Guys – find your fragrance personality

Thursday, 11 April 2013

How cologne smells in the bottle is slightly different to how it smells on you and from man to man. But it’s your personality that will ultimately determine whether it suits you or not. Choosing a scent to suit your personality isn’t rocket science – choose one you like the smell of. Don’t base your decision on what you think women will like because research suggests that it’s not as much about the scent as it is the effect the smell has on you. Yes, you.

Wearing a fragrance that suits you will improve your self-confidence, making you more attractive. This is where the Lynx or ‘Axe’ effect comes in. According to The Economist, “the advertised ‘Born chicka wah wah’ of the product (and cologne in general) may have nothing to do with a woman’s appreciation of the smell, and everything to do with its psychological effect on the man wearing it.” So, “to attract a woman by wearing scent, a man must first attract himself.”

Your natural scent contains pheromones – a chemical substance produced and released into the air by a man (in this case), subconsciously affecting the behaviour of a woman – but what’s more noteworthy is that the interaction between your natural scent and your cologne carries a message of its own. Herein lies the question, ‘What does your scent say about you?’

The different personality types can be categorised into four temperaments, namely choleric, melancholic, phlegmatic and sanguine. You’re not boxed into one, although everyone has a dominant character. Identify yours and sample the following fragrances we think you might like. Remember though, it’s about what you like – and no one else.

Guys – find your fragrance personality

The Doer
You have a fiery and determined choleric temperament. You’re a born leader, goal-oriented, your mission is to get things done and you strive for success. You might prefer colognes that are woody and natural.
Try Boss Number One by Hugo Boss, R595 (50ml) or Polo Black by Ralph Lauren, R859 (75ml).

Guys – find your personality fragrance

The Thinker
You have a moody and sympathetic melancholic temperament. You’re creative, deep and analytical, and you need lists to function.
Why not try Burberry Brit, R660 (50ml) or CK One by Calvin Klein, R621 (100ml).

Guys – find your fragrance personality

The Watcher
You have a steadfast and contented phlegmatic temperament. You’re a peacemaker and easy going. Unlike The Doer, you’re a learned leader and if motivated enough, will rise to the top because of your ability to get along with everyone. You might prefer more classic, clean and fresh scents.
Try Le Male by Jean Paul Gaultier, R685 (75ml) or 212 Men NYC by Carolina Herrera, R630 (50ml).

Guys – find your fragrance personality

The Talker
You have a charming and lively sanguine temperament. You’re vivacious, exuberant and carefree. Your energy and zest for life might mean you prefer citrus or aquatic scents. If you’re a great outdoors kind of guy and enjoy travelling to exotic locations, you might also like oriental scents.
Try Davidoff Cool Water, R565 (75ml) or Bvlgari Man Extreme, R700 (60ml).

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Written by

Jessica is still trying to forgive Benefit for leaving the country, but delighted at the arrival of Lush. When she’s not dreaming of California, she’s living it up in Cape Town, the glorious city this girly farm girl from Natal has come to call home. Beauty, fashion and foodie things are her loves.

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  1. Jazza021

    I hope my girl friend reads this. really informative and pretty accurate!

    5 years ago •

  1. Sue1N

    My husband is a Doer and actually wears Boss Number One :-). So spot on!

    6 years ago •

  1. Anita

    Had a laugh, My husband is definitely a Thinker and he loves CK just as the article says

    6 years ago •

  1. liedeman

    I love fragrance shopping for my guy something not too hectic since he works with people daily. I nice scent always sexy on a guy.

    6 years ago •

  1. Lumkwana

    My bf is a fan of Gorgio Amarni, and when he changes maybe it would be Polo Black by Ralph Lauren. I would love to test this Polo first cos I don’t like the idea of changing to another smelling if it won’t suit him. I always keep my head close to his head..mmh love his parfume so much. We had to test it before he could wear, think it is always good to do so

    6 years ago •

  1. Lyons

    i have found that Issey has by far been the “Panty Dropper” of all fragrances, and has given me many a comment of ” excuse me, but what fragrance are you wearing?” ….nice way to start a conversation

    6 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    Love fragrance shopping with my guy, it’s such a treat for the both of us :)

    6 years ago •

  1. Cronje

    HA HA… I am definitely a “the Watcher” type of guy – I always try to make peace and get along with people very easily… and strangely enough I am using Le Male by Jean Paul Gaultier as one of my perfumes. I can definitely vouch for this one – it was recommended to me by the love of my life – my fiance. :) If I can recommend another fragrance for the “the watcher” category, It will be Armani’s Aqua D’Gio – its got a fresh and clean scent and perfect for the guy who likes to feel happy and relaxed…

    6 years ago •

  1. LOUISE

    I love Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male on a man – I swear I will stalk a guy if he walks past me wearing this! But unfortunately my fiancé hates the smell… He’s more a 212 and Boss Orange guy.

    6 years ago •

  1. Marvin

    Awesome article. Funny enough I coincidentally use hugo boss and my temperament falls in the doer category

    6 years ago •

  1. Candibabes

    Interesting article.My guy loves smelling good and has a varierity of fragrances but he definetly falls under the watcher.

    6 years ago •

  1. Joka

    An interesting article, hubby loves anything by Calvin Klein but he definitely falls under the watcher…maybe he should read this article :)

    6 years ago •

  1. Nancy Katy

    Will let my Guy read this Article,very Nice

    6 years ago •

  1. mofokeng

    Awesome article will sure foward to my “THINKER”!

    6 years ago •

  1. Sam

    Nice article. Will pass it on to hubby.

    6 years ago •

  1. me

    Use this to choose a fragrance for husband

    6 years ago •

  1. Livvy

    very interesting, and good to know, sometimes people have perfumes that really dont match their personalities.

    6 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    Love Burberry. Really believe in guys investing in a few good quality scents, makes so much of a difference.

    6 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    Will share with my husband, but he’s not a cologne fan

    6 years ago •

  1. Nettie

    will forward it on to my boyfriend – thank you

    6 years ago •

  1. JADE

    wow, how true are those useful fragrance personalities – it matches up to my fiance so correctly with the fragrance he uses. well atleast now i know what perfume to get him the next time.

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    My man – the Doer & Watcher. Don’t usually believe in the boxes that these kind of articles put people in but in this case it really works

    6 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    This is a great way of choosing the right fragrance.

    6 years ago •

  1. Cupcake

    Now I know what perfume to buy for my man.

    6 years ago •

  1. Anne

    Will share this with my other half :)

    6 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    interesting, will definitely share this with men.

    6 years ago •

  1. Lauren

    I have forwarded this on to the man :)

    6 years ago •

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