Now, as an extra - I recommend not choosing colonges and body sprays that have a strong smell. For the inexperienced, sometimes you end up spraying too much colonge on yourself before going out to the club that you start attracting bees. (thats not a good sign). Take something that is soft, and possibly matches what you are wearing... yes.. Just like the smell of grease doesn't go well when eating a salad... or in wine terms - there are rules when to have white or red wine with specific dishes. Now, there is not clear rule on fragrances, but I can tell you that if I wear a nice shirt (long sleeved) with khakis (so that I look like I was going to go to a nice 5-star restaurant) I wear my upscale things (such as Kenneth Cole or A|X). These are soft yet subtle fragrances. The smell usually reminds you of 'new' things - just like that smell of a brand-new car, opened book or.. who knows. If I wear a more casual outfit - kind of like wearing shirt-and-jeans - I will wear something a little stronger and sportier - maybe Cool Water (by Davidoff) or Polo Sport. Whatever you choose, I recommend ALWAYS keeping a small bottle of it in your car - for those special occasions when you forget. (Mine is next to my first-aid kit to be accurate). One last thing - never spray directly on your clothes!! Remember, its your body heat from your skin that makes the fragrance evaporate (so others can smell it).
Now, don't call me metro-sexual. I just believe that salsa is not just a dance but an experience [mainly for the ladies].. and every little bit helps to get better compliments on the dance floor. It like treating yourself as a company in the stock market. The more value you add to yourself and to the dance experience you bring (dressing nicer, being a smooth dancer, smelling better, smiling a lot and making the lady look great on the floor) the higher your stock price goes up (the more ladies will be glad to dance with you). I rememer when I was first dancing, it was hard to get a lot of dances because - well, I wasn't that good (and I'm not saying I'm perfect now either) - but I realized that I had to somehow make up for not being as good as the rest of the other gentlemen at the club so that I could get more dances so that I could get better. I'm not saying that smelling good will magically make you a better salsa dancer, or liked by the ladies - but every little bit as a whole helps.