Why don’t Men in the UK use much Aftershave?

I really wish men in the UK wore more aftershave, and not just for ‘special occasions’ or for ‘masking’ horrid things.

It was really noticeable when I worked in a hotel and we had guests from all around the world, particularly from France, who wore aftershave.

You walk in the street these days, and when you walk past some men, they either smell of nothing, which is really boring, smoke, pungent alcohol or cannabis, which to me, stinks of the bitter, stale aroma of dead rats (trust me, coming from a farm, I have smelt this!). It super compounds the problem when you walk past pairs or larger groups of men, stinking of smoke, garlic and onions, cheese, pizza, chicken legs, kebabs, alcohol and cannabis. Some their waft comes from their cars which can be smelly with smoke and food. There is a huge cloud of pong by them. When all these whiffs go together, it goes, er, ‘superstench’.

When you get a guest who smells of good quality aftershave, and not of huge splashes of it which can make them ‘look slimey’ particularly if wearing a blue suit, you feel that he has taken care of himself, feels ‘dressed’ and that he cares that he doesn’t stink badly when he is out in public areas. It creates a good impression. (Of course, he generally uses the good quality types of aftershave, not the ones you remember, such as the ‘honking ones with the cheesy names’ from 70s. However, sometimes, I have to say, there could be some good ‘cheap finds’ but you have to hunt really hard.

We women buy aftershave a lot for our men, but we notice that the bottle remains disappointingly full, a year after we have given it to them. There’s some really good products for men in the market now, many that have more natural incredients; my favourite aftershaves come from Penhaligans in Burlington Arcade. They are a reasonable price for the quality and the thought that goes into it. Aftershave isn’t just for ‘sex panthers’, it is for every day use too, not just the boudouir. The right aftershave, I think, is great for confidence and self-esteem. I have noticed in that in the UAE, they love aftershaves and they sell a huge variety of them and they often have interesting and well designed bottles. My ‘adopted half brother’ who was from the UAE, loved to put reddish type of perfumed ointment on his feet. I don’t know what it was exactly, but he showed a bit of pride.

Now, I can understand that sometimes some men can’t wear aftershave, for various reasons, such as they are allergic, cannot wear it at work or on the tube. But the vast majority appears not to be wearing any from what I can tell. Are they seriously worried that they may be ‘beaten up in the toilet or streets’ for wearing aftershave?

I like perfume on women, though not the overpowering or tacky kind, like Poison, and it is nice walking past them, but here in the UK, you almost wretch as some men here do pong, you can smell their breath, their skin, and stuff they have been smoking. It creates a bad impression.

Come on men, wear some decent aftershave, and use breath freshener, while you are at it. Even Fido the Old English Sheepdog, with his special deep-flea treatment, probably smells a lot better than some men. It really doesn’t have to be that way!

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