Your ultimate guide to buying colognes

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15 May 2017
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In this article, we outline the best of aromatic sources and pick our favourite fragrance for each

While you can’t necessarily judge a cologne by its bottle, you can learn a lot about it from looking at the list of ingredients on the bottle. In this article, we outline the best of aromatic sources and pick our favourite fragrance for each. Happy sniffin’, fellas! Rejoice.


Amber

Based on a fossilised resin (known for trapping prehistoric mosquitoes), amber scents have a rich, earthy musk.
Our pick: DOLCE & GABBANA THE ONE FOR MEN
Fragrance group: Woody Spicy
Main accords: Fresh spicy, amber, tobacco
Nose: Stefano Gabbana
Top notes: Basil, coriander and grapefruit
Middle notes: Cardamom, ginger and orange blossom
Base notes: Amber, cedar and tobacco
Style: Confident, refined and sexy

Oud

Woodsy, spicy, and floral, oud, which comes from mouldy resin, has been hot ever since it got call outs in Sanskrit.
Our pick: VERSACE OUD NOIR
Fragrance group: Oriental Woody
Main accords: Oud, warm spicy, woody
Notes: Bitter orange, black pepper, cardamom, leatherwood, neroli, olibanum, oud wood, patchouli and saffron
Style: Addictive, seductive and sensual

Sandalwood

In its truest essence, sandalwood is earthy, dry and sharp. Add cypress oil and its odour becomes as fresh as a spring hike, sans the dampness.
Our pick: ELIZABETH AND JAMES NIRVANA BLACK
Fragrance group: Woody
Main accords: Powdery, woody, balsamic and vanilla
Nose: Pierre Negrin
Notes: Sandalwood, vanilla and violet
Style: Mysterious, sensual and warm

Incense

Finally, far and further from the dorm-room stuff, real incense has an ecclesiastical background, and this time around, it’s smokier and more sin-inducing.
Our pick: CHANEL BLEU DE CHANEL EAU DE PARFUM
Fragrance group: Woody Aromatic
Main accords: Woody, balsamic, citrus
Nose: Jacques Polge
Notes: Amber, cedar, incense, grapefruit, ginger, jasmine, labdanum, lemon, mint, nutmeg, patchouli, pink pepper, woody notes and vetiver
Style: Bold, free and fresh

Vetiver

Vetiver, quintessentially a grass native to India, is earthy and smoky, yet crispy, just like drinking a mint julep and ripping a cigar.
Our pick: TOM FORD GREY VETIVER EAU DE TOILETTE
Fragrance group: Woody Aromatic
Main accords: Citrus, woody, aromatic, green
Nose: Harry Fremont
Top notes: Basil, bergamot, grapefruit and iced lemon
Middle notes: Artemisia, orange blossom, orris and sage
Base notes: Amber, musk, oak moss and vetiver
Style: Bright, cool and lively

Finishing tip: How to test a cologne

It’s simple. Fragrances smell different on everyone and very different on a blotter than on skin. Thus, ask for samples to take home and live with before buying the real deal.

SHOPPING INDEX

INA Center, Dharmapath, New Road & Civil Mall, Sundhara
The Swarovski Store, Durbarmarg
Pleasures, Durbarmarg
5th Avenue, Sherpa Mall, Durbarmarg & City Center, Kamalpokhari