How to Choose the Right Cologne


First let me start by saying that your cologne choice goes hand in hand with your personal style. In other words, it is really a matter of personal preference.

However, one of the main things to keep in mind is that fragrances react differently to everyone based on several different factors such as the pH of your skin, your body temperature, and even your diet.

Therefore, when it comes to choosing the right cologne a lot of men really don’t know where to start. So here are a few tips on how to choose the right cologne for you.

Avoid body sprays. I don’t have anything against body sprays or the people that use them, but unless your trying to smell like a teenage boy I would strongly advise that you stay far away from them.

Department stores. Go to your local department store such as Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, or JCPenney because they will have a wide selection for you to choose from and they typically have the best prices, especially if you can find a coupon.

Seek advice from a professional. The sales associate is a great place to start when you’re trying to choose the right cologne. I would typically ask these two simple questions. What are the latest fragrances and what are some of the more popular options?

This is important because by choosing something new and less popular, you will lower your chances of smelling like someone else.

However, choosing one of the more popular options can also help you make your decision quicker.

Use the sample strips. Don’t spray anything on your body because a combination of different colognes will most likely smell terrible and confuse your senses.

Use your better judgement. Don’t choose a cologne just because the name or the bottle is sexy. Make sure you use the sample strips to smell the fragrance.

Once you find one that you really like, step away from for a while so your senses can “refresh” and then smell it again before you make the purchase.

Start small. Although purchasing the largest bottle might be the more cost efficient option once you calculate the price per ounce.

I think it is best to buy the smallest option first, just in case you don’t like it anymore after the first few wears.

Less is more. Lastly, once you’ve chosen your cologne and it’s time to apply it your body, only spray it on your pulse points. Pulse points are on your wrists, neck, and behind the ears.

Don’t go too crazy to the point where people can smell you before you even enter the room.


As always, thanks for reading and check out some of my favorite colognes below!

Yours truly,

Akil McLeod
The Dapper Advisor

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