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How to apply Fragrance correctly to make it last longer

Posted by Perfumes 21/11/2016 0 Comment(s) Articles,

One of the strongest sense in our body is the sense of smell. Researchers from Rockefeller University tested people’s sense of smell by using different mixtures of odor molecules. The results showed that our nose can smell at least one trillion distinct scents was published in the journal Science.


Flower scents sprayed around the bedroom before sleep result in more positive dreams than unpleasant smells or without odors at all, according to new research. Our reaction to scents is fast and strong although our understanding of it is at a nascent stage.


Your body scent is an integral part of your personality as much as your good looks and sexy voice. A special touch of fragrance can lead you to an unforgettable impression to the people around you. Perfume is worn on a variety of different reasons, such as, to improve one’s mood or state of mind, to boost one’s level of self-confidence, for refreshing and energizing, and even to attract and seduce the opposite sex. Smelling good makes people perceived you a are clean and hygienic person. And wearing certain fragrances certainly make you more attractive and approachable.


Choosing your Fragrance

Like fingerprints, every person has their own distinct odor. The distinct odor you have comes from the same genes that determine your tissue type.  This can be due to body chemistry, the condition of the skin, individual’s diet, health, medication, lifestyle, stress, and the environment which we live in. Fragrance smells differently on a person to person, you need to test on your body if the perfume complements your natural body odor. Department stores are places you could try out the samples.


Don’t let others choose for you, instead, let them reinforce your judgment. Don't just buy because your best friend recommends it. Instead, spray it on and find out the scent after the fragrance blends with your body.


Testing fragrance

Testing the fragrance

Spray on your wrist and inner elbow (don't rub it). Between smelling each fragrance, reset your palate with something strong, like coffee beans (usually provided). If you're sampling perfumes and you spray yourself with something you don't like, use a makeup wipe to get rid of the scent.


You can use paper strips provided for testing but its advisable not to, because you need the fragrance to blends with your body. After spraying the fragrance on your wrists, walk around the department store and test other fragrance at various intervals up to an hour.


TIPS : There are 3 notes in a fragrance, the Top, Middle and Base Notes. Means, the scent will change with time as you applied to your body. Example, a Channel No 5 (EDP) contains Jasmine, Rose, Aldehydes, Vanilla and etc. But, after about few hours of wearing, only then the Jasmine (middle notes) scent started to come out.


How to apply Fragrance correctly

Scent clings best to the moist/humid skin, so apply right after a shower. Spray nozzle 6-12 inches from your skin:

  • Pulse points which are the areas on your skin where blood flow is the strongest and the skin are the warmest. Your body heat will push the scent throughout the day, creating a nice scent trail commonly called sillage - Start with the warm parts of your body such as, chest, neck, lower jaw, inside wrist, forearm, inner elbow, shoulder, behind your ears, between your breasts, and the back of your knees.
  • Respray only when required - You can add more sprays to your wrists or take sprays away depending on how long the scent lasts.
  • Don’t kill the note - Do not rub the perfume, because it crushes the molecules of the fragrance and ruins the scent.
  • Don’t splash too much – Avoid overflow. If you are applying fragrance from a regular bottle, take one finger and press it against the opening of your bottle, and then tip it over gently. Perfume are expensive, so don't waste it!
  • Less Is More“Fragrance should be discovered, Not announced”. People should be close to smell the perfume but not overpowered by it.
  • For a lighter scent, spray the outside of your hand, instead of, the inside of your wrist.
  • For a subtle perfuming of your hair and clothing, spray your perfume in the air and then walk through it. If you prefer a lighter overall smell and not concentrated on one part of your body, this may be the method for you (especially wonderful for a social event where there will be lots of people).


Make the Scent Last Longer

Applying perfume

  • If you have dry skin, apply perfume more often.
  • Applying petroleum jelly / Vaseline to areas where you will be applying perfume will give the scent something to cling to.
  • Apply your fragrance low on the body so that the scent rises and it won’t be lost as quickly. Apply perfume immediately after your shower, as open pores and warm skin will
  • Soak up the scent, as long you haven’t used deodorant soap.
  • If your scent has faded after a few hours, rub the once scented area to reactive the scent.
  • Layering your fragrance will help make your scent last longer. Apply an unscented lotion before your fragrance.
  • Oily complexions retain fragrances longer, so if you have dry skin, use a moisturizer first to help lock in the scent.


Storing your Perfume

Perfume does deteriorate, and the time period depends on the temperature, light, and length of storage. Direct sunlight and extreme heat can break down the components of most fragrances, so keep all fragrances in a cool, dark, dry area and away from windows. Perfume should be stored at room temperature out of direct sunlight and away from extreme heat sources. On average, the shelf life for a fragrance is 3 to 5 years, but for pure perfumes, it is much lesser.

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