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The right scent for the event: Best aftershave for any occasion

Published 13th October 2022
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From job interviews to first dates, the key to making a powerful first impression is the right aftershave - and we're here to help you find it! 

Read on to discover our top tips and recommendations for choosing the best scent for the event, whatever the occasion!

Bottle of perfume against a pink background

The best aftershave for dates

If you want to make your first date one of many, a memorable fragrance is a must! We recommend something that's confident, intriguing and slightly mysterious; something that makes you stand out (for all the right reasons!).

For this, look for a woody Eau de Parfum with a peppery twist. Sophisticated and a little bit spicy, it's a scent that leaves you coming back for more!

Notes to look out for:

  • Clary sage
  • Oud wood
  • Benzoin
  • Rosemary

Our favourite aftershave for dates:

A bottle of Tom Ford Neroli Portofino
Tom Ford
Neroli Portofino
Eau de Parfum

A bottle of perfume lying on men's office clothes

The best aftershave for work

There's nothing worse than someone's aftershave overpowering a stuffy office... Don't be that guy! For work, it's always best to keep things low-key - but that doesn't mean boring!

Avoid powerful EDPs and go for something light, fresh and citrusy instead. Fresh scents are clean, smooth and smart, while citrus scents are invigorating, slightly sweet and assertive - the perfect blend for professionals.  

Notes to look out for:

  • Sea water
  • Melon
  • Lavender
  • Cucumber

Our favourite aftershave for work:

A bottle of Armani Acqua di Gio
Giorgio Armani
Acqua di Gio
Eau de Toilette

Man in suit spraying perfume on his neck

The best aftershave for clubbing

There are times when a subtle aftershave is the best choice, but the dance floor isn't one of them! Wear a weak fragrance and you'll be lost in the crowd, so go bold with something that's attention-grabbing and memorable! 

For clubbing, you'll want something that cuts through everyone else's fragrances, so go for a powerful Parfum or Eau de Parfum. Then look for fresh, spicy and leathery scents for that extra edge that's sure to turn heads.  

Notes to look out for:

  • Mandarin
  • Leather
  • Vetiver
  • Chocolate

Our favourite aftershave for clubbing:

A bottle of Paco Rabanne One Million EDP

Paco Rabanne
One Million
Eau de Parfum

A bottle of perfume against a yellow background

The best aftershave for summer

For the warmer months, you'll want a fragrance that gives you beach party vibes - think chilled yet fun! A light and refreshing Eau de Toilette is ideal for summer, giving a fresh and clean feel that won't bog you down. 

Look for something with a zingy, citrusy heart and a slightly musky base, to complement the bright, sunny days and warm, balmy evenings. 

Notes to look out for:

  • Verbena
  • Lemon
  • Green tea
  • Grapefruit

Our favourite aftershave for summer:

Bottle of Calvin Klein CKOne
Calvin Klein
CK One
Eau de Toilette

Perfume bottle in a Christmas present tableau

The best aftershave for winter

As the days get colder and the nights draw in, you'll want a warmer, heavier Eau de Parfum to cut through the chill. Think of all the smells of Christmas - spices, cloves, anything that warms you from the inside out - and look for that in your winter scent.  

There are a few options you could go for, but our favourites are amber fragrances with a rich blend of spices, or deep, leathery scents.

Notes to look out for:

  • Leather
  • Star anise
  • Incense
  • Cedarwood

Our favourite aftershave for winter:

A bottle of Issey Miyake Nuit d'Issey
Issey Miyake
Nuit d'Issey
Eau de Parfum

Perfume bottle on blue background

The best all-rounder

If owning lots of different bottles for lots of different occasions isn't your thing, or you just want a signature scent you're known for, a versatile all-rounder is your best choice! 

We recommend a light Eau de Toilette with a little bit of punch; something you'd happily wear on a night out or in the office. For this, look for unique and complex fragrances that mix fresh notes with woody or spicy accords, giving a smooth, smart and balanced scent.

Notes to look out for:

  • Apple
  • Cardamom
  • Basil
  • Jasmine

Our favourite all rounder:

A bottle of Hugo Boss Bottled
Hugo Boss
Boss Bottled
Eau de Toilette

Need more inspiration?

If you don't know your Eau de Parfum from your aftershave, or want to find out exactly what to look out for when shopping for a signature scent, check out our complete aftershave guide!

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