What Cologne You Should Be Wearing Based On Your Style And Personality
Your attire and aroma are a team – this is your game plan.
Blue Men’s Group
As you might expect, fragrances from the blue family tend to be invigorating, fresh, and best suited to the man leading an active lifestyle – men like you, naturally.
“They’re designed for the kind of character who thrives on adrenaline,” says award-winning perfume critic and author Dariush Alavi. “He’s all about dynamism, speed and pitting his body against the elements.”
He may also, we’d like to add, be partial to a gin and tonic after a day spent taming the surf. These scents come into their own during the spring and summer months due to their light and fresh quality.
The discernible Blue Men’s Group citrus notes in the first few minutes after spraying lend them an energising character, with a marine note in the middle.
Case in point: the latest incarnation of Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue features a combination of grapefruit, juniper and musk that cuts through the summer heat.
These Are Our Top 5 “Blue” Scents:
Azzaro Chrome Intense 100ml R1 175 DIS-CHEM
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau Intense Pour Homme 100ml R1 330 RED SQUARE
Hugo Boss Bottled Tonic 100ml R1 265 EDGARS
Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit De L’Homme Eau Electrique 100ml R1 100 WOOLWORTHS
Narciso Rodriguez For Him Bleu Noir 100ml R1 200 WOOLWORTHS
Green fragrances evoke a sense of the outdoors, with an emphasis on verdant gardens and al fresco picnics in the woods. On a wine farm. Most exhibit the characteristics of sun-dappled forests or moist, mossy woodlands.
“These fragrances are all about tranquility, not sweat-pumping action,” says Alavi. “They suit the man who likes the feel of grass under his feet.” Notes from this family of fragrances range from well-tended English garden to untamed fir tree forest, but they’re often defined by a pungent, leafy quality.
To take the edge off all that green, they frequently feature hints of rosemary and lavender, or citrus and warming woods.
The danger here is dousing so liberally that you give off the aroma of pine-fresh toilet cleaner, so it’s important to choose your scent wisely. Creed Original Vetiver is rich in green notes, giving an impression of delicate complexity
These Are Our Top 5 “Green” Scents:
Guess Man EDT 75ml R585 CLICKS
Creed Original Vetiver 75ml R4 450 EDGARS
Dunhill London Icon Racing 100ml R1 595 TRUWORTHS
Sisley Eau De Campagne 250ml R1 521 EDGARS
Tom Ford Sole Di Positano 50ml R2 750 TOM FORD
Orange is a colour often associated with warning, so let this be yours: you are now handling potent aromas. These fragrances are redolent of the Far East; as such, they’re powerful, carrying with them the potential to be overbearing.
Featuring rich spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and clove, along with incense, leather or amber in the base notes, they’re exotic, evoking feelings of lust, warmth and seductiveness.
In short, the wearer’s personality needs to stand up to the perfume. Azzi Glasser, the perfume designer behind the exceptional The Perfumer’s Story (theperfumersstory.com), explains that this is scent for the man who likes to make an entrance.
“He likes to be the centre of attention wherever he goes, and wants to linger in people’s minds long after he’s moved on to his next port of call.”
Our advice? Don’t spray the spray unless you can walk the walk.
These Are Our Top 5 “Orange” Scents:
Ermenegildo Zegna Essenze Spice Collection Indian Spice 125ml R3 200 EDGARS
Jo Malone London Golden Needle R4 550 JO MALONE
L’ Homme Lacoste 100ml R1 260 WOOLWORTHS
Aramis Voyager 100ml R1 080 WOOLWORTHS
Joop! Wow! EDT 60ml R760 CLICKS
“Extreme” fragrances more often than not represent more intense variations on existing scents (‘flankers’, to use industry parlance) that offer either a ‘louder’ projection of the original scent or prolonged lifespan on the skin.
For example, Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extrême has far more longevity (in other words, it lingers for longer) and a considerably sweeter punch than its popular but comparatively meek predecessor from 1999.
The bolder, darker nature of these fragrances, then, makes them fantastic for late nights and eveningwear. “This man’s modus operandi is one of sophisticated understatement,” says Alavi of he who takes it black.
“He considers his sense of style earnestly and he likes to maintain an air of mystery about him. His secrets are saved only for those who manage to get up close.”
These Are Our Top 5 “Black” Scents:
Christian Dior Sauvage Very Cool Spray 100ml R1 240 EDGARS
Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio Profumo 75ml R1 339 FOSCHINI
Paco Rabanne Invictus Intense 100ml R1 320 WOOLWORTHS
Prada Luna Rossa Carbon 100ml R1 400 FOSCHINI
Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extrême 150ml R2 250 EDGARS
(Photography by Jonathan Kope)