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Perfume is a mixture of fragrant essential oils and aroma compounds. That gives the pleasant scent to the wearer.
Different fragrances can affect people in different ways.
For example, fragrances like roses can be very relaxing, therefore wearing such a fragrance can make one feel relaxed, femine, sexy, strong, or a combination of any of these emotions.
When selecting your fragrance, you can actually choose your scent to convey something about your personality, as well as your mood.
You’ve received your fragrance, but you don’t know how to wear it properly. Don’t worry.
Like you, many of us have the same question and we, at FragranceFind, have decided to be of assistance.
We came up with a few tips on how to apply your preferred fragrance and pin-pointed some common mistakes.
We’re sure this list of helpful hints will assist you in making good use of your favourite fragrance – making it an enjoyable experience.
Uncap your fragrance and get ready to indulge yourself:
Apply your favourite fragrance on your skin preferably after a bath/shower since your skin is nice and clean and can absorb your fragrance more thoroughly. Less is definitely more. Your fragrance should attract people to you, not the other way around. Discretion is the key regarding amount. Spray perfume lightly on your pulse areas. Your wrists, décolleté (neckline in French), behind your earlobes and neck, elbow area, behind your knees and in your inner thighs. Why these areas? Since blood is closer to the surface, skin is warmer causing the scent to be more rapidly diffused.
Spray some on pulse areas from an arms length away to get an even distribution. You could also spray it into the air 2 or 3 times,to form a fragrance cloud and “walk” right in.
Heat does rise, so you should fragrance yourself from the bottom up. This allows the fragrance to last longer throughout the day.
It is a fact that men and women with dry skin don’t retain scents as long as people with oily skin. This is due to the fact that oils in the skin join with the perfume oils thus making it a slower process of evaporation. Solution: reapply your preferred fragrance once or twice a day or use a good unfragranced moisturizer or a body product of the same brand, before applying your fragrance.
Allow the fragrance to dry. Many people put on fragrance and immediately dress, which rubs some of it off and prevents the fragrance from really being absorbed. It takes about an hour for the fragrance to develop with your natural scent.
Many men and women are not conscious of the different scented body products they use – shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, deodorant, after shave balm, etc. – they use them all at once which causes a shower of scents. It is almost impossible for the perfume to really stand out or even last long when it’s mixed with everything else. So, if you want to make your fragrance last longer, then “layer it”. Use body products scented preferably like your perfume or better yet products from the same brand. Start with a shower gel/bath gel and then seal the scent with body lotion and finish it off by locking it all up with your favourite fragrance.
Be aware of the weather. On hot summer days, scents tend to last longer whereas cold weather has the exact opposite effect. So, vary the amount of perfume you wear with each season.
Now you know what to do, but here are some pointers you should watch out for:
Don’t perfume with clothes or jewelry on. Some fragrances do tend to stain cloth, metals and pearls, ruining your favorite apparel. Also, you are perfuming yourself, not your clothes.
Don’t rub your wrists together when applying perfume in this area, since the scent does change considerably.
Don’t perfume ALL your pulse points. You might just over do it, so choose carefully.
Madame Coco Chanel did say, “Put on perfume where you’d like to be kissed.” Advice from an expert should never be ignored.
Three sprays from an Eau de Parfum or five sprays from Eau de Toilette perfumes should be more than enough.
Don’t spray perfume directly into your hair. Some hair products might react to the fragrance negatively causing strong odors.
If you did all the right steps and you still don’t smell like you want to, don’t reapply your favourite fragrance.
It is most likely that your olfactory glands are already used to the fragrance, therefore not recognizing it.
Solution: Vary your fragrance from time to time. Expand and explore your fragrance senses.
Would you recommend having only one perfume?
In our opinion, there is no rule. If you are happy with lots of perfumes, keep them all.
This is something very personal. Some people use their perfumes for
years and years, and will not change, and are happy with that.
How do I know my perfume suits my personality?
A perfume is worn like a garment: we pay attention to our figure, our personality, we will make sure it fits.
Apart from practical aspects, a garment that suits one person may not suit another.
It is the same for perfumes. A femme fatale will instinctively select a perfume with a scent trail and powerful notes.
But a shy person may make a strategic choice in expressing themselves by wearing a perfume with softer, more delicate notes and a lighter olfactory aura.