How Many Sprays of Cologne is Too Many? A Guide for Users

We all want to smell amazing, but there’s a fine line between smelling amazing and suffocating those around us with our signature fragrances. You should be wearing a beautiful fragrance for yourself and not for those around you. However, nobody can deny they enjoy a good compliment about smelling fresh.

So how do you differentiate between just enough and too much? Well, that’s what we’re going to look at and discuss. First, we will answer the all-important question of how many sprays of cologne is too many.

Let’s take a look.

How Many Sprays of Cologne Should You Be Using?

When you’re applying cologne, focus on your pulse points like the neck and inner wrists. These are the ideal places for cologne as they warm up and diffuse your cologne into the air. One spray on each side of the neck and on each wrist for a total of four sprays is ideal.

How Many Sprays of Cologne is Too Many?

You’ll never get a straightforward answer to a question like ‘how much is too much cologne.’ This is determined by the cologne’s composition and ingredients. Every cologne has its own composition, and some work better with fewer sprays than others. The general advised amount is four sprays. However, the more you use cologne, the more you’ll understand what works for you and that fragrance. Be wary of over-applying as it can actually weaken the fragrance, making it wear off quicker than it should.

How To Apply Cologne Properly

When it comes to applying cologne, it’s not as difficult as you’d think, but there are steps that some forget to take. So let’s take a look at a step-by-step process of applying cologne correctly:

Step 1

After a nice hot shower, and once you’re dry, you’ll apply the cologne

Step 2

You’re not going to apply the cologne by spraying it in the air and walking through the mist. Instead, what you want to be doing is focusing on pulse points.

Step 3

Hold the cologne bottle approximately 3 - 6 inches away from said pressure points while spraying onto your skin.

Step 4

Don’t rub cologne into the skin after applying it using 2 - 4 spritzes of cologne.

Step 5

Reapply when necessary, and it’s evident that the fragrance has faded.

Can You Mix Different Colognes?

Many people like certain elements of different colognes. So, naturally, cologne wearers enjoy experimenting with combinations of two types of cologne. This is fine. It’s not something we really encourage. The reason is that two different colognes can compete with one another for dominance weakening both in the process. Additionally, some combinations seem like good ideas and simply don’t work, ruining two scents at the same time.

If you truly want to wear two different types of cologne at the same time, we can’t stop you. However, we can recommend putting the two different scents on different parts of your body. This provides a level of distance between them and allows them to perform independently.

What Happens If You Do Spray Too Much Cologne?

Accidents happen, so it’s understandable if you accidentally overdo it on spraying cologne. However, it gets complicated when every scent is different and some act stronger than others. So here’s what you need to do in the event you accidentally spray too much cologne:

- The first option is to take a shower and start over. This isn’t something everyone is really willing to do because it’s usually too late to redo the whole process. But it will remove the intense smell for sure.

- A quick-ditch effort is taking some standard deodorant and spraying yourself with that to suppress the cologne's scent.

- The clothes you were wearing when you over-sprayed your cologne need to be taken off and replaced for a whole new outfit. This is particularly devastating if your outfit is exactly what you wanted to wear or something you’re looking great in.

How Long Does Cologne Last?

How long a cologne lasts depends on the potency of its perfume contents. On average, a cologne will last about 2 - 8 hours. The main determinants of how long a cologne lasts are the weather, the chemistry of the cologne, and your skin type. For example, humid weather conditions will not be the cologne's friend, and neither will dry skin.

What Happens If Your Cologne Expires?

If you’re using your cologne and you notice a difference in the fragrance, it’s possible that your cologne’s expired. There are other ways of determining if your cologne is no longer viable, but this is usually the most obvious indicator. Other signs include:

- There’s a discolouration present in the liquid. This can be difficult to notice if the cologne bottle isn’t clear.

- The cap has darkness under it which means that there’s been a change in the bottle's contents, and molecules that weren’t there before are now in the mix.

- The smell is inconsistent with what you’re familiar with usually. This can either be that the scent has lost its potency, gotten more intense, or presents a foreign smell that might be sour.

- The liquid is thinner or thicker and inconsistent with its original state.

The obvious solution is to avoid wearing expired cologne, as it won’t produce the results you’re seeking in a fragrance. To increase the longevity of your product, keep it in a cool place and out of sunlight.


Now that you know how to apply cologne without overdoing it properly, it’s time to get the perfect cologne. Thanks to Catch, you’ve got the broadest range of options available. So take a look at our expansive marketplace for the ideal cologne to make your new go-to favourite.

Popular Questions Asked

How mant squirts of cologne should men spray?

Its really up to you! Some men hate the smell of cologne, as it comes across as a stronger scent however some love to drench themselves in it. On average, about 2-4 sprays it’s a good amount.

Can you wear too much cologne?

If you can smell someone at least 1.5 metres away from you then they are definitely wearing too much cologne. So in simple terms yes, men can wear a lot of cologne if they choose too.

How many times should you spray cologne on you?

Cologne should last at least 7 hours, depending on how much you spray, so 2-4 sprays I’d say will last you an entire day.

How much cologne is toxic?

Cologne can become toxic, depending on which ones you use. Many colognes have fragrance chemicals in them, using too much of it can become toxic to one.