How to Use Body Spray & Cologne

by Andrea Lott Haney ; Updated September 28, 2017

When using body spray or cologne, you are trying to create allure and leave people around you enjoying your scent. Too much fragrance triggers breathing problems or allergies in some, turning them off to the person wearing it. Too little scent is a waste, since it dissipates before having the desired effect. Use the right amount of cologne and body spray and choose wisely when purchasing so that your signature fragrance gives the public the right message about you.

Shower using a shower gel that complements your selected fragrance. Towel off. Using a scented shower gel that complements your fragrance creates a layered effect and helps the fragrance last longer.

Apply body spray or cologne while still naked and warm from the shower. Spray one time, holding the spray at least 6 inches from the body and covering the surface of your body that will be covered by clothes. If you are using cologne instead of body spray, it is more concentrated, and you only need a small amount. Dab a bit on the underside of your elbows. If this is a date night, add one fingertip's worth to the back of the neck.

Dress. Wash your hands to prevent transferring residual scent during handshakes or rubbing your eyes.


  • Men can substitute a scented after shave for cologne or body spray. Shave immediately after your shower when the beard is soft, then apply after shave. Wash your hands.

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Andrea Lott Haney writes articles and training materials for food industry publications. Having studied foodservice sanitation, nutrition and menu planning at Purdue University, Lott Haney has more than 10 years of experience as a catering and event planner for luxury hotels and currently tours the Midwest as a corporate customer service trainer and consultant.