12 Perfume Bottles Even Prettier Than Their Scents

Even if you hate the smell of perfume, you can't deny the timeless beauty of a grouping of a few gorgeous perfume bottles. Design no-brainer: Group a few bottles of classic perfumes (you can never go wrong with Chanel, Burberry and Guerlain) in any room except, maybe, the kitchen, and you add instant elegance and sophistication. Design not-so-no-brainer: You don't have to actually wear the perfume you're displaying. Think of it as cheap, multi-purpose artwork that doesn't require a hammer and nail.   read more

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It's 1995 Again. Or So Calvin Klein Would Have You Think

The year was 1995. Bill Clinton was President. O.J. Simpson was on trial. The 49ers won the Super Bowl. And Christy Turlington and Mark Vanderloo appeared in what would become a timeless ad for a timeless fragrance.   read more

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Eau de Death: Because, Who Doesn't Want to Smell Like a Cadaver?

Usually when an atypical fragrance hits the market, Demeter is behind it. After all, it's their mission to turn all the wondrous scents that surround us into a wearable format.   read more

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April 1, 2014  |  11:04 AM  |  3 COMMENTS
Smells Like Teen Spirit: All Hail the Reinvention of Anaïs Anaïs

For a lot of women who grew up in the 1980s, Anaïs Anaïs, a fragrance from French design house Cacharel (via L'Oréal), was an integral part of their youth.   read more

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March 25, 2014  |   5:03 AM  |  COMMENT
Sofia Vergara Adds Perfumier to Her Ever-Growing Resumé  -- and Business Empire

Question: What do CoverGirl, Diet Pepsi, Comcast, Rooms to Go, State Farm and Head & Shoulders have in common?   read more

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You May Not Ever Look Like One, But Soon You Can Smell Like a Bond Babe

Pussy Galore. Holly Goodhead. Plenty O'Toole. Get past the campy double entendres and you have yourself some pretty awesome Bond Girl characters.   read more

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March 4, 2014  |  11:03 AM  |  COMMENT
Star in Your Own Fragrance Campaign

Feel like having a little fun at work today? Your wish is "1 Minute Model's" command.

This so-easy-even-a-two-year-old-could-do-it free Internet app allows you to upload and resize a photo of your face into one of 11 classic romantic positions. (As you can see, I didn't have the best images available to me. You need a front facing shot.) You don't even need to provide the chiseled male model, he's part of the package deal.   read more

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February 26, 2014  |   8:02 AM  |  COMMENT
'Pizza' Joins Demeter's Ranks of Totally Odd Fragrances

Demeter, a fragrance company whose mission statement is to "highlight the beautiful scents that surround us everyday, in wearable formats," has just added Pizza perfume to its stable of scents.   read more

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5 Questions We Ask Everyone: Fergie

The Black Eyed Peas haven't released a new single since 2011, but whether it's adding one of her songs to a workout playlist, swooning over her husband Josh Duhamel, aww-ing over pics of her adorable five-month-old son, Axl, or realizing you still remember all the words to "Fergilicious" (and rightly so), Fergie manages to stay on our radar year-round. And now she's back again with Viva, a new addition to her line of signature AVON fragrances, Outspoken and Outspoken Intense. The scents are as unique and daring as the fearless artist. Remember that epic backflip in heels at the 2011 Super Bowl?   read more

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January 31, 2014  |   6:01 PM  |  1 COMMENT
Weekend Recap: Kristen Stewart on Being a Tomboy and More

Kristen Stewart is the face of Balenciaga Rosabotanica -- despite growing up a tomboy. [style.com]
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Perfume Advice

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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