how to smell good with perfume

I’ll be the first to admit that I do not, in fact, smell good all the time. Whether it’s because I sweat through prescription-strength deodorant or because I’m pretty much anxious 24/7, I’m not totally sure—but it goes without saying that I don’t naturally smell like fresh-cut roses (and, TBH, I don’t know anyone who does). I do, however, have a serious arsenal of scented products that make me smell really freaking good, should I need or want to. And for anyone who has ever been in my place, I rounded up the 15 easiest ways to smell good, including rollerball perfumes, hair mists, body lotions, and more.This content is imported from {embed-name}. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.

HOW TO SMELL GOOD ✨ TIP #1: USE THE RIGHT TOOTHPASTE

Jason Powersmile Whitening Paste Powerful Peppermint

I had never found a clean, sulfate- and paraben-free toothpaste that actually cleaned my teeth until I tried this magical little tube from Jason. Not only is the formula safe and gentle, but it leaves my mouth feeling, tasting, and smelling super-duper fresh. Translation: You should start and end your days with this guy if you want to smell good.


COURTESY IMAGETom’s of Maine Wicked Fresh! Cool Mountain Mist Mouthwashwalmart.com$3.98SHOP NOW

HOW TO SMELL GOOD ✨ TIP #2: RINSE WITH ALCOHOL-FREE MOUTHWASH

Tom’s of Maine Wicked Fresh Cool Mountain Mist Mouthwash

“Alcohol dries out your mouth and minimizes your salivary flow, meaning it can actually cause bad breath,” says says Michael Apa, DDS, a cosmetic dentist in NYC. “Instead, swish around an alcohol-free rinse that will keep your breath smelling the best.” This natural formula from Tom’s of Maine is spiked with zinc chloride, which works to neutralize bad breath every time you use it.


COURTESY IMAGEEau de Juice Love, Unfiltered Eau de Parfumulta.com$100.00SHOP NOW

HOW TO SMELL GOOD ✨ TIP #3: DON‘T RUB IN YOUR FRAGRANCE

Eau de Juice Love, Unfiltered Eau de Parfum

“Spray your perfume on your wrists, the back of your neck, or mist it into the air and walk through it,” says Mark Knitowski, vice president of product innovation and fragrance for Victoria’s Secret. “But whatever you do, don’t rub it in, because this will make the top note disappear quickly, leaving you with only the middle and base notes, rather than the full fragrance.” For an easy, everyday scent—that also looks v cute on your vanity—try this floral-fruity perfume from Eau de Juice (which, full disclosure, is Cosmo’s official scent).


COURTESY IMAGEKai Rose Perfume Oilnordstrom.com$50.00SHOP NOW

HOW TO SMELL GOOD ✨ TIP #4: USE AN OIL-BASED ROLLERBALL

Kai Rose Perfume Oil

Want to smell incredible all day long? Keep an oil-based rollerball—like this perfectly subtle rose fragrance from Kai—in your bag for quick scent touch-ups throughout the day. “Oils stay on your skin longer and give off a stronger scent because they’re more concentrated than alcohol-based ones,” says Knitowski.


COURTESY IMAGEByredo Slow Dance Hair Perfumenordstrom.com$75.00SHOP NOW

✨ HOW TO SMELL GOOD ✨ TIP #5: SPRITZ ON A HAIR MIST

Byredo Slow Dance Hair Perfume

Guess what? Your hair deserves to smell good, too, which is where this genius (and aesthetically pleasing) little mist from Byredo comes in handy. Spritz it throughout dry hair, and you’ll be left with a blend of vanilla, patchouli, and geranium. Consider yourself warned: This scent lingers—in the best way possible—so you really get your money’s worth.


COURTESY IMAGESecret Essential Oils Lavender and Eucalyptus Invisible Solid Antiperspiranttarget.com$11.99SHOP NOW

HOW TO SMELL GOOD ✨ TIP #6: TRY AN ESSENTIAL-OIL DEODORANT

Secret with Essential Oils Lavender and Eucalyptus

I haven’t used a deodorant that smelled this good in a long time—for real. It smells more like a perfume than an antiperspirant. Not only do you get 48 hours of sweat protection (with legit no intense white marks), but you’re also left with a super-calming scent, thanks to the formula’s lavender and eucalyptus essential oils.


COURTESY IMAGEMalin + Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorantnordstrom.com$14.00SHOP NOW

HOW TO SMELL GOOD ✨ TIP #7: GO FOR A NATURAL DEODORANT

Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant

Not super into antiperspirants? No prob—try out this incredibly scented natural deodorant from Malin + Goetz (which, fun fact, also has eucalyptus in it). The formula is totally alcohol- and aluminum-free, so just know that it might take your body a couple weeks to adjust to it, especially if you’re switching from an antiperspirant.


COURTESY IMAGEDiptyque Eau Rose Perfume-Infused Braceletnordstrom.com$90.00SHOP NOW

HOW TO SMELL GOOD ✨ TIP #8: WEAR A PERFUME BRACELET

Diptyque Eau Rose Perfume-Infused Bracelet

Take your fragrance game to the next level with this brilliant lil invention from Diptyque. The ropelike bracelet diffuses a soft and floral scent as you wear it—the result is a lived-in, almost natural-like scent that stays with you throughout the day.


COURTESY IMAGELafco New York Chamomile Lavender Bar Soaponekingslane.com$11.00SHOP NOW

HOW TO SMELL GOOD ✨ TIP #9: USE BAR SOAP

Lafco New York Chamomile Lavender Bar Soap

I’ll be honest: I can’t even hear the words “bar soap” without thinking of my mom (love u, mom!), but this new release from Lafco is an actual game changer. It’s soft, creamy, hydrating, and—best of all—it leaves your skin smelling really good (and your shower, and your bathroom, and your towel…).


COURTESY IMAGEAesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Washnordstrom.com$39.00SHOP NOW

HOW TO SMELL GOOD ✨ TIP #10: USE A NICE HAND SOAP

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash

Speaking of soap: You might as well invest in a solid hand soap if you’re on a mission to smell good all the time. This cult-favorite scent from Aesop kinda smells like a hotel and spa mixed into one, and, IDK about you, but that’s pretty much my goal at all times.


COURTESY IMAGEGlossier You Perfume Solidglossier.com$22.00SHOP NOW

HOW TO SMELL GOOD ✨ TIP #11: WEAR A SOLID PERFUME

Glossier You Perfume Solid

If rollerballs aren’t totally your thing, try keeping this solid perfume on you instead. Glossier’s signature fragrance, You, glides across your skin, leaving behind a smooth-yet-musky scent you’ll absolutely love.


COURTESY IMAGEOribe Signature Shampoonordstrom.com$15.00SHOP NOW

HOW TO SMELL GOOD ✨ TIP #12: SHAMPOO ON THE REG

Oribe Signature Shampoo

A basic—but important—way to smell good all the time? Use a scented shampoo, like this cult-favorite pick from Oribe. As the formula breaks down product buildup and excess oil, it coats your hair with a simple, non-overwhelming fragrance.


COURTESY IMAGEL’Oréal Paris Moisture Conditionerlorealparisusa.com$7.99SHOP NOW

HOW TO SMELL GOOD ✨ TIP #13: ALWAYS CONDITION

L’Oréal Everpure Moisture Conditioner

I’d be lying if I said this drugstore conditioner hasn’t earned me multiple compliments—it smells that good. As an added bonus, the formula is ultra hydrating and sulfate-free, so it’s pretty much a godsend for color-treated hair.


COURTESY IMAGESol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Creamsephora.com$45.00SHOP NOW

HOW TO SMELL GOOD ✨ TIP #14: CHOOSE YOUR BODY CREAM WISELY

Sol de Janerio Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

After you jump out of the shower, keep the fragrance train rolling with this heavenly scented body cream. It’s equal parts warm and spicy, but best of all, it leaves your skin ultra moisturized (and the tiniest bit shiny!).


COURTESY IMAGEBliss Lemon & Sage Hand Creamulta.com$100.00SHOP NOW

HOW TO SMELL GOOD ✨ TIP #15: USE HAND CREAM

Bliss Lemon & Sage Hand Cream

During those moments when perfume just feels a little ~extra~, whip out this cute little hand cream from Bliss for a delightful blend of lemon and sage. It’s just subtle enough that it won’t compete with any of your other products either.

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