Perfume does something very special: It provides an instant confidence boost with one simple spritz. But finding your signature perfume can prove somewhat challenging with the abundance of musky, floral, citrus or even woodsy notes to choose from.
No matter your style aesthetic or where you live, having a clean and tidy home is a must. Even better — one that smells so heavenly you never want to leave. Your home is where you go to escape the outside world, snuggle up on the couch, watch television or Netflix on your laptop and zone out, so why not make it as inviting as possible? While burning candles is a surefire way to fill your space with pleasant smells, room sprays are another great alternative. They don't require you to use any matches and tend to last longer.
What do you think of when you hear the word patchouli? Does it make you think of the 1960s and 70s — or hippie culture — or worse, grandma perfume? The patchouli plant is a member of the mint family. It's an herb with strongly scented leaves as well as tiny pink and white flower clusters. Patchouli is known for its earthly, green, herbal scent with nods to its mint relatives. It's been used for centuries for fragrance, insect repellent, tea and alternative medicine practices.
Whether you're always in a rush to get out the door in the morning and forget to spritz on your signature scent or you hate the overpowering cloud of fragrance often associated with classic perfumes, it's time to get to know perfume balms. Much like perfume oils, perfume balms tend to be more heavily concentrated to create a longer-lasting scent that really sticks to skin. Also known as solid perfumes, these non-liquid scents feature mixtures of hardened oils, waxes and other ingredients to dab fragrance exactly where you want it, without going overboard.
No doubt, oil is having a moment in the beauty world. From cleansing oils to facial oils to hair oils, beauty oils and their many benefits have finally gone mainstream. Now, perfume oils are the latest oil poised to be the next big thing.
Winter scents tend to be dark and dramatic, with intense sandalwood, mysterious amber and intoxicating musk as the most common fragrance notes. But once the temperatures warm up, scents tend to get a bit more optimistic and romantic, with citrus and florals taking center stage.
If you're shopping for new perfume this season, you're probably encountering all kinds of high-concept, OTT, unorthodox concoctions. Have you heard about the perfume that smells of instant film and ink? How about the one that smells like milk and blood?
Ah summer. It's the perfect time to dust off the ol' bucket list and fantasize about all of the exotic locales we'd like to experience. Are you longing for an escape to the French countryside? Imagining life on a remote island? Or maybe an overnight al fresco at the closest national park is the adventure you crave? Of course, between the reality of plane fares, haggling for time off and nailing down logistics, these grand travel plans are often easier dreamed up than done.
We'll miss 2016 like we miss a searing UTI or a period-week bikini waxing session -- in other words, not one, miserable bit. It was a banner year of upsets, disappointments, tragedies and all-around f$ery. It's no wonder so many of us closed 2016 mentally and emotionally hungover, eager for the new year and its attendant promise of change -- whether or not that promise is fulfilled.
Summer break may be a thing of the past for many of us, but just because we don't get three months off doesn't mean our social calendars are less packed. Backyard BBQs, weddings, date nights en plein air ... there's a certain sense of freedom and hopefulness about summer that no other season can match. And since scent is one of the biggest memory triggers, there's no better way to remember these stolen summer moments between work and other responsibilities than a special summer fragrance.
Ah, spring. The birds are chirping, the sun is (mostly) shining, and you're gleefully stowing away the wools and flannels that you swaddled yourself in during the dark days of winter. While you're storing your cable-knit sweaters and fur-lined boots, make some room in the back of your closet for some of your perfumes, too.
A sexy perfume puts an essential last touch on your date-night beauty routine. After all, our sense of smell plays an integral role in emotion and memory, key ingredients in the obscure brew that is romance.
One of our favorite things about winter is the olfactory experience. You just can't beat the nostalgic smells of freshly fallen snow, pine needles and pumpkin spice. This year's winter perfumes are taking those much-loved scents, and bringing them to a heightened, more complex level.
Whether out of curiosity or necessity, we've all stolen a squirt of a male counterpart's toiletries. A little pilfered shaving cream here, a filched swipe of deodorant there -- the bathroom is a communal place, after all.
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.
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.
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.