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The Scent of a Man

Updated: Jan 9

There is nothing more alluring than a man wearing cologne. It can either turn you on or turn you off, which in that case, it isn't alluring at all. Just like a woman's perfume, if the scent is too sweet, overpowering, or lacks substance, the wearer is doomed. Yet, when the scent matches the man, things begin to happen. The least of which is, the man becomes unforgettable.

I will always remember the day, I was standing on a street corner in New York City, waiting for the light to change so I could cross. Standing right in front of me was a woman, whose aroma waifed through the air. As I took a deep breath, I could feel the richness eminating from a careful blend of sage, rose, perhaps a hint of jasmine, lavender, and musk. Once the light had changed to green, I carefully followed in her footsteps as the crowd began to make its way across the avenue. Upon reaching the other side, I was compelled to give a quick, unintrusive compliment (who doesn't like to receive one of those every now and then, man or woman), when to my surprise, who was this woman? None other than Anna Wintor, Editor-In-Chief, Vogue Magazine.

While wearing cologne is a personal choice and the chosen scent even moreso, a variety of factors have to be taken into consideration when selecting a scent. My dad's favorite was Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche. Subtle yet exudes confidence and stability. It has a robustness to it that never grows old. A scent you look forward to smelling.

This is opposed to another male I know, whose cologne is horrid. Whenever he comes near I have to step back or better yet, into another room. Maybe he splashes on too much but more pointedly, the aroma just doesn't fit his personality. The scent is strong, and the guy is rather quiet so it's like he is trying to let the cologne make up for his shortcomings. Sounds judgmental or harsh? I'm just saying. Basically, like many a romance, the cologne is not a match for this man.

In an instance, when you're not sure what scent will be a reflection or extension of you, may I suggest an Eau de Toilette Spray, which is less concentrated and therefore lighter on the senses. Though they are not as long-lasting as a cologne, they are refreshing and will give you an inner idea of where do you want to go with this aroma.

A light, fresh with aroma just a touch of sensuality that will step into the room before you do. Salvatore Ferragamo was a man with a great sense of style. You can't go wrong with this one. The attractive bottle fits in well on any shelf. One you'll always reach for. Makes a great guy gift, stocking stuffer, better than the generic gift card. It's the gift that makes everyone say, oooh and ahhh.

The wonderful thing about colognes or toilettes is, they're not just for going out on a special occasion. Have one for the work day, another for an evening out. The choices are endless and the good scent of a man never goes out of style.

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