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Why You Should Add a Solid Cologne to Your Arsenal

A little goes a long way.
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For what seems like the longest time, fragrances have come in bottle form. It's something we've always known, so much so that bottle designs have become as recognizable as the fragrances themselves. These days, however, fragrances come in many different forms. Some as roll-ons, perfume oils, and even powders and gels applied using brushes. One that's a lot more convenient than the rest is solid perfume.

Solid, wax-based perfumes are by no means a new invention. During Egyptian times, the wealthy used such products to scent headgear and wigs with mixes of spices and resin. Thankfully, the alternative perfume is experiencing a resurgence. But what exactly makes it worthwhile?

Is solid cologne something you'd try?

Yeah, I'm all for smelling good.

Might need a bit more convincing.

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If you're one of the guys who lug around a bottle, then clearly solid perfume will lighten your load. It fits your pocket and you can easily apply it with your finger. There's also the fact that you can concentrate it to certain points for maximum effect. What's more, most solid perfume producers use better, organic ingredients that are absent of alcohol.

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I'm not gonna lie, solid perfume serves another purpose that benefits, well, other people. It's not as overwhelming as, say, a body spray which means you won't fill up a room with your choice of musk. When reapplying, there's also no chance of you disrupting people in a public setting. Not that you're gonna need to do that as much since solid perfume stays on longer than liquid fragrances.

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How do you apply solid perfume? It's as simple as rubbing the product until it's heated enough. Then, apply on your pulse points: wrist, inner arm, base of the collar bone, and back of the neck. As always, remember that less is more. Since we live in a tropical climate, patting wax liberally all over skin should be avoided.

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The only downside really is that not a lot of brands offer solid colognes. It's some kind of a niche which is why you can mostly buy it at niche brands such as Diptyque and Le Labo. The scents available may be much more complicated and polarizing than what you're used to, but as long stick to notes you know, you're bound to find something that fits you.

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Paolo Chua
Paolo Chua is the Associate Style Editor of Esquire Philippines.
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