6 Easy Ways on How to get rid of Cologne Smell!

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Cologne can be a wonderful addition to anybody’s beauty regime, but let’s be honest—the only thing worse than smelling bad is smelling too strong. We’ve all been there, right? We’ve all heard the phrase “a little goes a long way,” and nothing could be more accurate when it comes to applying your favorite cologne. A single spray can be the difference between a great scent, and smelling like the fragrance section of Walmart.

But do not worry! In this article, I’ve got you covered with some easy, simple, and budget-friendly tips on how to get rid of that overpowering cologne smell, and why you should watch your sprays!

How to get rid of Cologne Smell.

Air It Out

Sometimes, the simplest solutions can be the best.

If your clothes bear the brunt of a few too many cologne sprays, consider the cost-free method of airing them out. Hang your clothes outside for a few hours, allowing the fresh air to naturally neutralize the scent. It’s a straightforward, logical yet surprisingly efficient trick.

Rub On Alcohol

For a quick fix on either clothes or your skin, rubbing alcohol can be a trusty ally. Dampen a cotton ball with a bit of rubbing on alcohol, then gently apply or wipe the affected area. It works wonders in breaking down the cologne’s fragrance molecules, leaving you with a lot more subtle scent.

And don’t just take it from us, according to the Head of External Innovation at Avon, Glen Anderson, this is actually the best way to get rid of excess cologne scent!

 “Dip a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and dab it on wherever you have sprayed too much perfume, It will quickly dilute the scent

Glen Anderson, Head of External Innovation, Avon.

Take A Shower

If you are like me and prefer to apply your cologne directly onto your skin, then taking a quick shower (or bath) could be all it takes to disperse the scent.

A simple wash with water and soup is a quick remedy for excess cologne, and also ensures you are nice and fresh for the day ahead!

Baking Soda

For those willing to invest a little bit more time and energy, baking soda can be a game-changer.

Create a paste by mixing warm water with baking soda and gently rub it into the affected area, whether it’s your skin or clothing. Let it sit for a short while before rinsing or washing off. Baking soda’s odor-neutralizing properties have worked like magic for me, especially on polyester clothing!

UnScented (or Lightly Scented) Lotion

If you’re dealing with a cologne overdose on your skin, and cannot take a shower, an unscented or lightly scented lotion can be the rescue you need. Simply take a cotton ball or a piece of tissue paper, apply a bit of unscented lotion, rub it in, and then remove it. The oils in the lotion will mix with the perfume and efficiently remove it when you wipe off the lotion. It’s a subtle yet effective approach to tone down an overpowering scent.


And last but not least, onto my personal favorite. Set your hair dryer to the highest temperature setting and blow hot air directly onto the area affected. As the heat activates the cologne molecules, they’ll disperse into the air, leaving behind a much lighter fragrance, or no fragrance at all!

How to Know You’ve Applied Too Much Cologne

There’s a fine line between achieving the perfect scent and crossing into the territory of overwhelming fragrance. It’s a common concern: How do you know when you’ve taken your cologne game a step too far?

People’s Reactions Say a Lot

One of them sees whether or not you’ve overdone, it by judging people’s reactions.

Ideally, your fragrance should be a subtle, pleasant presence that enhances your aura, not a scent noticed by several feet. If you notice people near you coughing, having watery eyes, making bizarre comments, or hastily moving away, that could be all the indication you need that your cologne application may have been excessive.

How Long Your Scent Lasts

If your scent is lasting a lot longer than it should, that is a pretty sure way to know you’ve applied too much.

For instance, Eau de Toilette (EDT) cologne typically lasts around 3 to 5 hours, while Eau de Parfum (EDP) cologne should linger for about 5 to 6 hours. If you find your cologne scent persisting all day and can even smell traces of it on your clothes the next day, know that you applied too much. Your cologne should complement your presence, not dominate it, and knowing its expected duration can be super valuable.

How long a cologne lasts also has a lot to do with the notes and formulation itself. Many Burberry and Versace colognes are especially known to create long-lasting bottles.

To learn more about how long cologne scents should last, check out this article here!

How Long Your Bottle Lasts

Similar to the last point, pay attention to how quickly you’re running through your cologne bottles. If you find that you’re constantly replenishing your supply every few months or even weeks, it might be a sign that you’re using more cologne than necessary.

Check online forums, or speak to a fragrance consultant to get a better understanding of how long your specific cologne bottle should last. And if it is running out quicker than expected, then you might be applying too much in one go.

Why You Should Avoid Applying Too Much Cologne

Respect For Sensitivities

Not everyone appreciates strong scents, and some people may even have sensitivities or allergies to fragrances. Overdoing it with cologne can be disrespectful and even harmful to those around you. So let’s make sure to respect others’ sensitivities as best we can!

Kind Of Embarrassing

I could think of nothing more embarrassing then unknowingly walking into a social setting with an unhinged amount of cologne. Could you just imagine the awkwardness of your someone calling you out on the intensity of your cologne in front of your colleagues or friends?

Too Distracting

Applying an excessive amount of cologne can lead to an overpowering scent that becomes the focal point of your presence. People may not pay too much attention to whatever it is you saying or doing, since your scent takes over your overall image.


Over-application not only wastes your expensive cologne but also contributes to excessive consumption, impacting your budget in the long run. Using the right amount ensures your fragrance lasts longer, saving you money.


Getting rid of an overwhelming cologne is just as crucial as applying it right. These simple tips ensure you strike the perfect balance. Remember, less is often more, and a subtle scent leaves a lasting, positive impression.

If you enjoyed this article, check out this one, where we look at how to pick out your signature cologne!

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About The Author

A cologne lover and reviewer, Ahmed has reviewed over 45 colognes on the site. Finding the best perfumes and colognes for our audience, review and ranking them as well as looking at all types of data, from price, longevity, silage to uniqueness.

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