A Complete Guide to Men’s Fragrances

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Whether you got it as a present or you were looking to step your own game up, using men’s fragrances can seem more confusing than it should be. 

While it is easy to treat all of them the same, the reality is that getting your fragrance application right from the off is half the battle. Yet to do that, you need to know which should be dabbed and which can be sprayed on with a liberal grace. Get it wrong, and you could be making a very expensive and smelly mistake again and again. 

Fortunately, our guide will get you to know your perfume from your toilettes before you arrive at Bloomingdales. So let’s get started! 

Eau de Fraiche

Starting with the lightest fragrance, if you are looking for something to freshen you up for a quick drink after the gym, then this is it. 

Containing only 1-3% of perfumed oils, the difference-maker is that water makes up the majority of the mixture rather than alcohol. This is where it gets its name, translating as “fragrance water”. Due to its light nature, this is the category that would fall into being an aftershave.

Eau de Fraiche typically only lasts a bit more than an hour before you need to top up. 

Eau de Cologne 

This fragrance style can easily get confused. This is because cologne is often a blanket term used for men’s fragrances in America.

Eau de Cologne, however, is a slightly stronger scent than our predecessor, with 2-4% of perfumed oils. It is still heavily diluted with water, however, meaning they are the cheaper options for most designer fragrances.

They tend to last approximately 2 hours or more.

Eau de Toilette

If you are looking for something among men’s fragrances that will give you more bang for your buck, you could do well with Eau de Toilette. 

Eau de Toilette dates back to the 14th century, and although it translates as “toilet water”, it is anything but. Packing a punch of up to 15% perfume oil and a higher concentration of alcohol than water compared to the others before it, it can last up to most of the day, meaning only a few spays into the evening are needed. 

As with all of them, to get the best effect, you should use them after a shower, when the clean pores are at the most dilated.

Eau de Parfum

Stepping into serious territory, Eau de Parfum is when you start to see a major shift in prices for your favored men’s fragrances. This is due to their higher perfume content, which can be anything from 15-20%. 

Most men’s fragrances, such as Mont Blanc, for example, contain much more masculine notes at this stage. Base notes such as woody, earthy tones are more noticeable as the day progresses, adding richness to this valuable category. 


If you want the Rolls Royce experience of men’s fragrances, then the creme de la creme is a Parfum. They can be anything from 20-40% perfumed oils, meaning that one or two light dabs are enough for the whole day.

This more heavy, oily fragrance should be kept for special occasions where you want to look and smell the part. 

Men’s Fragrances Made Easy   

Now that you know the different types of men’s fragrances, you’re ready to shop for the best cologne or aftershave to meet your needs!

We hope our guide to the different types of men’s fragrances has left you feeling like an expert. If you liked it, be sure to share, and don’t miss out on our other great guides on our site! 


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