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How to smell fresh this spring - The ultimate scent guide

Is there a bigger compliment than being told you smell amazing? It is the ultimate compliment because anyone can say “you look nice” and “that’s a nice shirt” but complimenting the way you smell - that’s the real confidence booster.

But to get this golden compliment, there’s some work to be done. A simple deodorant and cologne won’t suffice. You’ll have to customize your fragrance for the type of weather you’re having and do some hygiene essentials the others aren’t doing. Read below to see how.

Use non-scented cleansers
This may sound counter-intuitive but buying scented soaps or scented laundry detergents is a mistake all of us unknowingly make.

When you buy a scented soap product, the scents in them are made of strong artificial components. They smell “fresh” but they are too strong and overpowering. Merging such a scent with an expensive cologne is just a waste of good cologne. Make sure your cleansers are only cleaning and removing bad odor out of your clothes and nothing more.

Adjust For The Weather
Spring brings a variety of wet to hot weather, and your fragrance choice should adapt along with it. Here's how to tailor your scent profile for the weather.

Tips for wet days:
When the air is damp, heavy scents can become overwhelming. Opt for lighter, fresher fragrances to that complement the moisture in the air.

The best scent for a wet day is an organic earthy scent like cedarwood or patchouli or something aquatic like sea breeze. 

Waterproof your cologne by applying a thin layer of unscented moisturizer on your pulse points.

Tips for hot days:
In hot weather, heavy scents can feel suffocating and sticky. Instead, choose light, citrusy fragrances such as lemon or mint to keep you feeling refreshed. 

If you're spending an extended period outdoors in the heat, reapply your cologne midway through the day to maintain a fresh scent

Opt for Eau de Toilette (EDT). EDTs have a lower concentration of perfume oil compared to Eau de Parfums (EDPs), making them lighter and more suitable for hot weather.

You Are What You Eat
What you eat can also affect how you smell. A healthy diet is organic and fiber rich, filled with fruits and vegetables and plenty of water. This will help detoxify your body and keep your odor fresh from the inside out.

Speaking of detoxifying, adding chlorophyll to your daily water intake can help freshen your breath and potentially reduce body odor. Chlorophyll is known for its ability to neutralize odors and act as a natural deodorizer. Adding chlorophyll drops or tablets to your water can be a simple way to incorporate this natural deodorizing agent into your daily routine.

The Silent Scent
One major thing guys often forget about is their breath. We can't detect our own easily, and most people won't exactly point it out.

The result? You might be leaving a less-than-ideal impression with bad breath, especially when trying to chat someone up. Here’s how to check if you breath stinks, and what to do about it

How to Tell if You Have Bad Breath:

The Wrist Test: Lick the back of your hand, allow it to dry for a few seconds, and then take a whiff. If it doesn't smell pleasant, chances are your breath won't either.

The Floss Test: Gently floss your teeth, especially towards the back. Smell the floss – a strong odor signifies potential bad breath.

The Tongue Test: Extend your tongue as far back as possible and scrape it gently with a clean spoon or tongue scraper. If you notice a white or yellowish coating on your tongue, it could indicate the presence of bacteria that contribute to bad breath.

Ask a Trusted Friend (tactfully): If you're really worried, discreetly ask a close friend or partner for their honest opinion.

What to Do if You Have Bad Breath:

Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water throughout the day helps flush out bacteria and keep your mouth moist, reducing the likelihood of bad breath.

Mind Your Diet: Certain foods like onions, garlic, and coffee can temporarily worsen breath. Avoid them before important social situations, or rinse your mouth thoroughly after consuming them.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene: Consider using a tongue scraper to remove bacteria from the surface of your tongue.

There you go,

By incorporating these simple tips into your routine, you can ensure you're leaving a positive impression wherever you go this spring.

-Forte Team