What Girls Have To Say About Guys’ Cologne?

Can a guy go shopping and pick out the the best colognes for men all by himself? What happens in the time between the first encounter and the twentieth date that makes his cologne go from irresistible to toxic fumes? Is it possible for your man to smell too good? We asked a group of women how they would answer those questions – here’s what we found out about girl’s opinions of guy’s cologne.

Can a guy be trusted to pick out his own scent?

80% of the girls we asked said no. “Most of the single guys I know have a friend who is a girl go with them or they go by what an ex-girlfriend liked.” “My single guy friends pick their cologne by the commercials or ads – not always a good choice!” “One of my guy friends brought like 20 sample cards that he doused with cologne at the mall and had us pick which one we liked best.”

20% say guys do a fine job on their own. “My new boyfriend picked his own cologne and that’s the first thing I noticed about him. He smelled amazing and I had to meet him.”

“I think guys have a good idea about what works and what doesn’t. If they didn’t how would so may guys smell so great?”Does your love for his cologne change somewhere between the first time you catch a whiff and the twentieth date?

60% of the women we talked to said no. “I loved my boyfriend’s smell the minute we met and after two years, I still love it. It’s him and I love everything about him. If he smelled different it would be weird – like he had changed somehow.” “I have loved my husband’s signature scent since the day we met. It’s familiar and it always brings back another great memory every time he walks into the room smelling all good.”

40% of our girls agreed that a guy’s cologne has a shelf life. “I think after a few years a guy needs to change his scent. It’s like growing up. Your scent as to mature too.” “I just get tired of the same smell day after day. I buy my husband a new cologne every Christmas.”

Is it possible for your man to smell too good?

86% of girls agreed. “My boyfriend’s a massage therapist and I forbid him to wear his cologne to work. The last thing I need is for one of his female clients to think he smells great and looks great.” “My boyfriend has this amazing cologne that smells incredible. It’s so sexy. He’s only allowed to wear it when he’s out with me.” “I’m a girl. I know how girls are. My boyfriend can’t wear the cologne he had on when we met anymore!”

14% said to go ahead, girls. Eat your heart out. “I love it when other girls notice how great my boyfriend smells. I know he’s true to me and I’m always going to be the one he leaves with.” “I take it as a personal compliment when girls want to get closer to my husband because he smells amazing. He has boundaries and I never worry. When he knows another girl’s noticing him, he pulls me closer and she’s out.”

Food Ingredients That Help You Relax and Focus

We have all been guilty at some time in our lives of getting home from work after a stressful day at work and heading to the fridge and cupboards in search of comfort food – something that will make us relax and unwind.

How many of us have also picked up the nearest snack or opted for a  takeaway at times of personal stress and upset? Comfort food is just  that – comforting – but is it the best way to help our bodies  relax and our minds focus?

Many such foodstuffs, as we know, are high in sugars which give us an instant lift but can then bring our bodies’ metabolisms crashing down again.

Far better we take our comfort and encourage relaxation through foods  known to be high in tryptophan, an amino acid which helps the brain  produce serotonin – a chemical that calms you down, and melatonin – a hormone that can make you sleepy.

Foods rich in tryptophan include milk, chicken, turkey, eggs, nuts, rice, cheese, beans and fish. No wonder then we have often been  advised to have a warm milky drink before bedtime.

A banana is also a healthy snack to have for supper as it will also  stimulate levels of serotonin and induce sleepiness.

Eggs and cheese contain high levels of tryptophan and are, of course, among the most flexible of foodstuffs – ideal to combine with others  to make a balanced meal, to have in sandwiches or to include at  breakfast.

We’ve all heard the virtues of chicken soup extolled – well, for good reason. Chicken stock is known to rid the body of infections and  adding ingredients such as chili, onion, garlic add a calming effect on the nervous system.

Natural honey is also high in tryptophan and has a soothing effect on  the nerves – another good product to add to everyday meals.

Nuts contain high quantities of selenium, magnesium, Vitamin E and Vitamin B complex which all help relax the brain. A handful of mixed nuts is a quick and easy snack to have on the move. Consider spreading peanut butter on your toast for breakfast or a  healthy snack as it’s packed full of magnesium and Vitamin B6. Magnesium is good for mental stimulation and a deficiency of selenium can lead to higher levels of depression and anxiety.

Fish and seafood will help you relax and focus as they are rich in zinc, magnesium and selenium. Fatty acid Omega 3 combats stress hormones and can be taken in supplement form if you cannot acquire fresh fish. Regular portions of fish are recommended by nutritionists in our daily diet.

And if all this sounds a far cry from your routing diet, there is some help – small amounts of dark chocolate are also classed as healthy comfort food as it contains our friend tryptophan. It is also known to boost the endorphin levels in the brain that results in enhanced mood. Research has proven that eating a small amount of dark chocolate daily can lower the level of stress hormones in your body.

We will continue to reach for comfort foods at times of stress and upset – just try to train your brain to favour these foodstuffs and you will feel even more relaxed for longer.