Dating Guide Checklist: Smelling Fresh

For anyone looking to make a good first impression, one of the most important things centers around how we smell.  Think about it, whether you’re on a date or just socially mingling, how we smell, underarms, breath, etc.. are always on your mind to some degree.  Why do you think gum/mint, perfume and deodorant industries are billion dollar markets?  Today I’m going to share with you my checklist of sorts for making sure that I never have one of those embarrassing odor issues.

ITEM #1: Body Mint

This green little deodorant pill is a total God send.  Why?  Well there are a number of reasons.  First, it’s natural.  There are no harsh chemicals like aluminum, triclosan or parabens.  Second, it works on multiple odors including body odor,  bad breath and it even helps with stinky feet.  It’s like knocking down two birds with one stone.  Finally, it has no odor.  This might sound strange, but one of my ishes with deodorants is the smell.  I don’t care for many of them and prefer my own scent selection.  This gives me that option.

ITEM #2: Ise Miyake Perfume

I’ve used different types and still do, but Ise Miyake is my personal favorite.  I’ve gotten many compliments on the smell and it seems to work with my body chemistry.  It has a deep, aromatic, floral scent; on the heavier side in my opinion, but I prefer it over the lighter, more Spring time fragrances.

ITEM #3: IceBreakers breath mints

Never a fan of gum on a date, I keep a pack of breath mints on hand at all times.  This is primarily for after dinner/coffee type situations.. you know what I’m talking about!

ITEM #4 Victoria Secret lotion

Guys go crazy over this stuff and I have no clue why.  Don’t get me wrong, I use it for the soothing, moisturizing effect (especially because I tend to get dry skin rather easily), but it has a nice scent.

So that’s pretty much it.  Seems to work as I’ve never had any complaints.  Feel free to share your odor beating techniques and what you use to stay smelling fine and fabulous!

Bad Breath – The Silent Enemy

Bad breath can be a real stinker, both literally and figuratively.  For the most part we have an idea of when things aren’t smelling so rosy, but there are times when it sneaks up on you like an assassin and kills the person in front of you with wave after wave of odor bombs.  Worse part about it is that in those cases you might not even be aware of it.

Chewing gum and mints are great ways to keep things in tip top shape.   However they don’t last and in some cases can cause more harm than good.  Many times they contain sugar.  Sugar is not only bad for you, but also bad for your breath.  It can disrupt the pH levels in the oral cavity and actually cause bad breath to be more severe.

For the most part though,  bad breath comes by way of sulfur compounds produced by bacteria and released from the foods we eat.  These compounds smell of eggs gone bad.  They get emitted as you talk and the severity can depend on several factors.  In lower amounts you might not realize it’s a problem, but the person in front of you certainly does.

The key to keeping these nasty odor molecules at bay is by understanding their source.  Bacteria feed off of proteins in the mouth and release these compounds as a waste product. Controlling bacteria through proper oral hygiene and eliminating behaviors that cause bacteria to grow more easily go a long way towards keeping bad breath in check.  In addition, limiting foods high in sulfide compounds will help as well.

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Don’t Let Body Odor Ruin Your Date!

You’re on a date and things are going well.  The vibe is good, the company is excellent and both of you are having a great time.  You move in to get a little closer and it hits you like a freight train… your perfect date smells like something between a bag of onions and a sour shoe.  This is not a hypothetical; I can tell you with 100% honesty that this has happened to myself.

So how on Earth could this seemingly perfect person end up smelling like a trash can?  wouldn’t you be aware of how you smell before going on your date, and more importantly wouldn’t you take steps to make sure you’ve got all bases covered in this regard?

Well it turns out that body odor is something that can be caused by things both in and out of our control.  However taking a few simple steps and precautions can help to ensure a dating disaster isn’t in your future.

Use deodorant.  For goodness sakes, this one might seem like a given, but it’s amazing how many people don’t.  If lifestyle or health concerns are your reasons for not rolling on some body odor blocker, there are several natural deodorant alternatives available.

Don’t order the garlic steak.  Garlic and meat, contain high amounts of sulfur compounds.  These compounds get absorbed into the body and get released through openings in the skin as well as your sweat.  These odor particles have a smell like rotten eggs or ammonia.

Relax.  I know going on a date, especially a first date can be stressful.  You only get one chance to make a first impression and it can be quite the task.  However, it can lead to some negative consequences.  Stress causes us to sweat more.  Bacteria that live on the skin break down sweat and release amino acids that are further broken down into foul smelling odors.

Don’t wear tight clothing.  Restrictive clothing tends to trap heat since there is less area for air to circulate.  Increased heat means increased sweat.  Trying to overly impress your date with a killer bod might end up back firing on you.


Why Feminine Hygiene Is Important

Ladies, please take the time to make sure your lady area is kept in top form.  There is nothing worse than having a good time be ruined by the smell of rotting fish.  I understand that it can be a hassle and sometimes it just happens, but there are things that you can do to keep feminine odor at least in check.

I was recently with a girl and we were enjoying each others company.  Things eventually got intimate and we ended up.. well, you know.  Things were going good and then bam… that smell.  I just couldn’t do it anymore and it really changed the way I looked at her.  Needless to say, we didn’t last as a couple much longer after that.

You can call me bull-headed and a pig, but what if things were reversed.  What if the person you were with smelled like a sushi bar gone bad?  Chances are you’d feel the same as I did.  Bottom line.  Take care of the V.