The Best Men’s Fragrances Women Love | Best Men’s Cologne 2019

Men’s fragrances come in all varieties these days and wearing the wrong one can be a huge mistake. We’re going to break down the different types/classes of scents women love and let you know when the best times are to wear them. Ultimately, what scents you wear are a highly personal choice so make sure you invest some time in finding the right ones and trying different scents out. Too much cologne is a huge mistake when it comes to interacting in any social or professional situation and especially when dating.

The fragrance world is wide but we’re here to guide you with a few simple tips, here are the best men’s fragrances women love!

General Tips

Try The Scent On Yourself First

Scents change and react differently for each person, so it’s very important to try a bunch of them and see what you like and what feedback is like. 

Choose The Right Scent For The Season

Not only do you need to consider the scent but the seasonality of it. You want heavier, more masculine scents in the colder months, and lighter, cleaner fragrances in the warmer months. Think of it just like the seasonality of your wardrobe.

Go Light

Finally, and maybe most importantly, make sure you’re applying the right way and going very light. If you can smell it on yourself very strongly, you’re wearing too much.

Fragrances Women Love

For this article and video, our friends at Fulton & Roark sent us a range of different scents to explore and we’re going to give you a rundown on what we liked best when you should wear them. Each Fulton & Roark fragrance uses a blend of naturally sourced essential oils and premium fragrance ingredients and each cologne offers its own experience. These highly concentrated solid colognes offer a long-lasting and steady fragrance designed to keep you fresh. More subtle than liquid sprays, the solids aren’t as overwhelming (a huge pet peeve of ours!). The solid metal containers also travel easily in a gym bag, pocket or carry-on, allowing you to smell your best wherever and whenever.

In addition to a range of awesome scents, Fulton & Roark offers a handy and affordable tester kit so you can try all of their fragrances first. The tester kit is $16 but you also get a $16 credit back that’s good towards your first cologne purchase. Plus the kit ships for free. As a bonus for you guys, you can get 10% off your order with code ASHLEY.

Get your Fulton & Roark tester kit right here (plus 10% off)!

Here’s our rundown on all of the scents they offer plus when we think they’d be best for.

 

Hatteras

For us. the notes of lavender and hay just don’t go together in this one. It creates a bit of an overwhelming scent that wasn’t our favorite.

 

Shackleford

We loved this one and Ashley can’t stop smelling this scent. We liked the leather notes combined with some hints of dried fruit that creates a warm feeling. It’s captivating.

Best For: Fall/Winter

 

Tybee

Ashley loved the light, bright notes on this one which make it the perfect choice for the spring and summer months. You can smell the cedar notes which gives it a fresh, clean feeling while still being masculine.

Best For: Spring/Summer

 

Clearwater

This fragrance is light, but the green, mossy notes end up smelling a bit like chemicals. But, the citrus notes cut through those elements so you end up with a very nice scent that’s reminiscent of freshly-squeezed orange juice.

Best For: Spring/Summer

 

Captiva

 This scent is a bit overpowering for us. It almost had a sunscreen/spf scent that didn’t work for Ashley. This is one that could be heavily dependent on the wearer so while we recommend trying it for yourself, this one was a pass for us.

 

Sterling

This fragrance was another one we really loved. It’s a bit sweet due to the vanilla but still smells masculine with the tobacco & leather notes. Women will love this scent as it will make them want to cozy up to the man wearing this scent, which is why it’s the perfect winter fragrance.

Best For: Fall/Winter 

 

Palmetto

The magnolia notes remind us of the Spring and Summer months. It’s light and just smells really clean, especially with the cedar note you get at the end. We really liked this one.

Best For: Spring/Summer

 

Perpetua

For Ashley, there’s something about woodsy notes like cedar and mahogany that just smell really great on a man. This scent has those notes along with some citrus and floral notes that make this the perfect year-round scent.

Best For: Year-Round

 

10 Ways You’re Killing Your Style | Men’s Style Mistakes

Once you’ve got the basics of style down, it’s important to focus on those little things that can make or break your personal style and everyday look. Something as simple as a little mistake can totally throw off your look or ruin otherwise good style choices. Oftentimes its something as simple as how you present a particular choice. No matter what it is, focusing on the proper details and nailing those can save you from potential disaster.  Some of these mistakes might be obvious but some you may not even know you are doing!

So, here are 10 ways you may be killing your style!

 

Being Overly Self-Conscious

Trying too hard can be as bad as not trying at all. Wearing trendy items that aren’t you or not wearing things that make you feel comfortable and confident are quick ways to ruin your overall style. People notice how you feel and if you’re feeling good about what you’re wearing and looking good, it will stand out.

 

Wearing Clothing That Doesn’t Work for your body type

Working with your body type is a huge part of getting well-fitting clothing. Choosing items that will flatter and fit well is crucial. Some easy items to avoid are henley shirts if you’re not fit or muscular, Chelsea boots if you’re a bigger guy, and classic straight-legged jeans if you’re a thinner guy. Check out all of our Fit Guides for tips about different body types and how things should fit.

 

Over-accessorizing

Yikes, this can go wrong so easily, over-accessorizing can be a huge problem. Johnny Depp, you are not. Go easy on rings, bracelets, and other flashy items and go for more subtle, refined accessories to show some personality or flair. Stick with 1 or 2 items max, like a pocket square and a watch.

 

Wearing too much cologne

A little goes a long way, and there’s nothing worse than smelling someone from 5 feet away. Nobody (especially women) wants that. If you can smell yourself, it’s too much.

 

Not paying attention to the details

Again, the little things matter, so take care to focus on them. Things like not lint rolling your clothing (especially dark shirts, suits, and jackets), wearing wrinkled clothing (just get our recommended steamer), and not tucking in your shoelaces really matter with your overall look.

Speaking of tucking in shoelaces (something Ashley is always super focused on as a stylist), our friends at Straight Laces have an ingenious shoelace set up that creates a clean, tucked look and basically turns all your shoes into slip on’s.  It’s such a smart, useful product and we’re using them on all our shoes personally and with Ashley’s clients. Seriously, they’re that good. Just for our readers and viewers, we’ve got a deal for 40% off 3 or more laces! Shop here and use code AshWeston40.

 

Not dressing your age

We’ve discussed how to dress well in your 40’s before and a big part of it is embracing your age and wearing items that are classy and age-appropriate.

 

Wearing dirty, old shoes

Hopefully, this goes without saying, but a bad pair of shoes can absolutely ruin your entire look. Keep them in good condition and shined up.

 

Not Grooming Regularly

Overgrown hair, beards, and fingernails are no bueno. Make sure you’re taking proper care of your grooming and putting your best foot forward.  Especially important in professional environments. We’ve got a ton of tips in all of our grooming guides.

 

Not taking care of your skin

Just like your grooming, proper skin care is an important part of your overall routine. It doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated but you should find a morning routine and an evening routine that works for you. Focus on moisturizing, good shaving techniques, and using the right products.

 

Wearing faded, ripped or pilled items

When items are faded (especially shirts, pants and sweaters), it’s time to send them off to the donation bin and get some replacements. If your sweaters are pilled, you just need to get a sweater shaver (we like this one best) to remove the little balls and get it back in good shape.

3 Summer Haircuts | Hairstyles Women Love

Seasonality is an important thing to think about in all facets of your style and grooming routine. Now that we’re in the thick of summer and dealing with heat and sunshine, you should consider adjusting your hairstyle just like you do your wardrobe.

So, to help you out with an update to your hairstyle, here are our picks for the summer haircuts women love!

 

Buzzcut

The ultimate in low-maintenance summer hair, you can never go wrong with just trimming it all off. Try adding a slight fade (shorter on the sides) for a little bit of depth. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen to protect your scalp and give it regular shampooing.

 

Crew Cut

Similar to a buzzcut but slightly longer on the top, the crewcut still gives you a bit of hair to style with product, but it’s short length keep it simple and low maintenance. Style this cut with just a little bit of lightweight hair product or skip it altogether.

 

Short Comb Over

A shorter, less-styled version of a combover or fade combover, just ask your barber or stylist to shorten up the top slightly and take the sides in a bit more (a 5 or 6 clipper guard and around 2″ on top). Go easier on the product for a less-slicked look or embrace a messy/wavy look.

Should Men Dye Or Color Their Hair?

By now you probably know that women dyeing their hair is a common thing.  But what about men? Whether for fun or to cover up grey, we’re discussing our thoughts on whether or not men should dye their hair in our latest episode of 2 Minute Tuesday.

Don’t forget to check out our go-to hair tips and grooming picks as well!

 

Dyeing For Fun

We’re definitely all for bleaching or coloring your hair for fun. It can be a cool, adventurous way to mix up your look and it doesn’t have to be permanent.  Just make sure you visit a good salon and let a professional handle it.  Also, don’t forget to get the right kind of shampoo and hair care products for your new ‘do.

 

Covering Up Grey

If you’re a guy who’s looking to cover up a little bit of the salt in your salt and pepper hair, by all means, go for it.  Be aware of the time and commitment it takes to keep up this look though, it can be significant.  Again, we recommend seeking some help here and make sure you do it properly and don’t end up looking like you’ve got shoe polish on your head.  At a certain point though, If you’re mostly grey, just embrace it, George Clooney looks pretty damn good, doesn’t he?

5 Men’s Hairstyles Women Hate For 2019

Just like we discussed in our post about 5 Hairstyles Women Love For 2019, your hairstyle is definitely something that says a lot about your style. So, it’s important to take the time to dial in the right one for your hair type and face shape. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different cuts, barbers/stylists, and products. We’ve also got a ton of articles for you about hairstyles, so make sure to check them out!

Aggressive Undercut

This style had its day, but it’s a bit too extreme for most men.

Mullet

Need I say any more? Just don’t ever do it.

Wild/Unkempt Hair

Crazy, unkempt hair is never sexy so it’s always important to take proper care of your hair, no matter how long it is.

Comb Over

If you’re losing your hair, just embrace it. A short buzz or crew cut is going to be a lot more flattering.

Mohawk

Maybe you’re trying to make a statement, but I doubt many women want to hear that statement.

5 Men’s Hairstyles Women Love For 2019

Your hairstyle says a lot about you and is something women definitely notice. So, it’s important to take the time to dial in the right one for your hair type and face shape. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different cuts, barbers/stylists, and products. We’ve also got a ton of articles for you about hairstyles, so make sure to check them out!

 

   

Classic Side Part

You can go classic with a bit more length or fade the sides for a bit more modern look. The side part is super versatile and you can go slick or more natural depending on how you’re dressing.

 

   

Crew Cut

Best for hair with texture. It’s low-maintenance and very clean and classic.  This style is also great for men with thinning hair.

Brush-Up / New Pompadour

Not as slick as a traditional pompadour, this version is a bit more relaxed and works with a variety of hair types.  Just make sure to keep the sides short but not too short.

 

Long Wave

Works best for men with longer/wavier hair. Leave the top longer and keep the sides and back shorter.  Best for men with longer and curlier hair as it lets you embrace your hair’s natural look.

 

Buzz Cut

Results can vary but with the right look many men can pull this off and look really sexy and confident. Also, if you’re losing your hair, just embrace it, this is the way to go.

7 Grooming Hacks Women Will Notice

Proper grooming is one of the biggest things you can do to keep up a sharp overall look and put your best foot forward with women. You don’t have to have a complex routine or a million fancy products, just a few simple steps will help you stand out from the crowd.

For more tips, don’t forget to check out our grooming essentials series!

7 Grooming Hacks Women Will Notice

  1. Mouth / Breath care – Obviously bad breath is going to be a huge turn-off, so make sure you not only have good brushing habits but also take care of your breath.

  2. Handcare – Dry cracked hands and dirty or unclipped fingernails are just gross! Find a good non-greasy moisturizer to use regularly and keep your nails clean and in check.

  3. Take care of overly dry or oily skin – You’ve got to keep that moneymaker in good shape and women notice the skin on your face (obviously!) much more than you might think. Find the right cleanser and moisturizer that works for your skin type. If your skin gets oily, invest in some facial wipes to tone it down.

  4. Groomed hair – Your hairstyle is definitely a preference thing, but finding not only the right style/cut for your look and making it a regular part of your routine are things every man should put importance in. Regardless of how long or short your particular style is hair, that’s wild/unkempt or gross/dirty are never going to be attractive to a woman.

  5. The right smell – Wearing deodorant/antiperspirant should absolutely go without saying, BO is definitely a no-go, but this also goes for body wash and soap. But there’s also a limit. My stance on cologne is well documented but if you choose to wear it, GO EASY, don’t be the guy who wears too much.

  6. Lip care – Just like your hands, chapped, cracked lips are gross. Women will definitely notice your lips (especially if they’re thinking about kissing you) so do yourself a favor and invest in some proper lip balm and use regularly.  Our favorites: R&DJack Black, Caudalie, Kiehl’s, 

  7. Beard maintenance – Many of you guys chose to have different levels of facial hair, and that’s totally cool, but it’s a privilege, not a right. No matter how much you have that you take good care of it. Keep it trimmed and in check and take care of the skin underneath as well. If your beard is patchy keep it very short or lose it completely and if your beard is more full, make sure it’s trimmed or shaped properly.

10 Skincare Tips For Clear Skin

You’re never too young to start thinking about your skin and having the right routine is a critical part of a solid overall grooming routine.  But, that doesn’t have to mean complex or expensive.  Whatever type of routine you develop, simple or complex, just stick to what’s comfortable for you, but make sure you’re addressing your skin’s basic major needs.  To get you started or help you develop your existing routine, here are our favorite tips for healthier skin.

1. Address problems first

Acne? See a dermatologist. Dry and flakey? Start finding moisturizers that work best for you. If they’re serious or you’ve tried a bunch of stuff yourself to no avail – go see a professional first. Marketing and sales people likely won’t help and if you have major issues you’ve got to start there.

2. Moisturize every morning and night

Healthy skin starts with regular moisturizing, period.

3. Eye cream at least every night

Fights the signs of aging and fatigue. Especially important for those of you who travel frequently.

4. Sunscreen

Every. Damn. Day. No questions asked. Yes, it’s that important and easy to manage as most good moisturizers have sunscreen in them already.

5. Gently exfoliate daily

Scrubbing away dead skin and dirt will help your skin look and feel better, plus your other products (moisturizers, etc) will work better.

6. Get enough sleep

Don’t underestimate how important a good nights sleep is healthy skin.

7. Hydrate

Believe it or not, drinking a lot of water is the most important tip for healthy skin.

8. A healthy diet

The foods you eat, both good and bad, can impact the health and look of your skin.

9. Exercise

In addition to contributing to your overall health and well-being, regular exercise and sweating clears your pores.

10. Lower stress

However you manage your stress, sleep, exercise, meditation, breaks, whatever, how you feel on the outside impacts your skin more than you think.

Product Picks

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Daytime Moisturizer w/ SPF

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Sunscreen For Face & Body

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$10 Exfoliating Washcloth

Face Cleansers

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