Scent plays a vital role in how others perceive you and remember you. As such, it’s an integral part of your personal style and something you can use to your advantage. However, whether you want your cologne to increase your attractiveness or boost your confidence, you first need to know how to use it correctly. Using and applying cologne is an art you can quickly master. All it takes is the right advice on how to choose a good perfume, where and when to use it, how much to use and how to store it. Fortunately, we have all the answers and have created this handy guide for men on how to apply cologne.
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Where to apply
To use perfume correctly, you need to know where to apply the cologne. Ideally, men should apply their cologne to the pulse points or hottest areas of their body. Thanks to their heat, these areas, which include the neck, chest, shoulders, wrists and the inside of the elbows, can project the scent more effectively, which means less scent is needed. To target these areas, select one or two to focus on. In particular, the wrists and the neck form an excellent combination. Also note that although the crutch, armpits, and back of the knees are also hot spots, they are generally not ideal for cologne.
How to Apply for Cologne
- Apply cologne after showering on clean, dry skin.
- Don’t spray cologne in the air or walk through it.
- Target pulse points, such as the inside of your wrists and neck.
- Hold bottle 3-6 inches from your skin when spraying.
- Don’t use too much (2-4 squirts are ideal).
- Do not rub cologne on your skin after application.
- Reapply to your wrists when the scent wears off.
What types of colognes are there?
Before you can even choose a cologne, you need to understand the different types of fragrances available. By familiarizing yourself with all of your options, you will be able to select the cologne that best suits your needs. You will also be able to understand why some colognes are cheap while others are incredibly expensive. In general, it all comes down to the percentage of aromatic essence in the perfume, which affects how long it lasts on the skin. For example, Eau de Toilette perfumes usually contain around 10% aromatic essence and last only a few hours. Eau de Parfum, on the other hand, has a higher concentration of perfume essence (15% to 20%) and can last much longer. However, due to its higher concentration, this type of perfume also tends to cost more.
It is also important to note the difference between designer colognes and niche colognes when looking at types of fragrances. Designer colognes are created by designer brands and are extremely common. They are designed for mass consumption, which means they generally feature milder, safer flavors that more people will like. They also tend to be made from more common materials to save money and allow for higher volume production. Niche colognes, on the other hand, offer more unique scents to more selective customers. These colognes can often be polarizing due to their bold scents and usually cost more than a designer perfume. As such, they are usually only chosen by perfume aficionados.
How to choose a good cologne
To smell good, you have to know how to choose a good cologne. To do this, start by spraying colognes from a distance on sample cards and decide which scents you prefer initially. While doing this, keep in mind that cool, light scents work best for summer while stronger scents with hints of wood or spice are ideal for winter. Then, make sure the scent will suit your skin and stay on for a long time by spraying a sample on your wrist and leaving it on throughout the day, smelling it regularly to see how it interacts with your natural oils and develops. This will help you get a great idea of what it will be like to wear the cologne regularly before you buy it.
At this point, it’s also important to understand how the scent will break down over time. Colognes are made up of top notes, middle notes, and base notes, each drying out at different intervals, causing a change in scent. Top notes last about 15 to 120 minutes, middle notes can last anywhere from 30 minutes to five hours, and base notes, which represent the life of the perfume, stay for two to eight hours or more.
To find the best cologne for you, always be sure to choose the scent yourself. Don’t let someone else pick it for you or buy one just because you like it from a friend. Since colognes smell different to different people, it is essential that you are the only one to try and test the scent before making a purchase.
Where to store cologne
Where you store your cologne can impact how it smells and how long it lasts. As such, it’s important to be diligent about storing your colognes properly. If you leave your cologne in an area exposed to rapid temperature changes, such as the top of your drawers in your bathroom, the scent will break down faster. Sunlight will also have the same effect, so be sure to avoid window sills. If you want your perfume to last a long time, it is best to store your cologne in a place that is always cool, dark and dry. In particular, your bedroom closet can be a great choice.
How much cologne to use
Once you’ve found your ideal cologne, you need to know how to apply it correctly. While that means knowing where to use it on your body, it also means knowing how much to spray. Too little and no one will be able to smell your expensive cologne. Too much and everyone will be overwhelmed by its scent, and not in a good way. So you need to apply just the right amount. However, if you’re not sure, know that less is often more with a perfume. As for the specifics, the number of sprays you need will depend on the fragrance you are using. While strong scents may only require two or three squirts, lighter scents, such as spring and summer scents, may require four to six sprays to have the same effect.
Also, be sure to apply your cologne daily to get into the habit of using perfume. Also, don’t forget to reapply later in the day, especially if you’re using an Eau de Toilette. Simply mist one or two sprays on your wrists to boost your afternoon scent.
If you’re looking for the latest fragrances, check out our article on the best men’s colognes that are irresistible to women.
Should I wear cologne every day?
Wearing cologne every day will get you used to applying it, and you’ll smell great no matter where you go or what you do. If you’re just hanging out at home, you can choose not to wear one. However, it can be an act of self-care to make sure you smell good, even if it’s just for yourself. It’s also nice to get into an “everyday” and special occasion cologne for when you really want to impress.
How to apply cologne so that it lasts?
The best way to apply cologne to last is to spray it on your pulse points, which tend to be warmer and carry the scent better. Wrists, neck, chest, and the inside of the elbows are all great choices. However, pick one or two spots so the smell isn’t overpowering. Choosing a perfume with a higher concentration of essence will also make it last longer. Opt for eau de parfum or perfumes rather than eau de toilette and cologne.
Do you apply cologne to clothing or skin?
Generally, the skin, in your hot pulse points, is the best place to apply cologne. This also allows it to interact with natural oils and chemicals in your body, which can alter the smell slightly. This is the reason why the same perfume can smell different on other people. If you have sensitive skin or allergies to cologne ingredients, spraying on your clothes will be the best option.
Is wearing cologne bad for you?
Colognes and perfumes are made up of chemicals and oils, including ethanol or isopropyl alcohol, for stabilization. Industry requirements do not require companies to list every ingredient to protect trade secrets. As such, there is a small risk that cologne could cause harm if used excessively or not recommended. Cologne water can also cause allergic reactions, skin irritations, headaches and sometimes respiratory problems. If this happens, you should discontinue use. However, many retailers and department stores have testers so you can try a cologne several times before committing to a purchase.
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