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Men's Cologne by Otter Grooming Co.

For centuries, gentlemen have incorporated a spritz of cologne into their daily grooming regimen. The art of crafting scents actually began in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, and then then was further refined by the Romans and Persians.

Men’s fragrances have come a long way since their ancient origins, which is why we wanted to honor their roots combined with our love of travel. Between summer vacations, weekend getaways, and the last minute business trip, packing and unpacking can get real old, real quick. Lugging a 4-ounce glass bottle of cologne in your dopp kit when you’ll be using .1 ounce is cumbersome. And just because you're on the road doesn't mean you have to look or feel like it.

Our men's cologne pay homage to some of the earliest recipes with modern twist. We find something so intriguing about recipes that have been used for centuries and passed down by oral tradition and folktales. That history has become the inspiration to recreate these complex, vintage scents that are a unique, one-of-a-kind blend that are unlike anything you've ever smelled.

The History of Cologne For Men

Cologne is the oldest term for a fragrance, used primarily in North America for any masculine scent. They're typically light, fresh, and fruity, and usually made up of 2-4% perfume oils in alcohol and water.

Colognes have a three-part life cycle; think of an evaporating pyramid where the top slowly disappears until you reach the base. Each of the three sections contain individual scents, or notes, that are belted together into what you smell.

There are three different types of notes that comprise the scent of most fragrances: top, medium, and base notes:

Top NotesThis is the initial, lighter smell of the cologne that smell right after spraying on your skin. The top note can last anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours. Typical top notes are floral, citrus, fruity, and spices.

Middle Notes: This is the primary element of the cologne. They show up after the top note fades away and can last anywhere from 3 to 5 hours after spraying. Top notes and middle notes compliment and build off each other. Typical middle notes are heavier floral, earthy, and spices.

Base Notes: This the last to the party, and they're much bolder which become more noticeable later in the day. They're the foundation will last anywhere 5 to 10 hours. Typical base notes are sandalwood, moss, vanilla, vetiver, tobacco, tar, leather, smoke, and musk.