Pick your parfume

James Murray
Columnist
jim9973@lhup.edu

The sense of smell is one of the most powerful human senses. Take coffee shops and bakeries for example: People enjoy the ambience because it’s pleasant and inviting. Now think of places that are too overpowering… Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister come to mind. One walks in the entrance and the cologne smacks them in the face and makes them gag.  No one wants to be overpowered by smell. This goes for being around people and their personal aromas. Delightful smelling people attract attention in the best of ways. People want to associate with those who are pleasant smelling. More often than not, fragrance has a positive effect on people.

Fragrance is one thing that someone can notice in an instant, if you smell good or if you smell like your deodorant is wearing off. The goal of fragrance is solely to enhance one’s natural smell. As men, we like being discovered by women as smelling pleasant. It can be an easy conversation starter if they react to your fragrance choice and compliment you. It can do wonders for one’s confidence with reassurance from others who notice that you smell nice. There are a few different types of fragrance that maybe never occurred to you when buying. The lightest smelling of them all is “cologne.” Second is eau de toilette, which is the middle of the road that most people own, and lastly is the eau de parfum, which is the long lasting/strongest fragrance type. The parfum is where one will get the most bang for their buck.

When buying fragrances, certain men’s sites will divvy up ones into different tiers of quality and for different types of men, whether they are just starting out with fragrance or have become a fragrance connoisseur. Fragrances like ones from Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Lacoste or Mont Blanc would be ones to get familiar with when just starting out. Extending beyond those would be ones like: Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Polo Ralph Lauren, Paco Rabanne (1 Million) or Bvlgari. Fragrances that would be sure head turners and where one would get the best bang for their buck would consist of ones by: Chanel, Prada, Tom Ford, Dior, Versace or Armani parfums to name some. There are some things in life where people should not be too frivolous, such as buying socks and underwear, buying good quality shoes, buying quality fabric suits and buying quality fragrances that last. Why spend money on something that will grow faint and fade in a matter of hours? Sounds like anything but money well spent if you ask me…

Credit Real Men Real Style, http://www.realmenrealstyle.com/ Fragrance concentration & A Man’s introduction to Fragrance

Author Credentials: I’m James Murray., I’ve worked five years plus in men’s fashion as a suit salesman between Boscov’s and Jos. A. Banks Clothiers. I help men who wish to develop a wardrobe tailored to their lifestyle and for others to grow their style and outlook for day to purposes.

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