How to smell manly 101

girl scouts

I have this peculiar habit. I use shower gel when I’m in KL and soap when I’m in Sibu. It’s not like there’s no shower gel back home, in fact that is what we use. Only problem is, it makes me smell like a little girl. Considering it’s either belongs to my mom or my niece (probably the latter), I’m not very surprised.

Thus, I end up being the only one using a bar of soap in Sibu.

I usually get it myself.

dettol soap for men

I don’t know what my dad uses but I think it’s the generic flowery one, which isn’t exactly what you want. It’s considered ungentlemanly to smell better with more floral notes than your date.

Okay, I just made that up but you get my point.

dettol high performance men

I’ve always used Dettol and last year they came out with a range of shower gel for men. Dettol High Performance for Men is the first product by Dettol designed exclusively for men (if you didn’t get the label ;)). There are two variants – Extreme and Aqua.

I’ve been using Dettol for Men Aqua and Extreme for almost a week now and I like how the shower gel is in a container that has a proper grip.

This is very important in a bottle that doesn’t stand and use a pump to bring up the shower gel. A hand-held container has to have grip (see side) or else you’ll end up dropping it when you reach for it with slippery lathered fingers. I don’t know how many times I’ve dropped my shower gel in unsavory places while backpacking.

dettol extreme aqua

(loofah isn’t mine)

Dettol for Men Aqua has a more invigorating smell and keeps your skin feeling hydrated while Extreme is a classic masculine smelling shower gel that lasts the entire day.

I’m already a Dettol user so the question for me is:

Would I use Dettol for Men Aqua instead?

The answer is no. I’ll use Dettol for Men Extreme instead. Heh.

dettol for men

I’m switching to that coz I love the manly smell and it provides the same germ protection qualities and deep pore cleansing properties inherent in the Dettol brand. However, since everyone has a different olfactory perception – check out both and see which one you prefer more.

I personally like the smell of Dettol for Men Extreme – it’s a matter of preference, really. I love it coz it makes me smell masculine. Seriously, it does, try it out and see!

You know, sometimes you just grab whatever is available (there’s a bottle of shower gel here that one of my ex-girlfriends left and I use it when I run out) and go out smelling like a rose.


Smelling like a rose is perfectly fine, a highly exalted attribute even…for females. It doesn’t work the same way for men.

Fun fact: I also noticed that if a couple uses the same shower gel, you practically cannot smell each other! You have to use different shower gels so you can smell your girlfriend/wife/It’s Complicated (TM).

unlease the man

There’s a fun and funny survey going on that asks a lot of quirky and sometimes thought-provoking questions on Facebook and tells your your “Man-Level”.


I won’t spoil it for you but some of the questions are truly laugh out loud funny. 🙂

fb face

You also get to upload your photo, choose one from FB or take one on the spot – it’s important for later.

click fest

…and there’s this mouse destroying click fest that is a surprisingly fun mini-game (gotta love a bit of destruction) before the results are unveiled. 🙂


What type of man are you? I won’t say I’m close to Bear Grylls (don’t drink my own pee) but Poh “Punisher” Punchballs seems pretty manly to me. Heh. Find out when you take the survey at the Dettol Malaysia Facebook page. There’s a lot of interactive stuff that you can play around with plus a RM 150 Dettol hamper to be given out each day for the lucky 50th person to complete it.

The new Dettol High Performance for Men range is my choice for showering right now. I won’t make you want to poke your eyes out with shots of me doing that so go check out the Unleash The Man app instead. smirk

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30 thoughts on “How to smell manly 101”

  1. I use Dettol soap often – the yellow-coloured ones. Cleaner and healthier, I guess. But it has that clinical hospital smell. Will look out for these and give them a try. Thanks, mate! Haiyar…no photos or video of you taking a bath? You certainly have toned down, haven’t you? Wink! Wink! LOL!!!

    • Yeah, I used to use Dettol soap too, and I switched to the original green Dettol shower gel after that. I’m using this new Dettol High Performance for Men and it smells really good compared to the clonical ones that you mentioned. 🙂

      I kinda like the clinical smell – it’s a smell of antiseptics, germ killers at work but I have to admit, this new Dettol Extreme shower gel smells much better. 😀

      Haha! I didn’t want to ruin your breakfast. 😉

  2. only soap in sibu? heh, old habits die hard mate… That reminds me, a blog on kampua or kolo mee is looong overdue buddy…

    • Indeed bro! 🙂

      However, I only use shower gel here but soap in Sibu. Strange eh?

      Oh yeah, I’ll be going back during elections to vote. 🙂

  3. Da one that ur ex-gf left, how long has that been? Still smelling like a rose kah? haha… My hubs bought me Dettol once and it smelt like the hospital! Maybe I should get him this, this time around and see how he reacts to it…

    • Haha! Yes, it still smells perfectly fine! 🙂

      Shower gel lasts a long time apparently.

      Yeah, I kinda like that smell to be honest. It smells *clean*.

      However, the new Dettol Extreme shower gel is what I’m using now – smells better to me than Aqua, but your mileage may vary so smell both first. 😀

  4. I’m the opposite of everyone. I don’t use the commercial soap bars and shower gels sold in the stores because I hate the fragrances in it and am using the natural one from Ipoh.

    If the Dettol has not the slightest addition of fragrance, I don’t mind using the ones you just mentioned – even if it meant that I may smell like a dude, lol.

    • Interesting! I don’t know, I’ve tried fragrance free shower gel and soaps before but somehow it feels like I *haven’t* showered after using those coz I don’t have the smell I usually associate with shower gels or soaps.

      However, to each his own! 🙂

      The Aqua smells milder, perhaps you can check that one out? 😀

    • Heh! No harm in that, I’m sure you still smell nice after using it. 🙂

      My ex gf did the same thing – used my shower gel and said that she can’t smell the difference between herself and me which was when I noticed that if a couple uses the same shower gel, you can’t smell each other. 😀

    • Haha! That’s flawed logic dude.

      I used to use the original Dettol shower gel, as does many – it smells clean, like antiseptic. That’s before I switched to this new range.

      However, if you want a different more masculine smell, this new Dettol Extreme/Aqua shower gel does the job pretty well! 🙂

    • Yeah, did you notice that you can’t smell each other when using the same shower gel? 🙂

      Anyway, yeah, I’ll recommend Dettol Extreme coz it smells nicer to me but since everyone’s sense of smell is different smell Aqua too to see which one you like better. 🙂

  5. HB, my gf use her baby shampoo and baby lotion and powder. She smell like a nice sweet baby everybody like it also women that is.

    • Yeah, it’s easier for women…smelling like a baby is perfectly fine. 🙂

      This is a product made exclusively for men. 😀

    • Haha! Now that you mentioned it…

      I don’t know, you want me to report back? 😉

      Seriously though, I think it means that it’s long lasting and effective, the one I’m using – Extreme – goes for a full day. 😀


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