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Making Scents: How Much Fragrance Matching is too Much?

With so many scented grooming essentials out there—from bar soap and body wash to aftershave and deodorant—a guy is bound to ask himself: How carefully should I attempt to match all the fragrances that touch my body on any given day? Here are some things to keep in mind.

Don’t Go Overboard

Much like fashion, you never want to be too “matchy-matchy.” Those combination cologne/shower gel/deodorant sets they sell at department stores are just a ploy to get you to spend more money. Don’t give in. Select the best formula in each category based on performance, not fragrance agreement.

Mind the Hierarchy

An important fact to keep in mind: Different products have different levels of scent intensity. Shower gel is only on your body for seconds, so it’s much less of a factor than, say, aftershave, cologne, or under arm deodorant.

Keep It in the Family

If you’re going to mix and match, the most important thing is to use similar kinds of scents. If you wear a citrusy cologne in the summer, you might want to swap out that cedar-scented shower gel that got you through the winter. Ditto for any super musky fragrances.

When in Doubt, Go Unscented

A great way to safeguard against cologne-clashing is to opt for an unscented deodorant. Many of the big-name brands now have fragrance-free varieties that do an equally good job of preventing odor and wetness.

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