If you are like most of us, we occasionally give ourselves a treat. Especially at this time of the year, you want to present your best self at the work office party, at your friends’ holiday parties and at home for the holiday festivities.
Finding that new fragrance can be a definite confidence booster.
Here are a few dos and don’ts when it comes to finding that elusive “perfect” fragrance.
When shopping for a fragrance:
-Start out with a just showered body with either no lotion or an unscented one.
-Do not wear a fragrance before shopping to give you the truest impressions of the scents you are testing.
-It is best not to shop for perfume after eating garlic, cumin or very spicy foods.
-After you have narrowed down your selections, begin by lightly spraying the perfume onto a tester strip. WAIT a minute or two before sniffing to allow the initial blast of alcohol to evaporate.
-If you like what you smell, further test by lightly spraying onto your arm. Again, WAIT to sniff for a minute or two until the alcohol evaporates.
-Evaluate over time. The top notes will dissipate over the next 10-15 minutes, revealing the heart notes and eventually the base notes, which linger for hours.
-Sample, sample, sample. It is very difficult to tell how the perfume will interact with your skin’s chemistry until you have discovered how the scent changes, which it will. A fragrance reveals its true nature over time as it evaporates on the skin.
-Do not assume your friend’s great perfume will be the same on you. Everyone’s chemistry is different, affected by skin type, diet, hormones, medications, acid balance, etc.
When wearing a fragrance:
-Store in a cool, dark place
-To apply, it is most important to spray or dab on the hot spots, such as the back of the neck. The skin’s heat will activate the fragrance all day.
-Also spray on the other pulse points (inside of elbow, wrist, groin, behind the knee, etc.).
-To prolong the life of a scent, first apply unscented lotion or cream which will trap the fragrance notes longer for added staying power.
-Keep in mind that oily skin (and a spicy or high fat diet) intensifys a scent (oils on the skin trap the fragrance notes ) versus dry skin which results in the scent evaporating more quickly.
-The “French” art of applying perfume is to walk through a mist of fragrance so that the whole body is coated in the scent, creating an even distribution.
-Be cognizant of your perfume’s sillage (trail of scent left behind you) and choose appropriately for the occasion. A strong perfume should not be worn in the office or on an airplane.
Do you have any other tips that helped you choose your “perfect” fragrance?