Let’s cut to the chase. There’s a lot of different colognes on the market today, and it’s pretty much impossible to see if they work effectively with your skin. Some of the world’s biggest fashion houses are producing on mass, and not always up to the standards that we adhere to here at DMARGE.
Due to this saturation of overproduced colognes that are made for nothing other than profitable ends (and usually sold in airport duty-free shops) we’ve come up with a few scents that have been tried and tested by our team here at DMARGE HQ. Yes, every one of them.
These perfumes are literally some of the best on the market, produced using a mix of rare and original ingredients, so that you stand out for all the right reasons – and don’t smell like every other bloke in the street.
How one smells says a hell of a lot about who one is, especially in a world where first impressions now mean everything. Some people will choose a different scent every time they purchase a new bottle, some may like to stick to a particular label, and there are even those who choose one fragrance forever – a scent they feel defines them as a person.
So, either way, if you’re after a truly unique scent that will have people u-turning just to grab another pleasurable whiff, then check out our best 15 fragrances guide – from us to you. Cause let’s be honest, you won’t smell bullshit on us!
A Brief History On Men’s Cologne
Once upon a time, pleasantly scented potions were a matter of necessity. One’s nose was constantly assaulted by the unpleasant odours of smoke, rotting food, and open sewers. And that was just the people – imagine what the actual sewers smelled like.
Long before modern perfumery began in the late 19th century, perfumes existed in some of the earliest human civilisations. The art of crafting scents began in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, then was further refined by the Romans and Persians.
Knowledge of perfumery came to Europe as early as the 14th century, due in part to developments in the Middle East. Islamic cultures perfected the extraction of fragrances through steam distillation and introduced new raw materials to the industry. With that, fragrances were ready to move west.
Today’s colognes don’t perform such a purely practical purpose, but they do serve a more interesting one: helping you get lucky. Pair the right scent with the right man and some kind of sorcery happens. If you don’t know what we’re talking about, you just haven’t met The One yet (scent, that is).
Men’s Cologne Tips
The best men’s cologne must be thoughtfully paired with the specific situations and occasions in which it will be worn. Seductive dark, tobacco and woody smell suit evening events, while fresher or citrus fragrances work better for everyday wear and the office.
The last thing you want to do is be known as the ‘too much men cologne’ guy at work, so choose appropriately and apply sparingly.
Most of the best men’s cologne and fragrances can be purchased online, however, we recommend trying them on in-store first. Spray some on in the shop, then go for a walk and see how it smells after 15 minutes. Most men’s colognes smell different on everyone. Your skin and pheromones react with the potion to personalise the scent, meaning you don’t have to drop thousands on a custom cologne to get something unique.