Mouth Etiquettes: Keep it Fresh

Urban Gent’s “This is what happens when you have bad breath” Collage

There’s nothing worse than a great guy with bad breath. It’s a complete turn-off to even the most non-picky women. The man can be attractive, smart, funny, and well-dressed, but if he has bad breath her No.1 pick will quickly become a non-option . . . besides you don’t want a chick doing the Heizman on you, do you? lol. . .
You should ALWAYS have a “breath-enhancer” of some sort on you or nearby. The main places to have “breath-enhancers” is your pocket and/or car. There’s a variety of options – gum, sprays, mouth-wash strips, hard mints. . . what you choose is up to you, but I’ll give you my top picks.

1. Tic Tacs FreshMints aka “the white tic tacs”

Tic Tacs are great because they are tiny mints that have an explosion of minty freshness in each mint. They damn near guarantee that they’ll “kick the stank” from anyone’s breath. For a guy tic tacs are more of a car mint because they are noisy and would be a distraction if in your pocket (but it would be fine for those of you who carry bags). Tic Tac Freshmint is the classic version, but for the modern gents try Tic Tac Bold Mint or Tic Tac Chill Paradise Mint.

2. Extra: Polar Ice

It’s the remarkably long lasting gum, you know the gum who had to shut the factory down because people kept chewing it for so long- yeah, that gum. This has been a favorite of mine for the past 4 years. The flavor is really strong and it lasts. This is a good pocket or car gum.

3. Listerine Strips: Fresh Burst

Remember when they first came out? Everybody had them, lol. . Many people have gone back to the traditional methods of freshening their breath, but these thin strips are undoubtedly a guaranteed way to have fresh breath. The package for the Listerine Strips is small, making it one of the top choices to carry in your pocket.

4. Lifesavers: Wint-o-green

These have also been at the top of my list for the past several years. Once you buy a bag of these you can put them everywhere- in your desk at work, in your car, and in your pocket. One of the biggest benefits that lifesaver mints have over other choices, is that it allows you to share without getting annoyed. . . because we all hate it when everyone starts asking for gum knowing that we only have 2 pieces left.

Other Popular choices:

Dentyne Ice
my thoughts– I’m not a fan of the packaging, you don’t get enough gum to me
and it isn’t that powerful.

best flavor
– Peppermint or Artic Chill

my thoughts– “Dirty Mouth? Clean it up”. . . cool commercials, but the actual gum
doesn’t live up to the hype to me.

best flavor– Wintermint

my thoughts– who doesn’t love the tin can, it’s like vintage candy; always a good choice.

best flavor– any of them really. . . Wintergreen

Old School Choice: Mouth-Spray

Throughout the 80s and 90s there were countless movies that showed the infamous two squirts of mouth spray before kissing the girl. Because of it’s size and inconvenience of not being located near the checkout counter, most people have moved on from the “squirt-squirt” of mouth spray. But it’s still actually a pretty good choice, especially for men who have really bad breath or for people who eat foods (like garlic, onions, dairy products) that tend to give them bad breath. After doing some mini research it seems like Oasis is a good choice. There are also some really funny mouth sprays you can get from places like They have several mouth sprays including: Irish Accent Mouth Spray, Liar Minty Breath Spray, Gay Accent Mouth Spray, Instant Happy Childhood Memories Mouth Spray, etc. . .those could be funny and interesting gifts.

Where to buy:

I know it’s pretty obvious, but if you don’t feel like going to the store you can always purchase online, is a good choice.

Always remember that its ALWAYS best to get minty flavors, citrus and other type flavors are just like buying candy- you might as well buy jellybeans. Your goal is to have the freshest breath you can. . . so you can snag the chick you want:-)

(for those who didn’t get my Heizman reference earlier (it was a down south song), click here )

They Play Hard, They Dress Even Harder: Best Dressed Athletes

King James is a king of style

When I was out shopping for blazers and sport coats with one of my friends last week, he kept mentioning how he wanted to get that “Dwayne Wade Look”. I chuckled as he continued, “He had on this orange and brown outfit one day, and I want to get that same look, you know that Dwayne Waaaade look”. Well my friend based his opinion of Dwayne Wade’s style on one outfit he saw him wear in a magazine or on tv. . . little did he know that Dwayne Wade is more often than not, found looking quite stylish. But Dwayne Wade isn’t the only professional athlete who dresses so well he could double as a model, there’s a slew of well-dressed men in the athletic world.

My top picks (in no particular order):

1. Lebron James
He’s called King James for a reason and style is definitely one.

Lebron, dude. . .you look fly

Jay-Z and Lebron in Vegas

Lebron’s casual look is really cool as he’s posing w/ Jimmy Kimmel

2. David Beckham
He’s always at the top of my best-dressed list. What can I say those Brits just have great style. Not only is he the new face of Emporio Armani, he also has a wife that’s equally as chic- Victoria Beckham.

Classic perfection in this suit

The new face of Emporio Armani. . .underwear

He really has a thing for the “one shirt tail in, one shirt tail out” look

see. . .he ‘s doing it again

David & Victoria Beckham

3. Thierry Henry
Some of you Americans may not know who he is (lol), but my international readers and true sports fans know that he is a sharp dresser. His charm and style has landed him a contract as an international “brand ambassador” for Tommy Hilfiger.

I love the suit, great color & material
An international brand ambassador for Tommy Hilifiger

A natural Urban Gentleman

In Barcelona, 2008

4. Dwayne Wade
He always shows up to award shows and events wearing the latest trends and wearing them well. And besides. . . it seems like alot of gentleman are trying to get the “Dwayne Wade look”.

Dwayne rockin the “country/cowboy” look

At the Jay-Z/MJB Tour Kick-off in Miami, 2008

Dwayne loves those Tom Ford aviators

At his 26th birthday bash, 2008

Honorable Mentions:

Will Demps – he’s most women’s picture of perfection and his fashion sense has allowed him to snag Hollywood hotties like R&B singer Letoya Luckett.

Tom Brady – he dresses how I expect and want athletes to dress- stylish & clean. I’m sure his girlfriend, supermodel Gisele, gives him plenty of fashion tips.

Alex Rodriguez – he has a really classic style that has made him a GQ favorite.

Terrell Owens – some say cocky athletes always have great style. . .hmmm, I don’t know about that, but T.O definitely does.

Reggie Bush
– he’s actually one of the best dressed men in the NFL, he dresses up & down almost flawlessly. He has the complete Urban Gentleman look, he just doesn’t have the UG swagger or class quite yet. . .but I’m sure he’ll get there soon.

Grooming Picks: Best Men’s Cologne

Your smell or scent is important. It’s extremely vital and it’s one of the grooming basics along with hair, nails, and teeth (check out the article from earlier this month about grooming basics). You should always smell good, unless you just finished practicing a sport, building something, or working out- even then you should quickly shower and dabb on a nice scent.

The best way to choose a cologne is to go into a mall and try on different scents. This is the best way because colognes smell differently on different people- and it’s important to know if the cologne mixes well with your body scent. If you don’t have time to go into the store and pick out one or if you’re buying cologne as a gift, I’m going to make it easier for you. . .

List of the Best Men’s Colognes:

Unforgivable by. Sean John
*This is surprisingly my top pick. For some reason it’s a cologne that I automatically wanted to not like. But every other time that I compliment a man on his cologne he says it’s “Unforgivable”. . . that risqué ad that Diddy has seems to hold truth.

Dolce & Gabbanna
[Classic D&G, The One, Light Blue]

Burberry Brit for a bold smell
Burberry Summer for a lighter smell.

Must de Cartier Pour Homme

Men with a “taste for expensive things” seem to fancy this cologne.

Issey Miyake
*This another one that I seem to compliment, but this only smells good on certain men. It’s very important to only lightly use this cologne b/c it can easily become overwhelming.

Some men swear by this cologne, they say it really attracts women.

Common, Popular, & Classic Colognes
These colognes always seem to make the list of best colognes. I don’t personally like them all (some are too bold), but as a whole they are good choices.
1. Aqua de Gio Armani
2. Aqva Bvlgari
3. Cool Waters by Davidoff
4. Hugo by Hugo Boss
5. PI by Givenchy
6. Calvin Klein: Euphoria & Eternity Summer

BEST place to smell/test cologne: Nordstrom – they have the best collection of high-end colognes and they have the most helpful attendants.

BEST place to buy cologne: Macys – they always have sales, and they almost always give away extra gifts with their cologne purchases

BEST online store to buy cologne: eBay – they have almost every fragrance for the lowest price on the internet.

*Tip: In between smelling colognes make sure you smell coffee beans. Why? Because coffee refreshes your sense of smell. Most high-end stores, like Nordstrom, will have small glasses full of coffee beans next to the colognes.

The LIST: Best Places to Buy Graphic Tees

Pharell rockin a simple graphic tee
After all these years, it’s finally here. . . The List- not just any list, but the list of the best places to buy graphic tees. Now some of you may say “Wait! I can buy them anywhere”, well yes, that is true, but for some reason I am constantly asked the question “Where should I buy my graphic t-shirts?” so here it is:

First off, every store has graphic tees now- the basics: Old Navy & Urban Outfitters. But I have searched the internet far and wide to discover the best places for particular graphic tees at a pretty decent price:

Best Prices: Heritage 1981
This is my number 1 pick, they have unique modern tees for around $16. (Heritage 1981 is sort of like the male version of forever 21)

Best Rock Tees:

This website has very orginial looking rock star tees. The designs are really creative and edgy, and they seem to always have sales.

Best Phrases:

T-Shirt Hub has really funny t-shirts with phrase like “Save me JEBUS” and they’re only $10.
Snorg Tees are well known for their weekly new funny t-shirts. Prices are usually around $17

Most Authentic 80’s Tees:
This website is perfect for anyone wanting to get a 80’s t-shirt, you know a shirt that has RUN DMC or even a Fred Sanford or Rolling Stones throwback.

Best Musical Tees:
From Soul to Funk to 50s Rock & Guitar Stars, this site really does have stellar ass t-shirts. (prices are in british pound)

Best Political Tees:

This is the original Barack Obama t-shirt and my personal favorite. There are millions of websites that have Obama t-shirts, but this is the t-shirt that all the stars wear and the most authentic “Barack shirt”.

Okay, I hope that list is helpful. . . peruse these websites and I’ll add more to the list later.

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