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Discover the Real Power of the Perfume You Love
Scent is a woman's secret weapon
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They run no fewer than 5 fashion businesses -- from the impossibly high end The Row to the Olsenboye line for J.C. Penney -- but somehow, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen have managed to elude the adult celeb fragrance category -- till now. read more
I have a very selective nose when it comes to perfume. I blame my grandmother for that. The heavy, musky scents that she adored trailed her wherever she went, and sent me sniffing in the opposite direction. Until college, light and fruity Victoria's Secret body sprays were all I could handle. Even though my taste has evolved since then, I still lean towards fruity and floral spritzes (DKNY Be Delicious is my absolute favorite), and stay far away from woodsy scents in memory of that scent-clouded house. read more
The Internet has been a-twitter this week with the news that Blake Lively will soon launch a GOOP-y type endeavor. read more
There's a new one every week, so we turned it into a game! Click the bottle to match the star to the scent read more
Newly blonde. Newly mommed; Kim Kardashian has a lot of "new" things going on in her life, so why not add in a fifth fragrance to her already formidable scent collection to really shake things up? read more
David Beckham. Justin Bieber. Antonio Banderas. Tim McGraw. Usher. Bruce Willis. Oh, yeah, and those One Direction dudes. All of these guys have "signature scents" to their name. (Or, perhaps, to be more semantically correct, let's say that they have "their names on signature scents.") read more
Olivia Wilde has come a long way since her days guest-starring as a lesbian bar tender on "The O.C." read more
Get your guy (or brother, or dad, or your neighbor's husband) to take the Share Your Scent Sense survey for a chance to win a $500 gift card. read more
Beauty editors, as a general rule, love fragrance. When a new bottle comes into the office, everyone gathers around to spritz and sniff. Everyone ... except our editor in chief, Beth. She claims to "hate" perfume and has yet to find one she can tolerate. "Most perfumes are so overpowering," she says. "If I take an elevator ride with someone wearing perfume, I still smell it for the next hour or so. And if I wear perfume, it's almost like I can taste it all day -- most fragrances give me a headache. I think I just have a sensitive nose." read more
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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