Fragrance is just like any other accessory to an outfit. However, it goes beyond being the most intimate way of sharing a little bit about your innermost thoughts and character. No other accessory leaves such a mark. Along with that, perfumes also serve as a huge confidence booster and in turn increase your attractiveness.
A fragrance will leave a lasting impression on those you come across. The kind of scent you wear tells a lot about how your personality is. Hence, it is important to choose well. It could either be a crowd-pleaser or it is going to send people fleeing away from you. Have you ever entered a lift full of people and then as you step in, you get taken aback by a strong fragrance that instantly gives you a headache? - you wouldn’t want that!
Wearing a fragrance is easy. Wearing it well requires a little more skill and finesse. There is more than meets the eye, such as where you place perfume on your body and how much you spritz on. Fortunately, a few simple tips and tricks can set you on the right olfactory course.
Dos - Spraying it Right
There is an art to applying perfume. Techniques that have been tried, tested and can guarantee the scent you are using to be free to fully express itself.
Apply directly on the skin
Your skin provides the perfect canvas for your favourite scent. The skin acts as the perfect medium in which a perfume can anchor itself to truly unravel itself in the most divine way. Our skin has lipophilic (oil-loving) properties and this allows for the oils of the perfume to attach themselves there. Perfume is designed to interact with your own body's chemistry and the warmth from your body. Spray the areas of your body that are naturally warm and moist, like the insides of the elbows, back of the knees, chest, and the sides of the neck. Your body heat will activate it throughout the day as a natural diffuser.
Layering scents is an art unto itself. Your perfume can work in tandem with the body lotion or oil that you use daily. Layering your perfume with a complimentary scent can refresh the fragrance without overpowering it. The best time to spritz your perfume is right after your shower or bath, as fragrance lasts longest when your skin is hydrated. The moisture on your skin will help lock in the scent.
Although layering is a bold move when made in the right direction, take caution not to accidentally distort the smell of your perfume in a negative way. Avoid layering a big fragrance with another big fragrance as that is just too much and it can cause headaches for you and those around you. If you love big fragrances but want a new take on them, layer them with single note woody or musky fragrances to wrap the fragrance with earthy undertones.
Perhaps you could also look into swapping the outlying fragrance-based products for unscented varieties so the perfume can be experienced exactly as you intended.
Dab on pulse points
Your pulse points are located are where your veins sit closest to your skin. The inside of your wrists, inner elbows, below your belly button, and behind your ear lobes and knees. These spots emit extra body heat, which helps to naturally diffuse a scent.
Walk through a fragrance cloud
You want your fragrance to complement you and not completely mask your natural scent. The best way to do so is to indulge in a romantic experience of spraying your perfume in front of you, walking right into it and back out. This leaves a light layer of fragrance on your clothes, and also makes sure you are covered, without overdoing it. It also heightens this aspect of your beauty routine into a very playful, intoxicating, and enjoyable moment.
Rub into skin
It is very common for people to dab perfume on their wrists then rub them together. It is perhaps one of the first fragrance habits you may have picked up. It is time to say goodbye to it. Rubbing perfume into your skin or body causes the top notes to fade and evaporate before they can settle. The scent needs time to slowly mix with the natural oils on your skin. Rubbing it cuts off this process by drying out the scent. To preserve the scent, spritz, let the liquid sink in, then do absolutely nothing.
The art of applying perfume is rooted in chemistry and the right techniques. Now that you are an expert in the field, all that is left is to find the perfect fragrance for you. At Aurel, there are plenty of options for every budget. Browse through our vast collection and find the right perfume for you at Aurel today!