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Workout Fragrances Are Apparently A Thing Now

There might be hope for smelling at least a little more fresh after a sweaty workout. Workout fragrances are growing in popularity, but here's what you need to know first.

Putting the words exercise and perfume together in the same sentence can conjur up recollected scents of a mixture of body odor and a nauseatingly sweet floral scent. But if you're looking for ways to keep a fresh smell besides deodorant and a bar of soap, it turns out that you're not the only one. The popular perfume service Scentbird reported that "workout fragrances" are currently one of the most commonly searched terms on their site.

So before you totally give up on any hope of smelling even slightly tolerable during that spin class, Women's Health talked to Anne McClain, founder and perfumer of Brooklyn's MCMC Fragrances to learn if and how to prevent some our workout stank without creating an even more distracting scent.

Of course, no one should feel as though they need a workout perfume, obvi, but if it piques your interest, of if you're going from barre class to happy hour drinks, go with these tips:

1. Go For A Roll-On

Spray perfumes tend to stick on your clothes and skin much longer than roll on types and also have more wafting power, which is great for when you need it all day, but not for just an hour at the gym. McClain recommends using an hoil to roll directly onto your skin (try on your wrists and behind your ears) to keep the fragrance fresh, but not overpowering your treadmill neighbor.

2. Apply In Advance

Don't wait until you walk in the gym to roll on your scent. Apply your workout fragrance 20 minutes before you exercise, so the potency has a chance to dissipate a bit, especially if you're going to be in a confined area!

3. Think Citrus

Lighter scents will help you feel more energized as you take on your workout as well as are less noticeable to sensitive noses. McClain recommends fresh, citrus fragrances over deep, muskier smells that can be distracting and heavy!

Try out one of these scents for your next sweat session!

John Masters Organices Roll-On Fragrance (Sparking Citrus)


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Michael Kors Eau de Parfum Roll-on + Lip Gloss

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Chantecaille Roll-On Eau de Parfum


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Hannah Marsh

Hannah is a Texas-born, Iowa-raised alumna of Iowa State University. When not writing trending content across several Meredith sites, she enjoys all things fitness-related, binge-watching "Whose Line is it Anyway" episodes and fully embracing her self-diagnosed peanut butter addiction.

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