Should I spray the fragrance on my clothes or skin?
Certain perfume notes thrive from our body heat, However, saying that, it is very much dependent on your skin’s sensitivity levels. Your clothing fibers will absorb and retain perfume much longer than your skin. As you move throughout the day, the fabric will allow the perfume to release a captivating halo around you. Just one thing to be aware of is applying dark juices on pale fabrics and certain delicate fabrics – it may stain the fabric due to the oil content present in all perfumes.
Should I store this fragrance away from sunlight?
Yes. Sunlight and heat will, most certainly, deteriorate your perfume very quickly. As much as we all like to display beautiful bottles on our dressing tables, ideally, you want to store them in a cool, dark place. Keep in mind that the more oxygen that is present in the bottle, the faster it will oxidate, meaning the less fragrance you have left, the faster you want to be using it up.
Will the high alcohol content in perfume irritate my skin?
Alcohol can be an irritant and if you have very sensitive skin you will probably already be avoiding perfume halls and perfumed products. However, this is much rarer than we are led to believe. Alcohol, and indeed the whole perfume, is going to evaporate from your skin, which minimizes the possibility of irritation. If this is a concern, scenting your clothes is the perfect way to still enjoy the pleasures of perfume.
After wearing my perfume for a while, I can no longer smell it - Why is this?
Our sense of smell is primarily designed for our survival. Once the brain understands that what it is smelling is not putting our lives in danger, it will move on to the next big thing. Therefore, it stops being aware of it and the result is you can no longer smell your perfume. It’s a bit like when you return from holiday and open up your front door. You are suddenly aware of your house scent but almost immediately it disappears.
How can I make my perfume last longer throughout the day?
Well-nourished skin is key! The perfect place to start is a body lotion or oil that has a complementary scent to your chosen fragrance. Otherwise, opt for a very low-scented oil. Apply it before spraying fragrance onto the skin to help retain the scent for longer. Be sure to spray your hair and clothing also for added longevity.
How should I change my evening scent to my daytime scent?
Typically, in the world of fragrance we talk about fresher and more transparent notes in the day – think citrus and floral notes – then we move onto deeper perfumes for the evening such as those that sit in the oriental fragrance family.
Where should I apply perfume?
Spray/dab on your ‘hot spots’, or pulse points – behind the ears, temples, wrists, nape of the neck, back of the knees, in the crease of your elbows, between your breasts, the small of your back, navel area… The blood flows close to the surface in these zones and heats the fragrance oils. But do be aware of one no-no: perfume industry ‘insiders’ never, ever rub their wrists together after applying fragrance, because it affects the oils.
How much perfume should I wear?
Enough so you can smell it, and not too much that it overpowers the surrounding area. Your ‘scent circle’ should be your arm’s length and only when people come into your circle should they smell your perfume. If you’re unsure about whether you tend to ‘overdo’ your fragrance, ask a (good) friend.
How should I spray my perfume?
Spritz from eight to 10 inches (20-25 cm) away from your body, and let it develop on the skin. DO NOT RUB! ‘Do spritz fragrance into your hair rather than all over your body. This will help the scent to last longer compared to quickly rubbing off your skin. It also means that when moving your head, there’ll be a more natural whiff of fragrance.’ And the late, great Estée Lauder suggested to women that they spray perfume into the air, like a cloud, and walk through it.
Can I wear more than one perfume at a time?
Yes! Did you know that in the Middle East, women layer up to SEVEN fragrances at a time? Never be afraid to play with perfume. (The wonderful thing about fragrance is there is no right or wrong: if you like something, then it’s right.)
Can perfume last all day on the skin?
Perfume can last four to six hours (or even longer), depending on the ingredients – and how dry your skin is. (Perfumes dissipate much faster on dry skins, or when the air is particularly dry.) From the moment you apply: the top notes, or ‘head’ notes last around 5-15 minutes before they disappear. The middle notes last from two to four hours, and make up most of the fragrance. The base notes(very occasionally referred to as ‘fond’) usually last from four to six hours. Harkoi perfumes linger on your clothes for around 14+ hours!
Are there other things that will impact the smell of my perfume?
Diet has an impact: spicy foods can impact the natural smell of your body, and meat-eaters are said to smell different from vegetarians. The environment also plays a part – both hot and cold climates affect the length of time a perfume lasts and its intensity. Age is another factor: the older you get, usually the drier the skin. (And for the years around menopause, hormonal shifts may mean a fragrance you have worn for years smells completely different.) Medication and certain health problems can also distort your perfume, on the skin. And as for smoking…? Smokers often report that their perfume has ‘changed’, when in fact, it’s the smoking impacting their actual sense of smell…
How do I know that my perfume has gone bad?
The colour might darken and the liquid may thicken and/or become cloudy – and you can be sure it will not smell like your normal scent. There’s really nothing you can do to redeem it at this point, alas.