You spritz, dab and wear it on a daily basis, but how do you know what is the best cologne for you?

Picking the right fragrance to complement your personality and personal style is just as important as choosing the proper suit. It is one of the first things that people often notice about a person. And, often times, it can say a lot about who you are without even opening your mouth, so choosing the right one that best suits you is important.

Here are some simple tips to help you navigate your way around the world of fragrance:

Everyone has a unique smell-print

Cologne may be good smelling to one but not necessarily the same for another. Like fingerprints, our smell-print is unique and exclusive from each other. That is why it is important to actually smell a fragrance before getting one. Just because a friend says it smells fantastic it does not mean it will smell fantastic on you.

Same cologne can smell differently on people

Just like your smell-print, cologne’s reaction to your body will be different than somebody else’s. You will notice that the same cologne will give off a different scent. This is because your body’s chemistry enhances certain notes in the fragrance than others. This is mainly due to your diet and genes. When it comes to scents, you need to see how it mixes and reacts to your skin.

The when matters

There are different fragrances for different occasions and even seasons. Choosing the appropriate one can be tricky. Avoid strong, musky wood scents during hot, summer weather because it can be too overpowering. Colognes with aqua notes are not recommended during winter because it is too weak to hold up to the cold weather.

It’s not just about the brand

There is a ton of variety of colognes available in the market today and it can be quite daunting to choose one out of all of these. It is important to remember that just because one brand is more familiar than the next, does not mean that it would be the best cologne suitable for you.

There are affordable colognes out there that can rival with some of the big branded ones.

Also, with the composition of some colognes being almost similar you will notice that there are certain brands that smell almost the same as another. Take your time and compare the different brands.

If you find one that you like, ask and see if another brand has a similar scent. You may like that more than the other brand.

Try before you buy

Now, this one is very important. Just like a good suit, you need to try out how a certain cologne would smell on you. Just because someone recommended it does not mean it would be good on you. Smelling it just won’t cut it either.

Test the fragrance and give it a day to see if it will complement your natural body odor. Spray a little on your forearm so you have more space to smell. Testing it will also give you a better sense of the cologne’s staying power.

Nowadays, you can buy testers that will give you the opportunity to test a cologne without having to buy an entire bottle.

Ask a little help from friends

Although it is not recommended to blind buy a cologne based on someone else’s recommendation, it does not hurt to ask someone’s opinion about a fragrance that you like. Wearing the right kind of cologne will have an effect on how people perceive and remember you.

Remember that unique smell-print? Use that to your advantage. Use the opinions of others to reinforce or even question your choice. See how they would react to the smell.


Choosing the right fragrance can be easy to do. With a little patience and a bit of research and test, you will be able to find a cologne that suits you. Ultimately, you are the best judge on what will be the best cologne for you.