Reveal Your Perfume Personality
The perfume you choose says a lot about who you are.
Perfumes are as much a part of your fashion style as the accessories you choose. And like your fashion choices, the fragrance you choose says a lot about your personality.
Designer fragrances are like designer handbags, with different styles for day and night, summer and winter. And your perfume can say a lot about your mood.
It can take some time to find your "signature scent", but let's face it, shopping for the best perfume is lots of fun.
So How Do You Discover Your Signature Scent?
Although testing new perfumes first thing in the morning can sound a bit yuk, it's always best to try out perfumes when your skin is fresh and clean. And you've got to try them on your skin, not a test strip. The ingredients in fragrances react to the oils in our skin, and that is what gives them their unique qualities, so it's best to know how a perfume will smell on your skin not just immediately, but after a couple of hours too.
Spray a small amount of perfume on the inside of your arm, where your skin is particularly fine, and wait a few moments before you smell it, to let the alcohol settle and the fragrance develop. Don't rub the perfume, as you can "bruise" the delicate ingredients.
Perfume goes through three stages - top notes, made up of the essences you will first notice. Then the middle notes and finally the bottom notes.
There are 6 perfume categories:
Floral - Flowers are the dominant theme and florals tend to be light and feminine. Wear a floral scent when you're feeling feminine and girly.
Fruity - Imbued with the aroma of fresh fruits. Wear a fruity aroma for a fresh, "just picked from the vine" day.
Greens - Fresh, energetic and light fragrances, with a natural smell. Wear green scents on great-to-be-alive days.
Oceanic - Smells reminiscent of the sea, fresh, natural and light. Oceanic fragrances work well on the weekends when you're out and about.
Woody - Deep, lusty perfume with the aroma of bark, leaves and all things woody. Wear woody scents when you're feeling sensual and exotic. Great hot-date perfume!
Oriental - Intense, sexy and rich with the opulent smells of spices, musk, vanilla and heavy flowers. Wear Orientals when you want to be remembered long afterwards.
Blends of floral and citrus-based fragrances are recommended for casual and daywear. Spicy, woody or warm amber-based fragrances are traditionally favorites for evening and special occasions.
The fresh florals, greens and oceanic fragrances work beautifully in warmer weather, while the deep, sensuous fragrances of the woody and oriental scents are enhances during the cooler months.
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