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Can anyone tell me if I've understood the above sentence at all?

I think it means 'He who smells good smells bad' but it might just be the context that makes me think that (it's been a loooong time since I studied Latin...).

My understanding from the context is that it says that, for example, that man or woman you end up sitting next to in the theatre with a strong smell of cologne or perfume is really trying to cover up body odour.

Also, is there a snappier way of phrasing it?
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