Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Cologne Do's & Dont's


 Cologne Dos

There is only one way to tell how a scent will smell, and it doesn’t involve scratching and sniffing a magazine. A self-test on your skin is the single, sure-fire method of determining its reaction with your body chemistry. That’s why you should try before you buy. Then, wait a day before committing to reveal any potential allergic reactions and to ensure the scent will last.

When it comes to cologne, knowing your skin type is essential. Oily complexions maintain a scent longer, with fewer and less frequent applications. The additional moisture on the skin acts as chemical activator. Drier skin, on the other hand, is just the opposite, it’s like a sponge soaking up that sweet scent. Go for an extra squirt and make sure you re-apply before a night on the town.


Like most things in life, timing is everything. So, naturally, there is a prime time for applying fragrance – like after a hot shower or bath. The water temperature and steam assist in prying pores open, which in turn, sop up scent. They’re what keep you smelling fresh (or not) all day long. And while attempting to scent unshowered skin isn’t the worst cologne crime in the world, you do risk of instigating a nasty cover-up.
Cologne Don’ts

We all know the guy who has a perpetual trail of saturated scent you can smell from a mile away. It announces his coming and going in the most offencive way possible – the classic case of foul play with a trigger-happy hand as the culprit. Instead of dousing , spraying at the pulse points is a more effective way of application, and honestly, a cologne basic. A dab behind the ears, wrist and at the base of the throat – essentially, anywhere the blood vessels are close to the skins surface – is all you need to maximise your musk. And remember when in doubt less is more. No one likes to be assaulted with smell no matter how pleasant you think it is.

Strongly scented soaps and body washes can mix in unintended ways with any cologne applied afterwards. At best, the soap smell will overpower a lighter fragrance and make it seem barely there but more than likely, the cool, clean scent of that body wash will alter the smell of the cologne you just applied. Stick with the lighter fragranced body wash.

Despite the old advice of finding a signature scent and sticking to it, men must remember to change things up. As seasons change cologne must follow suit. A full-bodied fragrance for mid November just doesn’t match the mood and can be overpowering. The opposite is true too. Lighter scents can get lost in colder temperatures come winter time. Opt for just two scents to complement the seasons. A citrusy scent for spring and summer should give way to woodsy spicy selections for autumn and winter.

Men have a bad habit of hoarding unopened bottles of colognes for use at a later date. They tend to stockpile them. But colognes have a shelf-life. 3 years to be exact. After that the natural oils in the bottle lose their intensity and go rancid. This rule holds true whether they’re still wrapped in plastic or on their last drop.

Cologne is a crucial part of being a man. The whole scent thing plays into their primal need to mark their territory. And now, you’ll be able to mark that territory right.
 Article from Barber shop magazine




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