This is an easy essential luxury, easy to apply, easy to store, easily available and easy to use to accentuate and compliment your personality. But as easy as it is, some women never got in to the habit of using perfume, many forget to put it on, and some just plain overdo it by using too much, everywhere and always.
Like many other things, there is method, a reason, a time and a place to use perfume. Scent has many mysteries, not the least of which is just why it has the power to trigger emotions and memory.
Perfumes likes and dislikes are very individual because the same scent will smell differently in contact with different in contact with different skins. Your skin chemistry will combine with a perfume to make a fragrance that is uniquely your own and that is why it is a good idea to pick your perfume simply because you liked it on a friend.
WHAT IS PERFUME?
Perfume is a fragrance that is either made out of flowers or citrus or spices and it is these different ingredients that account for the differences in aroma. The term PERFUME means the fragrance in its most concentrated form (it contains alcohol that why it is the most expensive).
The length of time a perfume lasts depends on the ingredients it contains. For instance, any citrus elements in a perfume compound disappear quite quickly, but an ingredient such as sandalwood or civet which acts as a fixative help a perfume to persist. Most of the world s most beautiful fragrances are compound of natural essences and aromatic chemicals; and a scent can be composed of hundreds of different ingredients. Jasmine is one of the most precious and widely used ingredients, grown around grass in the south of France , the traditional centre of the perfume industry.
The flowers are mostly high scented at dawn. Sandalwood comes from the white wood of a parasitic tree grown in Mysore , India and Australia . Civet, a fixative, comes from a secretion in a gland situated under the tail of the wild civet cat. Neroli oil is distilled from the bloom of the bitter orange tree. Ylang ylang is an oriental blossom which gives a subtle, rich note. Bulgarian rose is a favourite with and so is Vetiver, extracted from the roots of a grass grown in south America and the Far east.
CHOOSING A PERFUME
Describing a fragrance is rather like trying to catch a rainbow; and probably no two people smell it in exactly the same way. There is a fragrance for everyone, and that every person should select his own basic fragrance; but for many of us, more than one scent gives us a chance to illuminate many ideas of our personalities. We may feel mysterious, sensual, innocent, sophisticated, exciting and can wear a scent to fit each of these moods. But first every woman needs a basic, everyday fragrance that says This is me because wearing it makes a statement about yourself. It helps to identify you.
Who do you think you are? Are you an earthy, casual, outdoor person. Do you like musks, woodsy, spicy or oriental fragrances which are simple, energizing and carefree? Or are you more like an exotic flower, favoring fresh floral fragrances that are dainty, sweet and relaxing? Or are you a sophisticated woman who wants a clearly identifiable, make-no-mistake-about-it, I-have-arrived fragrance? Your scent can and will represent your self-image. Scent can reflect your mood as well as the occasion, and you should change your perfume with the season. Summer scents are best kept light, green and fresh. Use the colognes and eau de toilettes.
Try Revlon s Charlie, blasé by max factor, French almond, babe spray cologne from Faberge, 4711 cologne. Winter scents can be heavier, more lingering. Scents to wear at night should be romantic and feminine, warm andalluring, such as parure(guerlain), femme(rochas), cabriole(Elizabeth Arden), private collection (estee lauder), L Interdit(Givenchy), Irene (princess galitzine), Narcisse noir(caron), Azzaro(Loris azzaro) and essence rare(houbigant).
Make fragrance part of your everyday beauty just as much as your make up and hair grooming.
Apply perfume sparingly on your wrists first, then on the sides and base of your neck, on your ear lobes or behind your ears. When you apply perfume, never rub it.