“A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future,” said Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, the famous French fashion designer who introduced the iconic Chanel No. 5. Most people consider the purchase of perfumes and colognes a vital need and not a luxury, since perfumes are considered an integral part of daily routine. Have you been feeling a little down lately? Maybe it’s the weather. But for those of us who are just having a gloomy day or two, there are perfumes that claim to elevate mood!
The steps involved in applying perfume correctly:
Finding your signature perfume can prove somewhat challenging with the abundance of musky, floral, citrus or even woodsy notes to choose from. Be sure of your choice of the top and bottom notes of the perfume.
The top notes are what you smell initially as you get near the spray bottle. These are usually citrus, fruit, and herb smells. This initial smell fades away very soon and hence you need to check the bottom notes also. The bottom notes are generally wood and natural smells. Spray the perfume on your wrist and wait for around 20 minutes and smell the perfume once again. This is the test for your liking of bottom notes.
Take a shower: Your skin absorbs perfume better after a hot shower. Hence usage of cream or oil aids your skin in becoming more receptive to the perfume. Washing your hair can also help out on using the perfume in your hair. Make sure to use conditioner so that your hair is soft, and receptive of the perfume.
Dry your skin off. After shower, make sure that your skin is dry, so that the perfume will stick to it. Especially reach for the pulse points, which include the inner wrists, the base of the throat, behind ear lobes, the cleavage, behind knees, down your calves, your ankles, your belly button and the inner elbows. At these points, the blood vessels are closer to the skin. The extra heat radiated from these points rises in the air and spreads the fragrance all around. Let your “pulse point” dry without rubbing it.
Hydrate your skin. Applying fragrance-free moisturizer to your body after drying off is will help you get more bang for your perfume buck. Perfume droplets will cling to petroleum jelly, lotions or body oil, rather than sinking into your pores which can reduce or eliminate the need to reapply fragrance later in the day. Take small quantities and apply them smoothly on your skin. The key is to hit the “pulse points.”
Apply the perfume before you slip into your clothes Perfume sprayed directly onto clothes can cause water marks which look unseemly. Perfume works much better on “pulse points” rather than clothes, because the molecules interact directly with the skin.
Misting the hair with fragrance is a great way to leave a gentle scent in your wake, as you move through your day. It is advisable to apply perfume to freshly-washed hair as otherwise any other hair product that is lingering on will affect the sweet smelling perfume.
Hold fragrance away from your body and should be at least 5-7 inches away from the nozzle of the perfume holder. If not of the spray type, you can always use your hands to add the perfume onto a “pulse point.” Rub a little between your hands and gently apply to the skin.
Try not to overdo it with the perfume. A little bit goes a long way when it comes to perfume. Carrying a small bottle of perfume in your handbag and using it when you feel its necessity is a better option. Though fragrance is often worn to attract, it stands an equal chance of repelling because scent is so subjective.
You might use the scented body gel, treat skin with the body lotion, and then spray the ‘eau du perfume’ spray on top. This combination helps the perfume to maintain the fragrance through the entire day.
While you try out several perfumes, some are not to your liking. Here are some handy tips for removing perfume: Hit the pharmacy for rubbing alcohol; Wet a cotton ball with it and use to wipe skin clean; Create a paste with equal parts of baking soda and warm water; Rub it into the skin and let sit for up to ten minutes, before rinsing with warm water; If you know you’ll be out trying on perfumes, carry travel wipes or individually wrapped alcohol swabs in your purse.
Certain scents typically have certain age associations. But ultimately, what makes a scent “young” or “old” is subjective. While most perfumers agree that simple and sweet, fruity floral are the scent of preference for women and girls and that big, powdery, floral bouquets are most often worn by older women, that perception is purely individual in nature.
Choose a daytime or night time fragrance depending on the occasion. Perfumes and fragrances are a popular choice as a gift for loved ones or friends, on all kinds of special occasions-Birthdays, Valentine’s Day, anniversary……The list is endless.