Why we love men’s fragrances

Friday, 18 May 2012

Why we love men's fragrancesWe love it when a man smells good, but we love it even more if we can hold on to his scent a little longer.

A great smelling man can be intoxicating. It can lead us to do unusual things… like secretly steal a whiff of a shirt or pillowcase when we’re feeling lovesick. Our noses play a powerful role in the game of love and attraction.

Come on, admit it – you’ve all rifled through the cabinet of a new man’s bathroom to sniff his shaving foam and hair gel! And who can deny stealing a spray of a guy’s deodorant, to prolong the feeling of being close to him, long after he’s gone?

I’ve often slept in my man’s soccer shirt when he’s had a weekend trip with the boys and I’m especially guilty of stealing his cologne when he’s not looking.

There’s just something so cheeky and self-assured about knowing that you have a little part of him close to your skin at all times. Would men find this secret scent-stealing behaviour strange, stalker-ish even? Probably. But there’s a good reason we have ‘secret women’s business’!

Nowadays, scents are changing. Where there was once cologne for men and perfume for women, there are a whole new hybrid range of products embracing the modern day man, who’s more in touch with his sensitive side and doesn’t mind publicly admitting that he watches Desperate Housewives.

Highly masculinised men’s cologne is making way for manly scents with a soft edge and let’s face it – us girls are loving it! Popular perfumes for men being stolen by stealthy girlfriends and wives include the Lynx Dark Temptation Eau De Toilette (with it’s decadent chocolatey scent we just can’t help but crave a little for ourselves!) and Davidoff Cool Water – with it’s intoxicating crisp, fresh scent that we just have to have.

Scent stealing has become so popular that perfume companies are starting to release ‘unisex’ fragrances, in a desperate bid to keep up with our changing fragrance preferences – and while we like these new quirky perfumes, we have to admit it – stealing is more fun!

Written by Debbie Selikman, this article originally appeared on BeautyHeaven.

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. Humphreys

    Like only i would know! A man smelling good completely puts me under hypnosis. That would be the cherry on the cake, the completion of sexy in a man!!

    5 years ago •

  1. Tanya

    I love it when my man smells good,it gets me exited and I just want to be close to him

    5 years ago •

  1. Zu

    212 carolina herrera for men, the original one is the best!!!

    5 years ago •

  1. Botes

    I LOVE my man’s Jean Paul Gaultier!!!!!! It’s so soft, crisp and fresh. That smell always puts a smile on my face!!!!!

    5 years ago •

  1. anisha

    I couldnt agree with you enough! My favourite ‘man’ fragrance happens to be Davidoff Cool water which always keeps me smelling fresh & feeling like a million bucks. Funny thing is a few guys have complemented my perfume…if they only knew:)

    5 years ago •

  1. diamond

    I love it when my hubby smells yummy!

    5 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    most men scents i find to be too overpowering or citrusy i like fragrances like armani which are warm and musky

    5 years ago •

  1. The Ferosh 1

    When I’m at his place I wear his Diesel Fuel perfume.I even sprayed it inside my purse and handbag.I feel close to him everytime the scent comes up

    5 years ago •

  1. Bella

    Nothing smells nicer than my hubby’s aftershave

    5 years ago •

  1. Debsie

    I just love the smell of hubbies aftershave. When I smell it in the bedding or his clothes it gives me an instant smile

    5 years ago •

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