How to Smell Good As a Man

by John Zaremba ; Updated September 28, 2017

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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.


  • 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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About the Author

John Zaremba began writing professionally in 1997. He has worked at some of the country's finest small daily newspapers, including "The Beacon News" and "The Patriot Ledger." Zaremba is a graduate of the University of Illinois.