Should I incorporate wearing perfume into my fitness routine?

For a professional take on how fragrance fits into sports, I spoke with Houston Rockets shooting guard Jalen Green. He’s the newest ambassador for Paco Rabanne’s Invictus fragrance and has been touted as the NBA’s next style star (Green recently sat front row at the Versace Men’s Spring 2023 show in Milan). Although Green doesn’t spray himself before entering the pitch, he says he always wears cologne when he steps out, explaining that it puts the finishing touch on his fashionable look. “I consider perfume as important as fashion. When you smell good and look good, you absolutely feel good. It gives you that confidence to be the best version of yourself.

My Recommendation: As wellness culture continues to infiltrate our social lives, physical activity centers such as gyms, fitness studios, and running clubs are becoming places to meet and mingle. Take Toronto’s Othership, for example. This is a sauna and ice bath that wants to redefine the way we perceive a night out with friends, billing its evening social as a place to “see and be seen”. While stylish options for flattering activewear abound and beauty brands offer sweat-resistant cosmetics, a bit of trial and error may be required to determine how your scent is toned down or amplified by your workout routine. As a courtesy to your fitness-loving friends, be sure to read your establishment’s fragrance policy before indulging in your favorite cologne.

Paco Rabanne Invictus Platinum, starting at $95 at Hudson’s Bay, Sephora and pharmacies (

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Donovan B. Sanford