Scent plays an important role in attraction, seduction, and relationships – I’ve written about that before.
And while a man can’t change his natural smell or pheromones – he can choose his cologne.
So where should you start, if you’re looking to pick up a new scent?
Well, did you know that many men’s colognes are meant to be worn at specific times of the day?
Scents can be broken down into two main categories…daytime (blue) and nighttime (black).
So how can you tell the difference?
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Daytime Cologne (Blue)
- Names: Many have names that refer to water, the color blue, or both.
- Packaging: Most daytime cologne comes in blue or purple packaging, often with water themes.
- Scent: They are lighter and more ‘watery.’ They’ll often have citrus notes, and they’re sometimes reminiscent of sunlight. In general, they have a cooler smell.
- Examples: Polo Blue & D&G Light Blue
Nighttime Cologne (Black)
- Names: Their names often refer to the color black or darkness.
- Packaging: In contrast, nighttime cologne usually comes in black, grey, or dark-colored packaging.
- Scent: These have heavier, muskier scents. They’re darker – more shadowy and masculine. They usually have spicy or woody notes and a warmer smell.
- Examples: Armani Code & Polo Black
Ideally, a guy would have at least two types – one for day and another for night.
You could combine any of the examples above into a day/night pairing.
But I’ll also go over the ones I use – my favorite combinations.
Cologne Combo # 1
This is the more ‘expensive’ pairing, Armani is good stuff.
- Armani Acqua Di Gio – Sweet. Salty. Seawater. Wind. Citrus. Herbal.
- Armani Mania – Cedar. Mossy. Amber. Citrus. Woodsy. Sweet patchouli.
Cologne Combo # 2
This one costs less, but both still smell pretty damn good.
- Davidorff Cool Water – Fresh water. Lavender. Jasmine. Sandalwood. Crisp. Invigorating. Brisk.
- Kenneth Cole Black – Woodsy. Cedar. Sweet spice. Mildly bitter. Perfect balance. Sexy.
Here are some tips for using the black & blue cologne combos.
Don’t Mix Them!
You don’t want to mix the two scents.
While it’s not the end of the world if it happens, it’s best to avoid combining them.
So if you wear a blue scent at work during the day, make sure you shower before wearing a black scent at night on your first date.
Since everyone has different body chemistry and pheromones, cologne smells different depending on who’s wearing it.
What smells good on me might not smell good on you – so try out several before committing to any one scent.
I like testing them out at department stores first.
Then later, I’ll buy them online – it’s usually less expensive that way.
Remember that the TSA restricts what you can have in your carry-on luggage.
So if you’re traveling with just carry-on, keep your cologne in 3.4 ounce bottles or smaller.
Otherwise, they’ll get confiscated.
Not every cologne fits into a black or blue category.
And there’s also nothing stopping you from wearing daytime cologne at night, and vice versa.
But in general, it’s best to wear your cologne properly, and choose the right scent for the right occasion.