Let’s face it: men sweat. Some sweat more than others but no matter the volume it may lead to body odor. So, as men, we use all sorts of products to fight body odor – deodorant, antiperspirant, cologne, etc.
Many men also use body spray, which is an excellent product in that’s neither cologne or deodorant – although it’s very similar to deodorant when it comes to function. In this post, we’ll look at the best body spray for men, including the Parfums De Coeur BOD Man Fresh Guy For Men Fragrance Body Spray our top choice.
We’ll include our men’s body spray reviews, a look at some things to think about when buying body spray, how to apply it, and the difference between body spray and products such as deodorant and cologne.
Let’s start with some buying tips.
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Before you buy: 4 Things to consider when purchasing a body spray
Whether you’re familiar with body spray or not, choosing the right one requires thoughtful consideration. The following tips should help:
Body spray isn’t like antiperspirant in that it blocks perspiration from forming on your skin (and we’ll talk about antiperspirants and deodorants later in this article). Instead, body spray is used to “mask” your body’s natural odors, such as those caused by sweat. And that’s why scent is so important when choosing a body spray for men.
Which scent suits you best is a matter of personal preference. But when you apply your body spray may determine what type of scent you wear. For instance, you may prefer wearing body spray in the evening rather than cologne – which has a heavier fragrance – so a spray with a more full-bodied scent that’s not overly-heavy is often a good choice.
Or, you may use your spray before heading out the door in the morning and prefer a lighter scent that’s noticeable yet very subtle.
Body sprays, like colognes, come in various strengths regarding their fragrance. Again, the strength of the fragrance is a matter of personal preference; you may like something that’s more noticeable while another man may prefer a scent that’s more subtle. Remember, the stronger the scent, the more attention you’ll likely attract, good or bad.
Also, a stronger scent may last longer than a subtle one. The strength of a spray’s scent may be hard to discern when ordering online, so you may have to trust the reviews of others before making your choice.
Body sprays come in a variety of containers, most of which work perfectly fine. But – especially if you’re buying online – it’s worth your time to check out the reviews of other customers to see if they’ve had any problems with the container not working properly. You want the brand you choose to be able to deliver you spray when and where you want it.
Body sprays vary widely in price and, if you’re like most men, you don’t want to break your budget on a spray because it’s price tag suggests “higher quality.” A product’s price often doesn’t have anything to do with its performance, however, so it’s important to look for the best value and know how long a container of spray will last with consistent use.
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BOD Man is a popular body spray brand and it didn’t earn its popularity through pure luck. Their Fresh Guy For Men Fragrance Body Spray is, as its name implies, a fresh, clean scent that doesn’t come from a lot of extra ingredients.
It’s also a fragrance that has more staying power than others, which makes it perfectly suitable for all-day use. In fact, some users report that the scent can last up to 12 hours, and even longer, which means it stays with you through a variety of activities.
While the BOD Man scent packs plenty of masculinity, it has touches of green apple and melon to make it lightweight, not overpowering. There are also hints for sandalwood and musk, as well as watermelon to add to its fruit-inspired composition.
Rest assured, the Fresh Guy For Men Fragrance will get rid of pesky body odor without overpowering your senses (and anyone else’s) with excessive fragrance. It also comes in an 8-ounce container, and at a nice price, so you don’t have to worry about running out of it anytime soon.
- Clean, invigorating scent
- Fragrance lasts a long time
- One container will last several months
- Some customers say the spray can is awkward to use
BOD Man body sprays are a hit with many men and their Fresh Guy For Men Fragrance is very popular. It has a unique scent that combines a variety of elements, and is one that’s going to last you throughout the day.
You may not have heard about the Guy Laroche brand but it’s hardly new. The Drakkar Noir scent goes back over 30 years and is a favorite of many men who appreciate its masculine fragrance.
Breaking down Drakkar Noir’s unique fragrance reveals a few different things, both to us and other reviewers and customers. It includes sandalwood, which is a classic masculine scent, but also includes lavender, as well as citrus notes and spicy berries. Some say the fragrance is reminiscent of a forest, where a variety of smells abound, many of them intoxicating
But while the fragrance of a body spray is important, as it is in deodorants, colognes, and perfumes, it must have other impressive qualities to make our list. Perhaps the most impressive among the Drakkar Noir Body Spray’s many qualities is its longevity.
Indeed, some men think body sprays are made only for special occasions and that the fragrance should last only a short time. Neither notion is true and Drakkar Noir’s Body Spray emphasizes that with a long-lasting scent that’s good for every occasion. Even though it qualifies as a luxury, designer-type product, there’s no reason why you can’t use it every day.
It also comes at a very reasonable price, and the 6-ounce container should last you half a year even with regular use.
- Excellent scent with a woodsy base
- Great value
- Shipping may be slower if you order online
It’s hard to beat the overall value and quality of the Guy Laroche Drakkar Noir Deodorant Body Spray. From its unique, masculine scent, to its overall value, it’s a body spray worthy of inclusion in your daily grooming routine.
Like Nautica’s Voyage, Kenneth Cole’s Black Body Spray is reminiscent of the brand’s most popular colognes without being overpowering. The scent is said to embody “the boldness of New York,” which we assume means the city, not the entire state, which is decidedly more rural and pastoral in many regions.
But we digress.
In any case, the boldness comes in the form of a sexy, sophisticated fragrance that’s good for daily use – but said to be better for the evenings and more romantic settings. Rest assured, it’s a masculine scent with musk and wood notes that exemplify strength, as well as violet and mandarin hints that provide a sense of elegance.
The scent will last you through the evening, which your romantic partner will appreciate while fading slowly. But, again, it probably won’t stand up to the exertions of daily use, so use it for those special occasions when it delivers exceptional results.
While the scent is said to be bold, however, it also has a refreshing, youthful fragrance that isn’t overly complex. In any case, it’s masculine – but how you experience the scent may be different than another guy.
- Pleasant, masculine scent
- Comes in a sizable 6-ounce container
- A great value
- It’s not very long-lasting
Kenneth Cole’s Black Body Spray has a luxury feel about it and its scent is of high quality. While it may not last as long as other scents, it’s ideal for evening encounters and ranks as a best smelling body spray for men.
Sean Jean may not be one of the more recognizable brand’s on this list, but it’s one worthy of attention. That’s not to say it doesn’t have some big-name power behind it; after all, music mogul Sean Combs owns it, and its products also include clothing, footwear and fashion accessories.
The Sean Jean Unforgivable Body Spray provides a strong representation of the brand’s many quality products. The scent is romantic and masculine, and suitable for everyday use, but also one that’s ideal for those nights on the town when you’re showing off your sophistication and style. It won’t hurt your cause with the ladies, either.
Unforgivable’s fragrance comes from a variety of natural essences – 17 to be exact – that cover a wide range: from juniper and tangerine, to amber, birch leaves, and even more exotic ingredients such as rum.
Unforgivable comes in a generous 6-ounce container that should last you several months. Again, no rule says you can’t wear it for daily activities, but it’s best suited for personal, important (and romantic) encounters, so a bottle should last you a long time. No matter how you wear it, however, you’ll impress those around you with its one-of-a-kind scent.
While the scent is amazing, it’s one that doesn’t have a lot of staying power, which is perfectly fine if you’re saving it for special occasions.
It’s also a good value because the price you’ll pay for a 6-ounce container of Unforgivable is, in many cases, lower than less-worthy sprays in 4-ounce containers.
- Unique, romantic scent
- Natural ingredients
- Comes in a large container
- Scent isn’t long-lasting
Sean Jean’s Unforgivable is a product worth considering if you want to control the night, or at least your evening social scene. You’ll love its unique scent and a single container will last you a good long time.
Jack Black stakes its reputation on quality products that don’t include synthetic ingredients that are harmful to your skin or hair. All of their products are paraben-free, cruelty-free, free of harsh surfactants, and ideal for sensitive skin.
We like that and think you will, too.
But a body spray won’t make our list simply because it’s eco-friendly. A quality fragrance, as well as the ability to combat body odor, is high-priority and Jack Black answers the bell with the Eau de Toilette Spray. It combines fresh citrus with herbal notes such as mint and rosemary to create a clean, refreshing fragrance that’s ideal for every situation. The scent is the same one used in Jack Black’s similarly-popular All-Over Body Wash. You can use the body wash during your shower and then apply the body spray after your skin has tried.
You can also use it as an all-over body spray after you’ve stepped out of the shower, or just spray it on key areas of the body as you would with typical body sprays. It’s also ideal for after you’ve showered following an intense gym workout that pushed your sweat glands into high gear.
Just a note: Eau de Toilette basically refers to a product that has a perfume oil concentration of 5-9%. Eau de Parfums top out at around 14%, which makes their fragrance more intense and longer-lasting. We’ll talk about other differences later on.
- Natural ingredients
- Fresh Citrus scent
- Good for full body use
- Some users wish the scent lasted longer
Jack Black formulates its products with the highest-quality ingredients to create products that men love. Their all-over Eau de Toilette is no exceptions and ranks among the best body sprays.
The Playboy name conjures up plenty of images for men, many of them very eye-catching, indeed. The company with a long history of titillation also has a quality body spray that’s worth checking out, too.
The Male Body Spray by Playboy has a smooth, masculine fragrance that first launched in 2008 and is still worthy of attention today. The scent is warm and casual, and includes blends of musk, apple, basil, lavender, vanilla, as well as some woody amber notes.
Playboy has a sizable list of body sprays for men, including Hollywood, London, and New York, but we think that Vegas rises above the other with its unique fragrance that has a timeless appeal. It’s a scent that’s ideal for a casual evening and will be by your side should things turn romantic.
It’s also great for newcomers to body spray – which seems fitting when you consider the number of adolescent boys who’ve snuck peeks at dad’s Playboy magazine – but also suitable for men who know a thing or two about body sprays. Moreover, it comes at a budget-friendly price.
- Casual, warm scent
- Great for evening encounters
- Some reviewers say you need to use a lot of it to make the scent last
Playboy knows something about what attracts men and women, and their line of body sprays are pleasing to both sexes. The Vegas scent has a classic, timeless appeal.
If you love vintage or retros men’s scents, you’ll love C.O. Bigelow’s Elixir Green Men’s Deodorizing Body Spray. It’s an old-school scent from a company that started in 1838 and remains the oldest apothecary in the U.S.
The Elixir Green Men’s scent is woody and has hints of musk and oakmoss. It’s reminiscent of retro barbershop scents – scents that remind you of what it means to a guy, and a well-groomed one at that.
The folks at C.O. Bigelow have made it their business to know what men like and need, and for what keeps men feeling and looking their best. Their body spray has, as mentioned, a refreshing fragrance, but also provides all-over protection.
While you can use the Elixir Green Men’s Deodorizing Spray any time of the year, it’s an ideal spray for autumn or winter when the temperatures fall. The fragrance includes warm hints of amber that may make you long for relaxing in front of a roaring fire after spending a long day outdoors. But users also say that the scent, while distinctive, is not at all overpowering.
Finally, the Elixir Green Men’s Deodorizing Spray consists primarily of natural ingredients and fragrances. That’s another reason to like it, too.
- Distinctive, refreshing scent
- Retro, vintage feel that never goes out of style
- Developed by a company with a tradition for excellence
- Not as long-lasting as some sprays
C.O. Bigelow’s Elixir Green Men’s Deodorizing Spray makes a nice addition to any man’s grooming kit because of, among other things, its distinctive old-school scent. But it also provides the kind all-over protection that you expect from a quality body spray.
How to apply body spray for men
One of the advantages of body sprays is that their scent tends to be a bit more subtle than, say, colognes, which is one reason why they’re suitable for daily use, and we’ll talk more about body sprays vs. other types in a bit. But let’s talk a little bit about the basics of applying men’s body spray.
Body sprays are great for frequent use and there’s not necessarily a “right” time to apply them. You can use them during your morning grooming routine, of course, but you can also use them for a midday freshen-up, or before you head out for a night on the town (make sure that your spray has the staying power to last more than just an hour or two). You can even use it on those days or nights when you don’t have time to shower but are worried about potential body odor.
Meanwhile, you shouldn’t apply your body spray immediately after you shower because the humidity can have an impact on the fragrance’s longevity. Apply it when your skin is completely dry and when the humidity has dissipated.
While, again, there’s no reason that you can’t use body spray before an evening of socializing, if you’re looking for a more distinctive, noticeable fragrance, then a cologne is always a good choice. Cologne also has a more lasting staying power, which also makes it good for an evening of mingling, but many body sprays also have evening outings in mind.
On Your Skin Only
While it may be tempting to apply your spray on your clothes – especially if you’re on the go – you should only apply it to your skin. Body sprays react differently to your skin than your clothing, and may include synthetic ingredients that can deteriorate or ruin your clothes.
The How-To Of It
Hold your can of body spray approximately six inches from your body and spray your chest, neck, and armpits. A couple of spritzes of spray on each body part is sufficient. Moderation is a key component of applying body spray correctly.
It’s important to keep in mind that you’ll quickly become accustomed to your body spray’s scent, so it won’t smell as strong to you as it does to others.
Don’t Forget the Pulse Points
Pulse points are areas where blood vessels are close to the skin and where the skin is warmest. In turn, fragrances are said to last longer at those points – so don’t forget to spray these areas, although not all at once.
Your pulse points include the inside of your elbows, wrists, knees, and elbows, as well as your neck, chest, and behind the ears. Again, choose a couple of these areas to target your spray, but only a couple because you’ll overload the fragrance if you spray it on all of your pulse points at one time.
Don’t Mix Your Scents
A good rule of thumb says that you shouldn’t mix a wide array of scents during your grooming routine. In other words, if your aftershave or deodorant (or cologne, for that matter), is a certain type of scent, then your body spray should match that scent as closely as possible. So, if you’re body spray has a clean, lighter scent, you shouldn’t use another product with a fragrance that’s heavier and more full-bodied.
Once a Day, Preferably
While you can use body spray a couple of times a day – like in the morning and then again before you go out for the evening, or after a hard gym workout – be careful not to use it excessively.
Never Apply It To Your Face
Don’t use body spray on your face. You’ll not only risk getting the spray in your eyes, but its ingredients can irritate the skin and dry it out.
How body spray compares to other types of deodorants
Body spray doesn’t represent the only game in town regarding topical solutions men use to stay fresh while dealing with the aggravation of body odor. Nope, not even close – especially when you consider the many options, such as deodorants and antiperspirants, cologne, Eau de toilettes and others.
Let’s break down body sprays a bit more while also looking at some of the other deodorant options.
There’s not a big difference between body spray and deodorant, to be honest. For instance, they’re both used to keep body odor – such as the odor caused by sweating – in check. Unlike deodorant, however, body spray is meant to cover areas of the body other than your armpits, such as your chest or back.
Body spray doesn’t work to dry sweat, or clog sweat glands, like antiperspirant, but uses the power of its fragrance to overcome the body’s natural sweaty smell. If you sweat excessively you may want to go heavy on the deodorant and use body spray as more of a touch-up.
There are many advantages of using body spray, including the fact that they come in a misting type spray that means you can apply it to your body quickly. Additionally, they consist of less than 10% of fragrant oils
Body sprays contain fewer chemicals than deodorants as well as fewer aromatic oils and extracts than perfumes. Sprays are less concentrated than perfumes and lighter overall, but their fragrance doesn’t last as long as colognes and perfumes. In fact, sprays mostly consist of water which is why you can apply them to most parts of the body.
Like perfumes, sprays contain extracts such as oils, herbs, and spices that combine to create their fragrance. They’re also less expensive than colognes and perfumes.
Some may consider deodorant and antiperspirant to be one in the same they’re not. That’s because deodorant’s primary purpose is to reduce the odor that occurs when you sweat radically, while antiperspirant keeps the stink away by preventing you from sweating.
Deodorants, more specifically, counteract the bacteria that feed on proteins and fats which help to create body odor.
One downfall of deodorants and antiperspirants is that they contain potentially harmful chemicals – at least the non-natural ones, that is. Among those ingredients are aluminum-based compounds, parabens, triclosan, and others. Fortunately, you can find natural and vegan deodorants, as well as cruelty-free deodorants that aren’t tested on animals.
Natural deodorants rely on ingredients such as essential oils and plant extracts to reduce odor-causing bacteria. Other ingredients may include baking soda, cocoa and shea butter, vitamin E, and more. All-natural crystal ingredients made from mineral salts serve the same purpose, i.e., to reduce bacteria that lead to body odor.
While you’ll, in most cases, apply your deodorant in the morning, many experts advise that you apply antiperspirant at night before you go to bed so that its active ingredients can work their way more deeply into your sweat ducts.
There are many types of deodorant to choose from, including deodorant based on its strength – such as clinical strength (the most powerful of them all), while you can also find hypoallergenic deodorants which work well if you have skin that’s sensitive to rashes, burns, etc.
Deodorant also comes in different forms – from roll-on to solid to paste.
Some would argue that, at least when it comes to grooming, that a man’s scent helps to define him. If so, then cologne helps enhance the definition with a distinct fragrance that has more allure than deodorants and other products.
When worn well, a high-quality cologne can garner you attention, particularly on the social scene. When splashed on sloppily, a cologne announces your entrance into a room with all the subtlety of a punch in the gut.
We all know what cologne is, but it can get confusing when you break it down into a variety of fragrances, such as Eau de toilette. Cologne contains more alcohol – and scented oils – than body spray, and you typically apply it to pulse points, such as behind your ear, the base of the throat, or the inside of your wrist. The scent lasts a fairly long time but, again, use a bit of finesse when applying it.
While cologne includes a decent amount of alcohol, it has fewer fragrance compounds (scented oil) than fragrances such as perfume and Eau de toilette.
Perfume has the highest concentration of scented oil than any fragrance and should last the wearer all day. Eau de toilette is similar enough to cologne to be interchangeable, although Eau de toilette has an oil concentration of 5 to 10%. Its scent peaks after a few hours and then begins to fade.
Another fragrance worth mentioning is Eau de parfum, which has a lower concentration of oils but provide a scent that should last through the day.
Back to body sprays: one of its advantages is that its fragrance is lighter than colognes, perfumes, and the like, which means you can apply it more liberally.
How we chose the best body sprays for men
Plenty of research goes into selecting any product for our reviews and that was certainly the case in choosing our favorite body sprays for men. That includes evaluating each spray in a few important areas, including fragrance. A spray’s scent represents one of its most important attributes – or non-attribute in products that didn’t make the list – and helps separate it from all the rest.
We also considered price and value, as well as how long a fragrance lasts after application. But that wasn’t as important for fragrances considered best suited for special occasions such as romantic encounters.
That wraps up our best body spray for men review and, as always, we’d love to hear from you. Do you have a favorite body spray? If so, why do you like it? Have you tried any of the body sprays on our list? We welcome your comments, suggestions, and feedback.