The Best Men’s Colognes For Different Occasions (Affordable Prices)

And so you go out to hang out with your friends. As you come closer, the girls go: “Wow! You smell amazing”. That just happens to stroke your ego, doesn’t that? Choosing your perfume according to every occasion is just the key to it all. No matter who you’re interested in.

Well, truth be told: there are just millions of fragrances lying around and it’s so difficult to know which of them you should wear for going on a date or for a meeting, or even when you work out. Not to mention their fragrances may change according to each person’s skin.

“Each human being has particular traits, like hormone balance, diet, perspiration and emotional state. All these factors, put together, contribute to the change of aroma that there is from person to person”, explains Marolih Procida, Italian scientist and perfumer, living in São Paulo.

Plus, there are our skin pH levels, which can also influence. “The lower the acidity levels, the higher the oiliness. Therefore, the perfume is more fixative, that is, its fragrance lasts longer. Now when the pH is high, that means the skin is dry and retains less moisture, in which case the perfume won’t adhere so well”, clears up Adriana Vieira, specialist in fragrances from São Paulo.

Another factor is our sweat. The specialists have explained that the perfume gives off as the skin breathes. Consequently, the more sweat, the shorter its duration. “It may sound silly, but our biological functions also affect the perfume adherence to our skin. Weight loss, harsh diets or the use of antibiotics can influence on the chemical reactions of the fragrance on our skin”, states Adriana.

Each occasion calls for a different perfume

First things first! I asked both specialists to recommend the best kind of fragrance for each occasion. Fortunately, I managed to try some of the perfumes they recommended, and I’ll give you my opinion about them here. Just remember: choosing a perfume is a very personal thing.

Work Routine

During your work days, you should pick an EDT perfume, as it lasts for between 6 and 8 hours. That’s perfect for your work days. So, based on that, we should include fragrances relatively smooth and refreshing, the citric ones basically.

The Best Men's Colognes For Different Occasions (Affordable Prices) : Grooming  | https://www.royalfashionist.com“When we’re at our work environments, we should not impose our fragrances on the others, but instead, we should convey a professional and competent attitude”, Marolih analyzes.

Our recommendations:

Dolce&Gabanna Light Blue

The Best Men's Colognes For Different Occasions (Affordable Prices) : Grooming  | https://www.royalfashionist.comThe classic of the classics. Finding someone who does not like this fragrance is not an easy task. According to a press note, it is made with sea salt notes, which are complemented by the freshness of grapefruit”. What does that mean on your skin? On mine, for one thing, the result was a smooth scent that lasted for quite some time. Distinctive, yet subtle.

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Acqua Essenziale Blue

The Best Men's Colognes For Different Occasions (Affordable Prices) : Grooming  | https://www.royalfashionist.comI asked a friend to try this one for me. His answer to me: “it wasn’t so fixative. A few hours working and there was just a tiny hint of it left”.

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Work meeting

“I also recommend the EDT perfumes because of their versatility. You can wear them during the day or at night. A hot tip I have on this is that you apply the perfume in equal amounts on both your skin and your clothes”, Adriana says.

The Best Men's Colognes For Different Occasions (Affordable Prices) : Grooming  | https://www.royalfashionist.comGoing in this direction, search for gentle and refreshing fragrances. “The rooty and woody scents bring irreverence, in which rationality prevails. They are sure allies when it comes to making an important decision, let’s say, in a meeting”, the scientist alerts.

Our recommendations:

Calvin Klein Eternity Now

The Best Men's Colognes For Different Occasions (Affordable Prices) : Grooming  | https://www.royalfashionist.comThis one is definitely more distinctive, but nothing substantial. I’ve put it on to work once and another time to go out at night. For both occasions it’s a great pick. The investment is totally worthwhile.

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Gentlemen Only (Givenchy)

The Best Men's Colognes For Different Occasions (Affordable Prices) : Grooming  | https://www.royalfashionist.comFantastic! I loved its fragrance and fixation. It lasted for hours and hours. It’s a way to turn a seemingly trivial moment, like a work meeting, into something remarkable. Tip: you can wear that in differently remarkable occasions too.

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For A Night Out

The Best Men's Colognes For Different Occasions (Affordable Prices) : Grooming  | https://www.royalfashionist.comIf the party is indoors, they recommend intense scents whose fixation is longer. Woody and Oriental notes also promote that. A great tip!

Our recommendations:

Gucci Made to Measure Pour Homme

The Best Men's Colognes For Different Occasions (Affordable Prices) : Grooming  | https://www.royalfashionist.comIntense and distinctive. If you’re into stronger scents, this is a no-brainer. I liked it, but I admit that I was bothered, at times, by my own smell.

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Versace Eros

The Best Men's Colognes For Different Occasions (Affordable Prices) : Grooming  | https://www.royalfashionist.comVery good one! I recommend this one, hands down. Its bottle looks like that of an ancient perfume, but it features contemporary fragrance and notes. Distinctive, but not overly.

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Hugo Boss The Scent

The Best Men's Colognes For Different Occasions (Affordable Prices) : Grooming  | https://www.royalfashionist.comJust my favorite to go out at night (and my next purchase!). It’s gotten a woody note that accentuates its fragrance. Totally worth the shot. The Hugo Boss Scent is one of those perfumes that no one will ever forget (in a positive way).

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Polo Red Intense

The Best Men's Colognes For Different Occasions (Affordable Prices) : Grooming  | https://www.royalfashionist.comI can’t really say a thing about this one. L’oreal (their press agency in Brazil) did not provide any samples to us. Either way, here’s what the specialists say: in respect to its fragrance, their release says  “grapefruit notes, Ruby Red, saffron – known for its aphrodisiac effects for centuries. And to wrap up, red cedar oil, which brings a warm sensation to the scent”.

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Going To an Outdoor Party 

The Best Men's Colognes For Different Occasions (Affordable Prices) : Grooming  | https://www.royalfashionist.com“If you’re going to a bar, which is usually a casual place where emotions are more expressed, you should go for light and refreshing scents. Examples: pepper notes”, Marolih explains.

Our recommendations:

Gentlemen Only Casual Chic (Givenchy)

The Best Men's Colognes For Different Occasions (Affordable Prices) : Grooming  | https://www.royalfashionist.comRemember Gentlemen Only for work meetings we just mentioned? Well, this one is of the same line, but according to the brand’s press office, this version’s olfactory pyramid takes ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, cedar, mint, lavender and other elements.

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Acqua di Giò (Giorgio Armani)

The Best Men's Colognes For Different Occasions (Affordable Prices) : Grooming  | https://www.royalfashionist.comThis one I know well because I have it back at home. Personally speaking, that’s my favorite. Not only to go out. I like to put this on to work too. Despite being light, its fragrance is quite distinctive anywhere you go. It’s a good choice.

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Lacoste L.12.12 Jaune

The Best Men's Colognes For Different Occasions (Affordable Prices) : Grooming  | https://www.royalfashionist.comOther than the color of its bottle, that reminds us of an outdoor space, its fragrance is quite smooth too. At the same time it’s very authentic too. Our only reservation is its fixation: it did not last long on my skin.

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Doing Sports

The Best Men's Colognes For Different Occasions (Affordable Prices) : Grooming  | https://www.royalfashionist.comThere’s no way out: we all sweat when we work out. So forget about any kind of sweetish fragrance. “In that case, go for a fragrance with light and fresh base notes, like bergamot, lime, lemon etc.”, the scientist points out.

Our recommendations:

Moschino Forever Sailing

The Best Men's Colognes For Different Occasions (Affordable Prices) : Grooming  | https://www.royalfashionist.comThis one deserves a standing ovation! It’s as light as any sports fragrance should be. As I sweated I could smell it more, but nothing that would bother me or anyone around me.

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Kenzo Intense Pour Homme

The Best Men's Colognes For Different Occasions (Affordable Prices) : Grooming  | https://www.royalfashionist.comIt’s been recommended for sports practice. Ok! I tried it on, but found it rather strong for such an occasion. If you ask me, I’m more into light scents to work out. And I decided to make a switch then: wear this perfume to go out at night. Cool, huh?

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So, have you chosen the one that goes better with your style?

You’ll surely get your money’s worth and leave your mark wherever you go.

Daniel Navas is a Brazilian journalist ( from São Paulo) and a lover of great gastronomy, sports and culture. He has already worked with different media sites like Men's Health and GQ, showing readers the latest news on welfare. As a editor in chief for Dieta Já! magazine, he immersed in the world of nutrition and today he wants to show everyone different ways to have a healthier life.
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