There’s no denying that perfumes are one of the most essential products to have in your vanity. There are different types of perfumes, each with their own concentrations, longevity, and sillages. However, finding one that becomes your go-to scent may take years. If you’re someone who hasn’t found their go-to perfume yet, or don’t know how to go about finding the one, investment-worthy perfume, here’s everything you need to know about men’s perfumes before buying one.
Needless to say, affordability is one of the first things we tend to check when it comes to buying pretty much anything. However, the good news is that with perfumes you can find good quality ones across several price ranges. It’s important to note that the price of a perfume for men also depends on the type. While a mid-range body mist will cost you anything between INR 600 to INR 1,500, a mid -range Eau De Parfum will cost between INR 3,000 to INR 10,000.
This means it becomes easier to pick a scent you like by just going for the type that fits in your budget.
We bet you’ve come across instances where when a person leaves the room and you can still smell their perfume for men after—with them leaving a trail of scent behind. That is called sillage. It is the trail of fragrance left behind by a person’s perfume. When buying a perfume, it’s note-worthy to ensure how much sillage capacity the perfume has, especially if you want to invest in a perfume and make it your signature scent. Heavier and stronger scents, woody and musky ones for instance, have a longer sillage than those with lighter notes.
Longevity in a perfume refers to the time a scent lasts on the skin. This can range from a mere 30 minutes to 12 hours. Again, this too depends on the type of perfume for men you’re choosing. While a deodorant might last you only 40-odd minutes, a parfum will last you up to 12 hours. This happens because of the varying concentration levels of alcohol and essential oils.
Understand The Notes
All perfumes have notes—top, middle, and base notes that, when mixed together, form the scent. Before buying a perfume, it’s important to carefully pick one whose notes you’re comfortable with. If the perfume for men is easy on your nose, and smells good to you, only then buy it. It’s a misconception, especially about men’s perfume, that the stronger the perfume, the longer it’ll last. It just depends on its essential oil concentration and has nothing to do with what ingredients were used. If you’re a lover of fresh and floral scents, then opt for scents with notes of passion fruit and rose. But if you’re a fan of musky amber like scents then choose one with notes of amber, vanilla, and things like bergamot as those tend to last longer.
Seasons Change For Perfumes Too
Similar to how your clothes and what you eat changes throughout the year in accordance with the seasons, your choice of perfumes too must change. All perfumes regardless of type are seasonal. Folks tend to gravitate towards fresh, fruity, and citrus scents more during the summers and rightly so, you want to smell fresh, alive, and also feel refreshed during the summers which make these scents ideal. Similarly, during the winters, and colder months in general, folks tend to gravitate towards woody, more oriental scents.
Do Your Research
It’s easy to get swept up in the waves of advertisements, or go for perfumes just because they have a cult following. Before buying a perfume for men, it’s super integral to thoroughly do your research. The first thing you need to do is learn about the different types of perfumes in the market, and see which one suits your needs the best. We always suggest having the basics—a deodorant for its everyday value, an Eau De Parfum for its potency and something you can shell out big bucks on, and a cologne for an everyday workwear option, which is more affordable compared to an EDP.
Never Blind Buy
Never buy blindly, always invest in minis, or samples before you buy a full sized bottle. This is essential because even if you’ve liked what another person is wearing, or smelled the scent of your dreams in the store, it’s not necessary that it’ll wear well on your skin once it mixed in with your natural odour and Ph. All perfumes wear out differently on people. Something that might smell super fruity on one might smell completely different on you. If you’re wondering where to get minis and samples from, you’ll always find them on Nykaa or even at the brand’s store where you can even request for a free sample.