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How To Choose A Perfume

Beauty : Cosmetics

There are lots of things to consider when you are choosing a new perfume. Certain key ingredients are said to release certain feelings in people when they smell them. Spicier fragrances like musk are said to arouse sexual feelings and vanilla is also believed to be an aphrodisiac by many people worldwide. Fruit and floral scents are seen as calming, fresh and sensual.

How to test a perfume

It has also been advised that when you test a variety of scents, you should think how you would describe it to yourself, and remember that is the message you would give out to people; "sweet", "fresh", "sexy/sensual" etc.

Perfume scents and skin types

Never assume that because a perfume smells good on your friend it will smell exactly the same on you. Everybody's skin reacts differently.

Always spray the perfume onto your skin rather than just sniffing the bottle, as again it changes when it meets your skin. Leave it to develop for about 10 minutes to get a proper idea of how it will smell.

How to apply perfume

Try not to test more than 3-4 fragrances at once, because your sense of smell will become confused and they will blend together. Apply one to each wrist at the pulse and one in the crook of your elbow.

Fresh, floral and fruity fragrances are often more appropriate in the summer, whereas spicier and warmer scents are more suited to the colder months.

Perfume is best applied to pulse points: the inner wrists, behind the ears, and lower neck. If you spray a bit on your hair from arm's length, the scent will float into the air everytime you move your head.

Perfume your linen

Another way of making your mark with your perfume is to lightly spray it on your mattress as you make the bed - the fragrance will subtly remain on the sheets.

Reapply your perfume throughout the day as the smell will fade after 4-6 hours.

By: Bev Woolfson on Sat, Jun 15th 2002

More perfume advice

To tell weather a perfume suits your not!!

This is very true, once u apply a perfume, after about half an hour... if you cant smell you have any on, but other people can... this means it suits you!

Some people are suited to just one or two and others are suited to loads! Interesting eh?!!.

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