Eight ways to smell great without using cologne
No one likes a guy (or gal) who smells iffy. Still, going ape with cologne isn’t the solution. Fact is men’s scents tend to be more powerful than women’s, with the emphasis on dark and spicy, not fresh and light. So if you don’t want to smell like the guy who went for a swim in cologne, here are seven tips to smell great without going overboard. Who knows you might just end up tossing all those heavy, musky scents in the bin for good!
Wear fresh clothes every day
That’s a no brainer you might think. Actually, most guys don’t think twice about recycling shirts and trousers a few times. If you’re guilty about giving your clothes the sniff test, stop! Your clothes have a huge impact on the way you smell. Get into the habit of throwing your workday and gym wear into the washer after every use because smell intensifies the longer you stay in the same clothes.
Choose your fabrics with care
The type of fabric you wear affects the way you smell. The key to using clothing to prevent or lessen body odor lies in the fabric’s ability to release sweat quickly, before bacteria can begin to feast on it. Natural, breathable fibers (linen, silk, cotton and light merino wool) decrease sweating. So do some high-tech fibers used in gym wear that wick away moisture from the body, so that bacteria doesn’t have a chance to get at the sweat. If your clothes stink after a long day, try adding some lemon juice or vinegar to the machine pre-wash to kill the bacteria.
Watch your mouth
Changing clothes regularly is only half the battle won. Your bad breath could still be your undoing, and popping a mint or chewing gum just won’t cut it. Schedule a dentist visit to tackle gum and dental problems and regularly floss and use mouthwash like Listerine Cool Mint Listerine to keep your breath smelling like a daisy.
Give your scalp a scrub
Most men tend to either skip shampooing or use their bath soap to swipe on their hair. Not good enough! Hair traps sweat that can breed odor causing bacteria. Use a shampoo suited to your scalp and hair type and pay special attention to the area behind your ears and the nape of your neck because they can start smelling funny without a regular cleaning. If your mornings are too rushed try a two-on-one formula like Nike Sensation Man Night Fever Shampoo & Shower Gel. Also, it’s a good idea to keep a dry shampoo like BBLUNT Back To Life Dry Shampoo, For Instant Freshness handy in case you’re stretched for time
Avoid strong smelling foods
You might not realize it, but the foods you eat can affect how you smell. Garlicky, pungent foods can change the smell of sweat that seeps through your pores. To make your sweat—and you—smell cleaner eat fresh foods, fruit and salads, and drink plenty of water.
Smell minty fresh all day
There’s a reason why chewing gum is mint flavored. Try using a minty soap for your morning shower. We love Dear Earth Wild Mint Cleansing Organic Soap -140gm that’s enriched with organic essential Neem, Wild Mint and Aloe Oils. Try it for happy, refreshed skin that smells minty all day.
Don’t over dry skin
If you’re not using moisturizer, now is a good time to start. It’s the best way to keep your skin in shape. Look for products that contain natural moisturizers like Shea Butter and Coconut Oil. Not only do they hydrate skin effectively but also leave a clean, natural scent that stays with you all day. Try Natio Spa Coconut And Shea Body Butter and people will wonder why you smell so good!
Stick to the basics
Did you know that all those expensive colognes that claim woody aromas have nothing on essential oils like Sandalwood? Try dabbing on Soulflower Sandalwood Aroma Massage Oil on your neck and wrists after a shower in the morning. The delicate, lingering aroma is not just an instant mood elevator but also a great stress buster. Sandalwood also has powerful anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties.