Are you part of the 63% of men who sometimes wear cologne? While you might not think there’s much to it beyond spritzing your favorite fragrance, that’s not actually true.
There is, in fact, some strategy behind the idea of how to wear cologne. Are you ready to up your scent game? You’re in the right place for guidance.
Read on to learn how to put on cologne the right way so you can smell and feel your best.
First things first, you should apply cologne when you’re fresh out of the shower. The warmth from the shower helps to open your skin’s pores, which will help you to better absorb the scent so it will last longer.
When you first get out of the shower, apply an unscented moisturizing lotion to your skin, which will also help your cologne to better absorb into your skin. Now, you’re ready to choose your scent, like this eau de toilette (EDT), for example.
Prepare to Spray
Next, you need to be thoughtful before spraying your favorite scent. You don’t want to spray it at a very close or far range. A good rule of thumb is to spray from around 3-6 inches away from the surface of your skin.
That means you should avoid spraying the cologne into the air and walking through it. When you do this, the product gets on your clothes instead of your skin. Not only will the cologne not last as long this way, but the oils in the spray could damage your clothes.
So, where should you spray it? Stick to your body’s most visible pulse points. For example, you could spray on the insides of your wrists and your neck, where you can feel your blood pulsing. These spots are usually visible when you’re out and about and they’re close to people’s noses, so your scent won’t be wasted.
Now, you’re ready to spray. But how much cologne should you wear? It’s best to start with just a light application so you don’t end up overdoing it. Cologne should be a subtle enhancement, not the first thing that someone notices about you. It’s best to stick to a single spritz on each pulse spot for good measure.
If you need to reapply it later in the day, you can, but remember that your nose might get used to the scent over time. So, while you may not be able to smell it anymore, it doesn’t mean that other people can’t.
Resist the Urge to Rub It In
There’s a common misconception that after you spray your cologne, you should rub your wrists together or rub your wrist to your neck to rub it into your skin. However, this can actually make the scent fade faster than normal.
Instead of rubbing it in, let it air dry for the best results. For colognes without a spray applicator, you can gently dab them onto your skin instead of rubbing them in as well.
How to Put on Cologne the Right Way
Now that you’ve read this short guide, you know how to put on cologne so that it will last throughout the day. Time to pick out your favorite scent, spritz it on, and enjoy the benefits of wearing cologne.
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