Wearing cologne is a great way to boost your confidence, demonstrate your style, and make a lasting impression. But if you don’t know how to apply it properly, you could end up with an overwhelming scent that everyone will be able to smell from a mile away.
Remember, a cologne should be discovered, not announced.
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1. Start with Clean Skin
Before applying cologne, make sure your skin is clean. Cologne will last longer on clean skin and you’ll avoid any potential skin reactions.
2. Find your Pulse Points
Pulse points are areas of your body where blood vessels are close to the surface of your skin. These areas are going to be the warmest, so the cologne will evaporate quicker and be more potent.
Common pulse points for cologne include:
- Behind your ears
- On your wrists
- In the crook of your elbow
- Base of your throat
Here’s a list of all the pulse points on your body.
3. Spray Cologne on Your Pulse Points
Hold the bottle of cologne about 6 inches away from your skin and spray it on your pulse points. Start with one or two sprays and see how long the scent lasts throughout the day. You can always add more if necessary.
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4. Don’t Rub Your Wrists Together
Once you’ve sprayed cologne on your wrists, resist the urge to rub them together. This will actually break down the fragrance molecules and make the scent weaker. Just let your wrists dry naturally.
5. Give the Cologne Time to Settle
After you’ve applied cologne to your pulse points, step away from the fragrance and let it settle for a few minutes. This will allow the top notes to evaporate and the middle and base notes to come through.
Common Questions About Applying Cologne
The number of sprays you use will depend on the strength of the fragrance and how long you want it to last. A good rule of thumb is to start with one or two sprays and see how long the scent lasts. You can always add more if necessary.
You can apply cologne at any time of day. However, many people prefer to apply it in the morning after the shower so that the scent lasts all day.
We advise against this as cologne can stain your clothing. It’s best to stick to applying it to your skin.
No. We do not recommend applying cologne to your genitals as it can cause irritation. Additionally, should you have intercourse, the chemicals could cause irritation.
You can, but it’s not recommended. The fragrance will likely be more potent in this area and could cause irritation. If you do choose to spray cologne in your armpits, start with one spray and see how you react.
If your cologne is too strong, try washing the area with soap and water. You can also try using a cotton ball to soak up any excess cologne.
Yes, cologne does expire. The average lifespan of cologne is 3-5 years. However, this will vary depending on the quality of the fragrance and how it’s stored. When in doubt, take a whiff of your cologne. If it smells off or has changed color, it’s time to toss it out.