Aftershave vs. Cologne

Posted by Melanie Porter on

These two grooming essentials are things that can make you feel luxurious on even the blandest days. While both of these are arguably not absolutely essential for a good shave, they are definitely essential in order to finish off your routine and leave you feeling like a million bucks. Surprisingly, we always get asked what the difference is between aftershaves and colognes. Although they do have some similarities, both are made to serve different purposes.

 Aftershaves: Aftershaves are made to finish off your shave. Depending on what aftershave you get, you will have different benefits. At WSP, we sell aftershave balms and aftershave splashes. There is a more in-depth article about these two types of aftershaves and their differences here, but for now, I will just sum them up. An aftershave splash is made to tighten and tone, while a balm is made to moisturize and cool. More sensitive and dry skin should stick to a balm, while normal and oily skin might enjoy a splash just because the alcohol base can be more drying and tightening.

In both types of aftershaves, there is fragrance added (unless you get an unscented type…). This fragrance is made to match your soap and will make your shave soap scent last longer. However, this fragrance is not made to last all day. It will last at most only an hour or so. It’s the perfect amount of punch to get yourself to work and leave a great first impression in the office, but definitely not strong enough to last all the way to your lunch break.

 Cologne: Colognes are made with one thing in mind…fragrance. Here at WSP, we make EDP colognes, and you can read all about the science behind this type of colognes here. However, this cologne is meant to leave you smelling great for the entire day.

 We have two different forms of colognes. Our spray colognes are meant to be used for the long haul. Full days at the office, date nights, day-to day activities. Spray them on once and the fragrance should last you the entire day. Meanwhile, our solid colognes are meant to be taken on the go. Don’t let the compact container fool you, these little guys are packed with scent. You apply a solid cologne like you would a Chapstick. Simply take a little bit of balm on your fingertips and rub it into your neck, wrists, etc.

 So, even though both of these products come in a bottle and have fragrance added to them, both carry out completely different purposes. I always recommend getting an unscented aftershave and then getting different colognes in scents that you enjoy. This will allow you to have an aftershave that matches with everything and you don’t have to worry too much about scents clashing. However, if you aren’t much of a cologne person, buying a scented aftershave is a great way to add some flair to your daily shave.

 What are some of your favorite colognes and aftershaves?? Let me know in the comment section below!

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