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There’s no mistaking the popularity of big-brand fragrances. Call them common, ubiquitous, you name it! Popular fragrances have become a go-to for most — perfume snobs have thought them too mainstream for their liking. Nevertheless, no one can deny a quality bottle of cologne.  Men (and even women) have found pleasure in the intoxicating aromas […]
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There’s no mistaking the popularity of big-brand fragrances.
Call them common, ubiquitous, you name it! Popular fragrances have become a
go-to for most — perfume snobs have thought them too mainstream for their
liking. Nevertheless, no one can deny a quality bottle of cologne.  Men (and even women) have found pleasure in
the intoxicating aromas of Dolce & Gabbana, Issey Miyaki, Gucci
and the likes.

We draw near to the end of the year, here’s our top 5 most-sought after men’s fragrances:

1.L’Homme Prada EDT

Not everyone will “get” the powerful powdery notes of
this Prada fragrance. But that’s what makes the underlying beauty and attraction
of the cologne so sought after. Iris scents are not typically common and frequent,
so when a name like Prada enters the fragrance marketplace, take heed!

If you can find one (hint hint:  Buy L’Homme Prada 3.4 oz from The Aroma Life, $93), grab it while you can!

photo of L'homme prada fragrance on The Aroma Life website

2. Gucci Intense OUD EDP

Anyone who grew akin to the likes of Issey Miyake and Versace Eros, then you know why Gucci Intense OUD EDP is sought after. Birthed from the same creator (Aurelien Guichard) Gucci Intense is trendy, and a sure complement-bait for men.

The oriental fragrance has tons going on essence-wise – and intense it is! On first spray, there’s notes of pear, raspberry, and saffron. Underneath the Gucci Intense Oud cologne are heart notes of Bulgarian rose, as well as base notes of oud oil and patchouli!

Gucci Intense OUD cologne

3. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau Intense

When D&G Light Blue Pour Homme was launched in 2007, it became a big seller for the Italian luxury label. Made by the same creator of Bulgari Man, cK One EDT, and Gucci Guilty Absolute EDP, Light Blue Eau Intense EDT became another best seller exactly 10 years later.

It’s not a radically different fragrance from its predecessor, but the notes of frozen grapefruit and seawater add a sharper, more distinct vibe, that’s irresistible!  

photo of Dolce & Gabbana fragrance

4. Azzaro Wanted by Night EDP

Azzaro Wanted had its popularity (and was a pretty substandard cologne). Azzaro Wanted by Night made fragrance fanatics take a second look!

In 2018, the birth of the parfum gave us metro-masculine vibes. The hard-soft mix of cinnamon, wood, and spice offers the right amount of intensity with just enough sweetness. It’s the 50 Shades of Grey for cologne.

photo of Azzaro Wanted by Night cologne.

5. Carolina Herrera CH Men Prive

The essence of a CH fragrance is built upon a couture spirit
and worldly traditions – where layering fragrances established confidence and
status. The brand has a solid list of wildly-successful fragrance launches, but
no one can turn their noses on a staple: CH Men Prive.

Strong whisky notes open the senses that then smooth into warm
effects of cardamom and leather.  Well-blended
and seductive indeed.   

What makes this fragrance even more sought-after, is availability. At, current all sizes of CH Men Prive is not in stock from the Carolina Herrera website. You can still buy Carolina Herrera fragrance directly from The Aroma Life retail store.

Carolina Herrera Fragrance, Men's Prive cologne

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There’s no better time than the New Year to reinvent themselves – be it – making exorbitant resolutions or just wanting to try something new.  Consider this your fragrance amnesty, where you can ditch what you know and love, to unleash a new inner you (read: play around with scents)! Here are some tips for […]
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There’s no better time than the New Year to reinvent themselves – be it – making exorbitant resolutions or just wanting to try something new.  Consider this your fragrance amnesty, where you can ditch what you know and love, to unleash a new inner you (read: play around with scents)!

Here are some tips for finding and experimenting with new fragrances.

Try Before You Buy

The food court of fragrance is endless – and because perfume/cologne purchases can get costly – the last thing you want to do is make a blind buy. Retail stores, like Nordstrom and Sephora, are some of the main places to get free fragrance samples.fragrance-samples-testers

One common mistake that shoppers make is relying solely on the in-store testers to help reach a purchase decision about a perfume/cologne. Ask for free samples whenever you can (no matter how many looks you may get from the fragrance counter consultant!).

If you’re a bashful buyer, there you can also join a fragrance group, where other fragrance lovers and collectors swap scents – or – buy perfume samples from trusted internet sites.

Take Notes (About Notes, etc.)

As mentioned, selecting a new fragrance should not be an impulse thing (buyer’s remorse anyone?). When you get a sample, be sure to use it entirely.  If you have more than one sample to try, move on to those before making an actual purchase. Give yourself a few days to a week with each fragrance.

Start a journal – or scent spreadsheet – to take notes on each fragrance individually. Rate the fragrance based on your usual scent profile. What prominent notes in the fragrance worked best with your body chemistry? Did you enjoy the fragrance more in the daytime, or when you went out at night?

EXPERT TIP: Be sure to also compare and contrast your samples among each other. You may think you’re sold on a fragrance because you’ve gotten used to it for 2-3 days, but often it’s because we have nothing to compare it to.

spreadsheet of fragrances

Image: Scent Spreadsheet

Resniff, Resmell, Revive

Our bodies are delicate when it comes to fragrance chemistry. Things change with time: our bodies, seasons, and even our scent appeal. Refer back to your journal every 6-12 months to see if there’s a scent that almost made the cut previously, but didn’t. Re-sample some of those scents – or try similar scents with the same characteristics – to see if there’s been any adjustment in your aroma profile.

Trust us: your mind (and nose) is ever-changing!

Make Room For More

What may have started as a hunt for one new fragrance, can very well turn into a 10-20 bullet list of other fragrances you really really would love to try. While we would never discourage (or judge) budding fragrance addictions, we have some recommendations to help curtail unnecessary spending when it comes to adding new scents to your collection.

Make room for each new addition, by either: selling or swapping older, unwanted ones. Sites, like our Aroma Life Marketplace allows you to list and sell gently-used or never-opened fragrances from your stash.  You can then purchase brand-new, discounted fragrances from the Aroma Life store! It’s a win-win situation for you!

Ready to explore? Let us know what new scents you’ve been experimenting with! Share your comments and photos with us on social media – use the hashtag #TheAromaLife or follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

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The 2018 holiday shopping season is steadily on the helm. If you’re a little tight on spending money, there may be no greater need than now to have some extra coins in your pocket! There are many things you can do to make extra money: get a weekend job, hustle a few side gigs, or […]
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The 2018 holiday shopping season is steadily on the helm. If you’re a little tight on spending money, there may be no greater need than now to have some extra coins in your pocket!

There are many things you can do to make extra money: get a weekend job, hustle a few side gigs, or even sell a few of your personal valuables. Short of this, many sell gently-used fragrances to earn top dollar!

If you’re new to the idea of selling or trading perfumes and colognes, then The Aroma Life Marketplace is the perfect launch pad.  It’s easy as 1-2-3 to turn your scents into dollars – but before you start selling – check out these top  ways to quickly selling your product on our Marketplace.

Selling Fragrance Online

Select High-Value or High-Demand Fragrances

While you’re free to sell any unopened, or gently-used fragrance, sellers can increase their chances of getting an item sole when they are being popularly searched, or in demand for the season. High-value fragrances and “always-in” classics are considered to be top sellers as well!

Post High-Quality, Authentic Photos and Descriptions of Your Products

While professional photography is not required, photos that are of high-quality attract more views for your listing. It also helps buyers see the full condition of your product. Only use images from the brand, as a supplement/product comparison, to your actual product photos. Using stock photos lessens your authenticity and trust to the buyer.

When taking photos of your product, ensure to:Listing-Fragrance-Product

  • Utilize a digital camera, or a smartphone, with advanced photo settings. Whether an iPhone or Android, you can select: HDR mode, auto flash, and any other high-quality settings for picture-taking.
  • Find a flat surface and a solid background, in a well-lit room.
  • Take photos in landscape (horizontally), as opposed to portrait (vertically).
  • Take multiple angles of your product (This will help cover any claims made on conditions, packaging of products).

Provide Sell-worthy Titles and Captivating Descriptions

Clearly include the fragrance name, brand, and fragrance type (eau de parfum/eau de toilette) in your title. Be sure to include important information about the product you have in your description. Details such as bottle size, date of purchase, whether the fragrance is unopened, or used, are key things to include. Feel free to take it a step further and borrow inspiration from the brand’s site about any important product facts or details about the fragrance. The key to having a buyer purchase your item over another related product, is to provide as much decision-making information you can.

Price to Sell

Sellers have the autonomy to list their items for whatever price they want on the site. Unopened bottles can be priced more competitively than gentle-used ones. As a general guideline, we suggest pricing used fragrances based on how much is still in the bottle. For e.g. if 70% of fragrance is left, then take the percentage of what’s left from the purchase price. It’s also good to reference what other wholesalers, or private sellers, are selling their items for in order to determine a reasonable – but competitive – listing price. REMEMBER: Marketplace sellers earn 90% of what they sell.

Ready to earn some holiday cash with us? Create a seller’s profile, and read our frequently asked questions before getting started. Happy Earning!

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