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
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 MensCologne.us 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.
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. www.Clubman.com