For most of us, choosing a perfume is as simple as "it smells good" (or, real talk -- by which bottle will look prettiest on our vanity). But Mark Crames, the CEO of the all-encompassing fragrance library Demeter, and Jacquelyn Lang, CEO of Beauty Encounter, say our choices go far beyond that. You may actually choose a fragrance based on a memory you associate with scent, a particular time of the year, or what may be most telling, certain notes that are reflective of your personality. "Over the years, I've seen personalities gravitate to the same notes," says Lang. "A scent certainly can be an extension of one's personality." Whether you're bold or reserved, a romantic or a realist, adventurous or a wallflower, there's a new fall scent to match your personality. Here, the fall fragrances sure to become your signature scent. read more
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We've been drowning in new fragrances this summer. It's not a bad problem to have, but when your office starts to smell like a department store beauty floor, it's time to do some heavy editing. We've narrowed down the long list of summer fragrances to the top 12 biggest launches of the season -- the ones any fragrance junkie should be required to try. read more
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Perfume is a mixture of fragrant essential oils and aroma compounds, used to give a pleasant scent to the wearer. Different fragrances can affect people in different ways. For example, fragrances like rose can be very relaxing. Because of this, wearing a certain type of perfume can make the wearer feel relaxed, feminine, strong, sexy, or light, in any combination. When selecting your perfume, you can choose your scent to convey something about your personality, as well as affect your mood.
Choosing your Perfume
It is important to understand that some scents will not work well with your body chemistry, no matter how good they smell out of the bottle. Before you choose a scent, you should try it and see if it works for you, personally. Some scents are floral, some are woody, and some are blended, and so forth, so you'll need to explore what scents work best with your body chemistry.
After you find a scent you like that smells great on you, you'll need to learn how to apply it well. Make sure that it is subtle and not overpowering, so that the people around you are able enjoy your new perfume. A dab of fragrance to what are called the pulse points is usually more than enough. Pulse points are where the blood vessels are closest to the skin, like the wrists, neckline, behind ears, and behind the knee.
At Total Beauty, we offer plenty of tips and tricks to help you select the best perfume for you, learn how to apply your fragrance, and change your scent with the seasons. By using our expert advice, you'll love wearing the fragrances you find.
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