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Perfume! Why do we love it?

Updated on December 6, 2013

It's a sensory thing.

How often have you sniffed the air when someone has walked past and even followed just a little so you could get a better whiff, in the hope you might remember the smell and by chance be able to pick up that fragrance from a chemist shop or department store. Of course it's easier to just 'ask' that person what they're wearing and most people are actually flattered that you've noticed.

The possible, original intention of perfume, is a smell to make you more appealing to the opposite sex. My mind tends to wander a bit so I've unintentionally conjured up an image of a big sweaty cave man oozing pheromones. Fragrance today can be a variety of things from a clean smelling, uplifting scent to sexy and smoky, spicy, fresh, etc etc. One thing is for sure; there is nothing hotter than a well dressed man that smells good.

This day and age I believe most of us wear perfume for our own well being, whether it's the final touch to an awesome outfit or it's just that final step in getting yourself dressed and ready to make yourself feel good.

We also tend to have perfume wardrobes rather than a single signature fragrance. We feel different on different days so why not wear a fragrance to suit your mood, your destination, or your company.

On a basic level there are the heavier sort of fragrances that linger in the air after the person wearing it has moved away, a brief example of some of the definite recognizable ones are: Elizabeth Arden's Red Door, Christian Dior's Poison, YSL's Yvresse.

And then there's your uplifting, fresh, fragrances like Elizabeth Arden's Green Tea, Davidoff's Cool Water Woman and Issey Miyake's L'eau d'Issey. Which you may choose to wear on stressful days whilst packing the Rescue Remedy.

There are fragrance families that can be categorized into florals, orientals, woody, fresh and many sub groups and if you're interested you can research it to get a better understanding.

A piece of luxury.

The majority of we mere mortals can't stretch our budgets enough to include some fabulous designer brand labels into our wardrobes (unless you can pick up something cheap on ebay). So the more affordable or attainable alternative is to buy a perfume from a fashion label.

The affordability of a Fashion House's fragrance, makes it possible for us to own a piece of couture, and that in itself can make dressing up for a special occasion more purposeful and pleasurable, especially when you save that particular fragrance for significantly memorable events.

Tips, tricks and hints.

When buying perfume it's best not to try any more than three fragrances at the one time to avoid confusion. Spray the scent onto the spray cards (if available) and write the name of the perfume onto the card and of course spray it onto your own skin. It's best not to make an immediate judgement as the fragrance smell will change over the course of the next few minutes through to possibly three hours. The first initial smell you will notice is the top notes and gradually the fragrance will develop into the mid notes and eventually warm into the base notes. Perfume can smell different on different people, so something that smells good on someone else may not necessarily suit you.

Buying for someone else: perfume is a personal thing, so other than asking the person in question, directly what would they like, do your research. If you know what the person already wears you can look up that perfumes family group and choose something similar for example Red Door is from the floral family group so chances are they may also like something else from the same family like Estee Lauder's Beautiful.

Or you can bring up the topic in a conversation by talking about something you recently tried and liked.

Your body chemistry changes too over the course of time; something that may have smelt good on you a couple of months ago may smell vile now. This could be for a number of reasons including taking prescription medication, surgery or even an extreme emotional episode associated with that particular fragrance. One example is if you wore the fragrance through your pregnancy and had a rough time, the smell of that same fragrance may make you physically sick, likewise if it's associated with a relationship gone bad or a car accident.

Layering: You can increase your perfume's longevity on your skin by using that perfumes body products. Spraying the fragrance over freshly moisturized skin (from the body lotion of the corresponding perfume)can increase the duration of the fragrance.

Also if you think that your perfume doesn't smell on you, it's simply because your own nose gets desensitized to what your wearing. Don't douse yourself in your fragrance to the point where you will spontaneously com-bust if someone lights up a cigarette beside you. Also Aunty Rita’s sinuses probably won't appreciate you either.

Typically an EDT lasts 3 to 4 hours.

An EDP lasts 6 to 8 hours.

And a Parfum lasts 10 to 12 hours.

Unless your skin is particularly dry, then you could use the perfumes body lotion first as mentioned above.

Shower gels are also great for layering aside from the obvious use you can also wash your lingerie in them.

Miniatures: these mini me's of your favorite fragrances are perfect for your hand bag for top ups throughout the day.

If YOU want a particular fragrance as a gift leave multiple spray cards with the name of that fragrance in lots of places to be sure you get the message across.

I hope you enjoyed and I will be sure to add more to this article every so often.


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