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1. Fragrance tends to last longer
on oilier skins as they tend to be more porous and people
with a dry skin often find that fragrances and perfumes evaporate
quickly. For dry skins the best means of helping a fragrance
to last is to apply a heavy oil based body cream before using
a perfume or spritz the perfume into a touch of almond oil
and rub into the skin.
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· Stress, certain foods medication and hormonal changes,
including pregnancy and the menopause, affect how a fragrance
smells on you. If you try a fragrance and do not like it the
first time try again when these factors are not evident, you
might be surprised. It is also advisable to avoid testing
a fragrance for several days after eating spicy foods or garlic,
unless these foods are a regular part of your diet, as these
foods can drastically alter how a fragrance should smell.
· The Perfume Guide recommend that when testing a new
fragrance you should allow the fragrance to settle and be
absorbed into your skin for around 10 minutes. This enables
you to experience the full character of the perfume and obtain
a hint of the different levels of the fragrances notes as
the scent mixes with your body’s chemistry.
· The Perfume Guide also recommends that you should
not test more than 3 fragrances at one time. This is because
your nose becomes desensitised after this period and will
not be able to observe and detect the complexities of the
fragrance and perfumed notes.
· Finally you should experiment with different fragrances
families and different types of perfume. A fine fragrance
or designer perfume should be seen as a fragranced part of
your wardrobe and just as you wear different clothes for different
season, occasions and moods, your fragrance collection should
be rotated and balanced in this manner to include different
a variety of fragrances for that perfect occasion.
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is the extract or extrait of a fragrance and represents the
scent in its purest form. This often creates a smooth and
round texture, which is hard to achieve with the dilution
represented in the other concentrations of fragrance.
de Parfum or EDP is one of the most popular forms of fragrance.
Eau de Parfum contains between seven to fourteen per cent
of fragrance oils and perfume elixirs and is the second strongest,
and longest lasting means of wearing a fine fragrance.
de Toilette or EDT is fast becoming the most common means
of wearing a fragrance or perfume. EDT’s are not as
highly concentrated in oils and elixirs as an EDP or Perfume
would be and contain one to three per cent of fragrance oils.
This impacts the ability of the fragrance to last and around
eighty percent of the oils in an EDT fragrance will evaporate
within three hours of application.
de Cologne’s or EDC’s were first popularised by
Napoleon. These fragrances are often constructed in a different
manner to the traditional French Model and are formulated
in one single burst. As a result of this process, EDC’s
or Eau de Colognes last the least amount of time on the skin
and can dissolve within a couple of hours. EDC’s should
be worn as a invigorating spray.
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