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Grooming, Style

A Guide To The Perfect Aftershave For Every Type Of Guy

So you know you want a new aftershave, but you have no idea which one. Sound familiar? This pretty specific guide should help you with that.

Buying a new men’s cologne can be a tricky task – there are so many options that it can be impossible to narrow one down that ticks all your boxes. We think that no matter what kind of guy you are, you should have at least three under your belt that you can swap in and out depending on the occasion.

Are you a 9-5 office man who needs something steady and staple (pun intended)? Are you a party goer who wants something punchy and long-lasting? Perhaps you’re a luxury man who likes the finer fragrances. Either way, we’ve narrowed down which scent we’d pair with every type of guy (and we’ve even added a look for them, too).


The Office Guy

You’re a 9-5 worker who needs a scent for the everyday office scene. Surrounded by the same people each day, this aftershave will become your signature scent. It needs to be powerful enough to create a presence but not so pungent that you’ll suffocate fellow commuters. For The Office Guy, it’s all about balance.




What: Montblanc, Explorer

Smells Like: Montblanc’s Explorer smells strong and moody with hints of wood and leather combined with patchouli offering fresher notes of the outdoors.

Where To Buy: Here.

TOPMAN SAYS: This is the kind of cologne that smells like business. And, if someone were to ask “what are you wearing?“, by replying with “Montblanc“, they’ll know you mean business, too. It’s strong, unique, but not overpowering. That’s the balance we’re looking for.

Wear With: Your office suit. Keep it a cool two-piece with a clean white shirt to match the freshness of the scent. Smart shoes should be polished and keep your shirt tucked in – always. Ties are optional.



The Creative Guy

Creative doesn’t mean you have to be in that kind of industry – what we mean is a guy who likes something a little off-track. This is for the man who appreciates the process and art of how the aftershave is created just as much as he appreciates the final product. You like to support brands who do it all themselves.




What: Laboratory Perfumes, Amber

Smells Like: A spicy scent with bursts of greenery. At first, you can really smell the amber, but then, as time passes, it gets warmer with hints of vanilla and wood.

Where To Buy: Here.

TOPMAN SAYS: Laboratory Perfumes has nailed the longevity test. This scent is a game changer – the longer you wear it, the more it changes. Adapting to the body’s temperature, a few sprays of Amber in the morning will smell different in the evening. One of the TOPMAN HQ members even said: “This smells like a good looking guy“. Made environmentally friendly in the UK with cruelty-free ingredients, these gender-free perfumes are blended the old-fashioned way.

Wear With: Amber goes hand-in-hand with a laid-back look. Pair a casual jacket with a smarter shirt and jeans.



The Party Guy

This is for the guy who loves to go out. Clubbing, pub or general social events, you’ll need a scent that will last all night. The last thing you want is to spray it before you leave the house only for it to fade during a dance-off.




What: Jimmy Choo, Urban Hero

Smells Like: Lime and black pepper with a vetiver undertone. It’s a fresh smell with a leathery kick.

Where To Buy: Here.

TOPMAN SAYS: This Jimmy Choo aftershave has a distinct citrus scent for just a second before the woody base notes hit you. It’s like when you say hello to someone, smell them, and, when they’ve walked off, you then catch a scent that lingers long after they’re gone. We think that’s exactly what a party aftershave needs to do. Leave ’em wanting more.

Wear With: We’d put Jimmy Choo Urban Hero with a classic out-out outfit. Need something new to wear on your nights out? Knitted polos are for you. Smart and casual, you can’t go wrong.



The Conscious Guy

If you’re a man aware of sustainability and who’s keen to do his part, you need to buy from a brand which shares the same values. There are plenty of do-good brands out there – it’s all about finding one that will feel the most authentic to the receiver.




What: Le Couvent des Minimes, Porto Bello

Smells Like: This is a sweet and spicy scent that brings new flavours to the forefront every time you smell it. It’s a subtle smell that’s still strong.

Where To Buy: Here.

TOPMAN SAYS: Each of these unisex fragrances are made with up to 86% natural origin ingredients with an 18% concentration. That’s good because that means it will last longer without the aid of artificial ingredients. All of their perfumes are also 100% vegan – so that’s already doing wonders for our planet. We picked Porto Bello because we think it’s one of those understated smells where people will ask what aftershave you’re wearing every single time.

Wear With: For the guy who wants to smell amazing without being flashy, we’d put him in a smarter ‘shacket’. The shirt and jacket hybrid, these are perfect for every occasion.



The Outdoors Guy

For the guy who loves to spend his time outside, you need a scent that blends in with the outdoors whilst differentiating you with your surroundings. Think country walks and burning fires – a whisky in hand, always. This is for the guy who wears heavy knits and takes pleasure in the simple things.




What: Laboratory Perfumes, Atlas

Smells Like: The countryside. It’s a deep smell with touches of rum, vanilla, cinnamon and ginger. Black pepper lingers afterwards.

Where To Buy: Here.

TOPMAN SAYS: We know, we know. We’ve already featured Laboratory Perfumes. But after smelling this one, we couldn’t resist double-dipping. This is an aftershave that you’ve never smelt before. Its warm depths hold so many ‘flavours’ that it entices you for more and more. For any guy who likes nature and the outdoors, this is the scent for him.

Wear With: A trusty pair of jeans. You can’t go wrong. Man’s other best friend.



The Sporty Guy

The only thing you love more than a decent aftershave is sport. Whatever it is (even just the gym), you need a scent that will last the duration of the game or workout while standing stubborn to any sweaty odours. It needs to be a scent that won’t wash off easy – a lingerer, in other words.




What: Baxter Of California, Pacific Cannabis

Smells Like: Not cannabis. We repeat, not cannabis. This smells like nighttime walks along the beach combined with a sea breeze. Sage, tonka, vanilla, driftwood, bergamot. A concoction of cool.

Where To Buy: Here.

TOPMAN SAYS: We too were a little nervous unwrapping Pacific Cannabis, but (much to our surprise) this fresh scent is nothing like the name suggests. It’s one of those transporting aftershaves where you really get a sense of the inspiration behind it. For the man who likes exercise, this cologne will have no issue out-weighing any other odours whilst standing the test of time. We love it.

Wear With: Your favourite t-shirts for a post-work out change. En route to your workout or on the way home, there’s nothing better than travelling in optimum comfort.



The Traveling Guy

For a guy who is always on the move, you need a bottle that you can easily slip into your suitcase but also looks great when showcased on your shelf. It’s going to need to be a scent this isn’t so overpowering that you’ll get sick of it, but that’s detailed enough that you’ll always be able to pick out different notes to complement your mood.




What: Day Blanc and Night Noir by TOPMAN.

Smells Like: Day – A sophisticated fragrance with an intense, vibrant and glowing freshness obtained from the combination of fresh mint, Italian lemon zest and sparkling green apple. Night – This fragrance is designed around the notes of lavender and sage, combined with iris flowers, patchouli and tabacco leaves at the heart.

Where To Buy: Here.

TOPMAN SAYS: Obviously, we love both these scents. Perfect for the everyday, they’re not overpowering and they smell great.

Wear With: Comfort is key, but style is important too. Our co-ords give you the best of both worlds.





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