Not fakin' the funk in the five boroughs
September 18, 2011 11:09 AM Subscribe
Can anyone recommend a good defensive cologne to use to ward off the nasty smells I encounter in the New York City subway system? It has to be cheap and come in a small package that I can throw in my bag to be used when necessary.
posted by jason's_planet to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (26 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Normally, I don't use cologne. I associate it with suburban gelheads and middle aged men who do not get out much and are trying too hard to be Sex-Ay. It's just not my thing, not part of my daily toilette.
Recent events have prompted a change of heart on this. I won't go into the gory details here but I will say this much: the NYC subways smell an awful lot worse than they did in the past. I have lived here nearly two decades and I can't remember the trains ever being this stanky. We could attribute this to many things -- cuts in the subway maintenance budget, depressed unemployed people who are neglecting basic hygiene, newly homeless people who aren't in a position to attend to basic hygiene. Whatever. In any event, I'd rather not endure another commute with the smell of someone else's unscrubbed unmentionables in my nostrils. Or on me, for that matter!
The solution I propose is to get myself a small bottle of cheap cologne to splash on my person when the funk hits the fan. It has to be cheap -- but not smell cheap -- and be available in a small package that I can carry in my bag. Nothing floral, fruity or citrus-y. Just a basic masculine scent that'll keep the stink away. The proposed budget is in the low double digits. Preferably under twenty. If it's good, up to thirty. It has to come in a small package, like one ounce or less.
As always, many thanks in advance.