After a much-deserved two-day break from my writing (you’re welcome!), I’m back with more life-altering commentary. And unfortunately for you, today’s is one of those “Where the heck did this come from” topics.
Man-smells. Or perhaps more inclusive, People-Smells.
Some years ago, and I don’t remember the context, I read a woman’s thoughts on men and fragrances. She explained how she liked her man to smell like a man, not his shampoo. This idea has stayed with me and oftentimes as I’m showering, I think about all the different fragrances I put on–or in–my body each day.
- scented toothpaste (but I think we can all agree this one is completely OK to use by ALL men)
- body wash (aka: soap)
- cologne (my current stash consists of “Polo Black” that I bought myself and some “Dolce and Gabbana” that CareerMom bought me)
- aftershave (usually the same scent as the cologne)
- rum…wait…strike that…
I think it’s safe to say, that perhaps other than on the off weekend, the only time CareerMom really smells ME, is after I’ve gotten up in the morning and gone to the gym; before I’ve showered. And frankly, I’m not sure that’s the ME I want her smelling really.
If you know me at all, you know that I like to consider myself a M.A.N. In fact, if I weren’t a man, I’d probably be a bear, that’s how manly I am. So, the thought of me walking around the office, thinking I’m ALL THAT, when in fact, I smell like a flower…well, that kinda bugs me.
So readers…out with it.
Guys, what do you wear? Do you go “perfume free” whenever possible?
Ladies, is “au naturale” the way to play (with maybe a little help from Degree), or do you like your man to have a little Old Spice to him?