How to apply scent the right way
The modern man’s guide to cologne etiquette.
So much has been written about dressing right that it’s easy to forget there are some unwritten rules about wearing fragrance too. Of course you won’t get the same number of compliments for smelling great as you would for dressing spiffy, there are some things worth knowing about where and how to use your cologne. After all, fragrances should be regarded as ‘weapons of seduction’; rather than one of mass destruction.
Know your limit
Just like you know when to call it quits when you’re out drinking with your buddies, you need to know how much of your favorite cologne to use. Think of it like swigging wine. One glass makes you feel uber confident and happy, three or more and you become belligerent and loud. Unfortunately, it’s hard to know when to stop because our nasal receptors become rapidly desensitized to new odors, which means we often can’t detect the fragrance we’ve applied on ourselves. So what’s a guy to do? You should only be able to smell yourself when you step inside your own personal ‘scent circle’, that’s about an arm’s length from your body. If you’re not sure about how to, just stick to the two spray rule. Two squirts are enough without being cloying. Besides, no woman likes going out with a man who smells like a rose garden!
Apply cologne near your heart
Apply cologne on the places where you can feel the beats of your heart. This means the wrists, the sides of your neck and over your heart. The beat of your pulse adds impact to the scent. But that doesn’t mean you should be applying cologne to all your pulse points. Choose a couple and apply only there.
Keep it light at work
There’s no reason why you can’t wear fragrance to work but there should be a difference between day and night colognes. Big in-your-face fragrances with vanilla, musk and woody notes like DKNY Red Delicious For Men Eau De Toilette 100ml and Evaflor Frisson For Men Eau De Toilette are not appropriate for day wear. Instead pick a lighter citrusy scent like Nautica Classic Men Eau De Toilette Spray or Swiss Army Classic Eau de Toilette Spray for a clean, crisp and fresh feel. Remember your fragrance should never announce your presence. Only someone standing close enough to you to have a conversation should be able to get a whiff.
Avoid spraying it on your clothes
You might have buddies who do it all the time, but it’s never a good idea. Not only will it evaporate faster but the scent can stain clothes, make patches that dry oddly and damage fabric fiber. It’s always best to apply cologne to bare skin.
A great pick-me-up
Are you one of those who feels sleepiest at three in the afternoon? The best—and least calorific—way to beat the 3 p.m. slump is a quick splash of your favorite cologne mid afternoon. It’s a great psychological wake-up call and keeps you smelling wonderful.
Seven rules to treat your cologne with respect
- Always store your cologne bottles in a dark, dry place. Storing them on the windowsill or at the dresser in direct sunlight will not just make them evaporate faster but also cause them to change smell.
- If you’re using a spritzer to spray cologne on, make sure you keep the nozzle at least ten inches away from your skin
- Don’t mix up scents even though Shah Rukh Khan claims to do it all the time. So try not to use a strong scented musky soap and then spritz on citrusy cologne. To make your cologne last longer use a shower gel or soap from the same brand as your cologne.
- Don’t use cologne to mask poor personal hygiene or Body Odor! In any case, there’s no way to mask BO except regular baths and antiperspirants. Besides, cologne mixed with body odor gives off a distinctively unpleasant smell.
- Don’t clash your scents. You don’t have to use every variation on a fragrance, that is, cologne, after shave, body wash and deodorant. Use just one for best effect.
- Remember to moisturize before using your cologne. Fragrance lasts longer on oily skin rather than dry skins.
- Change up your perfumes for different seasons. Heat intensifies any fragrance and scents become stronger when combined with sweat. That’s why you should stick with aromatic or citrus scents in summer, and heavier woodier and spicier aromas in colder weather.