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Men's Cologne


Men's Cologne and Aftershave

cologne Men's cologne is a liquid consisting of alcohol and fragrant oils.  It is a form of Eau de Cologne, which means water of Cologne in French.  It was first formulated in Cologne, Germany in 1709 by an Italian perfumer, and it was popularized by the French emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte.  Strictly speaking, eau de cologne contains a mixture of citrus oils and certain herbal oils, in a base of ethanol.  However, the term cologne is more broadly defined today, and modern colognes may contain other aromatic oils.

Some men use cologne or less fragrant aftershave lotion after shaving with a razor or electric shaver.  The alcohol in the cologne or aftershave acts as an antiseptic to help prevent infection from nicks and cuts.  Cologne generally contains about one part aromatic ingredients to twenty parts alcohol.  Aftershave, which is available as a liquid, lotion, or gel, typically contains one part essential oils to forty or fifty parts alcohol.

cologne bottles When it comes to the fragrances in men's cologne, there are basically six different scent families or classifications.  These are citrus, spicy, leather, lavender, fougere, and woody.  Citrus fragrances are fresh and brisk, and often made from lemons, limes, and oranges, as well as bergamot and other fruits from the citrus family.  Spicy scents use ingredients like nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves, or even pepper, basil, and bay oil.  Leather scents are smoky yet sweet, and are usually created from cade oil and birch tar.  Lavender scents are relaxing and peaceful, and are made from the oil of the lavender plant.  Fougere is a blend of lavender, oak moss, and coumarin, that smells like newly mown hay.  Finally, the scents in the wood family are derived from vetiver, cedar, rosewood, and sandalwood.

Of all men's fragrances, cologne is the longest-lasting and most concentrated, and is intended for use on the body, not on the face.

On you'll find several online fragrance shops where you can purchase men's colognes, aftershaves, and deodorants.  Browse these stores for men's shaving accessories and grooming gift sets as well.

Shop for Men's Cologne and Aftershave

    This online store features brand name after shave, cologne, deodorant and accessories at substantial price savings.  Featured listing.
    Shop for selected men's fragrances.  This store features a large inventory of genuine, brand name colognes, aftershaves, and deodorants.  Featured listing.
  • Carter and Bond
    This London shop sources and stocks fine quality grooming products for men.  Shop for a wide range of shaving, skin care and hair care items.

Men's Fragrance Designers

  • Clubman
    The Pinaud brand and its Clubman line of men's toiletries are found in most barber shops across the United States.  The Clubman Pinaud line offers a wide variety of men's toiletries and grooming products including colognes, after shave lotions, skin and hair tonics, talcs, deodorants, hair-care products and shave creams.
  • Caswell-Massey
    Founded in 1752, this company enjoys a long history of supplying men's grooming essentials, from George Washington's cologne to shaving accessories, gifts, and tools.
  • Truefitt And Hill
    This men's barber shop in London, England offers a broad selection of men's grooming products and accessories including colognes, aftershaves, and shaving products.
  • Stetson Cologne
    Established in 1865, Stetson offers several fragrances for men and women that capture the spirit of the West.  Stetson fragrances feature a rich blend of rugged woods and spice.
  • Dana Classic Fragrances
    This Florida fragrances firm manufactures and markets a wide range of colognes for men and perfumes for women.

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