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The Gentlemen's Guide to Being Dapper: The Smell of Success
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The Gentlemen's Guide to Being Dapper: The Smell of Success

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Gentlemen, let’s talk about scents. It’s the summer. It’s hot. As a result, we are sweaty, definitely more so than our female counterparts. Even if it wasn’t hot, and even if you’ve got your various odors under control, may we make a suggestion? Cologne.

Cologne is something that can be an underrated part of look and presence. What’s the point of looking the part of a dapper gent if you’re not going to make sure that you’re just as pleasing to all of the other senses? Smell can be just as, if not more powerful than the other four, and we’d hate to think that your rich, deep voice and well appointed outfit aren’t hitting their top potential.

Maybe you’re already thinking about trying cologne, or maybe you already use it, but you’re considering a new scent. We’re here to help you make the best possible decision for you.

When picking a cologne it’s important to figure out a few things. First and foremost is simply finding a scent that you like. Try samples, read up on top brands, do your research. Part of that research should also be getting a second opinion from someone you trust because although it’s a product for you, it’s also something that will impact your encounters with other people. No one wants to be that guy in the elevator or like Brian Fantana pouring Sex Panther all over yourself because you think it smells great if it’s going to end up literally clearing the room.

If you find yourself worrying about the price of your fragrance, don’t stress! Colognes come in all kinds of packaging from all sorts of brands for any price range. Cologne is also a good investment because it lasts a very long time. A good bottle of cologne, if used selectively and stored properly, could last almost your entire life, no joke. Even if it doesn’t last that long, you’re going to get bang for your buck because a small amount goes such a long way.

Once you find one cologne you like, consider getting another. You might have one for everyday situations and then another for big occasions and events like a date or party, or maybe you’ll be a one cologne man for your whole life. Whatever you decide, dab a little behind your ears or spray a bit before you go out. Be confident in your new scent, and don’t be alarmed if you find that people want to be closer to you, that’s the idea.

You don’t have to thank us, but you’re such a classy gentleman, you probably will anyway.

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