How To Pick The Right Cologne

Sometimes it’s intimidating to pick a cologne. There are so many choices. How should you go about picking your new scent?!

Either go alone or with one trusted friend of the opposite sex. If you do bring someone, just remember that you’re picking for you. Not for someone else. That’s rule number one.

The first thing you’re going to want to do is give the sales person a lot of direction. Tell them what you like and don’t like. If you don’t know how to describe something, it’s ok to give generality like “I don’t like citrus” or “I like earthy tones.” This will guide them in the right direction so you won’t waste each other’s time.

Next, never spray a scent on your skin. The person at the counter will insist that scents will smell different on your skin. They won’t. Politely decline. Spray the scents on the pieces of paper; that way the scents you don’t like won’t hang around and the ones you do can be set aside.

Tip: You’re the one with the wallet. That means you’re the boss. Don’t be afraid to say no. Don’t listen to any sales pitches. Pick the scent that is right for you.

Narrow it down to your two favorites, and then take a walk around the store. Go browse the shoe section or the new swimsuits. Whatever you do, you need to give your nose a break. It’s been bombarded with smells.

After a half hour or so, go back and smell your top two again. Only now should you make your decision. This is ultimately up to you since you’ll be the one wearing it.


“Stroll up to most fragrance counters and you’re liable to get sprayed in the face by a pushy salesperson wearing a plastic smile.” – GQ



5 thoughts on “How To Pick The Right Cologne

  1. Great post and advice!! :) I’m not a man obvs, but sometimes it’s fun to wear cologne (as perfume) as well.

    • Thanks for reading! Haha yes. The same exact advice would apply for a female wearing perfume as well (or cologne if you wish). It’s just that I write a men’s fashion blog, but buying a scent is the same whether your a man or woman!

  2. Pingback: How To Wear Cologne | Up Your Fashion Game

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