What’s that smell?
Before the completion of my wedding, my wife and I had never kissed. We committed to each other that we would save it for marriage. In hindsight, I wouldn’t change a thing. It heightened the special nature of our relationship and spoke volumes of my respect and honor for her. As my calendar filled with crossed-off days and the wedding approached, I thought about that kiss more and more. On the morning of the ceremony, I showered thoroughly (more like scrubbed) getting as clean as possible. Then, I brushed my teeth, rinsed my mouth out and brushed them again. I brushed my tongue, flossed, and rinsed with mouthwash. You get the idea – clean mouth and teeth.
Later that day as I stood ready to walk out with the minister, I withdrew a container of small mints from my tuxedo pocket. I had reasoned that I needed somewhere between six to ten mints to preserve my fresh breath for the majority of the ceremony. So, I tossed the mints into my mouth and proudly strolled into the church sanctuary. I quickly started lodging them in various spots around my mouth giving me the ability to say my vows. By the time the kiss arrived, my mouth was practically radiating with freshness. Does she remember my breath? No, she was too busy being a princess. But, she does remember the kiss!
While fashion generally consists of what people see with their eyes, your smell can also flavor their impression of you. All the senses have importance, especially smell. Do you want to be remembered for your affect on someone’s nose? Think for a moment. Have you ever had someone stop by your desk at work and knock you out with bad breath? I’m talking about breath so strong it says hello before the person arrives. When you remember that encounter, do you recall how good the clothes looked? No, your mind holds an imprint of that smell keeping you from focusing on anything else.
Take control of your smells. Brush your teeth, rinse with mouthwash, and use mints like you will be having your first kiss. Also, shower regularly and be mindful of body odors. A good deodorant can go a long way. In addition, consider using a little cologne. Thanks to my wife, I own several nice colognes such as Burberry Touch and Armani’s Acqua Di Gio (now my favorites). Before you douse yourself in nice cologne though, be aware of your coworkers. You chose to wear that cologne, not them. If you wear it to work, spritz a little on your bare chest, wipe your wrists lightly on your chest, and then get dressed. This should keep your good smell at an appropriate level. With proper maintenance of your smells, you should never have to hear, “What’s that smell?”
© Copyright 2013 Jeremy Gradney.