How to Choose a Cologne and Top Fragrances According to 10 Caribbean Men
by Lou-Ann Jordan Jun 6, 2022
Let this Father’s Day be different from all others. If you’re wondering, how? It’s pretty simple. Don’t do the last-minute, grab-anything shopping plan. Think about what he likes. We want to help you by offering several helpful gift ideas for the dads in your life. Even if your go-to is a shirt or cologne, we want to equip you to choose one that he’ll love.
So, we begin with male fragrances. As we would say in our Caribbean parlance, there is something very appealing about a “sweet-smelling” man. However, more than a scent you love, it should be one that he will like.
You should first begin with what kind of notes or scents he likes. Does he find the fragrance of coffee, pine, tobacco, or leather appealing? Secondly, you should consider his lifestyle and the environment in which his most likely to wear it. The New York Times writer, Tynan Sinks, notes that certain fragrances are best suited for specific times. For example, intense, musky scents may not be well-suited for professional environments as they may be overpowering.
An additional factor to consider when selecting a cologne is that fragrances react to hormonal levels and body chemistry. Because of this, it is always best to test the fragrance on your skin before making the purchase. You may even have experienced the change in a scent after some time has passed. Of course, you’re choosing a cologne fragrance for a man, so it may not be possible to test it if it’s a surprise. This limitation makes it even more important to choose a fragrance based on a note that he actually likes.
Glossary of terms to keep in mind
To help you with your purchase, we’ve provided a few useful terms and reached out to several men, asking them to name their favourites.
Notes – These are the various ‘ingredients’ that are in a fragrance’s composition. A cologne comprises top, heart and base notes. Top notes are what you first smell at the spritz of a cologne or perfume. Once these evaporate, typically, it happens quickly, and the heart notes surface. Lastly, usually about an hour after the spritz, the base notes, which are long-lasting, arise.
Accord – In perfumery, an accord is a combination of materials that produce a new or distinct scent. It tells the story of the fragrance. Some known accords are oriental, wood, citrus, floral, amber, chypre and fougère.
Cologne – Generally, this term is used to refer to masculine scents. However, Eau de Cologne is a particular concentration of perfume oil in perfumery. It is less concentrated than parfum and Eau de Toilette as it is made with fewer perfume oils.
Intensity – Scent or fragrance intensity refers to its strength. The higher the concentration, the fragrance’s composition has a greater concentration of aromatic oils than alcohol.
10 Men Around the Region Share their Favourite Colognes
We wanted to offer you a list based on what men say they like. We asked, and here’s what they had to say:
Azzaro Chrome and Kenneth Cole Black
“When I first began using cologne, I started with Chrome. Now, Kenneth Cole Black is my favourite! It’s definitely my go-to scent.” – Nicholas R. (Trinidad)
Azzaro Chrome, Versace Man, Jimmy Choo Intense and Legend Spirit by Mont Blanc
“Chrome was the first cologne I fell in love with. Lately, I’ve been using the Versace, and I also have a Jimmy Choo Intense. But one of my favourites (and I stress ‘favourites’) is Legend Spirit.” – Nigel J. (Trinidad)
Versace Man, Dunhill Fresh, Sean John 3 AM by P.Diddy and Issey Miyake Intense
“Those are subtle but imposing fragrances. I also like that when I enter a room or space, they command the attention and more often than not, it’s a room where I will need the attention of others.” – Roger J. (Guyana)
Curve, Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche and AB Spirit Millionaire
“I like cologne with musk, so these are the ones I stick with. Also, I have sinuses problems, and these don’t trigger them.” – Basil F. (Grenada)
Toy Boy by Moschino, Y by Yves Saint Laurent, and Hermès H24
“I’m currently using these three. Our senses connect us to the world, evoking emotions and feelings and recalling memories. They also excite us. Colognes do the same thing by playing on our sense of smell. These are my favourites because they do all of these things.” – Adel P. (Grenada)
Explorer by Mont Blanc and Dior Homme
“It’s interesting because these two are very loud but soft too. Also, neither irritate my sinuses. I like that both linger; they can last days on my clothes even after washing. I’ve also received good reviews about how I smell from people when I wear them.” – Mtumda D. (Grenada)
Paco Rabanne Invictus
“This one is my number one! I love the scent. It’s just…masculine.” – Hanniff M. (Jamaica)
“It’s not too strong. The fragrance is very subtle. You don’t really catch the scent unless you’re speaking to someone close by, and I like that. It suits my personality.” – Khalid U. (Belize)
Legend Spirit by Mont Blanc
“I love the scent; it’s fresh and clean. Also, it lasts very long.” – Allen T. (St. Lucia)
Polo ‘Red’ Collection by Ralph Lauren and Eternity by Calvin Klein
“I love the collection as a whole (Red, Rush and Extreme). I love the remixes of the red, but the original is the one—grapefruit and redwood. However, Eternity is my go-to fragrance. It complements any look I go for. I’m a sucker for the sandalwood endnote.” – Geffen G. (Montserrat)
You’ve heard it from the men, and were they excited to share! It appears men take their cologne selection very seriously.
We hope this list will be a helpful guide when shopping. Do keep in mind that the same cologne may smell differently on two persons because of the differences in their body chemistry. Also, to aid you in your selection, here’s a site that can guide you in choosing colognes based on accords.
Sources: Bespoke Post, Moellhausen, The New York Times and The Perfume Shop.