How to Smell Good As a Man


Men like to do things that make them smell bad. They like to sweat and get dirty. Being tough and rugged is a traditional sign of masculinity, but so is being well-kept. Practicing good hygiene improves your self-esteem and makes you more attractive. Even the sweatiest, most active of men can smell good with a few basic daily practices.

Things You'll Need

  • Men's body wash
  • Loofah sponge
  • Men's shampoo
  • Anti-perspirant
  • Body powder
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Man carrying bike (Image: Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Step 1

Shower regularly. Basic hygiene is essential to smelling good. Anything less than a daily shower causes odor-inducing sweat and bacteria to accumulate on the skin.

Shower head with running water
Shower head with running water (Image: BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Step 2

Use a masculine body wash and a loofah sponge. While ordinary soap does the trick, body washes made for men get you clean and can double as a subtle masculine scent. Loofah sponges remove dead skin and the dirt and bacteria it contains.

Loofah sponge
Loofah sponge (Image: Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Step 3

Use shampoo for men. Many companies that make men's body wash make matching shampoo with similar or complementary scents.

Man using shampoo
Man using shampoo (Image: George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Step 4

Use aftershave. Products without alcohol are best because they do not dry the skin. Dilute your aftershave with a bit of water. Many mass-produced aftershaves have a strong antiseptic smell that may be overpowering for some.

Step 5

Use deodorant. Otherwise, you will almost certainly have body odor from the armpits.

Man applying deodorant
Man applying deodorant (Image: Fuse/Fuse/Getty Images)

Step 6

Use body powder. Powder eliminates moisture, which can make you smell bad. Moisture is most common around the genital area. Foot powder, in particular, is an important part of any grooming kit.

Spilled body powder
Spilled body powder (Image: gvictoria/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 7

Don't overdo it. Body sprays and colognes can be overpowering even in small amounts. Smelling too strongly of a grooming product can be just as repulsive as not using one at all.

Men's cologne
Men's cologne (Image: Mario Ragma Jr./iStock/Getty Images)

Step 8

See a doctor if necessary. If over-the-counter antiperspirants aren't working for you, your doctor may be able to help. Prescription antiperspirants such as Drysol and Xerac contain aluminum chloride, a powerful odor blocker.

Doctor talks to patient
Doctor talks to patient (Image: Fuse/Fuse/Getty Images)

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Tips & Warnings

  • Don't smoke. Cigarette smoke lingers on your clothes and hands and in your mouth. Most people find it repulsive.
  • If you're allergic to scented skin products, use hypoallergenic hygiene products. Consider a hypoallergenic oil product instead of cologne.


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