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Fragrance scents

We’ve all done it. We’ve noticed the lovely fragrance scents that our friend is wearing and you find yourself constantly noticing the whiff of a delightful perfume when you’re on a night out.

Now and then it drifts back and makes you curious so you ask your friend which perfume she happens to be wearing. Your friend just so happens to have the bottle in her handbag because that’s what women do on a night out and lots of perfumes are available in smaller sizes to carry in your handbag. Many women love to freshen up on a night out so we pop to the ladies’ bathroom for another spritz of our perfume before we head on back to the pub or nightclub.

You ask if you can try a little spritz too because it smells so gorgeous on your friend. It must surely smell the same on you but let’s think about this and take a different angle. You bought the same blouse as your friend because it looked amazing on her the last time you went out together. Seeing her wearing it prompts you to ask where she bought it, so you go out and purchase the same blouse.

Chances are, it will look and feel very different on you because even if you are the same clothing size, your shape and height may be very different. No two people are exactly alike; our bodies differ even if we wear the same size clothing. The same principle applies to fragrances. What suits one type of skin won’t necessarily suit another. Each person has their unique scent when it comes to their skin, so even if a fragrance smells wonderful on a friend, it may not suit our skin the same way.

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The perfect fragrance scents 

My sister and our late mum always wore “Sunflower” by Elizabeth Arden.

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It’s a delightful floral perfume that comes in a simplistic bottle and is affordably priced. Sunflowers by Elizabeth Arden was very popular in the early 90s. When our mum passed away, I discovered a brand new, unopened bottle of Sunflowers in her bathroom cabinet as we faced the daunting task of clearing out her home for someone new to move in.

Our mum had a habit of buying two of everything, and unfortunately, she never got around to wearing the new bottle before she passed away. It remained unopened and sealed. I decided to keep it as a keepsake, a reminder of how our mum used to smell.

Fragrance scents

Fragrance notes of Sunflowers 

Top notes: lemon, orange, blossom, rosewood, mandarin, peach, bergamot, melon.

Heart notes: Rose, pure jasmine, iris root, cyclamen, osmanthus.

Base notes: cedar, musk, amber, moss, sandalwood

I couldn’t bring myself to throw away a brand-new bottle; that just seemed like a waste. Sunflowers was a gorgeous fragrance on both my mum and sister, and it suited them very well. Sunflowers have a distinctive floral and fruity scent, so one might think that its versatility would appeal to many women. This fragrance family happens to be one of my favourites.

One day, I decided to try the fragrance for myself and experienced a completely different scent on my skin compared to that of my mom and sister. Let’s just say it smelled like garden weeds! I left it on for about 30 minutes, as scents can change once the notes settle, but it didn’t improve. I had no option but to wash it off.

I was left feeling disappointed that my mum’s favourite fragrance didn’t have the same scent on my skin as it did on her and my sister. Even though the collection of fragrance notes on paper appeared to be a delicate mix, it seemed that one or two scents clashed when I sprayed it on my skin.

I kept the bottle for a few years until it ‘turned,’ and I felt there was little reason to keep it, knowing that I would never use it, and it was too late to give it to my sister. A perfume that has gone bad is best thrown away. This is why it is so important to try a sample of perfume or aftershave on your skin before making a purchase. It’s the only way to determine if the scent that your friend wears is going to suit you as well.

Fragrance scents

Perfumes, especially luxury and some celebrity brands, can be expensive. It’s disheartening to have another bottle sitting in the wardrobe that goes unused because you bought it hastily without trying it first.

Some people opt to spray a little into the air before making a purchase, and while it’s another way to get a sense of a scent, nothing compares to trying it on your skin first. Fragrances can enhance our personality, so we must select a perfume that complements both our skin and character.

Try before you buy

Trying a scent on your skin before buying is essential.

Chemistry with Your Skin: Fragrances can interact differently with each individual’s skin chemistry. The same perfume can smell different on different people due to variations in body temperature, pH levels, and natural oils. By testing the scent on your skin, you can assess how it develops and whether it complements your body’s unique chemistry.

Evolution of Notes: Fragrances consist of top, middle and base notes that unfold over time. When you apply a scent to your skin, you get to experience the full evolution of the fragrance. The initial top notes might be enticing, but you need to see how they blend with the heart and base notes to decide if you like the overall composition.

Longevity and Projection: A fragrance’s longevity (how long it lasts on your skin) and projection (how far the scent radiates) are influenced by your skin type and body heat. Testing it on your skin allows you to gauge how long the scent lingers and how it interacts with your body’s natural scent, helping you make an informed decision about its suitability for your needs.

Allergic Reactions: Some people may have allergies or sensitivities to certain fragrance ingredients. By trying a scent on your skin, you can ensure it doesn’t cause any adverse reactions, such as skin irritation or headaches.

Seasonal Considerations: Fragrances can be influenced by weather and climate. Some scents might be better suited for warmer seasons, while others shine in colder weather. Testing a fragrance on your skin in the appropriate season can give you a better idea of how it performs in specific conditions.

Personal Preference: Fragrance preferences are subjective and unique to each individual. A scent that smells fantastic on someone else may not appeal to you in the same way. Trying a fragrance on your skin allows you to determine if it aligns with your tastes and makes you feel confident and comfortable.

Confidence in Purchase: Buying a fragrance can be an investment, especially for designer or niche perfumes. Trying a scent on your skin before purchasing gives you more confidence in your decision, reducing the likelihood of buyer’s remorse.

When trying a fragrance on your skin, remember to give it some time to develop fully. Wait for at least 30 minutes to an hour to experience the scent’s true character.

If possible, refrain from testing multiple fragrances on the same day, as the scents might mix and interfere with each other. Overall, testing a fragrance on your skin is a crucial step in finding the perfect scent that complements your unique personality and style.

Fragrance scents

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