While we can all agree fragrance marketing is pure wind, one truism holds solid: we buy aftershave to impress the opposite sex. Don’t deny it. Much like undoing a few extra buttons on your shirt come Friday night, paying attention to what you put on your wrists is a modern form of attention.
Women, I mean real women, know it when you have a very good fragrance on. There’s nothing better than a man wearing aftershave. Even if it’s just the cheap stuff, frankly. But when you catch a whiff of something daring and quirky it sends your lady’s heart soaring, especially on those early dates.
It’s a signifier that you’re strong, confident in your choices and care about the finer details. I personally don’t like anything too fresh on a guy. Anything citrusy makes me think of 1990s male scents which we all women, I’m talking about associate with teenage boys.
You’re older and wiser than that, so try Tom Ford Oud Wood, which has notes of Sichuan pepper and a hefty dose of amber (it’s the right side of sexy). Nothing else smells quite as captivating. I’d probably put out for a guy who was wearing this.
I know this is a bit old school. If a man walks past me in the street wearing Joop! Homme, it can genuinely stop me in my tracks for a split second. It instantly transports me right to back to my first boyfriend who used to practically bathe in that stuff and all the mischief we’d get up to as teenagers, and the excitement of falling in love for the first time.
To me, it smells of young romance and rebellion, my parents weren’t his biggest fans, so I’d often wait till they were asleep, then sneak out to his house for a late night make-out session. lol! I’d bet there are plenty of women out there who get the same hot rush from Joop! Homme.
More often than not, girls like a particular fragrance because it reminds them of someone. For me, it’s the cedar-based Chanel Allure Homme, my love for the scent outlived that for the guy, but that’s another story.
Now, though i actually wear the gender less BOSS Hugo Boss With warm myrrh, sandalwood and cinnamon, it’s a mysterious, masculine scent that strikes the balance between strength and femininity. A little bit spicy and a little bit sweet; it’s seriously sexy.
You shouldn’t be afraid of a unisex fragrance. If anything, it’s designed to appeal to women more so your chances of her liking it only go up.
Do you have a fragrance you’re convinced makes you irresistible? Please share.