Let’s face it, we all have our reasons for wearing cologne. Some of us want to impress the ladies and smell good at work, or some of us choose to wear cologne because we appreciate the art behind it.
Regardless of why you wear it, there are too many cologne users wearing their cologne the wrong way. So whether you are a “Cologne Master”, or someone starting to wear cologne for the first time, you need to wear cologne the right way to get the most out of it. By checking out the tips in this article, you will now learn how to wear cologne like a boss!
Let’s begin with…
How NOT to wear your cologne
When you overspray your cologne, you immediately go from smelling refreshing and someone people are going to admire, all the way down to stinking up the place.
I was at work one day when a customer was wearing an extremely refreshing and citrus-smelling cologne. If you don’t know anything about these types of colognes, they are created so people can basically smell clean all day.
However, when someone over spray these colognes, the opposite of smelling clean occurs.
When I’m at my daytime job, I like to stand next to customers in the store so I can be more personable with them but I knew with this guy, it was going to be a bit of a challenge.
After greeting this guy, I quickly ran behind the counter so I could get away from his stinking distance. This didn’t seem to work as his pungent aroma ended up clearing all of my co-workers where they also stood behind the counter and also the customers they were helping.
Overspraying is BAD and will not help you smell like a boss. You are better off not wearing anything and rocking a bit of BO than smelling you bathed in a tub full of your favorite fragrance.
TIP – The most you should ever spray your cologne is 3 times. Spraying more than this amount will not help the cologne last longer. It will only make the smell stronger and will fade away in the same amount of time.
Don’t use cologne to cover up BO
If you are human, you’ve most likely been in a situation where you’ve experienced the phenomenon known as body odor.
Body odor can occur after you do something physically active, hang out in a warm environment causing you to sweat, or sometimes being stressed out causes your body to emit unpleasant odors.
This is NOT the time to use cologne to try and cover up this stench. When you think of cologne, it is scientifically created in a chemistry lab. When these chemicals, alcohol, or other random mixtures join with your body’s odor, it actually makes you smell more “funky” than you originally smelled.
If you are in a jam and don’t have access to deodorant to try and cover your body odor, try these few tips;
1. Rub hand sanitizer on your armpits
The sanitizer will help fight the odor causing bacteria to get you smelling respectable in minutes. The only downfall is that you will smell like sanitizer but hey, it’s 10x better than smelling like a dog fart.
2. Use soap and water in the nearest bathroom
Running to the nearest bathroom and using some of the hand soap from the dispenser is a great “quick fix”. You are going to get rid of the smell for a short amount of time before your perspiration comes back but that might be all you need. This technique should buy you about a half hour.
3. Stay Dry, Stay Calm
If you get rid of the “moisture” on your body, it leaves less food for your apocrine glands to eat up and keep that bad odor rocking out. The same tip goes with unnecessary stress you may be currently under. Try to remain calm when you notice you are starting to smell. Your bad smelling sweat glands start going nuts when it’s fueled with unnecessary stress and anxiety.
Do NOT Spray Cologne on Your Clothes
Remember that cologne is a mixture of alcohol and other ingredients. When you spray this concoction on your clothes, it can ruin them. Since you most likely value your clothes because you paid for them, it would be horrible if they lost their color just because you sprayed your cologne all over them.
Secondly, the best part of cologne is how it mixes with the oils of your skin. This creates a unique experience for everyone wearing the cologne. Since we all sweat uniquely and emit oils at different rates, our bodies mix with the cologne and create a different smell for everyone. This idea has always been fascinating to me.
Don’t Mix Colognes!
Believe it or not, your cologne has a plan for you. A significant portion of them are designed to change over time and that is part of the genius behind them.
So if you’re changing colognes mid-day before your first cologne expires, chances are you’re going to have some crazy unique mixtures going on and chances are they won’t smell very good.
If your cologne is starting to wear off, just give yourself an extra spray of whatever you’re wearing and call it good.
Now one thing you do NOT have to worry about is clashing your deodorant and your cologne. Just because you wear old spice deodorant, doesn’t mean you have to wear old spice cologne. Feel free to mix these scents up since your deodorant is not usually overpowering.
There is an exception to this rule. If you are still wearing Axe body spray, don’t even attempt wearing cologne. First of all, it usually means you are 12 years old, and secondly the Axe body spray will cover up your cologne so it makes it worthless.
And Here is How To Wear Cologne…
First of all, we need to spray cologne on our bodies. But where exactly is the best place to spray it? How much should I be spraying? These questions seem to be simple but if you cruise different forums around the web, it seems even everyone is confused about some basic principles on how to wear cologne.
Spray Cologne on Your Pulse Points
The BEST place by FAR to spray cologne is on your pulse points. These locations generate the most heat on the human body because blood flows there abundantly.
The heat from your body slowly activates the cologne and releases different notes over time which helps it last longer and smell differently as time moves on.
The Best Places To Spray – Cologne Master Secret
You have 3 sprays of cologne to help you smell “like a boss”. If you spray more than this, you will over spray. Remember that you can always reapply later if you are worried that the cologne will wear off.
The best method I have learned and by far that has worked the best for me is this;
After getting out of the shower or getting ready for the day, make sure you are shirtless.
Spray #1 Goes directly to the right side of the base of your neck where you can feel your pulse.
Spray #2 Goes to the left side of the base of your neck where you can also feel a pulse.
When you do both of these sprays, you want to be about half an arm’s length away from your body so the bulk of the fluid hits right at the base of the neck but the rest of the spray spreads to your upper chest and shoulders.
Spray #3 Spray directly on one of your wrists and then lightly dab it over to your other wrist.
This technique is where the men are separated from the boys. You NEVER rub your wrists together because the friction you generate from this behavior evaporates the cologne a ridiculous amount faster. Instead, lightly dab your wrists together so the cologne spreads to your other wrists.
This combination of using all of these sprays has generated the best results for me personally. The heat from my neck releases the cologne over time so I am able to smell good through a full day of 6-10 hours usually depending on the cologne.
This combination also helps because you never come off smelling too strong. Other people will only notice it if they are within an arm’s distance away, which is perfect for where you want to be for people to identify that it’s you they are smelling.
Other places to Spray Cologne
If you want to try your own recipe of where the best places to spray cologne are, don’t be afraid to try these other places;
- Back of the knees
- Around your ankles
- Behind your ears
- Between your breasts (women especially)
- Inside the elbows
You can experiment with spraying the cologne in the air and walking through it. If I am at work and need a little extra power to finish out the day, this is how I reapply it. I usually will only spray it once because smelling too strong like cologne is dangerous.
The Best Time To Spray For Epic Results
To make the best use of cologne, you want to make sure you spray it when your skin pores are open. The best time to do this? You guessed it, right after a steamy hot shower.
Not only are your skin pores wide open and ready to take in your cologne, but your body is nice and warm which will certainly get the scent kicking off into high gear.
Go Smell Like A Boss!
Now you know where and when to spray your cologne. For some of you newbies out there, hopefully, this all makes sense. If it doesn’t or have a few suggestions to add, feel free to drop me a comment or hit up my contact page.
Read also: 20 Things You Didn’t Know About Men’s Cologne
For all, you seasoned Cologne Masters, feel free to give me your advice as well along with any other information that needs to be passed on to other men. As I said, don’t be afraid to hit me up because I want to hear what you have to say!