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Scent of a man

Men are spoilt for choice when it comes to perfumes. Dhvani Merchant on how to choose the perfect perfume for men.
Hindustan Times | By Dhvani Merchant, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2008 02:59 PM IST

Overcrowded places like local trains and buses just get worse in the summer. People are stepping on your toes, smelling like an old pair of socks! You gag, choke and basically end up wishing you were somewhere else.

Obviously there's a way around this painful experience if you're not the deodorant type-use a perfume! Men are spoilt for choice when it comes to perfumes. There are so many different kinds to choose from spicy, musk, oriental or water-based fragrances.

Men's perfumes are generally stronger and sometimes can be overpowering if you've doused yourself in them. They also take longer to fade off.

Day and night
Scents are highly individualistic. What smells good on you may not on your friend. This is because perfumes react to the person's unique body chemistry.

So it is advisable to wear a perfume for a while before spending a good chunk of your salary on it. This way you are assured that you will smell good at the end of a long day.

It is recommended to have a daytime scent with cool and crisp notes so you feel fresh all day. Musk or spice can be kept for an evening out.

Perfumes should be chosen to compliment extension line products like body wash, aftershave and shampoo. They help in layering the scent, so it lasts longer.

Smelling good doesn't come cheap. The most popular brands are Dunhill, Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Issey Miyake and Bvlgari.

Their price ranges from Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,500. All these brands also have feminine versions.

For all budgets
If you're on a tight budget you can opt for Davidoff Cool Water, Lacoste, Ferrari or one of the sporty brands like Nike or Adidas. There's also Provogue and United Colours of Benetton that cost between Rs 1,500 and Rs 2,500.

If even this is too expensive for you, try The House of Nabeel, which makes perfumes that smell like popular international brands such as Azzaro and CK. And you can get them for less than Rs 1000.

Worth it
But is a perfume worth all the fuss? The time and money spent in selecting one seems ridiculous when you can just go with your natural, masculine scene?

Well, it would be a mistake to underestimate their power. A perfume can go a long way in masking body odour and don't forget, they go a long way with the ladies too.

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