4 Best Smelling Body Wash Scents for Men that Women Like 

4 Best Smelling Body Wash Scents for Men that Women Like 

As a guy in my thirties I have a go-to for body washes based on scents that work best with my chemistry and pheromones. Or at least that’s what I like to tell myself. Ulitimately, it’s more about what my partner prefers that gets them sexually charged than what I think I smell like. 

Which led to the ulitmate question: which body wash scents make you more attractive to women?

Based on copius amounts of feedback, I’ve compiled a list of the best body wash scents that you should get busy buying right now to get busy. 

ManCave Natural Cedarwood Shower Gel—Loaded with tea tree, and black pepper oil it’s perfect for guys that suffer from breakouts and other bullshit related to sensitive skin. It’s also free of other crap such as parabens, synthetic dyes (cue skin sensitivity issues) and petrochemiclas. Also, no amimals were part of the testing so that’s a great talking point if you happen to get a compliment on its cedarwood fragrance. Plus, it helps hydrate skin and makes you smell like the mountain main you have always dremed of emulating.

Old Spice Denali Body Wash—Old Spice has been around awhile and to lose its stigma attached to the yesteryear of grandpas splashing it on before church, they have really stepped up their game and scents over the last decade or so. Consider the commericals with the guy sitting on a white horse hawking scents with names like Wolfthorn, Steel Courage, Swagger and even Bearglove. However, the most appealing scent is one called, Denali. Don’t believe me? It’s the scent that is most-often missing from shelves due to its popularity. What’s the best about this body wash is that it still holds that safe and nostalgic scent of yesteryear without going to creepville and still smelling youthful instead of like a grandpa from the 1970s. 

Hollister Jake—Speaking of youth, this scent is right in step with the cedarwood shower gel scent meaning that it still encompasses the scent of youth without smelling like you’re too young to be DTF and know what you are doing. Hollister is typically in step with surfing and a more “free” lifestyle which is a nice touch when you are trying to sell your date or partner on spontaneous sex. Oh, and feel free to exaggerate your time as a kite surfer. 

Nivea Men Energy–  What is it with Nivea and men’s products? Well, beause they are awesome and they have come a long way since the company shifted from focusing on womens and its namesake which was a combo of the latin words, nix, or nivis—meaning, “snow white.” Today, its line of products cater to guys that want smooth, clean skin and a scent to match which is why women like the men’s care line as well. 

How to Drop the Beer Gut and Replace it With Six Pack Abs 

How to Drop the Beer Gut and Replace it With Six Pack Abs 

Get rid of that beer gut and get that six pack transformed in the form of ripped abs. If you’ve been struggling with getting rid of the spare tire and building at least a four-pack of abs, you are probably doing it wrong. 

Your abs are what you eat:

There is a saying among the fitness industry that abs are made in the kitchen—not the gym. In fact, it’s most likely what you drink that is keeping you from getting rock hard. The biggest liquid calorie culprits are alcholic drinks, fruit juices and energy drinks. Love your smoothies? Try replacing them with dark-green veggies instead and avoid heavy carb-loaded meals such as pasta. 

More is not better it’s actually worse:

Quality over quantity is best when you working your abs. In fact, the best formula is an ab exercise that is only 15-20 reps. You also want to treat these exercises like upper body or leg days. YOU DON’T DO THEM EVERY DAY! It’s best to consult with a professional trainer that can make sure you are doing them right and avoiding injury but to get you started here is a handy blog on ab exercises.

Sit-ups and crunches will only crush your results:

As we mentioned in the above paragraph, quality over quantity. Ask a fitness professional about crunches and they likely tell you that you are wasting your time. Instead, focus on the proper form and aforementioned reps of 15-20. 

Be wary of fat burning pills:

Fat burning pills can be effective for losing fat but they can also eat away at the muscle you are busting your ass to get. It’s best to avoid them and get on a proper diet plan that compliments your efforts. Seriously, resist the urge. 

Prep your meals:

Once you have put together a good meal plan you will want to make sure you stick to it. By preparing your meals ahead of time and having them on hot standby, you can ensure that you will not wander too far and start scarfing down shitty foods like pizzas, and greasy burgers. In fact, one tip is to shop the outside of the grocery store. This where meats, dairies, veggies and the freshest foods with less additives and sugars are stocked. Typically, the inside aisles are full of processed crap that will throw off your goals. 

Lastly, don’t starve yourself or beat yourself up too much if you went out and head a few beers and a burger. Get back to the business of rock hard abs. 

As always: consult your physician before starting any new diet or exercise plan. 

 

Naked Man is Not the Only Guy to Test Planet Fitness’ No Judgements Slogan 

Naked Man is Not the Only Guy to Test Planet Fitness’ No Judgements Slogan

The one and only time I walked into a Planet Fitness was during a visit to Florida to see my dad during a work trip. I normally like to go for a run outside and then hit the weights inside but it was in the middle of August and I overslept past 6 am which means temps and humidity had already skyrocketed by 7 am. 

My dad (who has long been divorced from my mom) is not the most fit man but in his early 70s he knows that cardio is good for his sex life and invited me to hit the gym where the A/C and music is turned all the way up. 

His Planet Fitness is not unlike most across the U.S-located in a long winding strip mall front and center surrounded by commercial retailers like TJ Maxx. The same signature yellow and purple colors popping out like a cheap leisure suit. 

However, inside it’s a geriatric hotspot and the place to be seen if you are a retiree and DTF.  In the corner is a smoothie bar where a couple of baby boomer hotties (my dad’s description not mine) mingle in activewear and makeup.

Nearby on treadmills in the most coveted section of the gym two women in their 70s walk on the treadmill and complain about the condo association board and their ideas for punishment for people that don’t pick up dog poop in the common areas. 

My dad is quick to introduce me to the geriatric hotties as “my son who never visits” and after a quick meet and greet, I bee-line it for a section of treadmills farthest away from where Fox News and CNN blare commentary on competing televisions.

I jump up on a treadmill in a darkened corner of the room and get ready to plug into my workout and headphones. Scanning the area, I see the same people that I have seen in every gym. In the weight room, and where my people are, a guy with a Burt Reynolds stash is giving it hell on his biceps. Not far from him is what appears to be his lady friend with the ass of a twenty-year-old. These are the gym rats of yesteryear and today. Unfortunately, they still love a savage tan so their skin is not on par with their physique. 

Across the room, a group of “regulars” mingle around unoccupied elliptical machines and complain of sciatica and other ailments. They are serious about the gym but getting in a workout is second to socializing. These would be my dad’s people but he does insist on spending at least 20 minutes on the recumbent bike and sometimes he breaks a sweat. 

I stick out like a sore thumb due to my age and I feel an unspoken resentment and might have heard the murmurs if I had taken the time to turn down my music. The truth is, there is no such thing as a “no judgements” gym no matter the age of patrons or the gym.

There are still the same regulars that are there to mingle, the same assholes lay claim to their treadmill in front of the TV, the gym rats police the amount of time on equipment and the hotties still show up  in full makeup and perfectly-coordinated workout clothes. 

Instead of stripping down to your birthday suit (like the guy that was recently arrested for doing naked yoga at a Planet Fitness), stop sweating being judged at the gym—who cares, you’re there to look great naked. At home. In the bedroom.

Check out our blog on gym etiquette tips. 

 

9 Dos and Don’ts Every Guy Should Know on a First Date 

9 Dos and Don’ts Every Guy Should Know on a First Date

Whether you want to impress or just get undressed, your best first impression needs to lead and set the tone for the date. 

Here is a list of 9 Dos and Don’ts every guy should know before that first date:

Compliment.  It seems corny and clique to kick off the night with a compliment on her shoes, dress or her smile but leading with just the old standby, “you look great” goes a long way. Consult your dictionary for more creative adjectives prior to your date. 

Stay off your phone.  Unless you are on-call as a physician, silence your phone and set it aside. If you DO have to take a call, always offer a quick apology and explain that the call is important and step away briefly—BRIEFLY so that you are not keeping your date as a captive audience.

Timing is golden.  Scheduling a date after 9pm (unless both of your schedules will NEVER offer a night off) is a turn off. Speaking of scheduling, if possible, make reservations AHEAD of time. If you are really a player, arrive 30 minutes prior to your reservation time and have a drink at restaurant bar to help get to know each other. 

Talking about EXES is OFF LIMITS.  Don’t bring your baggage to dinner in the form of an ex-girlfriend or wife, partner….whatever. This clearly signals that you still hold a flame, candle or at least a spark for that ex and is just a big freaking turn off. Live in the moment. 

Don’t bring up how much money you make or don’t.  Believe me, if you work at the car wash versus owning one she has already done the math in her head. If she knew your career choice before the date, she obviously doesn’t put a lot of value on your income and could make her a keeper. 

Marriage.   Maybe she’s the one or maybe she’s the one right now, but the “M” word does not belong in any sentence on a first date. I think this is for obvious reasons. 

Don’t get shit-faced.   Skip a second scotch-and-soda or a cocktail. You are trying to make the best first impression and seriously, no one likes to be out with a guy that can’t handle his liquor which basically means he can’t handle himself. Keep yourself in check for that first date. 

DO bring mints and floss.  Slip some floss and mints in your pocket…it’s better to have them with you than not. Just don’t floss your teeth at the table. No, just…no. 

Show some interest.  Even if she is talking non-stop about the cat videos that her roommate makes and has a strong following on YouTube try to act interested. If the conversation continues to only center around cats see if you can’t persuade her to tell you more about her job or here’s an ice-breaker—ask her about her boss. 

If you Drink Bottled Water You Are Also Drinking Microplastics

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I just found out this week that all those bottles of water that I’ve been buying by the case and grabbing before hitting the gym are filled with some bad shit.

A study released this week showed that microplastics are present in 93 percent of the most popular brands of bottled water. Basically, it’s the unknown of what consuming microplastics will do to your body or what amount is harmful. NOAA points to health and beauty products as the culprit.

Either way, it’s better to be safe than sorry and you wouldn’t want to find out that these little bastards measuring 0.2 inches long would interfere with your sexual stamina and overall health. 

Now would be a good time to switch to a good sports bottle for guys. Here’s a few of the best ones on the market that won’t make you look like you are performing fallecio or have a pattern of daisies.

Hydro Flask Water Bottles—These bottles are aluminum-based so your water will stay cool and they come in a variety of manly/earthly colors and have a wide mouth so you can swig your water not gently sip it.

MiiR Wide Mouth Bottles—Points for color, a wide mouth and its vacuum insulation means you will not be drinking warm water. In fact, MiiR boasts that liquids stay hot or cool for 24 hours or more. The overall design is sleek and doesn’t leak.

Hydracy Fruit Infuser Water Bottle—We’ve talked about the benefits of eating fruit for better sexual performance. With this water bottle, you can continue to eat your fruit with your water thanks to a handy diffuser in the center.

Women Less Stressed When Smelling Their Partner’s Scent on Clothing

Women Less Stressed When Smelling Their Partner's Scent on Clothing

If one of your New Year’s Resolutions for 2018 was to be less stressed out on a daily basis, then you will want to get your hands on your partner’s laundry.

That’s right. According to new research released by the University of British Columbia, smelling an item of clothing such as a t-shirt or a hoodie actually drops your stress levels.

The impact was especially positive for women that buried their noses in one of their partner’s t-shirts. Apparently, it was the natural scent of their partner and not necessarily that hoodie you wore to a smoky bar or out to a hibachi restaurant.

In fact, the study factored in 96 heterosexual couples and the guys were asked to wear a clean t-shirt for a 24-hour period without applying any cologne or deodorant. More importantly, they were also asked not to smoke or ingest foods such as say…hot peppers or any foods that would change their natural odor.

The t-shirts were then frozen to seal in the scent. Study participants were then put through some of life’s most stressful situations such as a job interview. Thawed out t-shirts from their partner and a stranger were given to them to test hormone levels while experiencing stress.

When a woman smelled the shirt of her partner, her stress levels dropped significantly but when the t-shirt of a stranger was introduced her levels skyrocketed.

So the next time she complains about you leaving your t-shirt on the floor, ask her to put it on and let the stress melt away. Just kidding–show her this blog. 

How to Avoid Being “That Guy” in the Weight Room or the Gym

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I have a good friend that is pretty hot and for good reason, she’s a personal trainer. We often sit down over beers and bitch about our jobs. Well, I’m drinking the beer and she’s sipping on some low-carb libation but I digress.

This time of year also known as the New Year’s Resolution Rush gives her plenty of material to dump during our bitch fests. She also tends to throw back a few more than usual.

The gyms are not just crowded as hell but they are more crowded with people that usually spend more time at the smoothie bar than raising one with weights on it.

There is quite a bit of douchbag behavior happening on a normal day at the gym so use these tips from a professional and don’t be that guy.

Classes.  Before I go further, we are not talking Crossfit. That’s a whole different blog for a different time. We’re talking HIIT classes, spin or the kind of classes happening in tight spaces somewhere off of the main club’s floor.

One rule of thumb: avoid the front spots in any class. While these spots are not officially claimed by regulars they do belong to that crew and my hot trainer friend has literally witnessed a fist fight over who was supposed to have the bike in the front.

Also, don’t stroll in right as the class begins. If you are new to the class the instructor likes to meet newbies and you run the risk of a proper warm-up and machine calibration. Give yourself an extra 10 minutes to get ready and size up the rest of the class. Which brings me to the machines.

Machines.  Seriously, don’t be a sweat hog and park your ass on a treadmill for more than 30 minutes if there is a wait. Only have 30 minutes? Take it as an opportunity to cross train until the gym empties out after the end of February. Or whenever the resolution rush dies down. Everyone’s trying to get a rockhard bod and abs. And for the love of all that is holy, clean the damn machines even if you aren’t dripping in sweat.

Weights.  Don’t be a jerk and drop the weights. It’s loud, disruptive and can do damage to the gym itself. We get it—you can lift your ass off but it’s still a straight-up douchey move.

Germ factor.  Adding to the jam-packed environment at any gym in January is the germ factor. More body odor, more sweat and more ways to catch whatever strain of flu is being shared in small spaces. If you are too sick to workout then don’t. Take the time off to let your body fight getting better. Given that colds take around three weeks to go away, it’s not pratical to skip the gym that long. Instead, take the time to wash your hands frequently, wipe down surfaces that you have touched and prevent the further spread of fluids.

When all else fails, apply The Golden Rule. Need some additional inspiration? Check out these workout tips on getting rock hard abs.

Four Masturbation Mistakes Every Guy Needs to Avoid

Four Masturbation Mistakes Every Guy Needs to Avoid

Masturbation is good for your health according to several studies. However, most guys have been known to take it a bit too far. And yes, there is such thing as too much of a good thing.

For instance, the 55-year-old moron that allegedly dropped his pajama bottoms and decided chafe the carrot during a half-marathon race in Emerson, New Jersey last week. Reportedly, he was not a runner or participating in the race which would have been much healthier and not ended in an arrest. 

Clearly, that mistake is a very obvious one: masturbation needs to happen in privacy and with consenting adults if they are willing participants.  

In all seriousness, here are four things that you should not try at home or at all when masturbating:

Behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. Sure, it’s a long road trip and you are tired and that urge just kinda creeps up on you. What happens when you have to stop suddenly to avoid hitting another driver or a squirrel? Well, according to a study conducted by the Canadian Urological Association Journal, you can actually break your penis. And if it’s an actual accident, you might even snap it off. 

Don’t choke your chicken. Wanking behind the wheel is not the only way to break your penis. That’s right, squeezing can lead snap your willy. No one wants to show up in the emergency room and be officially diagnosed with a penile fracture. So yeah, the wrong stroke and too much compression will and can cause a rupture. 

Too much of a good thing. One twenty-something dude found himself in the emergency room suffering from a nasty infection from masturbating so much that he opened up fissures on his shaft. Some nasty bacteria found its way into those cuts and this poor bastard ended up with skin grafts on his penis. True story.

Keep your penis out of receptacles. We’re not talking about an electrical socket (although, I’m sure that’s been tried) but other urban legends that are actually true. Remember hearing about the guy that got his penis stuck in the pool? No shit, that has actually happened. Ask any ER nurse and I’m sure they have many more stories to tell. You could do serious damage to your urethra by trying to cram your penis into say….the opening of a water bottle. Yeah, that has happened too. 

These stories and masturbation advice would not exist if it not for the dip shits that made the above mistakes possible. Take heed and learn from their pain. 

11 Books Every Man Needs to Read

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We’ve scoured Amazon, a few local libraries, and a book club in the burbs for the most introspective books and novels for guys. Or at least 11 novels that every guy needs on their bookshelf. No Sparks or Steele will fly on this list.

  1. The Art of War, by Sun Tzu—This book dates back to 514 B.C. but is chock full of advice that can be applied to today in the workplace or even on a date.

2. A Man in Full, by Tom Wolfe—Imagine a man at the top of his game. He has it all with the exception of character and depth. The lack of both causes him to look inside himself for his own place and worth in this world. 

3. The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde—A good looking guy that is anything but good, hangs onto his youth through a secret stored in an attic.

4. Life of Pi, by Yann Martel—A young boy’s life gets turned upside down after he survives a shipwreck and his only companion is a Bengal tiger.

5. Ulysses, by James Joyce—Sex, miscreant roommates and a story that moves at the same pace of the film, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

6. When You Are Engulfed in Flames, by David Sedaris—Think your childhood was screwed up? Think again. Thankfully, Sedaris has always tossed aside rose-colored lenses and replaced them with humor.

7. Moby Dick, by Herman Melville—A seasoned seaman searches the ocean in pursuit of a large beast named, Moby Dick. This was a time when whale blubber and carcasses were quite valuable and were used for tools, soaps and candles.

8. The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand—This story centers around a man of true talent and character and a “sell-out.” There is quite a bit of depth to the story even on the surface.

9. The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemmingway—You can’t get more manly than the author and legend of this classic novel. Hemmingway captures the very soul of an aging fisherman that is laughed at by locals and in many ways is viewed as unlucky. Against all odds, he sets out to prove that he still worthy.

10. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald—Jay Gatsby is a self-made millionaire throwing the most lavish parties for those of means during the golden era of jazz. But being a part of the rich and elite comes at a heavy price.

11. Jaws, by Peter Benchley—The movie was great but the book goes into more depth (no pun intended) about each character’s past and even a very sordid affair between Brody’s wife and a main character in the story that is not Chief Brody. Cue the cello!