I adore wearing fragrance. The right ones can lift my spirits immediately and even make me feel more confident. The wrong one makes for an instant headache.
“A good fragrance will become your personal signature scent – a smell which reminds others of you and evokes memories of happy times,” shared Liz Earle, beauty expert and co-founder of Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare, one of my favorite beauty lines.
Liz walks through a mist of her Botanical Essence No. 1 just before leaving home and whenever she needs a boost throughout the day. “It works every time,” she says. To help you learn how to find the right fragrance for you, how to wear it well and how to care for it properly, Liz shares five very helpful tips.
Take your time
Don’t feel pressured to buy and try to avoid impulse purchases. Use fragrance blotters to test a selection of fragrances (don’t forget to write down the name of each fragrance on the blotters) and allow time for them to dry down and develop.
Once you’ve narrowed down your preferences, spray them directly onto your skin (one at a time) and again allow time to dry down and give a true representation of how each fragrance will smell on you. You might be surprised with the differences you find. This is because fragrances can interact with the oils in our skin and change their character.
The top notes, which you smell immediately give an initial impression of the fragrance but will fade and mingle with the heart and base notes – the true character of the fragrance. Only then will you be able to decide which fragrance is right for you.
Remember you are unique
Perfume can smell differently on each of us because of our individual skin type, our diet and age. The moisture and levels of acidity in the skin can also affect how long the fragrance will last and how the fragrance will react. For example, a perfume tends to last longer on people with oily skin, compared to people with dry skin. We all have our own ‘odour fingerprint’, which is why different scents smell beautiful on some people, and not so great on others.
How to apply…
I find that the best way to apply fragrance is to spritz the air and walk through it, letting the mist envelop me. This way my perfume is applied delicately all over.
If you prefer to apply fragrance directly to your pulse points (wrists, sides of the neck and behind the knees) spritz onto the body eight to ten centimeters away. When applying to the wrists, remember not to rub them together as this will crush the scent. For an extra boost, try spritzing fragrance onto your hair for long lasting freshness.
Less is more…
Everyone has a ‘scent circle’ – this is about arms length from the body and people should not be aware of your fragrance before they enter your circle. Your fragrance should not enter a room before you or leave after you – even the nicest of scents are off-putting if you wear too much.
How to store your perfume…
The best place to keep your fragrance is in its box and out of direct sunlight and heat – your dressing table drawer is the perfect home. Heat and light can cause oxidization which in turn means that your fragrance won’t smell its best.
Do you love wearing fragrances? Do you stick to one signature scent or wear a variety of fragrances depending on your mood? Do tell.
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(This review originally appeared on Hello Beauty.)