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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.

Make it hot for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day

       
Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Make it hot for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day

We all want to have the perfect look on date night, and it’s especially necessary to look sweet and sultry on Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re spending it with your husband, boyfriend or just a fling, there are a few tips you can take into account to craft a sexy appearance for the big day.

First, it’s crucial to have silky smooth skin, especially if you intend to get up close and personal. Try using a lotion with shea butter to hydrate your skin and make it perfect for the intimate occasion.

Next, think about scheduling a few tanning sessions to get a warm glow before Valentine’s Day arrives. To go a healthier route, consider a self-tanning product to give your skin some color.

Once you look radiant, you can give your lips the TLC they deserve with the right lipstick. If you’re playing it cool with dinner and a movie, go simple with a lipstick with a light sheen on your pout. For dancing and drinks, think of using a matte variety for a beautiful look that lasts all night long.

Finally, don’t underestimate the power of scent. The right aroma can go a long way when it comes to wooing your significant other. For example, a jasmine scent is exotic and can get your loved one into the mood for romance. Vanilla is warm and calming, which can create the sweet feeling you’re looking for on Valentine’s Day. Want to take it to the next level? Consider ylang ylang, which is as seductive as it is erotic.

Whether you have big plans for Valentine’s Day or you’re just planning a simple evening at home with your hubby, these tricks can help you make it a holiday to remember.

Five Popular Fragrance for this Fall

       
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Popular Fall Fragrances

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5 Scents that make the jump from summer nights to fall mornings.

  • Juicy Couture Peace Love and Juicy Couture: A fun, citrus, scent to carry summer with you all year.
  • Vera Wang Princess: Girly and feminine, this floral scent is excellent for early fall
  • Burberry Brit for Women: The heart of fall is right here
  • Bvlgari Jasmin Noir: A sexy scent for cooler weather and waning sunshine
  • Calvin Klein Secret Obsession: Just warm enough for late fall’s biting wind.

Tips for applying perfume

       
Monday, January 30th, 2012

There's a right way and a wrong way to apply perfume!Fragrance seems like it would be a no-brainer to apply – just spritz on and you're done, right? Wrong. Perfumes can be pretty sensitive and are best applied strategically, according to BellaSugar. Next time you want to smell your best, consider these tips for application.

First, you should never put perfume on top of any kind of lotion or skincare oil. Scents like Juicy Couture – Viva La Juicy For Women Eau de Parfum Spray can interact with moisturizers and result in some pretty funky smells that you probably didn't count on wearing.

Also, it's never a good idea to rub your scented wrists together, even though this is pretty much the stereotypical way to apply perfume. Doing so can crush the fragrance molecules and alter the scent of the spray. It will also fade faster throughout the day.

Finally, be sure not to overdo it. Eau de parfums are more concentrated than sprays like Archipelago Botanicals – Pomegranate Eau de Toilette, which is okay to spritz generously on your body. You don't want to offend the noses of anyone you're near with too much perfume.

How much perfume is too much?

       
Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

How much perfume is too much?Wearing perfume makes many women feel sexy and confident, and wearing cologne can make any man feel powerful and seductive. However, some people are sensitive to scents and can't handle being around someone who's wearing too much. Recently, New Hampshire even proposed a bill that would ban state employees from wearing perfume at work. So how much is too much?

As you've probably noticed, wearing the same perfume day after day can desensitize your nose to it. As a result, you may start to put more on so you can catch a whiff. Avoid doing this by putting on the same amount every day, whether you can smell it or not, or choose a new perfume for a while, like RALPH LAUREN – Romance For Women Eau de Parfum Spray.

If you do end up wearing a bit too much and happen to get a few comments, you can always make the scent less intense by layering a bit of unscented moisturizer over the areas you spritzed. COOLA – Total Body SPF 30 Unscent is a good choice.

Get your guy to smell better

       
Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Good grooming is not only about shaving!Unfortunately, many guys don't realize how much fragrance has an impact on their sexiness. Girls are much more inclined to cozy up to a guy who smells fresh and manly, yet guys still think it's a hassle to add a fragrance into their morning routine.

Retailers out there are starting to pick up on this fact, which explains why there is such a thing as beard perfume. MCMC Fragrances' Dude No. 1 was made by a woman attempting to get her guy to spruce up his aroma. To trick him into smelling better, she made a beard oil that made his fuzz softer and smell a lot better. It sounds strange, but believe it or not people are loving it.

If your guy doesn't have facial hair or you just can't imagine him oiling up his beard, standard men's fragrances like Ralph Lauren – Polo For Men Eu de Toilette Spray are always a good option. If he doesn't like the idea of spritzing himself, why not try introducing a lotion into his routine, like Caswell-Massey – Sandalwood Body Lotion, which will not only make him smell great, but will pamper his skin. Who wouldn't want to reap those benefits?

Fast, easy updates to take your look from cute to smokin’ hot

       
Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Crimson nails add a fierce factor to any look!It's not always practical to go out at night with the same look you wore to the office. When you go out on the town, you don't want subdued makeup that likely won't even show up in the dark – you want bold definition and eye-catching hair. Luckily there are a few tricks to amp up your style without having to re-do what you've already done.

1. Shimmery eyeshadows are an easy way to add glamour and draw attention to your eyes. Use a light shadow, like Bare Escentuals – Glimmer Eye Shadow, on the inner corners of your eyes, just underneath your brow bone and on the center of your eyelids for a strategic sparkle.

2. Crimson nail polish is a surefire way to get attention and give off a glamorous, sultry vixen vibe. Look for a fast-drying formula for quick color that you can throw on anywhere.

3. Play up your pout by highlighting the cupid's bow on your top lip with a shimmery cream eyeshadow or highlighter. It'll draw focus to the area and make your lips a whole lot sexier.

4. Spritz perfume into your hair for a scent that will linger all night. Calvin Klein – Secret OBSESSION For Women Eau de Parfum Spray is a sensual choice that'll leave any guy wanting more.

Getting to know the perfume of your dreams

       
Monday, April 11th, 2011

Getting to know the perfume of your dreamsSome things work as impulse buys. Saw a neat nail polish shade you can’t wait to try? If it costs less than your lunch did today, chances are it can’t hurt to throw it in with the rest of your purchases. But this is one mode of being that doesn’t always work out for the best, especially for things like perfume and cologne..

On one hand, your sense of smell registers an immediate impact. On the other hand, fragrances are dynamic and evolving, and you can’t be sure that the immediate impression you get from a perfume will be the one you’ll get at the end of a day.

“Perfume changes over the course of a wear, sometimes enormously,” BellaSugar.com reports. “So that eau de toilette you loved at first spray may smell more like eau de toilet bowl cleanser five or six hours on.”

Wondering how you’ll know if you’ve found the one? Give yourself some time to browse the department stores, sampling only one fragrance at a time. Spray it on your wrists and neck and leave the store, making note of how it smells at various points throughout the day.

Once you’ve found a scent that you love in all of its incarnations, you’ll know it’s worth the buy – and it’ll make buying perfume easier in the future, since you’ll know what kind of notes you like.

Shave kits and fragrance sets – a great gift for him

       
Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Shave kits and fragrance sets - a great gift for himShopping for a new beau can be tricky – you haven't been together long enough to give an overly intimate gift, but you want the present to express how much you care about him. Instead of picking up a sweater (too impersonal) or a fancy gold watch (too expensive for the beginning of a relationship!), opt for a gift set filled with products he'll appreciate and enjoy.

If your man hates his 5 o'clock shadow, a shave kit is a great idea. He'll get a closer shave and his face will always be kissably smooth. The eShave Ultimate Shaving Set includes fantastic products – pre-shave oil, shaving cream and aftershave – as well as the right tools, such as a 3-blade razor and a shaving brush.

For a present that's a bit more intimate, why not give your guy a fragrance set? A collection of deliciously scented items is sure to be a hit. Most sets include a few different products like cologne, body wash and aftershave, that boast a single scent, such as the Calvin Klein Eternity For Men Gift Set. But there are also collections ideal for men with varied tastes.

The Giorgio Armani Your Scent Your Style Gift Set contains three of the brand's most popular fragrances, giving guys different scents to wear depending on their preference.

Kate Walsh’s perfume for women inspired by men

       
Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Kate Walsh's perfume for women inspired by menIt is often assumed that women will gravitate toward feminine fragrances, potions filled with sweet floral notes. However, when creating her new perfume, Kate Walsh drew inspiration from a surprising source – her boyfriend.

"I was inspired by my boyfriend's scent many years ago," the Private Practice star told People magazine. "I missed his scent after we broke up and I was shopping one day and I was like, 'I don't need my boyfriend to have a boyfriend scent!'"

While the news source reports the fragrance includes typically feminine elements such as vanilla and amber, it also has more masculine notes of wood and musk. Walsh added that she wanted the perfume to remind her of Ralph Lauren Polo, the cologne worn by her first boyfriend.

"I remember going out in high school and coming home and smelling our clothes because the boys wore so much of it that our clothes would smell like it," Walsh told the publication. "…When you associate a smell with something, you have an immediate memory."

While Walsh's fragrance, Boyfriend, won't be available until November, ladies who prefer a more masculine scent can spritz themselves with a bit of Ralph Lauren Polo.