How to Apply Solid Cologne: Tips & Tricks for the Perfect Scent

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Whether you’re a casual wearer or an aficionado of scent, odds are you’ve noticed your personal scent has gotten a little less appealing as the seasons have worn on. That funk starts working its way into your wardrobe from the second you put on that first shirt and keeps creeping in until it becomes a full-on funk factor. Lest we not talk about colognes, right?

So what do you do if you want to liven up your daily wear or add that final oomph to your weekend rotation (or both)? Fortunately, applying solid Cologne is an area where most men can look to practice their skills easily. Here’s how to apply solid Cologne so it smells perfect on any occasion without fail:

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What’s in a Solid Cologne?

Solid cologne is exactly what it says – a solid perfume, not a liquid. It’s usually cheaper than liquid cologne since you’re not using artificial ingredients. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth the extra money. While you may not get the same luxuriant scent as a liquid cologne, the stable version is great for those who want to save their scents for special occasions or don’t want to deal with any mess.

Most solid colognes are in solid sticks, liquids in vials, or solid grains that you apply to your skin or hair. You can also get a solid perfume stick called a boomerang or a comb designed to smell like you all day long.

Safety First: Tips for Solid Cologne Application

Solid Cologne is perfectly safe to use, but there are some things to keep in mind before applying it. First, apply a few drops of solid Cologne to your pulse points – the wrists, neck, and behind the ears — to give yourself a head start.

Then, while wearing your solid Cologne, keep your distance from foods that may react with it, like onions, garlic, and pork. If you’ve kept these few tips in mind, you can confidently start using solid Cologne for any occasion.

Solid Cologne: Smell Base Notes

If you’ve used liquid cologne before, you’ll notice that solid cologne doesn’t always smell like the bottle’s scent. That’s because in addition to using plant ingredients to create your scent, solid colognes also use synthetic ones to create base notes. Base notes are the most prominent scent of a cologne (think of it like the foundation of your scent).

These notes give the overall scent of your solid cologne its keynotes, which are the specific scents that you’ll pick up on in the final product. And in addition to base notes, solid cologne also often includes middle notes, which are a bit lighter than the base notes but still lend a prominent aroma to your scent.

Solid Cologne: Decide What Mood You Want to Evoke

Solid colognes often come with various smells, so you may wonder what mood you should pick for when you wear your scent. From calming to invigorating, solid cologne has plenty of options for letting the aroma help you feel your best. For example, if you’re feeling a little stressed, pick up a solid cologne that helps you relax, like lavender. If you’re after inspiration, try a scent that helps you get in the mood for work, like citrus. Whatever mood you’re going for, a little solid cologne can help you let your true self shine.

Solid Cologne: Add Top Notes

As solid cologne is often a bit cheaper than liquid cologne, you may be surprised to learn that a little top note can go a long way. In fact, it’s not uncommon for solid cologne to even have a few top notes to help your nose pick up on the base notes of your scents. One of the best ways to add top notes is by using aftershave spray. It’s a great way to add notes to solid cologne because it’s not a liquid, so it won’t mess up your scent and it’s easy to apply in your bathroom. As for what top notes you could use, citrus oils are a popular addition to solid cologne and can add a refreshing scent. Sweet scents, like vanilla or caramel, can give you a sense of comfort, while spicy scents, like cinnamon, can help invigorate your mood.

Solid Cologne: Finish with a Fixative

If you’ve finished your solid cologne, it may seem like the scent is gone, but that’s not the case. In fact, as solid cologne is a bit heavier than liquid cologne, a little fixative is needed to help it last longer. One option is to use a solid cologne aftershave balm, which is often made with the same ingredients as solid cologne but is meant to be applied after the fact.

Other fixatives for solid cologne include using a solid cologne perfume spray or a solid cologne roll-on for your wrists, throat, or behind your ears to help the scent last longer. And lastly, a solid cologne sachet, a folded piece of paper that smells like cologne, can be used to help your solid cologne last longer.


What could be more exciting than being able to control your own scent, anytime you want? It’s a little bit like magic, but once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to see why so many men love the feeling of personal fragrance. Solid cologne may not have the incredible smell that liquid cologne does, but it can still be a great way to add a bit of perfume to your life.