Just like having a favorite shoe brand or clothing line, having a well-balanced oil-based cologne is another way to reinforce a man’s identity. Colognes come in all types of fragrances for special occasions, such as; musky, light, sweet, or woodsy.
The ideal cologne retains its aroma throughout the day and works well with your natural body odor. Yes, you read that right; your body has a distinctive scent, and this smell needs to work well with the cologne you decide to wear to get the most out of the product.
If your natural smell is strong or sharp, lowering its intensity with a subtle musky fragrance will be your best bet. (as an example). But don’t worry, in this article, I took out all of the guesswork and made it ridiculously easy for your to digest and find the best oil based cologne solution that works best for you.
Below is a list of the top 7 best oil-based colognes: (The reason they are oil-based is that oil doesn’t evaporate as quickly as alcohol-based colognes do. Oil-based colognes are more expensive because of this reason and will last the longest on your skin and clothes after you spray it on yourself.)
1. Versace Dylan Blue (Musky Sweet Scent)
If you’re looking for a fierce scent that screams masculinity, Dylan Blue does a great job! It pulls together sensual Scents found in the Mediterranean area. The fragrance is bold with ambrox notes (a musky additive that helps the scent last longer) with a sweet and refreshing hint of grapefruit and bergamot ( a small citrus fruit that gives off the subtle smell of earl tea.)
2. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue (Musky Sweet Scent)
Dolce’s light blue fragrance is 100% pure oil, with no alcohol content. With just a few sprays, this cologne is for the life of the party. A strong, self-assured man who enjoys the vast modern world, an extraordinarily vibrant and potent scent. Great for a man looking to show out more robustly!
Infused with Sicilian cedar, green apple, floral allure, and bluebell, it’s best described as a summer day in south Italy.
3. L’Homme Yves Saint Laurent (Woodsy Pleasant)
It is a fresh woodsy fragrance with Citrus notes, traces of bergamot, ginger blended with vetiver (a smoky, dry, earthly fragrance) to give it a balanced scent. Due to the citrus and masculine woodsy smell, this cologne works best for men with a sharper distinctive natural scent by toning it down.
4. Ralph Lauren (Polo Cashmere)
This Polo cologne smells like an ambery cashmere note, and it has a subtle sweet vanilla scent mixed with a powdery hint of Orris. (A woodsy floral aroma, with a “cool” almost metallic peppery quality)
5. Lacoste for him (Woodsy Floral)
A rich, zesty caviar lime fragrance and hypnotic blend of eucalyptus, pine, and cedar leaf. It’s a great combination if you want to enhance a fresh, long-lasting aroma throughout the day. Many professionals enjoy using it because it’s a subtle smell that gives off a scent of cleanliness. If you’re adventurous, it’s a fantastic modern blend of sophistication and purity.
6. Pi By Givenchy
This scent was made in 1998 and still holds a special spot on our list. It’s the perfect fragrance for a night out; it smells like sandalwood and patchouli (smells sweet, spicy, and musky) with notes of basil and pine needles.
*On a personal note, my wife loved it when I wore it out for our date nights. It smelt so good my 18-year-old brother stole it from my bathroom. He later had a girlfriend the next week. Was it because he wore the cologne? I’m not entirely sure, but then again, maybe. lol?
Common Ingredients Found In Colognes:
Vetiver: is a clumpy grass found in India; the grass grows 5feet tall. It’s in the same family as lemongrass and citronella. The smell is potent, sharp, with an earthy scent found in many men’s fragrances. After being boiled, the scent is extracted from the roots; As the oil rises to the surface it’s later skimmed off. Because of the relaxing properties of this unique scent, it’s also used in holistic practices to promote a sense of grounding and well-being.
Bergamot: is a small bumpy fruit used to add a citrus-tart fragrance to colognes. Researchers trace its origins to a hybrid between a lemon and orange. Bergamot has many health benefits to help reduce anxiety, stress, and the effects of mild depression.
Orris: is a root that, once dried, gives an earthy floral fragrance used to prolong the effects of oils in colognes. When Orris is used in preparation for tea, it’s used to treat bronchitis, cancer, reduce swelling, headaches, toothaches and promote an overall sense of calmness in the body.