Ramblings on fragrances
There is a fine line between "doing what you like" and bothering others. I have heard people say "I don't care if somebody doesn't like my fragrance, I wear it for me..." Wearing fragrance is like smoking, if someone complains, or you are in a closed area, it is poor etiquette to dump on the fragrance. You can do a half spritz on your upper chest under your clothes. The warmth will rise the scent to your nose without blowing anyone else out of the room. Be aware of your
There are a lot of "old wives tales" and superstitions about application of a fragrance. Many have a grain of truth, some are accurate. First, know how strong and what kind of projection your fragrance has. A very powerful fragrance will project arms length from your body. You don't want to overpower people, just give them a whiff as you walk by. I generally put one spritz on my upper chest. This allows my body heat to rise the fragrance to my nose during the day. I put 1/2 to 1
The best way to test fragrances for likability, longevity, and projection is to get samples. Most department stores have stopped giving out samples, but you can test the fragrances there in the store. REMEMBER, a fragrance will not smell the same on a test paper as it will on your skin. Test on paper first, if you like it, apply it to your neck/arms and make note of the time. See how long it lasts. For Niche house samples, the easiest ways to try is to buy samples from THe Perfumed Court, or
Today we will talk about Notes. Like a symphony, a fragrance is a combination of many notes.
Top notes are the first initial odor you smell when you spray on a fragrance. These are generally very short lived notes, that disappear or lessen within the first several minutes to an hour. Often Basil, Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint, or Pine, they have a quick evaporation rate, and don't last.
The next notes are the Middle notes, or Heart
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Today we are talking about Longevity. One of the biggest complaints I hear is "I like the smell, but this doesn't last!" Longevity is being able to sniff a fragrance hours later. This is contingent on several factors.
Is it EdT, EdC, EdP? The concentration of oils makes a fragrance last longer.
Are you sure it isn't lasting, or maybe your nose is "used
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