“This Smells Like You.”
You know how people have a distinctive scent? Your boyfriend or girlfriend leaves his or her shirt at your place and it still smells like them. You hug your grandma and somehow her cooking always lingers. That interviewee passes your office and you know there’s a newcomer in the building.
All people have their own scent, which is why buying cologne can be a tricky task. I’m not going to sit here and say, “This stuff is the best! You better go out and douse yourself in it!” No, whichever fragrance hits the spot for you, then go for it. I am going to give a few pointers on wearing cologne; things I’ve pick up from beauty industry professionals and product insiders.
1. Scents rise. So if you spritz your ankles (for example) by the evening… it’ll be closer to your top. (This really is true, though I’m not sure the exact traveling route your cologne will take. :))
2. 2 Sprays is enough guys! (anymore and you’ll fit in best at the Jersey Shore)
3. Pump & Walk Through Method: It isn’t terrible; the fragrance will just soak into your clothes, and your not skin. Put a dabble on before the clothes OR use a body wash with a scent you like.
4. Pommie Shower: I learned this term from an Aussie while traveling. It means spraying perfume & loading up on deodorant instead of taking a shower. To use it in a sentence: “Aye mate, good day of cycling. I don’t really reek though, so I’m just gonna do a quick pommie shower before we meet those sheilas at the bar.”
(#4 Isn’t really beneficial, I just wanted to impress you with the lingo.)
5. Online Option: After you’ve given yourself a headache by sniffing an array of scents, try this site to make the final purchase: Cologne I had a client send it to me saying that most options are less here than in the store.
6. Women’s Fragrance: Don’t feel limited to the men’s selection. There isn’t a shortage of options for men, but should you pick up on a scent you like, and the bottle has a flower on it, don’t dismiss it. The way a scent takes to your body is a chemical reaction. The men’s vs. women’s divide is just a matter of marketing. (I was happy to learn this, because I remember while on a vacation in high school, I bought perfume from Duty Free. It wasn’t until I polished off the last drop and went to buy more that I realized…it was a men’s cologne! I don’t even know if it’s made anymore, but it was Dolce & Gabbana and my embarrassment was short lived because I loved the smell!)