How to Smell Good 101: The Best Perfumes, Lotions, Mists & More

Listen, do not stress so much on smelling good all the time, because, let’s face it, no one smells like fresh-cut roses ALL the time. People’s hormones and conditions change consistently whether from sweat, anxiety, and etc. So do not fret because were all humans. But in order to adapt and conceal our complex, we do use up a serious amount of arsenal of scented products that make us smell really, really good. And for anyone who has ever been in this place, below are the 13 easiest ways to smell good, including rollerball perfumes, hair mists, body lotions, and more.

Tip #1: Use the Right Toothpaste

Jason Powersmile Whitening Paste Powerful Peppermint – Amazon $5.45

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This clean, sulfate- and paraben-free toothpaste will actually clean your teeth! Not only is the formula safe and gentle, but it leaves the mouth feeling, tasting, and smelling super-duper fresh. Plus, the scent and taste are in peppermint so it helps to brighten your smile and freshen breath.


Tip #2: Rinse with Alcohol-Free Mouthwash

Tom’s of Maine Wicked Fresh Cool Mountain Mist Mouthwash – Walmart $3.82

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Tom’s mouthwash guarantees long-lasting fresh breath and great taste. The refreshing mint flavors leave your mouth feeling clean, without artificial ingredients. This natural formula from Tom’s of Maine is spiked with zinc chloride, which works to neutralize bad breath every time you use it.


Tip #3: Don’t Rub in Your Fragrance

Eau de Juice Love, Unfiltered Eau de Parfum – Ulta $55.00

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‘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.’ Command attention and embrace your inner girl boss with this undeniably floral-fruity sexy fragrance perfume from Eau de Juice with notes of red berries, mandarin, wild freesia, and amber.


Tip #4: Use an Oil-Based Rollerball

Kai Rose Perfume Oil – Nordstrom $50.00

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If you want to good 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. Made with essential oils and layered with rose absolute, this fragrance is presented in a roll-on vial and features notes of rose absolute, gardenia and white florals.


Tip #5: Spritz on a Hair Mist

Byredo Slow Dance Hair Perfume –  Nordstrom $75.00

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Well, if you want to smell good, might as well make your hairs too! Byredo’s hair perfume is a delightful hair perfume that delicately coats your strands in the oriental scent of Slow Dance. Spritz it throughout dry hair, and you’ll be left with a blend of vanilla, patchouli, and geranium. Hint: Slow Dance is a unisex fragrance that is an evocation of memory and desire from a male perspective.


Tip #6: Try an Essential-Oil Deodorant

Secret Essential Oils Lavender and Eucalyptus Invisible Solid Antiperspirant – Target $11.99

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This essential-oil based deodorant might be the best smelling deodorant yet, so much that it smells actually more like a perfume. The scent is super-calming with lavender and eucalyptus essential oils with a pop of ginger aroma and has 48 hours of sweat and odor protection with the strength that comes to expect from Secret.


Tip #7: Use Bar Soap

Lafco New York Chamomile Lavender Bar Soap – OneKingsLane $11.00

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‘Elevated’ bar soap, you say? This bar soap from Lafco is artfully made in Europe and is an ultra-hydrating, natural bar soap that cleanses with a creamy, rich lather. The formula will leave your skin lightly fragranced with a tranquil and luxurious scent of freshly laundered bed linens, lavender, crisp bergamot, warm chamomile, and hints of sage, eucalyptus, and smoky patchouli.


Tip #8: Use a Nice Hand Soap

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash – Nordstrom $39.00

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Of course, hand soaps are essential to smelling good. This globally adored product is ideal for labor-wearied hands that are frequently washed. Aesop product formulations use botanical and scientifically validated man-made ingredients of the highest quality. It’s smell is almost reminiscent of a hotel and spa mixed into one, and, I don’t know about you, but that’s pretty much my goal at all times.


Tip #9: Wear a Solid Perfume

Glossier You Perfume Solid – Glossier $22.00

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If rollerballs aren’t totally your thing, try keeping this solid perfume on you instead. The beloved scent of Glossier You is now available in an anhydrous solid format that melts quite literally into skin. The three base notes melt in with your skin: ambrette: comfy, warm, ambrox: smooth, salty, animalistic, and musk: long-lasting, addictive.


Tip #10: Shampoo on the Reg

Oribe Signature Shampoo – Nordstrom $37.40

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Hey, if you want to fulfill the basis of smelling good, use a scented rich and gentle shampoo like this favorite pick from Oribe. As the formula breaks down product buildup and excess oil, it coats your hair with a simple, non-overwhelming fragrance. Coconut, corn and oat-derived cleansers gently lift away daily dirt while lychee, edelweiss and watermelon extracts boost the cortex’s own protection process, guarding against drying, environmental damage and keratin loss.


Tip #11: Always Condition

L’Oréal Everpure Moisture Conditioner – L’OréalParisUsa $7.99

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Who says drugstore conditioner products can’t compete? Because it sure can and does, like this conditioner from L’Oréal. The formula is ultra-hydrating and sulfate-free, so it’s pretty much a miracle for color-treated hair. With rosemary, it deeply replenishes dry hair with twice as much more moisture, lush-touch softness and luminous shine.


Tip #12: Choose Your Body Cream Wisely

Sol de Janerio Brazilian Bum Bum Cream – Sephora $45.00

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This fast-absorbing body cream helps tighten and smooth the look of skin. 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 giving a glow. It provides relief from dryness, dullness and uneven texture of the skin as well as the loss of firmness and elasticity.

Tip #13: Use Hand Cream

Bliss Lemon & Sage Hand Cream – Ulta $10.00

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If at times perfumes are a little much, swap for a hand cream instead like this one from Bliss. This hand cream is an ultra-rich moisturizer that absorbs instantly for silky smooth and supremely soft, never-greasy, hands. It’s supremely scented with Bliss’ iconic lemon and sage fragrance for an energizing pick-me-up and it smooths rough cuticles.

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