We all know that one person that smells good no matter what time of the day you meet him or her. In an ideal world, everybody would smell this way, but not everyone can have that advantage. The good news is that smelling good is not a genetic trait. Anyone can smell nice and fresh all day. Although the use of perfumes and other fragrances will give you a nice scent, you don't need to rely on that. There're other ways.
While taking your bath regularly is a no brainer to smelling nice, there are some other conditions you need to factor in if you want to have a long-lasting, refreshing smell. Of course, using fragrances is vital, however, you need to understand the type of perfume or cologne you wear and figure out what's right for your skin.
Also, It's not all about what you put on your body. Sometimes it's about what you put in it. To help you use all of these key factors and more, here are 21 healthy tips to keep your body smelling nice all day long.
1. Drink Enough Water
Whoever said the words "water is life" definitely wasn't kidding. Body odour is a natural occurrence mainly caused by sweating. Sweating is your body's way of regulating your inner temperature but it can also make your body lose a lot of water. Losing too much water will leave you dehydrated and that will make you weak, tired, and bring your performance to an all-time low. Dehydration also makes bad smells stronger, especially in our mouths.
Drinking enough water is the best solution to keeping your body hydrated and diluting some of the bad scents in your mouth. You need to take at least 8 glasses of water per day to keep your mouth from dryness and bad breath.
2. Change Your Diet
The food you eat is an important part of how you smell. You may not be able to physically see how it affects you but you should watch out. Foods that contain garlic and onions are known to be good for the body in terms of nutrition. However, as far as your body odour is concerned, too much of it is bad for you.
They can cause your body to smell for long periods depending on how much of them you have in your system. They also affect how perfumes react to your body, hence, changing your diet is vital. Consider eating more vegetables and fruits. They are known to contain protein and will keep your body fresh and smooth.
3. Choose the Right Perfume Type
Choosing the right fragrance that fits your body is not as easy as it looks. It takes effort and a great sense of judgment. There are hundreds of perfumes, aftershaves and body spray in the market, so whatever you choose make sure it makes you feel comfortable with yourself. Also, it should have at least 24 hours of lasting protection that will guarantee your body stays fresh all day long.
4. Fragrance Application
How you apply fragrance on your body is as important as the type of fragrance itself. No matter how expensive your perfume, cologne, or scented oil is, if you don't apply it to the right places, you won't get the maximum effect. Perfumes should be applied to pulse points that will make its fragrance naturally adapt to your body chemistry. So, when your body heats up, the nice fragrance is automatically released. Pulse points to apply deodorant includes - your wrists, back of your ears, and behind your knees.
5. Use Roll-On Perfume or Cologne
Using a spray is quite good but a roll-on can be effective. It is more direct and can be applied to any spot without over-spraying. It is also quite cheaper than bottled perfume or deodorant.
6. Spray Your Hairbrush
Spraying perfume directly on your hair is harmful to your scalp because it can damage the roots of your hair. It's always advisable to spray your hairbrush. Spraying your hairbrush will reduce the chemical impact of the perfume while giving your hair a nice scent.
7. Pay Attention to Your Clothes
You might not know it, but how much effort you put into washing your clothes can also determine how good you smell. Most detergents and laundry soaps are known to have good fragrances just like perfume. You just have to find and wash your clothes with a good one.
8. Use Lotions and Oils Too
Applying several mixtures of perfumes might be overdoing it. Instead, you can use lotions or oil. They last longer when applied to a moist base. Using lotions and creams will moisturise your skin with a nice fragrance. They also play well with other body care products, so you can apply a perfume too.
9. Apply Shoe Spray Fragrance
It's natural for the feet to give off a different smell after spending a long time in an enclosed space such as your shoes. Wearing socks can only reduce the smell but they can't completely obliterate it. That's where shoe spray fragrance comes in. It's more like a perfume for the feet and will make you smell good. The shoe spray fragrance is mostly used when you're wearing a shoe without socks.
10. Test before you buy
Think of perfumes like your clothes or your shoes. When you go shopping, it's natural for you to test cloths or shoes before buying them. The same applies to perfumes. Perceiving it isn't enough. You need to actually test it on yourself to find out if it suits you. Fragrances smell differently on people and that's why we recommend wearing perfumes for a while before deciding to buy them.
It's very difficult to test when you're shopping online (we're only online for example!), in this case, you could consider buying samples.
11. Spray your Wardrobe
Having a signature fragrance doesn't come by chance. It has to be intentional. If you want your clothes and other fashion items to smell nice, you may need to spray them. Of course, you don't want to spend hours spraying every cloth you own. Hence, spraying the wardrobe where you store your clothes is more effective. You may do this at least once a week. The procedure will give you a long-lasting signature scent that isn't too strong but calm and charming. It will also make your clothes blend well with other fragrances.
12. Have a Hair-Dedicated Perfume
A lot of people wrongly believe that all perfumes, deodorants, and body oils can be applied anywhere. Bodysprays, perfumes, and lotions have pleasing fragrances in common but other than that, they work differently. If you want your hair to smell nice, get a hairbrush and a hair-dedicated perfume. Using this will not only make your hair smell nice, but also give it a deep and shiny colour.
13. Watch What You Wear
Smelling good isn't all about application. Sometimes care and observation does the trick. The outfit you choose to go out in may very well determine how good you smell throughout the day. Most people overlook how much impact clothing texture has on the body. Wearing clothes made of light fabrics and other materials can help to reduce sweating as opposed to thick and tight-fitting clothes.
Thick clothes will trap heat and make you sweat, resulting in bad odour. Pay close attention to the labels on your clothes. Some clothes are made of wick fabrics that absorb sweat before bacteria can affect it, thereby reducing the likelihood of body odours. You should also consider the weather when choosing your outfits. The hotter the weather, the lighter your cloth should be. Always go for clothes that bring you the most comfort.
14. Botox Treatment
Not everyone with bad body odour isn't taking good care of themselves. At times they just have a condition. That condition could be hyperhidrosis. It's a condition that makes you sweat abnormally, thereby leaving you with bad body odour. If you ever feel you sweat too much, you should check yourself in with your doctor or dermatologist. It is said that one botox treatment can stop sweating for six months and reduce body odours too.
15. Use Natural Deodorant
There are different types of deodorants in the market, but if you feel like yours isn't working, it's time to try something different. Deodorants made with natural ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, aloe, and mineral salts prevent you from sweating. They are also free of chemicals that make your skin burn such as aluminium and parabens. Natural deodorants don't remove wetness but they do remove odours associated with sweat. They have a tough and overwhelming fragrance that fights off bacteria by absorbing the smelly odours.
16. Reapply your Perfume
For some people, smelling good for 24 hours a day takes conscious effort. There is a limit to how long perfumes and lotions can last on the body. So, you need to apply it at least twice a day to keep your body smelling fresh. We all sweat during work hours and the best way to stay fresh is to reapply perfume. You should have a small bottle of perfume in hand at all times.
17. Mix it up
An old trick but nonetheless, very effective. To make your scent last longer, you can mix up perfumes. This trick doesn't work well for all kinds of perfumes. If you're not careful, you might just end up overdoing it. You need to use a perfume that blends with your body chemistry without overwhelming the people around you. Hence, when you wear it with another perfume, it will not clash and give you an overly strong scent.
18. Create Your Perfumed Lotion
Another way to freshen up your skin and give yourself a nice fragrance is by creating your own lotion. It's easy and requires only a bottle of unscented lotion. With a few drops of your perfume in the lotion, you're good to go. That will make your lotion and perfume to blend. You can have fresh looking skin with a wonderful scent.
19. Let it Dry Before You Go
So many of us make the mistake of applying fragrances on our bodies and immediately stepping out. The repercussions are that the wind and air can suddenly neutralise your scent while you're on your way to work. You might end up smelling good for less than 3 hours. Perfumes should be applied to your clothes and body early. That way it will have enough time to dry and stay on your clothes.
20.Spray Your Pillow and Bedsheets
Smelling good round the clock involves a lot more than applying perfume to the body. There are some home essentials you can also apply fragrances on so they smell nice. A good example would be your pillow and bedsheets. You sleep on them every day and most likely sweat on them too. If you want to keep your body fresh, spray fragrances lightly on your sheets to give them a nice scent. You'll also find sleeping in them more comfortable that way.
21. Improvise with Cotton Balls
Carrying around a big bottle of perfume can be too tiring and a little too space-consuming for your pocket or bag. So what do you do? You improvise. You can apply a little amount of perfume on pieces of cotton balls and put them in your bag. Whenever you feel like your fragrance is wearing off, you can bring it out and rub it on your pulse points to restore your fragrance and freshness. See! It's that easy. This method also saves you a significant amount of money. Your perfume will last longer with this method than bringing the whole bottle with you every day and everywhere.
Bathing yourself with designer perfumes and having more than 3 baths a day is not the answer. You have to be conscious of your body to truly smell nice all day long. By using the tips above, you can smell nice for as long as you want. You could go for a perfume scent or use some of the more natural tips to keep your smell simple and fresh. No matter your preference, the first step is picking a perfume, deodorant, and lotion that best fits you.