Sporting a great impression doesn’t depend on how you look alone.
It also counts on how pleasant you smell. And when it comes freshening up while you are on the go, the body spray is that personal grooming tool every man should have.
Body sprays are portable and much more convenient to use compared to full strength colognes and perfumes.
They also do their part in keeping your skin cool and feeling refreshed throughout the day.
In this review, we’ve rounded up all the great smelling grooming kits to help men like you ease out on the process of finding the most appealing body sprays on the market today.
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What is a Body Spray?
A body spray is that very portable grooming tool that one can conveniently use anywhere. It works the same way as aerosol deodorants only that it is intended to be sprayed on various parts of the body except the armpits. In terms of scents, the body spray is much lighter compared to colognes and perfumes.
Since they come in pressurized bottles, the body spray is much more convenient to use compared to colognes and perfumes. They are ideal travel companions and the spray mechanism makes it easy and effective to spray the desired fragrance on any part of your body.
Watch this video to learn the right way to apply body spray:
Did You Know...?
A body spray and deodorant are two entirely different grooming tools. Deodorants are usually antiperspirants sprayed on the armpits and they target the root causes of body odor – sweat + bacteria. The deodorant works by preventing the sweat glands in the armpit from producing sweat while effectively minimizing the amount of bacteria present in the concerned area at the same time.
On the other hand, the body sprays work only by temporarily covering your natural odor. They are much like perfumes and colognes but only with lighter scents. If you are a person suffering from serious body odor issues, it would be best to use a body spray and an antiperspirant deodorant at the same time.
How to Best Use Your Body Spray
Your body spray can effectively freshen you up during midday or in between various activities. It also helps cover your body odor in case you decide to skip on your shower routine. There’s no doubt that your body spray plays a significant role in your daily life and learning the best way to use it can help you maximize its promised benefits.
As much as possible, avoid using your body spray right after taking a shower. It is best to make sure that your skin is completely dry before you start spraying on some fragrance. This will help ensure that the scent of the spray lasts longer.
It is also not advisable to use your body spray on your clothes. The scent of the spray is specially formulated to react proactively on the human skin and not on the fabric of one’s clothing. Besides, the body spray is a mixture of various chemicals which can cause mild to serious damage on your clothes.
Different grooming products such as an aftershave balm, deodorant, and body wash have varying scents. And when using a body spray, it is best to consider a scent that doesn’t go against the aroma of other personal grooming tools. It is important to gain a little background info on the basic notes in order to acquire and use a body spray that complement the scents of other products that you currently use.
Your body spray is much more effective when sprayed on your body instead of applying it on your clothes. So prior to spraying, it is better to take your clothes off first. Because of its spray mechanism, coverage depends on how far away from your body you hold the bottle. For a more concentrated dose of fragrance, position the bottle upright at least 6 inches away from the body. For more coverage, position the bottle farther away from your body.
On normal days, it’s more than enough to use your body spray once. But at times when you are more active or like when working out, you can definitely two or more additional sprays to keep you smelling fresh throughout the day. The best places to apply your body spray are your chest and neck.
How to Shop for Body Sprays
We always want to smell good at least most of the time. Whether we are at work or in a gathering, sporting a pleasant scent helps boost our confidence and improves our social interaction.
However, it is not as easy as that. Body sprays come in different scents and strengths that one man’s worst bottle is another man’s best. Shopping for body sprays online can be a bit tricky considering there are hundreds of options to choose from and you can’t do an actual testing.
Unless you already have considerable knowledge on the hottest brands and scents of body sprays, the safest way to shop for such a grooming tool would be to purchase in small bottles.
Don’t get too excited in purchasing a body spray online. There are several benefits if you choose to buy in smaller sizes. Purchasing a body spray you haven’t tried before is considerable gamble and the size of the bottle is in direct proportion to the risk you are going to gamble.
Pocket sized body sprays are much easier to carry and are convenient travel companions. You can spray as often as you want without having to go through your entire luggage. These modest fragrance sticks are also ideal gift ideas for co-workers and friends since they come in prices that are considerably lighter on the pocket compared to their larger / full bottle versions.
It is also wise to buy from a seller who already has an established reputation. Check on reviews regarding shipping timelines and costs. It is also recommended to see if the seller honors replacements and / or refunds in case of product defects.
When Buying a Body Spray...
Whether or not the body spray you are planning to purchase has a cheap price, it is still highly recommended to recognize and honor the value of such grooming investment. Here are some things to consider before finalizing your decision in purchasing a particular body spray:
- Your ideal / favorite scent. Body sprays are just like perfumes in terms of notes / scents, only milder. Before you purchase one, try to determine first if you prefer woody, floral, spicy, nutty, citrus, balsam, musk, beverage, or natural notes.
- Body sprays also differ in terms of the strengths of their scents. There are body sprays with scents that are barely noticeable while there are also some others that are somewhat overbearing.
- And last but not the least, it is also critical to set a price range. This determines how much you are willing to invest for a bottle of body spray.
Now that I've covered some of the basics, let's get into some of my favorite products.
AXE is a well-known brand among men’s fragrances and this ESSENCE Body Spray is definitely a must have especially for those with refined personalities. It offers a sweet and sexy scent that will definitely turn heads.
The combination of citrusy and woody notes makes this body spray the perfect fragrance for men who want to project bold and sleek impressions. It comes with slim jet black bottle so it looks fine wherever you keep it and provides a nice grip.
For those who are looking for a light and pleasant scent that won’t be overbearing, BOD Man Fresh Guy Fragrance Body Spay could just be the best option. It offers a nice fruity scent women will surely love.
This body spray offers something sexy and elegant. This scent is perfect for casual and semi-formal meet-ups and is guaranteed to enhance the sophistication of your personality.
Another pleasant candidate for everyday use, Sean John Unforgivable Body Spray offers an amazing smell that doesn’t hurt the nose. Its fragrance is versatile enough for all your outdoor escapades.
All the entries in the list have quite appealing scents but my heart will definitely go to Kenneth Cole Black Body Spray. It offers a sexy and elegant scent but can also be worn casually for your everyday errands. The only problem I see with this body spray is its price but I think it’s just a fair figure for such an amazing scent.
Written by Robert Ordway
Raised in the small mill town of Lake Station, Indiana, Robert’s blue collar upbringing exposed him to little if any of the clothing industry. Robert has been following the menswear industry for over a decade and has been significantly influenced by the book, Dressing the Man by Alan Flusser. From 2009-2012, he worked in retail sales at both Brooks Brothers and JCrew. In 2015, Robert received the Custom Clothier certification from the Custom Tailor and Designers Association (CTDA), the oldest continuously operating trade organization in the United States. He is the former owner of Rusted Oak, a men’s retail clothing store in Valparaiso, Indiana.
Today, Robert's mission is to teach men of all shapes and sizes about grooming care, general life style tips, and of course male fashion stemming from his deep career in the fashion industry.