Well, guys, it’s finally time to break into the grooming section of this blog.
I will be going into great detail about each topic covered, and not only will I be giving you guys simple, actionable steps, I will also be recommending exact products I use myself that I know you are going to love as well.
Although there’s plenty to cover in regards to grooming, I figured we may as well start with your scent.
I’ve said it numerous times before that some guys have more potential than others due to genetics. So although not every guy can can be over 6 feet tall, have a great head of hair, and be incredibly handsome, EVERY guy CAN smell amazing!
Look, poor hygiene is no joke and it can really chip away at your confidence, and it’s also one of the quickest ways to make a woman bone dry. Plus, to top things off, there’s no reason to smell bad to begin with. It doesn’t take much time, effort, or money to get this right.
Just a heads up, this post is by no means meant to be condescending.
I know some of the tips below may seem like common sense but I’ve been surprised over the years by how badly some guys “miss the boat” on this smell “thingy.”
For example, there was this guy I met at the gym a couple years back and we would often chat here and there in between sets. Seeing as there were quite a few attractive women at the gym, we would often talk about them. Although this guy was nice and seemed pretty cool, I instantly noticed something “off” about him.
To put it bluntly, the guy had TERRIBLE body odor!
In fact, he had “the smell.” You know, that raunchy, putrid, vomit inducing stench that smells like someone rubbed rotten onions under their armpits. Either this guy wasn’t aware of the “hum” he was giving off or he didn’t think it was important to freshen up for one reason or another.
The thing that was most puzzling about this to me was the fact that this guy was quite good looking, in shape, and he appeared to dress well. I couldn’t figure out why he was so “lax” with his hygiene.
Also, when he spoke of the women he was dating, he often seemed to be “one and done.” Now, perhaps he was doing some things wrong and/or giving off a creepy vibe, but I often wondered if not cleaning up was his main problem.
Now, obviously, due to genetics, body type, work, climate, and a particular diet you’re on, some of you may be prone to sweating more than others.
Sweating is fine and is a great way for your body to release toxins. It does, however, become a problem when you’re not cleaning up very well afterwords.
Again, this post is by no means meant to be condescending, but seeing as this is a site for men, I’d rather we cover it all than to just assume everyone knows certain things.
Let’s get started…..
Picking a good soap/body wash
I recommend showering at least every morning, ALWAYS before a first date, and immediately after any type of physical activity. Showering immediately after any type of physical activity will not only keep you smelling fresh but it will also help prevent your pores from getting clogged which could cause you skin to breakout.
I personally prefer to use a body wash as opposed to soap. You can get them for rather cheap if they’re on sale. You can usually get a bottle for $3 or less.
(This is the one I use at the moment but I switch these up a lot. It’s hard to go wrong with any Old Spice scent, though.)
Also, if you use a body wash, I recommended picking up a loofah. These are generally only $1 and are great for exfoliating your skin as well.Now, if a body wash is too harsh and you have sensitive skin, you may want to try Dove Sensitive Skin bar soap. It’s fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, and contains moisturizing cream to prevent your skin from drying out.
Look, there may be some things that get mentioned here and there that are, well, a bit “detailed,” shall we say, but they need to be discussed.
It’s only normal for guys to get a little “ripe” below the belt.
Although you can generally get the big guy with the loofah while showering, it would very nasty to use this on the “backdoor.” For this reason, I think you should get a separate soap and use it ONLY for there every time you shower. It’s essential to avoid excess odors “down there.”
Let’s say you’re on a date with “Liz” and things are heating up and it looks like you’re about to get some action. You want to know what kills the mood more than swamp ass?
Also, I recently became aware of Dude Wipes.Dude Wipes are flushable, hypoallergenic, alcohol-free, individually packaged wipes that are great for cleaning “down below.” If you travel a lot and don’t always have access to a quick shower, these are going to be a godsend for you. Also, it wouldn’t hurt to keep a few spare ones in your gym bag, or at the office, just in case.
Yeah, I know, this may seem a bit excessive to some of you but why bother “botching” something you have control over?
Picking the right deodorant
Like body washes, you can generally get these for fairly cheap when they’re on sale. However, unlike body washes, I do NOT recommend switching these up too often. It may take a bit of “trial and error” to find the right one, but after you do, I recommend sticking to it. If you mess around with these too much you may find that your new deodorant doesn’t “hold up” quite as long. I personally use Old Spice Citron. It smells amazing and keeps me fresh all day long.
It’s a great idea to apply a swipe or two under each pit first thing in the morning after a shower, before any physical activity, and just whenever you feel you need a little touch up. Also, it never hurts to keep a spare stick at the office or in your gym bag.
Washing clothes regularly
When it comes to detergents, make sure you check the flyers and don’t be be too picky with these. You can also use the pods instead of liquid detergents. I personally use Arm & Hammer detergent. It doesn’t cost very much and it makes my clothes smell amazing.
Some basic guidelines to follow when washing your clothes:
- wash your underwear and socks after EVERY wash. There’s ZERO exceptions to this!
- always wash new clothes before you wear them. This is especially true if you buy them from a thrift store.
- you can usually get 3 wears out of a pair jeans before you need to wash them again (unless they’re visibly soiled). Washing your jeans less often will help prevent the wash of the jean from fading too quickly.
- shirts will vary but unless you’re doing something super physical you can usually get 2 wears out them before you need to wash them again. I recommend hanging them on plastic hangers and not putting them in the dryer. By not putting them in the dryer you will greatly extend the life of the shirt. You can always iron them later if need be.
I personally believe that every guy should invest in at least one good cologne. A nice cologne is like the “finishing touch” to your scent.
Although I don’t think it’s necessary to buy super expensive colognes (some can run in the excess of $1,000 for only 50 mls), I do think it’s a good idea to invest in at least one “mid level” cologne as not only will it have you smelling amazing, but a bottle generally tends to last a long time anyways. In fact, it’s quite common for a bottle to last up to 2 years (or more) as you’re likely not applying it every day and most workplaces are scent-free.
Now, before I get into the actual cologne reviews I want to share 2 cologne tips:
- Never buy cheap or “knockoff” colognes. They smell terrible! They’re often very weak or they reek like a cheap aftershave that your grandfather would wear. There’s a reason why they can sell a cologne for $10-$20 that generally runs you about $100. Just avoid titles such as “Our version of…”
- Don’t apply too much cologne. I would have to say the only thing worse than cheap cologne is someone who puts on half a bottle of a good cologne. I don’t recommend putting on any more than 3 squirts at a time. In fact, unless the cologne is naturally a lighter scent, 2 squirts is usually plenty.
In fact, head to the 6:08 min mark of this video and you’ll see how I personally apply cologne myself.
So, let’s get started on my cologne recommendations:
CK OneI would have to say, hands down, this is one my favorite colognes on the market in this price range. I’ve tried many colognes over the years and I always seem to come back to CK One. This cologne is by no means new and has certainly been around the block. It was originally released in 1994. However, don’t let this fool you, it is still one of the best colognes out there for its price range and is Calvin Klein’s best selling fragrance of all time. To sum it up, it just plain smells sexy! This cologne is a bit on the lighter side and I would recommend putting on 3 squirts of it if you’re going to be out for the night. You won’t be disappointed with this cologne. Then again, neither will your girl. Women love this scent. You can buy it here.
This cologne is rather new and was first introduced back in 2011. It’s also referred to as L.12.12 White and is inspired by the classic Lacoste polo shirts. In fact, the bottle is pretty cool as it has the exact same alligator embroidered onto the bottle as the classic Lacoste polo’s. There’s 5 other scents in the L.12.12 line (yellow, black, red, green, and blue) and although they all smell great, I think white is the best one. In fact, Lacoste White is my favorite cologne right now. I absolutely love this cologne! The 2 best words to describe this cologne are fresh and clean. You’ll feel like a million bucks after applying this gem of a cologne. It’s quite a bit stronger than CK One and I think 2 squirts of this is plenty. You can buy it here.
This cologne was first introduced in 2004 and has a very masculine and fresh scent to it. I think the biggest selling point of this cologne, aside from its amazing scent, is how well it holds it up. You can apply this first thing in the morning and still have the scent lingering on into the evening. If you’re going to be out for long periods of time, this may the best option for you. Two squirts of this is plenty. You can buy it here.
Style in play by Lacoste
This cologne is often referred to as just Lacoste Red. It’s a classic and I’ve gone through about 5 bottles of it so far. I bought my first bottle of this back in 2004 when it was first introduced and I fell in love with it immediately. This cologne is rather hard to describe in words and it smells much differently than the other cologne’s I’ve recommended so far. I suppose the best way to describe this cologne is “sporty” with a mist of citrus to it. Although this cologne smells amazing, the common complaint about it is that it has a rather light scent. However, this isn’t a bad thing if you’re looking for a lighter cologne for everyday use. You can buy it here.
Polo Black by Ralph Lauren
I was first introduced to this cologne about 4 years ago by my brother. This is a personal favorite of his and I immediately agreed with him that it’s an amazing scent. It has a very masculine smell to it and is a bit on the stronger side like the Amarni Code. I wouldn’t recommend applying any more than 2 squirts of it. You can buy it here.
I hope this post gave you guys some insights into smelling better.
Yeah, I know, for some of you this may have been stuff you already knew/do, but for some guys it may have been a bit of an eye opener.
Remember, your smell is something you DO have control over. There’s no need to make life anymore difficult than it already is.
Also, don’t be surprised if you have a woman over and when she’s laying in your arms she says something like, “You smell amazing” and she leans in. Perhaps it leads to a kiss. Perhaps the first one is on the lips, but perhaps the second one is ….. well, actually, I’ll let you use your imagination on this ;)
Like I said, it doesn’t take much more time, effort, or money to smell amazing.
Plain and simple, when you smell good, you feel good!