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The Scent of a Man

Updated on September 18, 2008

"Maniac for Men" ~ Commercial Spoof

Retro 70's

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The Scent of a Man

Glossy magazine ads and late-night commercials will have you believe a simple spritz of cologne will bring a beautiful woman begging and to her knees. The image of the "average Joe", holding a box, while simultaneously fighting off the supermodel, who won't take no for an answer, seems to be the common commercial storyline. Although, these images can be quite entertaining, they can also be somewhat misleading. The truth is, pairing up the right scent with the right man takes research, patience and a little bit of trial and error.

The idea that any popular cologne will do, is a ridiculous myth. While one expensive bottle can smell incredibly sexy on one man, it may take on a totally different direction when mixed with another's natural chemistry. It pays to understand the right method in choosing your fragrance and hopefully never having to endure a bunch of unused cologne bottles cluttering your cabinet.

The wrong scent can also be horrible, detrimental to the happening single guy and send the wrong signals. Some can even cause the death of an otherwise great first date. Never underestimate the sense of smell. An aromatic aphrodisiac at the very least.

Women are taken by scent, whisked away, mesmerized, and easily allowed to imagine the most sensual encounters. The scent of a man can direct a woman's desire to hit on overload every time. It can fill up her senses with gratifying ecstasy. The right scent can conjure images of illicit intrigue and heighten sexual arousal. The most amazing cologne can leave us weak and unable to deny the magic of chemistry. And, when done correctly, a man's scent can leave a lasting mark on a woman's most private romantic memory. Ultimately, what you are seeking is just that, a lasting impression.

Choosing Cologne ~

~ It's very important to become aware of how drastic cologne can change throughout the day. Simply testing in the store before purchasing will not be enough.

~ Take advantage of samples before making your final decision. The first application of a scent will be powerful and at onset very strong, making it difficult to judge it's true character.

~ As the scent has a chance to interact with your own body chemistry, it will take on the true heart of your signature fragrance. Your choice of cologne should be based on it's true lingering presence. After about an hour, it will have had time to completely settle, allowing you to make a better educated final decision.

Tips ~

~ Dare to be adventurous ~ Woodsy, gritty, musky and cleaner scents are very popular, but men's cologne is ever changing and the metrosexual revolution has spun quite a new variety for the discerning man. Newer lines of cologne feature exquisite florals and oceanic scents that are definitely worth a whiff.

~ Important to also note that Eau de Toilette sprays last longest, usually about 3-4 hours of full aromatic design, while Eau de Cologne scents are at their best for a lesser amount of time, about 2-3 hours.

~ Store in a cool and dark place, cologne will last much longer if kept away from direct light. A drawer or inside a cabinet are good choices.

~ Do not rub cologne into skin, this will change the true scent drastically and may cause discomfort to sensitive skin.

~ Eliminate the competition by using an unscented aftershave or moisturizer. Your scent will maintain it's quality and not be lost in translation.

~ Alternating scents is also a good idea to keep mystery alive and kicking. Experimenting can also lead to many pleasing glances and help you decide which fragrances are the keepers.

Proper Application ~

  1. Never Overpower ~ The word "splashing" by some is taken way too literally and should be considered an extreme turnoff.

  2. Use sparingly ~ Take the application process slow. If your cologne has a spritzer bottle, all the better. A brief spritz will leave you in better control of even distribution, allowing the conquest at hand to have no choice but to move in closer for the heavenly opportunity.

  3. Where ~ Cologne should be applied to five main areas, the inner wrists, sides of the neck, behind the ears, chest and ummm.... thighs. You don't want to go overboard, again, you want to entice not overwhelm.

  4. Where not ~ Do not apply to clothing. Clothing may become damaged and the scent will become absorbed into the fabric.





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    • Benson Yeung profile image

      Benson Yeung 

      10 years ago from Hong Kong

      thanks for the hub. I'd skip showering every now and then from now on.

    • summer10 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from my happy place :)

      hmmmm, the natural scent of a man is definitely pleasing, especially just out of the shower :) It's a very personal choice, I hope I've helped at least get you interested in testing my theory :)

      Thank u pcdriverupdate for reminding some that sweaty is never good :(

    • pcdriverupdate profile image


      10 years ago from VA

      Interesting. I have always been a no cologne man, just never got into it. I just wear deodorant hah. :) Seems some girls like their man with cologne and some do not or don't care either way. I've never been with a girl who seemed to care if I wore it or not. Though I do not sweat much so maybe it's better for those men who develop a stronger "natural smell" :P

    • summer10 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from my happy place :)

      Hiya Beth, thanks for stopping by and commenting. I look forward to reading your hubs.. :)

    • betherickson profile image


      10 years ago from Minnesota

      Good information summer10. I'm sharing this to a friend I know that might need this. Thumbs up! :)

      Please visit my hubs when you have time. Cheers!

    • summer10 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from my happy place :)

      Hi Earnest, I'm glad these tips will help ~ your sons will be fighting them off :)

    • earnestshub profile image


      10 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      This is great inside data for a young man to have.

      I will send it to my sons.

      I have not seen this information before.

      This will be very interesting for my youngest who is 19 and trying to find out what women like!

    • sarahglenister profile image


      10 years ago from Manchester, uk

      I actually prefer men without cologne! Although the right scent can go far if it's not too overpowering. A note to men...a dab is enough!!!

    • summer10 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from my happy place :)

      Thank u Terenceyap07, to know I've been able to give u any sort of advice is an honor. You are truly an inspirational writer and I look forward to reading more of your uplifting work. :)

    • terenceyap07 profile image


      10 years ago from Singapore

      Dear Summer10,

      I dare say I've learnt quite a lot from this hub today. These are good tips that I'll definitely consider the next time I choose a bottle of cologne, my friend.

      Thank you for the good advice.



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