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You want to smell nice, and you've thought about buying some cologne, but wouldn't it be better to get a multitasking product so your hygiene routine stays streamlined? Check out aftershave. Most of them are scented, and some of the most popular men's fragrances have aftershave products available. But as a bonus, aftershaves also will usually contain moisturizer, to soothe skin irritated by shaving, and an antiseptic, to keep clean those little nicks and cuts so they can heal faster. Some are liquid, much like a cologne, while others will be more like a lotion. Now that you're sold on the idea, here is some guidance for your aftershave selection.

Do you have a significant other? If so, your choice should be easy. Ask her what she likes, because after all, isn't that who the fragrance is for in the first place? Many fragrance lines have complementary his and hers fragrances, so asking what she wears can be a good place to start. If she doesn't have a favorite brand, maybe she can at least narrow down types of scents for you. Then you can find a fragrance that fits her preferences, with the other ingredients that are best for your skin type and particular problems (sensitive skin, razor burn, etc.). You can also find aftershaves that are suited for the whole face that not only moisturize but include sunblock.

Your scent should be one that you like, too. Don't worry about feeling uncomfortable going to the fragrance counter at the department store. The most manly of men wear fragrance these days, plus you're likely to find a knowledgeable sales assistant who can help you find the best fit for you. Too shy for that? Try your local drugstore, and check out testers yourself.

Prices will range widely. Some men prefer to go basic. A good pick here would be Gillette Series After Shave Gel. Formulated particularly for sensitive skin, it has a cooling sensation (thanks to alcohol and menthol) and a light fragrance. If you're looking for something a little more complex, Calvin Klein's Escape combines amber, lavender, and fruit scents. Boss from Hugo Boss has a warm, long lasting scent. If you are looking for something light, crisp, and clean, Clinique's Happy for Men aftershave is a good pick. Clinique products are also great for people with sensitive skin.

Whether your tastes are drugstore or designer, you are sure to find an aftershave for your budget and your style.

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