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Are you one of those men who spend a lot on perfumes but can’t find something suitable? Or, do you envy your coworker who always smells great, but you’ve never actually seen them putting on a cologne?
To be honest, men are not the champions of hygiene. As a result, men don’t usually smell as good as women.
Unfortunately, some of us try to overcompensate for that by doing the wrong things, such as spraying half a bottle of deodorant before heading out for the day.
Well, that needs to stop; life is not as simple as a deodorant ad.
Smelling good isn’t that complicated, but it’s not as easy as you may think. Today, let’s take a look at some of the best practices that you should adopt in order to smell good at all times!
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#1. First Things First – Take a Shower!
Yes, the major reason why men often don’t smell good is that we don’t like taking showers. And that is the root of the problem. It’s important, therefore, to properly shower every day and dedicate some time periodically for grooming.
As a rule of thumb, we recommend the following:
- Use a body wash that goes with your lifestyle. More physically active men should use antibacterial body wash.
- Trim off excess body hair. They are often the breeding ground for bacteria that causes body odor.
- Wash your hair routinely with a shampoo. However, make sure to use a shampoo that matches your skin and hair type.
- Brush your teeth and take care of your oral health. Smelling good but having bad breath is never
It is important to take a shower because that takes off the bad smell your body may be generating. Therefore, before applying any kind of perfume on yourself, you need to get rid of the B.O. by showering.
#2. Use A Good Deodorant for the Underarms
Once you’ve taken a shower and gotten rid of the body odor, it’s time to wear a scent. And the first step to that is to use a good deodorant in the underarms.
Underarms sweat, and there’s no way of escaping that. As a result, they are often the source of bad odors. After you take a shower and head outside, your underarms may sweat again and you may find yourself smelling bad again.
To stop that from happening, it’s important to use a deodorant. We suggest you use an antiperspirant deodorant, which will fight off the germs and cause lesser sweat, thus effectively reducing the body odor.
Not only that, deodorants provide a nice smell to your body as well.
Be it a roll-on or sprays – a deodorant is a must. However, make sure you don’t overdo it – trust us, no woman would like to get suffocated by an overwhelming amount of deodorant smell coming from your body!
#3. Use A Good Aftershave Lotion
There are many variants of aftershave lotions. Be it a balm or a classic alcohol-based product, wear a smell that is not overwhelming.
Classic aftershave fragrances can never go wrong, so if you are confused, get one that has a classic manly aftershave fragrance.
#4. Find Colognes that Suit You
Finding the right cologne may not always be easy. Just because a cologne comes from a reputable brand, doesn’t necessarily mean that the smell is good – or that the smell suits you.
According to Faveable, you should always be mindful as to whether you like it or whether the perfume goes with your personality.
If you are not sure which colognes to go for, ask a friend to help you out.
Alternately, you can research which men’s colognes women love, and take your pick from there.
In any case, limit the usage to a few sprays. A subtle smell is always preferred. It shows that you made an effort to smell good, but you didn’t try too hard – just the perfect balance women like!
#5. Take Care of Your Feet
If your feet tend to get sweaty and smelly, it’s time for you to pay special attention to your feet. And if your feet stink the moment you take off your shoes, it really doesn’t matter how well you smell otherwise – your entire image is ruined just like that.
The kind of socks and shoes you wear may add to the problem. Try to:
- Use cotton socks; wash them every day, and don’t repeat the same socks without washing
- Use leather or canvas shoes instead of plastic shoes or sneakers
- Use deodorizing products for your feet; consult a dermatologist if necessary.
#6. Wear Clean Clothes
As mentioned earlier, men are not so keen on maintaining hygiene. As a result, we may often go weeks without washing our favorite pair of denim.
And that is a big NO-NO!
The clothes we wear are often the source of the problem. Wash your clothes regularly and wear clean clothes. If you must reuse a shirt, make sure that it doesn’t smell bad.
#7. Most Importantly, Don’t Use Clashing Fragrances
A common mistake that men make is using clashing fragrances that cancel each other out and result in a weird smell that nobody likes.
To prevent that from happening, you should keep in mind that your body washes, deodorant, and cologne have the same fragrance. If that is not practically possible, at least ensure that the three are at least not clashing with each other; i.e. ensure they have similar notes.
In case you don’t know much about the combination fragrances, it’s always a good idea to seek help from those who do – your family, friends, or even the sales representative at the perfume store.
Smelling good is not just about wearing a high-end cologne – there’s more to it than meets the eye. But it’s not so difficult either.
With a combination of understanding smells, staying hygienic and using the right products to match your style and personality, you too can start smelling good at all times. The tips provided would help you achieve the perfect smell for yourself.
So, without any further delay, get the process started – you’ll start smelling good in no time!
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