How To Smell Delicious All The Effing Time
The thing about smelling good is that it really comes down to what you find to be a pleasant scent.
One person’s idea of smelling good may be bringing an enchanting canopy of soft French perfume into every room they enter. For someone else, it could mean not having body odor after a long day at a sweat-inducing job.
Whether you want to smell like perfume or just your healthy and natural self, we’ll tell you how to do it and make it last all day.
Make your perfume or cologne last
A little fragrance goes a long away. Applying it properly can help you make the most of the scent.
- Apply it to pulse points. This will allow the scent to mix naturally with your body chemistry. As your body heats up, the scent will be activated and released. Resist the urge to rub the fragrance into the skin.
- Use a roll-on version. A rollerball is a great way to get the scent exactly where you want it without overspraying. It’s also more affordable than a bottled version of your favorite perfume or cologne.
- Spray onto a hairbrush. To add fragrance that lasts throughout the day, spritz your hairbrush with your favorite scent before brushing dry hair.
Hop in the shower: If you want to smell your best, it starts with getting clean. How often you should bathe depends on your personal body chemistry, your daily activities and the weather. Many people bathe once a day, but if you play a sport or live in a hot region you might want to jump in the tub more than once. If your skin is really dry, every other day might be enough. But no matter what, make sure you bathe often enough that your body odor doesn’t become noticeable to other people.
Use deodorant: Two percent of people have a gene that prevents their armpits from producing body odor. They’re the lucky ones, right? The rest of us rely on deodorant to keep body odor at bay throughout the day. Put some on after you shower, and reapply as necessary throughout the day.
Try body powder: Sprinkling on a little body powder after your bath or shower is a great way to stay fresh. Just dry off completely, then put some under your arms, on your feet, and anywhere else you’d like. The powder helps to keep your skin dry and cool during the day, so it comes in handy on hot, humid days.
Wear clothes that smell good: Wearing the same clothes several days in a row can affect the way you smell, so make sure you keep up on your laundry! Choose to use a scented detergent or an unscented one – it doesn’t matter, as long as your clothes are clean.
Have great-smelling feet: If you’re worried about how your feet smell, take extra care to scrub your feet in the shower, dry them completely, and sprinkle them with body or foot powder before you put on your socks and shoes. Carry an extra pair of socks to change into later in the day. Make sure your shoes are in good shape, too – old shoes can be a source of bad smells.
Freshen your breath: Practicing good dental hygiene is the main way to keep your breath smelling fresh. Be sure to brush and floss every day, and see the dentist regularly to take care of issues like plaque buildup so you don’t end up with chronic bad breath.
Using Perfumes and Colognes
Choose the perfect scent: Look for a scent that adds to your style and complements your overall presentation. A great scent is one you don’t mind smelling all day. It shouldn’t be too strong, since some people are sensitive to overpowering smells. Experiment with different scents until you find a few you like. You can wear the same scent every day or rotate between a few.
Dab a little on your pulse points: Don’t bathe yourself in your chosen scent. Use it strategically, so people nearby get small whiffs, but don’t feel overwhelmed. A little goes a long way, especially if you’re using real perfume. Put some on your wrists, neck, and behind your ears – that’s probably all you need.
Scent your hair: If your shampoo doesn’t have much of a smell, you might want to add a bit of scent to your hair. This is a nice, subtle way to keep you smelling great all day long. Rub a little perfume or essential oil between your palms, then smooth it gently through your hair. Alternatively, you could add a few drops of your favorite scent to your unscented shampoo or conditioner.
Stick to one signature scent: It’s not a good idea to wear 3 – 4 warring scents that leave a smelly trail in your wake when you walk down the hall. Instead of asking you the name of your perfume, people will pinch their noses when they see you coming! Just wear one main scent at a time.
Moisturize your skin with scented lotions or creams: If the scent of your body lotion, cream, or oil is all the fragrance you want, you can make the scent last by applying it to your skin right out of the shower after patting off excess water.
Scented lotion: or any scented product for that matter, will last longer when applied to a moist base. Need a little more scent? Choose lotions and creams made by your favorite perfume or cologne brand. You can layer these products with the coordinating perfume or cologne, shower gel, or shave creams.
Shower and reach the right spots
Your body’s scent has a lot to do with cleanliness, but genetics and even what you eat can also influence the way your body smells: You can’t do anything about genetics. And might not want to cut out a lot of the foods that can cause an odor, like broccoli, garlic, and fish, because they’re delicious and good for you. You can, however, control cleanliness.
Using Tricks for Smelling Great All Day
Freshen up a few times a day: You’re probably good to go in the morning, after you’ve showered and put on clean clothes, but it’s a good idea to take some time to freshen up throughout the day. Whether you’re at school or work, there are things you can do to keep yourself smelling great even though you’ve been on your feet or at a desk all day long.
Stay away from foods with strong odors: On days when you’re extremely concerned about smelling good, try not to eat a lot of onions, garlic or spicy food. These foods have components that linger in the system for awhile, and they can change the way your breath and body smells.
Keep your surroundings clean: Is your bedroom clean and fresh, or does it smell a little stale? How about your car and other places where you spend a lot of time? Keeping the spaces around you clean will help you smell fresh, too. Start by making sure your bedroom is clean. Put all your dirty clothes in a closed hamper, and hang up or fold your clean clothes for storage instead of letting them stay in a pile.
Scent your drawers and closets: If you want to keep your clothes smelling great, try storing them in drawers and closets that are scented with sachets. You can make your own sachets by filling small cloth bags with dried lavender or other herbs you like. Simply place the sachets in the corners of your drawers or hang them in your closets. They’ll lightly scent your clothes and keep them from smelling stale.