In an ideal world, a signature fragrance acts as a personal identifier for valued companions, friends, and family.
Yet, as is commonly said, it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.
The journey to discovering a fragrance can feel somewhat like an aromatic version of understanding Bran Stark’s excursion past the wall.
Most men have skin chemistry that works well with woody, spicy, and/or fresh fragrances. An original sandalwood base, for example, smells great on just about everyone. Oud, while very expensive, is another exotic, extraordinary base note.
While some men do well with a citrus-style formulation (i.e. sandalwood/verbena/bergamot/lime), others will get a very masculine equilibrium with sandalwood or oud, rose, basil, and lavender, due to their natural musky pheromones.
True oud-based formulas are usually more costly and tough to find. Be careful with patchouli; while it is a long-lasting base note on the less costly end, it was so overused in the 60s and 70s that most people have an unusual subconscious response to the aroma.
Other ingredients, such as ambergris (originally the aged vomit of vulnerable sperm whales), or civet (from feline scent glands), are so rare in nature that if you see them listed, you have fancy chemistry, not the real element.
If you are not ready to pay for the real elements, which are costly, I would recommend no scent at all–or make your aftershave splash. Should you invest in the real thing, remember that a little bit goes a long way.
Chemical alternatives are obviously synthetic, degrade unpredictably, and are usually too sharp (you know that “Aargh, who put on so much cologne?” feeling that crinkles your nose in elevators or nauseates you in airplanes?).
So if you can’t afford £150 for a bottle of cologne, never fear! Believe it or not, scientific research has repeatedly shown that women are drawn to the clean scent of “underarm odor.”
We’re not speaking about stressed-out, no-sleep, hangover BO, just your natural daily scent. Anxiety produces sweat-byproducts very appealing to bacteria, so your daily meditation helps in more ways than you might imagine.
Experimenting with your signature fragrance gives you a unique and enjoyable avocation while improving your palate and emotion in tasting wines, coffee beans, teas, and tisanes.
Try soaking bay leaves, peppercorns, and lavender blossoms in unflavored vodka for a few days, strain, and add several drops of jojoba oil, and a tablespoon of witch hazel, then a few drops of one or two essential oils that appeal to you.
Top off with enough water so the finished solution is just lightly scented, and pour into a spray bottle. Use your intuition and get to know the scent of “you.” Try soaking real cinnamon bark and grated nutmeg.
Try a tip from a rosemary shrub topped off with lavender essential oil. Find 100% pure, undiluted, preferably organic essential oil of sandalwood, dilute, and smell how it changes during the day.
Enjoy, and have fun! Just don’t stress about it. Remember, a high-quality natural soap will leave its scent residue on your skin, and many people find that the most pleasing aroma of all.
The following are six straightforward tips for learning to trust your nose, follow your senses, and find yourself a signature aroma.
1. Evaluate just three fragrances at a time.
The reason is that nasal fatigue sets in after about 3 x fragrances. In other words, you have saturated your nose and your ability to capture the true nature of a fragrance diminishes significantly. Don’t let the charming sales assistant spray the perfume onto your wrist, as it will contaminate everything you try afterward.
2. Start with lighter fragrances first, then go heavier.
Also, be sure not to wear your fragrance or a strong deodorant when sampling different fragrances. You will find that they interfere with your test.
3. Like a wine sommelier, try to understand the ingredients of what you’re smelling
It is practically impossible to find a fragrance to fit at all times. This is why you should choose your fragrance like your wardrobe and why perfumers include the ingredients when assessing quality.
4. Skip the espresso beans.
The correct word you are looking for is ‘gourmand’. Please note this can have a very strong fragrance and is usually preferred for cool weather.
5. See how the aroma advances throughout four hours.
Any halfway decent fragrance will last a minimum of 4 hours. To make that last longer, you’ll need to spray more. If you spray more, you might end up appearing obnoxious.
6. Try a hair perfume.
Ask your stylist. They will be able to tell you the best depending on your hair quality and style.
Once you finally realize what you’re searching for, the experience can be enjoyable, especially when you’re armed with the information that can change your daily life.
(There are many online assets to help you learn which notes you like, which can make deciding your next aroma much easier than you might suspect.)
I hope these tips will help you not only to improve yourself every day by 1% but also to build a better life, know what you want and need and go with the flow of happiness. And with these tips, I hope you can get out there and attract the kind of woman you want, whether it’s short term, long term, or marriage.
Good luck in whatever path you take my friend but never forget that the moment you decide to drop your dream, you have to live with that for the rest of your life.
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Good vibes always! ❤️