Anatomy of a Scent

Ever wonder how cologne works? The oils and essences (referred to as "notes") are warmed and react to your specific body chemistry.

Top Note: Noticed immediately, but dries out in 15 minutes.


Middle Note: As the top note fades, this scent lasts about an hour.


Base Note: The heaviest layer, which clings to the skin for the rest of the day.

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New Spice

As you've heard us say before, summer scents are usually pretty light. You don't want anything too heavy when it's this hot out. That said, Dolce & Gabbana took a chance releasing a men's counterpart to their Gisele-fueled juice. While it's not as heavy-handed as Tom Ford's signature scent—The One boasts crisp notes of grapefruit, and orange blossom—it is a spicy oriental scent that's rooted in cedar and tobacco. In short, it's masculine without being stuffy. Like an Italian heir riding his Vespa on a warm afternoon through Milan. Perhaps you could call it a pre-fall cologne. $55 to $70, at Nordstrom.