Hayley Kadrou11 Feb 2019 AT 03:05 PM

How to pick out a new aftershave without smelling like a perfume shop

It's time to go for a new scent. Here's how to do it
Hayley Kadrou11 Feb 2019 AT 03:05 PM
How to pick out a new aftershave without smelling like a perfume shop

If you’re still wearing any of these aftershaves – Versace Blue Jeans, CK One or Davidoff Cool Water – then we’re stepping in. Taking on the concession stand sales guys is not as hard as it sounds, and you’ll soon reap the rewards of a new signature scent. Arm yourself with these nuggets of knowledge and you can’t go too wrong with finding yourself a new fragrance. One: Take note of the, erm, notes. Fragrances consist of top, heart and base notes, and it’s the last one you need to pay the most attention to. This is the scent that will linger on you (hopefully) throughout the day, and it takes about 30-40 minutes to fight its way to the surface. Two: Skin contact counts. Said fragrance notes react with your skin’s chemistry, hence why one man’s shower fresh is another man’s eau de toilet freshener. Whittle down aftershaves that you like with blotting papers, and then select two to spray onto pulse points to see how they settle. Three: EDTs and EDPs are all about concentration. Remember this ranking order – perfume extract, eau de parfum, eau de toilette and eau de cologne – and you’ll be just fine.

How to spritz
Yes, how exactly you apply fragrance can make a difference. Spray onto pulse points and don’t rub your wrists together. This action actually dulls the top notes of the scent, meaning it will fade faster.

How to store
Generally, aftershaves have a shelf life of around three years once open. But to ensure the aroma doesn’t falter prematurely, store your scents in a cool place away from light and humidity.

Black Orchid EDP

Sultry woods and rich fruit scents in a sleek Art Deco bottle
AED499 for 50ml, Tom Ford

Bergamont EDP

Feel a surge of energy as you spray this earthy, citrus-heavy spritz
AED521 for 100ml, Commodity

Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne

Get back to nature with this uplifting scent combination
AED315 for 30ml, Jo Malone