Women’s Biggest Male Hygiene Turnoffs 

 

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If certain deodorant brands had their way, all men would float through life in a Pepé Le Pew funk-mist of cedarwood and campfire top notes. That is, after all, how you attract the ~ladies~, right? But the truth is, women are attracted to a man’s natural musk. Pheromones do a good job of alerting us when we’re naturally attracted to someone, so covering up our scents — while advertised as a good thing — can actually be counterproductive.

Men shouldn’t be blamed for trying, though. A base-level of good hygiene can be just as attractive as post-sex secretions. But what exactly does Good Dude Hygiene entail? What are women judging you on, and what are they willing to let slide? It’s a subjective and personal matter, so I asked several friends to spill on their grooming deal-breakers. What I learned? Good hygiene extends way beyond keeping your grundle un-grundled. Whether you’re already wifed up or alternating between swiping right and jerking off, here’s a taste of what your partners might be thinking about your hygiene in and out of the sack.

 

The Good

“I love natural man smells, but clean hair is a big turn on for me. It doesn’t necessarily have to look clean, I just enjoy getting a whiff of a freshly shampooed head — especially when we’re in close proximity, like in bed.”

— Margo, 31

“I give a guy a lot of credit for having a good haircut. That seems to make a guy a man.”

— Lisbeth, 30

“I love guys’ smells. Clean your ass, but body odor and natural smells are actually turn ons for me. I prefer a guy not to use deodorant. As long as you shower and brush your teeth, I’m good.”

— Jessica, 32

“I actually love the smell of a man’s sweat, as he’s sweating. There’s no need to be overly pristine — I’m all for getting sweaty and sticky and covering each other in pheromones. But if I have to stop and consider if the person I’m with is some kind of biohazard, it’s probably already over.”

— Maxi, 28

“Most guys I’ve been with have been more self conscious about their sweatiness than I am. I feel like they are usually the one to point it out/apologize/run into the bathroom to surreptitiously wash their feet/balls/armpits/whatever, and I would have never noticed in the first place had they not pointed it out. That said, I used to date crust punks…”

— Magnolia, 30

“I actually like a guy to smell a little sweaty during sex (but not during the rest of the day), so I prefer him not to shower before we do it. (Only exception being brushed teeth and washed hands before sex — that is a must.) I used to like a guy to smell like a fresh spring daisy during sex, and now I like him to smell a little dirty. I think it’s because I’m becoming a #woman.”

— Danielle, 25

“I have a nostalgic association with Old Spice deodorant. Feel like various guys I know have been using it since high school, and it gets on their shirts and sweaters so you smell it all day if you borrow them.”

The Bad

“Nothing makes me dry up faster than the thought of being fingered by someone with long, germy nails. ​Ever since I saw the episode of That ’70s Show where Kelso fingers Jackie after petting a dog, I’ve ensured such recklessness doesn’t occur in my presence.​”

— Maxi, 28

“Despite being 32 years old, [my boyfriend] still bites his nails sometimes when he’s nervous. It really grosses me out, because (a) that’s so unsanitary, I don’t even want to think about all the things we touch in a day of riding the bus, holding stair rails, etc. (b) it makes you look like a teenager. I jokingly suggested he buy that bitter nail polish that’s meant to help children stop biting, and he was actually down to try it. He’s been using it for a few days now and said it’s been working!”

— Megan, 25

“I’m embarrassed to tell other people how to take care of themselves. It’s a huge turn-off to have to tell someone to brush their teeth. I’m not your mom!”

— Lizzie, 28

“Clean and trimmed nails are important. If a guy has long nails, I literally think of him fingering me and the pain that would ensue. Keep your nails trimmed, dudes!”

— Jessica, 32

“I really dislike overly clean guys. It’s some latent gender essentialism, but the idea of a guy thinking too much about how he presents kinda skeeves me out. I’d prefer them grimier than overly primped.”

— Magnolia, 30

“Overwhelming cologne, especially the super commercial sh*t, will actually make me nauseous sometimes. It will be the thing that makes me decide to go home instead of back to his apartment.”

— Maxi, 28

 

The Ugly

“I notice oral hygiene the most. Brushing teeth AND flossing are very important! Even if a guy is clean, f*cked up teeth are a turn off for me. If I have any negative feeling about a guy’s mouth, I don’t want to kiss them and will never move past that. I have another friend who says the same thing, but we both feel really shallow for making teeth such a priority.”

— Jessica, 32

“When I was living in Chicago, I was briefly into this guy who was very ‘casual.’ He wasn’t a fan of wearing shoes anywhere, and as a consequence his feet were ragged and his toenails were mega dirty. The thought of him putting those feet in my bed was just unacceptable. Which was a shame because he had a sexy man-bun before they were a ‘thing’ to have.”

— Lisbeth, 30

“I don’t encounter this often, but good lord — Q-Tips are your friends! I know wax serves a purpose, but you don’t need a surplus of it hanging 10 in your ears.”

— Margo, 31

“I once dated a guy who never brought his toothbrush or clean underwear over when he slept over, and it made me not want to have sex with him; it was all I could think about.”

— Lizzie, 28

“I HATE dirty feet bottoms or smelly feet. My boyfriend and I have been together for three years, and if he wears flip flops at any point during the day, I make him wash his feet before he gets into bed. I never cared about this when I was younger. It’s definitely something I picked up on when I started to care about a clean apartment and nice sheets.”

— Maggie, 27

“I’ve had more than one guy show me their weird growths. Don’t show me your weird growths. Yes, you should get it looked at — just go to a dermatologist. Same goes for your weird foot fungus. I probably won’t notice if you don’t bring it up, but preemptively mentioning it before I do does not absolve you of judgement.”

— Magnolia, 30

The (Semi-)Indifferent

“Maybe it’s because my feet are f*cked up, but I really don’t care about toenails. I only care if their feet smell. I had a boyfriend once who had a real problem with smelly feet and I would make him wash them when he came over. It wasn’t a dealbreaker, but it was gross.”

— Jessica, 32

“Be clean, but not fussy. Wash your toes, trim your cuticles (I don’t need your hangnail catching on my vagina), and liberally use mouthwash whenever available. If you notice me duck and bobbing around certain parts of your body, it probably means you need to pay more attention to that area. I’ll never say anything outright — unless it’s a really big issue, like I’m concerned that you’re gangrenous — but at that point you should probably be looking for a doctor, not a girlfriend…”

— Magnolia, 30

“I don’t really get fingerbanged anymore (except occasionally during oral), so I guess the hands being clean thing isn’t as much of an immediate necessity as it was.”

— Danielle, 25

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“I don’t care when men bite their nails, because I do it. I always worry men will be grossed out about it.”

— Lizzie, 28

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Source: Women’s Biggest Male Hygiene Turnoffs – AskMen

The 5 Most Common Shaving Mistakes

Most men have been shaving a few times each week since puberty. Which results in plenty of practice at dragging that sharp blade across their face. But that doesn’t mean they’ve gotten any better at it. And couldn’t we all use some improvement? It starts with choosing the right tools. In a blind study, an independent research company asked a few hundred men to compare razor blades. Not only were Gillette razors rated higher overall, but men also found Gillette blades to be smoother and more comfortable than the others. Herewith, five other ways to improve your daily shave and prevent the most common blunders made at the bathroom sink.

 

 

Source: The 5 Most Common Shaving Mistakes | Valet.

This Razor Uses a Laser to Shave Your Face 

A close and comfortable shave has been the guiding force behind vibrating handles, countless blade additions, and just about every “innovation” in men’s razors. But the latest claim, which comes from The Skarp Razor, is the craziest yet. The Skarp Razor, which is currently on Kickstarter, delivers a scratch- and burn-free shave courtesy of a laser beam. Yes, it’s a razor with a freakin’ laser beam attached to its head. When hairs are hit with the light emitted upon contact, they get cut down smoothly across the surface of your face. And if it lives up to its claims, the Skarp Razor will eliminate expensive cartridge purchases, accidental nicks and cuts, and all the irritation that can come with stubble removal.

Source: This Razor Uses a Laser to Shave Your Face | Cool Material

The real reason why beards go in and out of fashion

Beards have variously been held to signal sexual potency, instill fear in enemies, and ward off germs. So why do we keep falling in and out of love with them.

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According to the US psychologist Robert Pellegrini, “the male beard communicates a heroic image of the independent, sturdy, and resourceful pioneer, ready, willing and able to do manly things”. He claims that “inside every clean-shaven man there is a beard screaming to be let out”. It could have been written this week but was actually part of his study of beard trends of 1973.

Beards are having a moment. Quite a long moment, as it turns out. Even since summer 2013, when the idea of peak beard was first put forward, this current beard trend has endured. Depending on your point of view, the history of beards could, in fact be seen as a succession of moments. What is happening today is merely the latest in a long line of men’s rocky relationships with facial hair. Sometimes beards are in, sometimes moustaches, less often sideburns and whiskers, and sometimes nothing at all. The difference is that, in the past, the trends lasted for decades, not months. So what is it about the beard that has proved both so enduring and so divisive?

Beards have long been linked to the ways that men feel about themselves at any given point in time. Whilst we all like to think of ourselves as individuals, wearing a beard – or indeed not – is generally influenced by a number of factors, and involves conscious decisions. The beard, for example, was once portrayed as an outward symbol of inner male characteristics. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, beliefs in the four bodily humours meant that beards were regarded as a form of bodily waste. In fact, facial hair was seen as the result of heat rising out of the ‘reins’ – the area that included the genitals! To have a thick beard suggested that lots was going on down there and, therefore, the beard was considered a reliable marker of virility and sexual potency.

The eighteenth century, by contrast, was almost entirely clean-shaven. For some reason, (and it’s not entirely clear why) beards fell dramatically from favour. After decades, centuries perhaps, of beardedness, the new model man was smooth-cheeked and sensuous. This was the age of dandies, fops and massive wigs. It was also the first point in time that men began to shave themselve’s rather than go to a barber, aided by the invention of new, sharper types of steel razor.

Not all were happy, though. In 1789, when beards were at their lowest ebb, a book called Pogonologia was a lone voice in the darkness. It listed bearded heroes through history and claimed that the ‘revolution against beards’ (note the date!) had nearly ended. “You pretty fellows of the present day, Jeremy Jessamy parsons, jolly bucks, and all you with smock faces and weak nerves be dumb with astonishment. I foretell it, you will soon resemble men”. That told them.

Sometimes beard trends occur at times when masculinity has appeared to be under threat. In the mid-nineteenth century, Victorian men were faced by a range of new challenges. On the one hand was the need to adapt to working environments, as massive firms imposed new corporate hierarchies and structures. Perhaps more importantly, though, women were beginning to find a voice and to offer a raft of entirely logical arguments against their continued subjection. How did men respond? By cultivating massive beards! A range of new books emerged telling men that beards were the ultimate, natural male accoutrement. The reason that men, not women were bearded, argued the authors of books like Why Shave?, was that God had given men beards to demonstrate their superiority.

New bearded heroes appeared, from rugged explorers and hunters to prominent politicians and philosophers. Medical reasons for beard wearing were even put forward. In a period obsessed with eradicating germs, some doctors argued that beards filtered out germs before they could get into the nose or throat. A beard became a protector of men.

In nineteenth and early-twentieth century military circles, the moustache was a mark of the fighting man. Burly, mustachioed recruits were often placed deliberately at the front of marching columns to instil fear into enemies. In fact, until 1916, British soldiers were required by regulation to wear a moustache, until Sir Neville Macready, who hated his moustache, repealed the order.

The twentieth century also saw beards, moustaches and whiskers become more fleeting and transient. In the 60s beards were a symbol of dropping out from society; by the 70s even the ‘Joy of Sex’ man had a fulsome crop of facial hair! Celebrity culture has played a part, even since the 1920s, and the internet has almost certainly amplified this. But the emulation of heroes, whether Tudor monarchs or modern day movie stars, has remained a constant motivation.

How long this current beard trend will last, and indeed also what lies behind it, is difficult to say. Perhaps masculinity is under threat now, from changing gender, sexual and emotional boundaries, and the pressures of modern life. It has already outlasted many over the past couple of decades. But however long it is, it will be merely another in a long line of facial hair fashions that have come and gone through time. We can’t avoid it; the way men see themselves at any given point is plainly written on their faces.

Dr Alun Withey will be speaking on Beards, Whiskers And The History Of Pogonotomy at BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking Festival at Sage Gateshead on 1 November, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Friday 7 November at 10.45pm and available for 30 days afterwards on BBC iPlayer. He is a BBC Radio 3 and Arts & Humanities Research Council New Generation Thinker, and Associate Research Fellow, Centre for Medical History at the University of Exeter

“Shock new research reveals some beards contain more poo than a toilet”

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OK, some facial growths may look like a toilet brush, but that’s as far as it goes.
According to multiple news sites, beards can contain more poo than a toilet

 

I was curious to read the original study to see what the basis was for the investigation and the actual results.

However, as far as I can tell there was no proper study, no team of microbiologists and no poo in beards. The origin of the story appears to be this segment from a TV news network in New Mexico, which involved a reporter swabbing a “handful” of men’s beards and then sending the swabs to a microbiologist in a lab to culture any microbes present.

The reporter then interviewed the microbiologist, John Golobic, who identified a few of the bacteria present as “enterics”, that is they are bacteria that normally live in the intestines.

“Those are the types of things you’d find in faeces,” he said.

And that’s all. Somehow, from this story other media organisations have managed to get poo in beards.

While it is true that human faeces are partially composed of gut bacteria, it’s not accurate to describe those bacteria on their own as faeces.

Further, even if this was a properly conducted scientific study with a large number of samples and published in a reputable journal, there wouldn’t necessarily be any cause for concern.

Human skin is home to great diversity of microbes, and it’s not unheard of for types of bacteria normally found in the gut, such as E. coli, to be also found on the skin.

So, if the stories aren’t right, are there any actual proper studies into microbes in beards?

I could only find a couple in a short amount of time, but there was one study in the journal Anaesthesia which looked at whether facial hair had any effect on the ability of surgical face masks to prevent transmission of bacteria.

The study found that bearded men shed more bacteria than clean-shaven men. The study did have a relatively small sample size though, with only 10 people in each category.

Another study in the Journal of Hospital Infection examined how facial hair affects the prevalence of potential pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus (golden staph).

It found that having a beard actually reduced the likelihood of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and S. aureus being present on the skin. It also found that hospital workers with beards shed more bacteria than those without beards, supporting the earlier study mentioned.

However, the unbearded workers still shed enough bacteria to emphasise the importance of everyone wearing face coverings for sterile procedures, regardless of your facial hair situation.

So in summary: there is more crap in these stories about poo in beards than there is in beards. So chaps, you can all relax.

What Your Finger Length Reveals About Your Personality

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Who would have thought you could learn so much about yourself based on your finger length? Above you’ll see three different hands labeled A, B, and C. With each one, the ring, middle and index finger are different (or sometimes the same) lengths. Put your left hand up and find the one that most closely matches you.

A) The charming but pragmatic one

This one is me! People who have a ring finger longer than the index finger tend to be charming and irresistible to some at least. A’s are the ones who can talk themselves out of just about any situation. Additionally, they’re aggressive and excellent problem solvers. They tend to be incredibly compassionate and are often scientists, engineers, soldiers, and crossword puzzle masters.

B) The confident, get-it-done type

People with shorter ring fingers than index fingers are the self-confident, get-it-done types. They love solitude in which to work and accomplish the things they need to do, but that doesn’t necessarily indicate introversion. They’re very goal oriented and don’t like to be disturbed. They appreciate what they have but often hunger for more.

C) The peacenik

C’s are the peace-loving conflict-avoiding types. People with even ring and index finger length are well organized and want nothing but to get along with everyone. They are faithful in relationships, tender and caring partners, but beware: C’s have a fiery core that while suppressed in normal day-to-day activities can be dangerous if unleashed. They might be peaceniks, but please, stay on their good side.