Bottled colognes are great, but they do have some downsides: They evaporate quickly from the skin, aren’t portable, and are easily wasted by poor aim. Many grooming companies and perfumers are remedying these concerns with a tiny-but-mighty solution: solid colognes.
These highly concentrated, TSA-friendly solids are packed into a tin; they fit snug in your pocket for convenient reapplication. However, their scent won’t dissolve as quickly as most liquid fragrances evaporate, so one application should linger for a few hours. And, best of all, the ingredients are nourishing; most employ wax, essential oils, or shea butter to prevent any skin irritation.
To apply, first use your finger to shave a small amount from the tin. Warm it between your finger and thumb, then dab it on pulse points—on the wrists and neck, and behind the ears. The waxes and oils double as moisturizers, so rub any excess through your hair or beard, or onto the skin.
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