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Is Oud the New Vetiver? Hot Cologne Trends for 2018

There’s no doubt Oud or Agarwood has exploded as a fragrance this last decade. Where and when this began, we can only speculate. I myself think our presence as Americans in the Middle East made have had something to do with it. Soldiers and private contractors, business folk and what […]

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Absolute Best Leather Colognes for Men

What is a leather fragrance?Based on the name of this olfactory family, it’s fairly obvious that these scents are meant to evoke the scent of leather. What many people don’t realize, though, is just how varied this fragrance family tends to be. Though leather plays a pivotal role in any […]

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The Comeback of Unisex Fragrances

Unisex fragrances have always existed, but there’s no doubt that the market is largely split into feminine and masculine scents. Feminine scents, like the classics Chanel No. 5 and Dior J’Adore, are typically light and floral. Masculine scents, like Terre d’Hermes and Thierry Mugler Homme, on the other hand, are […]

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Best Smelling Woody Colognes for Men

What is a woody fragrance?No other fragrance style combines elegance and the vibrant nature of the great outdoors quite like the woody fragrances. Imagine the scent of a campfire on a cool night, a forest full of trees, or a carpenter’s workshop. Woody fragrances capture the essence of all these […]

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Smell Delicious: The Best Men’s Gourmand Colognes

What Are Gourmand Fragrances?If you want to smell good enough to eat, let me introduce you to the gourmand fragrance family. Most often, these fragrances capture the essence of desserts: the richness of a chocolate cake; the creaminess of caramel; or the sweetness of a giant candied apple. There has […]

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The Smell of Nature: Best Green Fragrances for Men

What is a green fragrance?It’s strange to describe a fragrance with a color, but “green” fragrances really do capture the freshness of nature. Think about the crispness of the outdoors: dew on grass, a garden of herbs, or leaves blowing in the breeze. Green fragrances capture these moments.  Green fragrances are […]

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Sweetly Masculine: Best Fruity Colognes for Men

What are fruity fragrances? If you think fruity scents are only about sweetness, this fragrance family is about to surprise you. While it’s easy to conflate fruity fragrances with sweet ones, this is actually a pretty dynamic fragrance category. The warmth of spicy fruity fragrances makes for the phenomenal cold weather […]

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Best Amber and Oriental Colognes for Men

The summer will be fading fast, but that doesn’t mean your warmth has to. Finding the best oriental fragrances for your personality is a great way to welcome the fall and winter months.  Whether you are looking for the a great cologne that women will love or simply a good fit […]

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Best Mens Chypre Fragrances

What does chypre mean?The term ‘chypre’ comes from the French word for the island of Cyprus. These fragrances have a Mediterranean scent that contrasts citrus top notes with a warm, woody, mossy foundation. They deliver a polished, sophisticated, and powdery olfactory experience. Chypres are the fragrance version of a perfectly-tailored, […]

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Ultimate Guide to the Best Oud Colognes for Men

Oud, sometimes called aloes or agar, has been long valued as a scent in the Middle East. It has recently become popular in Europe and North America as well. Because it is rare, in very high demand and difficult to harvest, it is one of the most expensive scent ingredients in […]

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What is an Aquatic Fragrance?

Picture the fresh, salty smell that the ocean leaves on your clothes after a day at the beach. Imagine the crisp, mossy scent of a field of grass just after a heavy summer rain. Or, what about that clean, soapy smell you get just after you’ve hopped out of the […]

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What Is Fougere?

​“Fougere” or “aromatic fougere” describes one of the main families of fragrances. Fougere qualities are used particularly in fragrances made for men, so you’ll come across these terms fairly often when researching cologne. But, what do they actually mean? What is a fougére fragrance?Fougere fragrances are made by combining lavender, oakmoss, […]

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What is Vetiver? The Ultimate Guide

Vetiver has long brought a unique scent to men’s fragrances. But what does Vetiver smell like?  And what is it, exactly? These are the two questions we address in this guide.  Vetiver, also known as Chrysopogon zizanioides in Latin or Vetyver, is an extremely popular green scent. It is estimated that […]