5 Rules to master the art of subtle scent
Personal fragrance is an intimate affair. It is designed to draw you in, not offend your sinuses. We have all been there: You step inside an elevator to the overwhelming smell of a woman who has heavy-handedly doused herself in perfume. Honestly, it’s poor manners to drench yourself in your favorite floral essences leaving an odorous trail as you walk through your day. Scent should be so subtle that only those in your personal space can detect it. Follow these five rules to help keep your scent in check..
1. Know your audience
If you’re headed to work or interviewing for a job, keep your scent super light or forget it altogether. Fragranced lotions are quite enough for a professional environment. For date nights or hanging out with friends, feel free to wear your favorite cologne – just don’t get spazzy with your spritzer.
2. Light layers
Layering fragrance is a very popular practice. From body wash to lotion, oils and eau de toilette/parfum, it’s easy to get carried away. All of those aromatic accouterments on top of one another are truly overkill. Pick no more than two and lighten up your bodily bouquet.
3. Aroma accumulation
Don’t stockpile your fragrance wardrobe! While the bottles may be collectible, the fragrance itself is not. Fragrances have a shelf life of 24 months. If you haven’t used it by then, ditch it. It’s not safe to apply to your skin past this point.
4. Heads up
If you must add fragrance to your hair, don’t spray directly onto your mane as the alcohol in your perfume will damage and dry out your hair. The best application is to spritz your hairbrush, let the alcohols evaporate and then lightly comb thorough your locks.
5. Application station
Make sure that you apply before you get dressed. The essences in perfume need the warmth in your skin in order to diffuse the scent. Proper placement includes behind the ears, nape of the neck, breastbone, wrists and the backs of the knees. Pick a few spots – not all of them – to avoid overwhelming people. In addition, spritzing your clothes directly can damage the fabric as well as hold on to the smell, which leads to an odorous overdose.