Has this ever happened to you? You find a fragrance that you absolutely love either from a store or a friend. You are excited to wear it as your new signature scent. But once you get home and try it on, it isn't quite the same. It smells different. It’s not as enticing as you remember it and makes you think of that candy you hate… This situation is a lot more common than you know. I’ve been there too!
Let me tell you a secret… A fragrance has to choose you as much as you choose it. Many elements affect how a perfume smells on you. So finding your perfect fragrance may take some time and several trial and errors.
A fragrance has to choose you as much as you choose it.
Reason #3: Location. Location. Location
Every location has an ambient smell created from “scent molecules” floating around the environment. These “scent molecules” can come from people around you, furniture, plants, pets, etc. Because you cannot isolate a smell, or your nose, the fragrance you try will always smell slightly different depending on the location. Make sure you try your fragrance in different situations and locations before committing to it.
Reason #2: Your body composition and diet
Fragrances are delicate in nature and adapt quickly to their conditions. Elements like the pH balance of your skin, your hormones, and your body temperature can affect your perfume.
What you eat can also change the smell of your fragrance. Herbs and spices used to cook, also known as “edible perfumes”, can modify your natural body smell which, in turn, changes your perfume.
Knowing your skin type will help you make the most of your perfume.
Reason #1: Your skin type
The main culprit in my opinion is your skin type. Dry and oily skin reflect fragrances differently. In general, fragrances are more expressive on oily skin.
Oily skin will retain top notes for much longer. However, bottom notes can feel quite heavy, even overwhelming, on it. View the best fragrances for oily skin.
On the other hand, dry skin does better with fragrances that are bottom-heavy with fewer top notes. View the best fragrances for dry skin.
Knowing your skin type will help you make the most of your perfume. If you have combination skin, make sure to choose a perfume according to where you like to spray it.
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