What’s the secret to success? 4 college diplomas? Trust fund money? An IQ of 160? Let’s get real – these things definitely help. But most average guys just aren’t that lucky.
So what’s the solution? Resign yourself to mediocrity and live a life of letdowns?
Heck no. Listen up, gents – there is a way for regular guys to boost their productivity and start to perform at a higher level than ever before: Performance Enhancing Colognes.
It turns out scent can make you smarter – and I’m breaking out the science in today’s article. We’ll be covering:
- How Does The Olfactory System Work?
- What Fragrance Notes Boost Productivity?
- How I Discovered Performance Enhancing Scents
- How To Choose The Right Cologne For You
- Examples Of Performance Enhancing Colognes
#1 How Does The Olfactory System Work?
To understand how smell can positively affect your brain, you first need to know how your sense of smell works!
I’ll be honest, gents – scientists have written entire textbooks on this topic. Med students study this to earn their MD, so I’m going to cut this down to a few simple facts to make this science nice and straightforward.
- The sensation of smell begins when you sniff odor molecules from the air into your nostrils.
- At the back of your nose is a small patch of tissue called the olfactory epithelium, which is covered in a layer of mucus.
- The olfactory epithelium has a layer of specialized sensory cells called olfactory receptor neurons (aka “the taste buds of your nose” – you have about 40 million of them).
- When odor molecules hit the olfactory epithelium, they dissolve and bind to the olfactory receptor neurons.
- The olfactory receptor neurons fire and send signals through the olfactory tract up to your brain.
- Different odors can trigger different neurons in your brain. For example, Odor A might trigger olfactory receptors neurons 1, 2, and 7, and Odor B might trigger olfactory receptor neurons 5, 8, 25,000, and 12,345,979.
- All of these different combinations of triggered neurons allow you to detect a vast range of different smells.
- Moreover, Olfactory receptor neurons are the only neurons in the body that get replaced regularly (every 4-8 weeks), so they’re always ready for action.
- Once the combination of olfactory receptor neurons fires in a bundle through the olfactory tract, they head straight to the Amygdala, Thalamus, and Neocortex – the parts of your brain responsible for learning, memory, and emotion.
So what has this got to do with productivity and performance? I invite you to read that final bullet point again.
Once you’ve finished smelling something, a shot of neurons hits your brain and triggers learning, memory, and emotion. That means you can combine what you smell and what you learn to create some pretty impressive results.
In short – if you learn to associate a carefully chosen scent with a productive emotional state, you could train your body to return to that heightened sense of performance and productivity whenever you smell it.
Gents – you’ve got high performance on demand.
#2 What Fragrance Notes Boost Productivity?
It’s no secret that certain smells evoke specific responses from the body.
For example, the smell of fresh baked cookies might make you feel happy and relaxed.
Conversely, the smell of a hospital might make you feel anxious or on edge.
When it comes to finding a scent that will increase productivity, I look for fragrance notes that have been scientifically proven to have positive effects on the mind. For example:
- Lemon – helps boost performance on cognitive tasks and helps to lift the mood.
- Rosemary – improves memory.
- Peppermint – boosts performance on various tasks, including memory recall and reaction time.
- Cinnamon – enhances cognitive processing speed.
- Lavender – improves concentration and reduces anxiety.
Am I saying you should bury your nose in a half-cut lemon or shove a cinnamon stick up your nostril? No – that would be stupid.
However, I am suggesting that these olfactory notes have a higher chance of helping you stay productive and boost your everyday performance.
Remember, if you pay close attention to the science of scent and use these olfactory notes as scent triggers to kickstart your productivity, a cologne that contains them could become your direct line to increased performance.
Using the power of the olfactory system, it’s possible to start training your brain to up its game whenever you smell them on your skin!
Can cologne make you smarter?
You bet it can! Introducing Mission Fragrances – a set of 3 colognes that are carefully formulated to trigger your brain into taking action through trained conditioning.
Mission Fragrances launches on August 15th, but hurry – stocks are limited to 100 sets. Click here to join the Mission Fragrances Early Bird List and reserve your set while you still can!
#3 How I Discovered Performance Enhancing Colognes
Let me tell you a story.
Until recently, I struggled with productivity big time.
I tried everything. Time management techniques, meditation, and even going off the grid for a weekend to “unplug.” But no matter what I did, I just couldn’t stick to a task long enough to see it through to completion.
Then, one day, it hit me. After years of trying, I came across a productivity hack that worked for me – and it didn’t involve bullet journals, to-do lists, or deep-focus music.
It was all to do with my sense of smell.
I’ve always found that the smell of freshly cut grass reminds me of my childhood and playing ball in the park with my dad. The fresh smell of chlorine reminds me of the swimming spot at the end of the street where I grew up.
These scents transport me back to some of the happiest days of my life. They actively improve my mood and change how I’m feeling.
Which had me thinking: why couldn’t I apply the same theory to productivity?
It turns out you can. Performance Enhancing Colognes do just that: they help you train your brain to return to a state of high performance on demand.
Performance Enhancing Colognes are formulated using the productivity-boosting olfactory notes I mentioned earlier in this article. As well as smelling great, fragrances containing these notes can help switch on the parts of your brain responsible for high performance and kick your productivity into overdrive.
In fact, some colognes are actually designed with productivity and performance in mind. Instead of using performance enhancing olfactory notes by chance, these colognes use them intentionally to create a fragrance that’s guaranteed to help you work smarter.
#4 How To Choose The Right Cologne For You
With all of this talk about Performance Enhancing Colognes and scent triggers, I’m sure you’re wondering how to choose the right fragrance for you. After all, no one should wear a cologne that they dislike just to boost productivity.
My advice here is simple: wear a cologne that you like the smell of. Trust me; it doesn’t matter how much peppermint a fragrance uses. If you’re distracted by the scent of your own skin, then no amount of productivity enhancers will distract you from that.
Instead, focus on finding a cologne that you genuinely enjoy wearing. If it contains performance-enhancing fragrance notes like lemon, rosemary, peppermint, or cinnamon – great! But if not, don’t worry too much. You can always find another way to get your performance-enhancing scent fix.
Some might say it’s best to look for performance enhancing fragrance notes in several different scents so that you can apply them according to your mood, occasion, and time of year.
#5 Examples Of Performance Enhancing Colognes
For well over 3 years now, I’ve been working to perfect the ultimate set of Performance Enhancing Colognes. I designed them to help men boost their performance, smell great and become the man they know themselves to be.
With the Mission Fragrance set, I provide 3 carefully formulated Performance Enhancing Colognes:
I formulated Honor as a fresh and clean fragrance. Technically speaking, it’s what I would classify as a ‘Fougere’ fragrance, which contains fresh, aromatic, and oriental aromas.
Personally, I’d be comfortable using this fragrance every day. It isn’t constrained by occasion or formality, so a man can wear it without fear of smelling out of place.
In my opinion, Honor is a great morning fragrance to wear as you arrive at work. It’s light and breezy and doesn’t make itself immediately known.
From a performance standpoint, you can expect to be invigorated by the citrus notes within this fragrance. It’s uplifting and gives you that ‘up and at them’ feeling.
Courage isn’t as light as Honor but isn’t deep enough to be classed as an ‘evening fragrance.’ This makes it an excellent fragrance for the 9-5 worker as its lifespan should get you through most of your working day while remaining ‘office friendly.’
The bold mix of light top notes and deeper base notes give this fragrance the power to be noticed without seeming too intense—the perfect companion for a busy workplace.
Courage is what we would classify as a ‘citrus aromatic’ fragrance, which contains lighter citrus notes alongside floral and green notes. While Courage is still quite a light fragrance, an air of depth within its floral heart notes gives it a bit more of a kick compared to Honor.
What’s more, you’ll find a hint of lavender coming through in Courage – which helps to increase concentration and reduce anxiety.
Looking for a fragrance that the ladies will love on a date night? Look no further than Commitment – an ‘Amber Woody’ fragrance that oozes sophistication and mystery.
I’ll be honest; you need to be careful with this fragrance. Is it going to suit the everyday office environment? Probably not.
However, will this fragrance make you smell incredible on a date or formal occasion? Absolutely! I formulated Commitment with formality in mind – great for a winter wedding, dinner party, or big date.
Notes like Vanilla, Tonka, and Oud give this fragrance a luxurious scent sure to impress in the right environment.
Mission Fragrances goes live on 15th August 2022, but stocks are limited to 100 sets! Click here to join the early bird list and reserve your set while you still can!
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Published Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2022 09:09:33 +0000
How to wear your watch correctly
As much as you won’t like hearing this, you’re probably wearing your watch wrong.
It’s not your fault; you may have never been taught how to wear a watch properly. After all, there is more than one way to wear a watch.
But how do you know which way is the right way?
Don’t worry, gents; as always, I’ve got you covered. I’m here with the best way to wear your favorite timepiece properly and look as stylish as ever.
In today’s article, I’ll be covering:
- Origins Of The Wrist Watch
- What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
- Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
- The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch
#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch
When it comes to wearing a watch correctly, it’s important to note why the wristwatch came about in the first place.
Dating back to the 1800s, the first watches modified to be worn on the wrist were primarily worn by women as accessories. One of the earliest was created by Patek Philippe as a fashion accessory.
At the start of the 20th century, watchmakers became intrigued about using a wrist-worn timepiece for men in the military. They believed it would help them tell time quickly while on the battlefield.
Watchmakers started modifying pocket watches to fit on a bracelet worn on the wrist. Men would not wear the first iteration of the modern wristwatch until well into the 20th century.
Then developed as a ‘trench watch’ for military use, the earliest wrist watches offered something the pocket watch didn’t have – convenience.
After the wristwatch became less of a fashion accessory and more of a functional tool, watchmakers would spend the next century modifying them into the modern wristwatches we enjoy today.
#2 What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
The age-old question: what wrist to wear a watch on? The answer – it depends.
The reason it depends is that since the creation of the wristwatch, men have mostly worn their watch on their non-dominant wrist. And since most people are right-handed, you would wear your watch on your left wrist.
But this isn’t always the correct answer. You may want to wear your watch on the right wrist if you are left-handed. But you may also want to wear it on your dominant hand.
So how do you know for sure?
The most significant benefit of wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is that you can quickly put the watch on and navigate the dial more efficiently than with your non-dominant hand.
Wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is less likely to damage the watch as you tend to do more with your dominant hand. If you were to wear it on your dominant hand, you’re more likely to scratch or ding the watch than on your non-dominant hand.
So the rule of thumb here is to wear your watch on your non-dominant hand for the best way to navigate and protect your watch.
#3 Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
The next question is, why would a man wear his watch facing inward on his wrist instead of outward?
This trend is seen primarily in individuals who need to check their watch frequently and in the most efficient way possible. Among the many reasons you should wear a watch, one of the most common is to support you in your profession.
You will see men in the military do this, as it’s easier and prevents sun glare better than when it’s on the outside of the wrist. It also offers faster convenience to other tools on the watch in addition to the time.
Another reason you may want to wear your watch facing inward is that it can help protect your watch from scratches and dings. Again, this is just a preference.
But you’re a stylish guy looking for the best way to wear his watch. What should you do?
The answer here is to wear it facing outward, as that is the most common way to wear a wristwatch. It shows off your timepiece that you love while also still being functional.
Unless you’re in a profession where you need to check your watch quickly while managing other tasks, the best way is to have your watch facing outward. After all, you probably didn’t spend money on that beautiful timepiece to hide its character.
#4 The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch
Now it’s time to find out exactly how to wear a watch in the most stylish way a guy can.
Assuming you’ve selected the right size watch for your wrist, the first thing you want to do is figure out if you’ll be wearing your watch on your right or left wrist.
As mentioned above, traditionally, the watch is worn on your non-dominant wrist. So if you’re right-handed, this means wearing your watch on your left wrist. For left-handed guys, this means your right wrist.
After you figure that out, it’s quite easy. The first thing you want to do is locate your wrist bone.
You want to wear your watch face up just above your wrist bone. If done correctly, your watch should slightly peek out from under the cuffs of your shirt when wearing long sleeves.
Next, you want to tighten the strap so it’s loose enough to be comfortable. You don’t want it so loose it can spin freely around your wrist. You also don’t want it too tight, or it will feel uncomfortable, especially when you bend your wrist.
After doing this correctly, you’ll be wearing a watch in the most stylish way possible.
There you have it, gents.
Now you no longer have to worry about wearing your watch incorrectly.
There is more than one way to wear a watch, so find what’s most comfortable for you personally, and rock your favorite timepiece accordingly.
If you want to take your watch knowledge to the next level, check out this article I wrote about the difference between quartz and mechanical watches.
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Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 10:19:42 +0000
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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Preparation (Buy Now and Get $$$)
We’ve all been there – fall comes around, and you open your closet only to find you have nothing but polos and shorts.
So what’s a stylish guy to do? Pay a premium to build an entire fall wardrobe last minute? Sure, if you’re loaded. But not every guy is that lucky!
Don’t worry; as ever, I’ve got you covered. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to get the best bang for your buck when building your fall capsule wardrobe.
We’ll be covering:
- What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
- How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
- Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
- What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?
#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
One of the most common headaches guys run into in their closet is having too many clothing options to choose from but not enough of the right options.
While more options aren’t bad, they can be overwhelming, especially when you rarely wear most items. This is where building a capsule wardrobe comes into play.
A capsule wardrobe is a limited selection of clothing items that complement each other. This means you can buy a smaller selection of items and create a larger number of outfits.
This is crucial to understand because most guys don’t have an unlimited budget for buying clothes. A capsule wardrobe allows you to purchase and use items frequently with little redundancy.
But where do you start in building your fall capsule wardrobe?
#2 How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
After you have put together the perfect capsule wardrobe, you can start to add a few fall-specific items. This is done by adding a few staple pieces that complement what you already have.
For most, fall offers mild temperatures mixed with slightly warmer temperatures.
This means that layering will be of the utmost importance because you may leave the house needing a jacket, but it might be warm enough by midday to sport only the t-shirt underneath.
Start with the basics when building your fall capsule wardrobe and add pieces accordingly.
Keep It Simple
Fall is primetime for layering, so you only need a few outer layers and should focus more on the innermost layers.
You want to make sure that interchangeability is at the top of your list when it comes to your wardrobe. Everything should complement each other for ease of use.
With that said, having a few staples and adding additional items as you change seasons is essential.
For this reason, ensure you have the following items in your fall capsule wardrobe:
- A dark three-piece suit
- A light-colored tweed blazer
- A leather bomber or biker jacket
- An overcoat (dark or light)
- A formal button-up shirt (white)
- 2 casual button-up shirts (flannel or chambray, you choose)
- 2 sweaters (1 shawl, 1 crew neck)
- 2 t-shirts (1 white, 1 black,)
- 2 pairs of Jeans (1 dark, 1 light)
- 2 pairs of slacks/chinos (1 dark, 1 light)
- 2 belts (1 black, 1 brown)
- 1 pair of black dress shoes
- 1 pair of brown oxfords (leather or suede, you decide)
- 1 pair of sneakers (plain white or brown)
- 1 pair of military boots (black or brown)
When it comes to accessories like watches, scarves, or gloves, you can use what you have as most men won’t need all of them, so I won’t count them in.
#3 Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
As it is the middle of summer, fall will be approaching quickly.
Now is a great time to snag up some of last year’s sale items at department stores as they usually have sales on previous season items. By now, most men aren’t thinking about what to wear in the fall.
While you still might be able to find good deals on last year’s fall items, it’s usually the most optimal time to purchase these items after the season has ended. This is when retailers try hard to clear space and make room for the next season’s clothing.
When they do this, it is a great time to get excellent deals on items that have just gone out of season.
Another great option to buy men’s clothing is online at your favorite retailers, as they will often have sales and discounts on items they have in their online inventory but are not yet in prime season.
The most expensive items in your fall capsule wardrobe are the ones you want to focus on, as you can often save a significant amount of money out of season for them.
These big ticket items include:
- Your dark three-piece suit and blazer
- Overcoats and jackets
- Dress shoes and sneakers
These items will be some of the most expensive items and can be found discounted out of season. Put these at the forefront of your fall capsule wardrobe search.
#4 What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?
You want to adhere to a few staples when building your fall capsule wardrobe.
Since fall weather can vary, layering will be essential. These few items are crucial as mainstays that can be layered with other items within your wardrobe.
For example, if you experience a rather chilly day in fall and need to wear a suit, an overcoat is essential as that outermost layer because you can simply remove it when you no longer need it.
When it comes to the concept of layering within your fall capsule wardrobe, you want to make sure you nail these following items.
Having a good overcoat to complement your fall capsule wardrobe is crucial.
The overcoat acts as the outermost layer and will be removed whenever you go indoors. This makes for a great option as you can wear it with anything as it offers excellent versatility.
When searching for the perfect overcoat, it’s essential to know your size as they usually come in sizes of suit jackets, not regular sizing. After you’ve nailed the size, focus on color.
Dark-colored overcoats tend to be the most versatile. However, a light camel color can work as well. Stay away from patterns with overcoats as the goal is to be as versatile as possible.
A good leather jacket goes a long way. You can choose a leather biker jacket or a leather bomber; it’s your call.
Biker jackets can be slightly harder to pull off as most of the time, they will have a larger and more aggressive collar, but they still look great.
A leather bomber jacket is an excellent option because it looks great on all body types and often has more options than biker jackets.
For color, opt for black or dark brown, as that gives you the most versatility with other items in your fall capsule wardrobe.
Sweaters are to fall, what t-shirts are for summer. This means they are a critical piece as they are season specific and offer great versatility when it comes to layering.
So how do you find the perfect sweater?
You want options, so have a couple of different collar choices to give yourself the most bang for your buck.
Having a shawl neck sweater and a crew neck sweater ensures you have all your bases covered.
Make sure you choose neutral tones such as greys, creams, and tans for color. This ensures maximum versatility with other items within your wardrobe and gives you the most options.
That’s it, gents.
To learn more about how versatile this concept of capsule wardrobes can be, check out how I turned 16 pieces of clothing into 256 outfits.
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Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 23:59:00 +0000
The Best Zara Fragrances
We all know of Zara and I’m pretty sure the majority of us own at least one piece from them, but I’m not here to talk about their reasonably priced clothing, I’m here for their fragrance.
Not quite a hidden gem but I don’t feel that they vast range and high quality fragrance that they create is given enough air time, I’m about to change that. The fragrance game is massive at the moment, everyone from the big fashion houses all the way to footballers have a scent on the market and they all carry a hefty price tag, with some of the bigger hitters asking in excess of
£100 for 50ml.
Zara clearly understand the need for a great fragrance but also appreciate not everything has to be overly expensive. I’ve been lucky enough to sample my fair share over the years and wanted to share with you what I feel are some of their strongest.
Tobacco Collective 100ml – £16.99
This is one of my absolute favourites, it works perfectly as an everyday scent. The initial smell is strong and masculine but with undertones of vanilla bourbon help to soften it slightly.
For Him 100ml – £22.99
My current daily spray, its warm, modern and intense. It just so happens to be the perfect blend of three of my favourite scents, bergamot, cardamom and sandalwood. It’s strong yet light, never over powering and leaves a wonderful trail.
Florence 100ml – £16.24
Summer calls for a fresh fragrance and I cannot recommend this highly enough, its light, fresh and citrus scent is perfectly for those warmer days. Notes of black pepper, strawberry and guaiac wood allow this scent to sit gently on the skin with offending the noses of those around you.
Written by Tom Loughran
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Published Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2022 09:57:00 +0000
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