Culturally, women are taught to love perfume. A pink, vanity-top spritz bottle is a classic feminine image. The scent that the bottle holds, however, may not be so universally appealing. While most of us love spritzing our way through the department-store counters, there is a minority of women who can't stand perfume. read more
Scent can be a very personal thing -- what makes one person feel like a goddess can make another gag -- but some fragrances are (almost) universally loved. From designer perfume brands like Chanel and Dior to more discount fragrances by Aveda and Mary Kay, see which top beauty products our readers love most. Count down to see which scent topped the best perfume list for TotalBeauty.com members. The answer may surprise you. See fragrances
Want to win friends, gain confidence and bring happiness wherever you go? Science says scent can help you do all that, and more. Aromatherapy seems like a hippy-dippy concept, but research shows scents evoke strong emotional responses -- and are the key to setting the tone in an environment. It's the reason why retailers, hotels and restaurants use smells to attract customers and even boost spending. read more
The quest to find your new signature scent can feel staggering. "Do you like florals?" "What's your perfect first date?" "Diamonds or pearls?" The seemingly unrelated questions perfume salespeople pose can leave you sniffing every scent in the store until everything smells like an amalgam of musks, florals, spices and fruits. read more
Fragrance jewelry has been around since the Egyptian times when people wore tiny bottles or scented amulets around their necks. But that doesn't mean these baubles were pretty -- they were more function than form. read more
At least 1,000 new fragrances will come out this year. (To put that number into perspective, only 76 new scents were released in 1991.) With so many fragrances to choose from, you'd think that finding your ideal scent would be easier. But how many times have you smelled a perfume and wished it were a hint sweeter or a little lighter? Instead of sniffing thousands of scents in search of the perfect one (which sounds like a major headache -- literally!), wouldn't it be great if you knew how to wear the perfume you already have -- better? See tips
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
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
Our fave Brit "It" girls get super sultry in the new My Burberry fragrance campaign read more
How much do you love your home state? Enough to pick a fragrance based on the state flower? We've got warm weather on the brain and we're looking for any excuse to lay eyes on bundles of flowers. So, we scoured a full set of encyclopedias (kidding! we used the interwebs!) to find the 50 state flowers and selected a gorgeous group of fragrances featuring those floral notes. One confession: a few state flowers are either poisonous or not exactly fragrant (sorry, Indian Paintbrush flower states), so we subbed state trees with matching scents. What are you waiting for? Click through to find your state flower ... in a perfume! 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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