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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

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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

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16 Best Perfumes

Scent can be a very personal thing -- what makes one person feel like a sexy goddess makes another gag -- but some fragrances are (almost) universally loved. See which ones our readers say they can't live without and find out which fragrance topped the list for TotalBeauty.com members. The answer may surprise you (or if you're a fan, maybe it won't).   See fragrances

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12 Perfumes to Sniff This Summer

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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The Luxury Fragrance ... for Your Car

We've come a long way from the stick-up pine tree air freshener, baby   read more

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Weekend Recap: RiRi's New Perfume Pic, Gaga's Latest Hair Color, and More

Rihanna looks gorge in the campaign for her new fragrance, Rogue, which launches in September. Source: WWD.com   read more

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Weekend Recap: Another Fragrance From The Biebs, SPF Art, and More

La Roche-Posay's SOS sun protection campaign came to New York City, offering shade in the form of 200 umbrellas (pictured right) skin cancer screenings, and sunscreen samples. Source: WWD.com   read more

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New Celebrity Fragrances We Love

Some celebrities make crossing into new creative zones seem so effortless. Victoria Beckham's fashion collection, Cindy Crawford's "Meaningful Beauty," and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's "The Row" designer label. These star efforts are classy, stylish, and still holding strong.   read more

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This Beauty Product is Helping Alzheimer's Patients

All it takes is one whiff of a brown-bagged PB&J sandwich and you're right back in elementary school. Or maybe using Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner reminds you of your junior high boyfriend, who always commented on how great your hair smelled. Everyone knows that scent is the sense most strongly tied to memory, and now experts are taking advantage of this in Singaporean hospitals in an attempt to help Alzheimer's patients.   read more

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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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