*inhales deeply* 👃🏽
YES, I am dedicating an entire myTake JUST to these highly alluring oil and chemical compositions formulated to compel our nasal functions into a state of utter weakness and fascination, wherein one may feel inclined to whisper perversely in the ear and/or violently rip off the clothes of the individual wearing this absolute miracle on their skin. 😈
*exhales* 👃🏽 whew! 😅
In short, the power of cologne is SO underrated. APPRECIATE IT. USE IT!
Okay, you obviously don’t HAVE to wear it- deodorant may suffice, but I can speak for most people when I say that getting a quick whiff of a nice scent is hot AF! 🔥 Men and women who wear cologne and perfume respectively may be able to attest to this. Those who don’t, or to those who don't like it, cool. To each their own and that’s seriously fine. . . but I'm not addressing that lol.
I believe our scent is like fashion!
You gotta find your style, a scent that expresses your personality, or just your mood for the period of time you’re wearing it. There are a few different kinds of scents in the perfume/cologne world. Remember though that a scent can, and usually will be a mix of these different types.
When shopping for a scent, some will just scream out “FLOWEERRRSSS!! 🌷🌹🌸" and others will hint you into a mix like “hey... you like that spice? ;) Can you smell the ocean too? 🌊 Yeah? 😏"
Let’s break em down.
Note: Any perfume or cologne I put my banana emoji next to [ 🍌 ] is one I highly recommend in case you're inspired to try one. They’re all great though. 😊
Ah yes, the wonders of the floral scent. This one, as you all know, basically replicates flowers such as roses, jasmines, blossoms, daisies, lavenders, or just a mix of a few, kinda like a little vapourised bouquet hehe 💐 :) Wearing this fragrance produces a more romantic, soft and calm vibe. While the floral scent is more feminine, there are hints of it in a few men’s colognes too to get the balance right. You can easily smell the floral by noting if the perfume is light with only a slight sweetness to it.
Men🚹: I’d say to keep this one for a day time ‘fun and flirty’ feel.
Examples: Bvlgari Man by Bvlgari, Allure Homme Sport by Chanel, Gentlemen Only by Givenchy.🍌
Women🚺: This is great for any time, day or night. Also fun and flirty.
Examples: Daisy by Marc Jacobs, Lola by Marc Jacobs, Flora by Gucci, Miss Dior by Dior🍌, Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture, Euphoria by Calvin Klein🍌, Endless Euphoria by Calvin Klein.🍌
This scent is characterised by a spiciness that is inspired by international scents from exotic and culturally rich places. Hints of cloves, cinnamon, pepper, tobacco, amber, vanilla and musk can all be found in the oriental scent. Unlike the florals, this one gives off what I’d call a more ‘warm and fuzzy’ feeling rather than a light or heavy one. It’s quite powerful and isn’t for everyone, but if you’re wanting to be a little bit adventurous, this is the one to go for.
Men🚹: This is an evening or outdoorsy scent, definitely. A ‘strong, yet warm’ feel.
Examples: Obsession Night for Men by Calvin Klein🍌, La Nuit De L’Homme by YSL [gosh that’s a mouthful], CK One Shock for Him by Calvin Klein.
Women🚺: I’d keep this one for the outdoors. Great on trips too!
Examples: Dior Addict by Dior, Obsession by Calvin Klein, Oud Oriental by Versace, Eternity by Calvin Klein.🍌
Oh god I love this one. So you wanna know how your nose is supposed to pick up this scent? Just picture yourself in a forest and you’ve got it. Sandalwood, oak, musk [again], pine, cedar, grass, leaves and moss are scents that you could find in this group of perfume/cologne. This one is nice because it gives off a classy and mysterious kind of vibe, even though it has all these outdoor elements in it. It’s more common in men’s colognes, establishing a strong and sturdy presence in a room, and in women’s perfumes it gives off a classy, ‘im effortlessly noticeable’ vibe. *hair flick!* ;P
Men🚹: To do the woody scent some justice, I think wearing this on special occasions, romantic dates or fancy evenings would be great. Gives off an ‘Just like nature, I’m full of surprises’ vibe.
Examples: Black by Bvlgari, Dark Rebel by John Varvatos🍌, He Wood range by Dsquared, Dior Homme by Dior, Polo Double Black by Ralph Lauren🍌, One Million by Paco Rabanne, Oud Wood by Tom Ford, Aramis Cologne, Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche.🍌
Women🚺: Definitely an evening scent for you too ladies [in my opinion anyway], or anywhere that matches a classy outfit you’re wearing.
Examples: Fendi for women by Fendi, ckIN2U for her by Calvin Klein, Sensuous by Estée Lauder.🍌
I reckon I could split this one into two sub categories: Sweet and Fruity.
SWEET🍭: Anything that resembles candy or is just the right amount of sweet. Mostly found in women’s perfumes.
Best not to overdo this one, for both men and women. Sweet scents are great fun but they have a tendency to be overpowering.
Examples [all women]🚺: Fantasy by Britney Spears, Sweet Delicious Pink Macaron by DKNY, Heat by Beyonce.
FRUITY🍋: Self explanatory really. You sense a fruity smell, you know you're dealing with a fruity one. Strawberry, apple and peach are common ones, but the most common is any kind of citrus. A lot of men’s colognes actually have this undertone of citrus that sweeten up the whole scent juuuustt a little bit to get it right. Respect to the cologne inventing peeps. 🙌🏽 So lemon, orange or grapefruit combined with herbs provide that fresh and crisp vibe. I’m personally not a fan of citrus in scents but if you like it, this is perfect for summer and spring which gives off a bit of cheekiness and quirk :)
Men🚹: As mentioned, best to wear this scent in summer and spring, or just when you wanna kick back and have some fun or relax.
Examples: Artisan by John Varvatos [I LOVE his stuff. I recommend] 🍌, Citrus Wood by Yardley of London, Eau Sauvage by Dior.🍌
Women🚺: Same as the men, and you could also wear this out more casually everyday if it's your style 💁🏽
Examples: Oscar Citrus by Oscar De La Renta, The One by D&G, ck one by Calvin Klein, Miss Dior Cherie by Dior.
Last but certainly not least, I think this is a category I made up lol :P Another favourite of mine, the one that personally makes me swoooon 😍. You can also call it ‘fresh’, but I decided not to do that because this deserves a title of its own. Aqua scents give you that feeling of being in the ocean, or just in water. If you’ve been to any pristine body of water, you know what it smells like. This type of scent is like a beach in a bottle. Again, it is a little more common in men’s cologne but there’s a bit of aqua for us women too. It will almost always have hints of spice and/or citrus to replicate that relaxed feel. It gives off a cool, mysterious, playful and seductive vibe. That is why it’s good to wear even in your sleep :P
Men🚹: Perfect for any time of day. You can call this your everyday scent. Wear it WHENEVER YOU WANT 😂 #bananaApproved 👍🏽
Examples: Bottled Night by Hugo Boss🍌, The Scent by Hugo Boss🍌, Aqva by Bvlgari, Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani🍌, Eternity for men Aqua by Calvin Klein, Sauvage by Dior🍌, Herrera Aqua by Carolina Herrera, Oceans by Brut, Artisan Acqua by John Varvatos.🍌
Women🚺: Another outdoorsy or spring/summer scent. Freshhhh. 😎
Examples: Eternity Aqua for women by Calvin Klein, Aqua woman by Puma, Blue for women by Ralph Lauren🍌, Light Blue by D&G, Acqua by Roberto Cavalli.🍌
Okay so there we have it! :)
It is a little complex, and it does take time to find your perfect match, but it’s okay, good to experiment and try new things :) Remember that as a whole person, it’s best if your scent and style complement one another. Contrasting them, while totally okay, is probably something that would create a bit of a clash.
I mean, imagine say a goth looking girl with a floral perfume… or a business man with a citrus scent. I dunno if it works y'all. 😐
👃🏽Hopefully this take has inspired you to delve deeper into channelling the power of your scent, or maybe even to try out some new scents that you hadn’t previously considered (:
If you only take away one thing from this, I’d like it to be:
Don’t underestimate how your smell and overall hygiene of course, can amplify the impression you leave upon a person. I believe beauty exists in all your senses, from the qualities of your personality, to the glimmer in your eye, to the smell you exude as you walk across the room.
Knock 'em dead y'all! 👃🏽
~ j.B 🍌