Coco Chanel once said that a woman who does not wear perfume has no future. I wouldn't say she has no future, but I'd definitely say she's missing out on yet another way of expressing herself in a very personal way. I feel that fragrance can communicate so much without having to say anything. It's been strongly linked to jogging a person's memory, it can be therapeutic, or even turn a cute someone's head from across a room ;].
Whether you have a signature scent, a rotating schedule, or just switch it up depending on how you feel, just be sure to wear something that you feel beautiful in. (Please don't bathe in it though!)
Here are a few perfume facts that should help you out next time you're in the market for a new scent:
- Don't try out more than three at a time.
Your poor nose won't be able to tell the difference! Sometimes you may see little vials with coffee beans in them. Take a whiff of those. It's supposed to neutralize what you've been smelling and the next time you sniff, you'll be able to differentiate the notes much better. Also, there's a lot of alcohol in perfume, so when trying it out, don't sniff right away. Let it dry a little bit so you don't inhale a nose-full of alcohol (not a pleasant smell at all!)
- What are perfume "notes"?
- Where should you apply perfume?
- Does perfume expire?
- What's the difference between "eau de toilette" and "eau de parfum"
Eau de parfum, on the other hand, has a higher concentration of the fragrance oils and less alcohol. It lasts longer, and is of course more expensive.
- Perfume only makes a great gift if you know the person loves it!