fragrance decision, while not on par with selecting a wife or career, does play a role in a man’s interactions, first impressions and confidence. So, with the importance of fragrance knowledge clearly making “scents” to you now, here’s everything you need to “nose” about fragrances (sorry).
WHAT IS A PERSONAL FRAGRANCE?
A personal fragrance is simply a mixture of essential oils and other good stuff blended together to create a scent significantly better than a person’s stripped-down body odor. In ye’ olden days, fragrances were used primarily by the wealthy to mask the B.O. (deodorants weren’t in vogue yet) resulting from infrequent bathing. So essentially, the whole fragrance industry was created to make sure certain folks didn’t reek.
THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF FRAGRANCES
Parfum, Cologne, EDT? How’s a gent to know the difference as they’re all things in cans that can be sprayed or dabbed on? Well, there is a difference and the variation lies in the product’s concentration. Concentration determines how strong the scent of the fragrance is and the stronger the concentration, the more intensely noticeable the fragrance is and the longer it will last on the body.
By and large, guys tend to “concentrate” less than women, using mostly Eau de Cologne (EdC). Here are the different types of fragrances and their respective concentration levels:
• Eau de Parfum (EdP): 10-20% (typical 15%)
• Eau de Toilette (EdT): 5-15% (typical 10%)
• Eau de Cologne (EdC): 3-8% (typical 5%)
• Splash and after shave: 1-3%