1) Why do I love a perfume on someone else’s skin and I hate it when I wear it?
The fact that your own body ph levels and chemistry will affect how different scent notes react to your skin is becoming common knowledge. There are many things that can impact your natural skin’s smell and behavior, and these are normally different from what other people experience. Your skin may be affected by current diets or medication use, by stress or changes in your hormonal levels. So, the same perfume will smell different on different people, this is why it is best to try it on your own skin before buying.
2) Should I apply my fragrance on bare skin or when I am dressed?
Every perfume expert will confirm the fact that perfume should be applied directly to the skin, because it will create an alchemy between your body and the perfume. This will confer your fragrance a personalized smell. Why directly on skin? Because it is in direct contact with your body temperature and will last longer.
3) How will my favorite scent last longer on my skin?
If you have dry skin, you undoubtedly know how difficult it can be to keep the scent on for a longer time, as it will tend to evaporate easier. This is why a body lotion or cream are to be used, preferably made of the same fragrance. If you cannot afford to have a matching lotion for every perfume you wear, use an unscented cream or try hydrating your skin with jojoba oil.
4) Will my precious perfume turn if I keep it longer?
If you are to listen to what magazines say, a precious perfume will have to be replaced if you haven’t used it all in 12 months. But with proper storage, perfumes can last longer. Of course, make sure to store the bottle away from heat or light, and don’t use it directly from a splash bottle, it will wear off. Use a tighter atomizer for regular applying.
5) What are the component notes of a perfume?
We have all heard of the fact that a perfume is composed of base notes, middle notes and top notes. The latter will provide in fact the first impression of a fragrance, but they are usually volatile and won’t last longer than 30 minutes. The middle notes or heart notes as experts call them are in fact the ones that will start to make their presence known after 10 minutes or more since applying to the skin. These middle notes are the ones that will classify that particular scent: from floral to oriental, wooden or exotic. The base notes are the fixatives of that particular perfume, they will give the fragrance its power and lasting quality. If you are wondering if all fragrances have these notes, you should know that some perfumes, usually described as linear will lack either the base or the middle notes. For instance, Allure Sensuelle, this beautiful perfume from Chanel has a lavishly floral base note of vanilla and rose, while middle notes are of sandalwood and vetiver, and top notes are lemon, mandarin and peach.