Archive for the ‘Fragrances’ Category

Get Your Home Ready for Fall

       
Monday, September 15th, 2014

Get Your Home Ready for FallFall brings forth a changing of outdoor foliage into stunning yellow, gold, and orange colors. As the world moves into the next season, your home should also make the transition. The right decorations in a home can make it cozy and inviting, while the wrong furnishings will make your fall life one of solitude.

The Kitchen

When you’ve made the decision to begin changing your home to match Mother Nature’s will, you should start with the decoration in the kitchen. Remove any remnants of summer from your cabinets, counters, and tables. Obviously, you don’t need to repaint the kitchen for a seasonal makeover, but it’s always an option.
You may also find your dining centerpiece needs to be changed. You can create a simple centerpiece by purchasing some gold and orange colored, artificial leaves. Use a glue gun to hold the pieces together in the shape of a wreath. Many people find candles, such as GloMineral’s Ambience candle, fitting in the center of the wreath.
To further enhance the kitchen’s appearance, purchase a warm-toned tablecloth. You can find fall themed tablecloths available in many stores. If you don’t want to be changing things after Halloween, it’s best to pick a cloth that doesn’t have any Halloween images or symbols on it. Fall colors will last the whole season, but the holidays change rapidly during this time of year. Purchase new golden or orange seat cushions for wooden kitchen chairs. If the chair has a bold, colored fabric covering already, such as green, purple, or blue, you should consider purchasing new chair coverings to completely tie the fall-theme together.

The Living Room

If you have an existing rug in the living room, consider swapping it with a brown, reddish, orange, or golden colored rug. This will bring guest’s attention to the living room. Make a second centerpiece, similar to the one for the kitchen table, to place on the center of the coffee table. Change current throws and pillows on the sofa to fall colors. Make this decision based upon the color of your furniture. Don’t change the color to something that is visually unappealing. Remove anything that evokes thoughts of the summer, such as sea-shells, ocean-scents, or unnecessary vacation photographs.

Bathrooms

Transforming the bathroom is easy. Change out the shower curtain and rugs with others containing fall colors. Add some of the artificial, fall foliage around the interior door frame of the bathroom. One of the most well-know fall scents is apples, and the Primal Element’s Appletini candle works excellently in bathrooms. Swap out existing towels with white or strong orange towels.

Decorating a home for the changing seasons can be overwhelming if you do not have the right tools. However, making some minor changes to the accessories in the kitchen, living room, and bathrooms will bring the fall season into your home easily.

Choosing Your Signature Scent

       
Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Choosing Your Signature ScentWhether an array of florals or a musky vanilla catches the attention of your nose, you have recently become more interested in perfumes. While you like to dabble with different scents from time-to-time, you would like to know how to pick out a scent that is your very own.

What Appeals to You
No one can tell you what the best scent for you to wear is except yourself. The scent has to be one that you are attracted to. Some people find certain smells horrific, and others laud the same scents at the most pleasing to the olfactory sense. Start with getting a basic idea of what smells you like. For example, a deep lavender fragrance is much different from a light strawberry mist.

Consider Its Appeal
While you want to love the scent, you also do not want to smell offensive to everyone around you. People who work in a small office with many others probably want to avoid opting for anything that is too potent. Take a family member or friend with you. The person does not need to love the scent, but make sure he or she does not seem entirely repulsed by it.

Light and Heavy
You also need to think about how heavy the perfume is. If you are looking to buy something that you can wear every day no matter where you go, then you likely need to choose something a bit lighter. However, for those who wear perfume only to special events, the options are at least a bit wider.

Consider Allergies
Let’s say that you found the perfect scent for your senses. However, you should not buy it without checking the list of ingredients. Failure to do so could mean that you are purchasing a product to which you are allergy, and the consequences could vary from mild to extremely serious.

Order Some Samples
Purchasing some small samples can help you to determine if you really like a perfume and how long it lasts on your body. Individuals who frequently buy makeup or other such products from one particular store might even be entitled to some free samples. Then, you do not need to spend any money determining which perfume should act as your signature scent.

Knowing what you like, but also what is realistic to wear all of the time, will help you to decide upon the perfume to purchase.

Fragrance Do’s and Don’ts

       
Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Fragrance done right evokes the subtle reminiscence of an alluring, sensual, sweet or romantic dream than lingers gently in the nose; however, fragrance done wrong places people around you in a nightmarish nasal assault. If you want your signature scent to be noticed without knocking people’s noses off their faces, follow these fragrance do’s and don’ts.

Know Your Strengths

Do familiarize yourself with the five fragrance strengths, which contain varying concentrations of perfume oil mixed with alcohol or another solvent.
Fragrance Do's and Don'ts

Perfume

    • 20 to 30 percent concentration of perfume oil.
    • Lasts six to eight hours.

Eau de Parfum or EDP

    • 15 to 20 percent concentration of perfume oil.
    • Lasts four to five hours.

Eau de Toilette or EDT

    • 5 to 15 percent concentration of perfume oil.
    • Lasts two to three hours.

Eau de Cologne or EDC

    • 2 to 4 percent concentration of perfume oil.
    • Lasts up to two hours.

Eau Fraiche

    • 1 to 3 percent concentration of perfume oil.
    • Lasts up to two hours.

Do wear the appropriate concentration: Strong concentrations can overwhelm in an enclosed space, but weak concentrations can become lost in a crowd.

Try Before You Buy

  • Do test on your skin. Spray fragrance onto your wrist, wait 10 minutes and take a sniff to see how the scent interacts with your unique body chemistry.
  • Don’t test on paper. Spraying fragrance on paper tells you what the fragrance smells like but doesn’t tell you what it smells like on you. Body chemistry does affect the fragrance’s aroma.
  • Do test only one fragrance at a time. If you wear more than one test fragrance, the scents will collide in a decidedly horrid battle, and your nose will rebel.

Wear Fragrance with Flair

  • Do remember a balance exists between too much and not enough. Only people within a one- to two-foot radius of you should catch a whiff; if people outside that little circle can smell it, you’re wearing too much. Generally, three spritzes will suffice.
  • Do spray on pulse points. Pulse points generate slightly more heat than the rest of your body, and this heat gently activates your fragrance’s scent.
  • Don’t apply after a workout. Fragrance and sweat don’t mingle well.
  • Don’t apply more often than the concentration suggests. Remember that your nose might become so familiar with the aroma that it can’t detect it, but that doesn’t mean the fragrance isn’t still lingering.
  • Do apply to hydrated skin. Hydrated skin better absorbs scent than dry skin does.
  • Don’t mix with scented soaps and lotions. If you do, you risk clashing odors and confused noses.

Storing

  • Do store your perfume in a cool, dry, dark place. Light, heat and humidity destroy fragrance’s chemical bonds and change your fragrance’s delightful bouquet into a nasty pong.
  • Don’t store your fragrance in the refrigerator. While heat isn’t good for fragrance, the temperature fluctuation of cold fridge to warm room and back to fridge again also destroys scent. Avoid stressing your perfume by keeping it in an area that’s cool but not drastically cooler than room temperature.

By following these fragrance do’s and don’ts, you will leave behind you the wisp of a delightful reverie and subliminal pleasant memory.