How to Choose a Cologne for the Special Guy in Your Life

Are you struggling to find the perfect gift for your man? Is his medicine cabinet already stocked with men’s shaving accessories like shaving cream and aftershave? You might be apprehensive about going with the classic (some would say boring) gift of cologne, but a nice scent is a gift that’s always appreciated by both genders.

Now the hard part is finding out what scent he would love without asking him. It is important to remember that everybody is different. A scent that smells great on one guy may not match well another. Many people often get fooled into thinking that hot-selling items are always the way to go, but this is not always the case.

There are a few rules to follow when it comes to shopping for cologne. Taking the time to understand what matters most in this respect will make the buying process easier and more meaningful. After all, your guy will be most pleased when he knows you chose a scent for him. Here are some helpful tips for selecting that perfect bottle of cologne.

How to Buy Cologne the Right Way

  • Shop around. There are just as many, if not more, scents of men’s cologne as there is women’s perfume. Sniff around the cologne counters at department stores to get an idea of the general spectrum of scents out there. Think about which type of scent best represents your guy and what he would like the most. If your guy doesn’t currently wear cologne, you probably want to avoid particularly strong smells.
  • Be wary of scent strength. A common cologne buying mistake that men and women make is the failure to thoroughly test the scent. Chemical potency will vary, and as such will cause some types of cologne to linger longer and be overpowering. How many sprays are needed to achieve the desired effect, and how long does it take for the scent to dissipate? Knowing the answers to these questions will save you from buying a product your guy disapproves of.
  • Test cologne scents in the afternoon. This is when your sense of smell is at its highest. This will allow you to accurately assess the potency and complete scent of the product. Also, don’t test different colognes in the same area, as this will cause them to mix together.
  • Keep the spray samples. If you used those little paper spray samples, keep them so that you can let your nose relax and smell them later. Given a second smell, it will be more apparent to you which cologne you like the best. This also gives the cologne a chance to settle it typically smells different once it’s been out of the bottle for a little while.
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