Shop. Visit. Do.
Shop. Visit. Do.
How often should we change our scent?
As often or as little as you like! Most people have a small collection of fragrances that they change based on things like the season or occasion, some have huge collections, and some have just one fragrance that they wear all the time as a personal signature. I find that one scent gets boring if you wear it too often though, like eating chocolate cake every day.
Sometimes my fragrance doesn’t seem to stick. How can I get longevity out of it when heading out?
The best way is simply to spray more. You’d be surprised how many people under-apply their fragrance, with only two or three sprays in the morning. A better minimum is seven sprays, and get creative with it too – places like your inner elbows, hair, and clothes will make the scent last longer than it would on places like your wrists.
What should people look for when selecting a personal fragrance?
The best way to choose a new fragrance is to try out a lot of different samples, and ‘live’ with them for a few days (spraying the sample on every morning).
What’s a safe approach to picking a fragrance for a significant other?
Because fragrance is so personal, it’s usually best to go perfume shopping with them and pick out something the like the smell of. Buying for someone without them smelling it first is quite an art, but knowledgeable staff at good stores should be able to provide recommendations if you have a list of the fragrances your significant other already wears, or know some notes that they like.
How should I store fragrance*?
Not in direct sunlight or in a bathroom! Both heat and UV light will damage the essences in a fragrance, and will make it sell rancid over time. The best place to keep fragrances is in a cupboard or wardrobe, even though it’s not exactly the most glamorous way of displaying them.
What are notes?
The way that staff in stores will provide recommendations is based on the notes in fragrances that you already like. If you like Desert Rosewood, you obviously like woody notes, so you will probably appreciate Wood Infusion and Silky Woods. If you like Velvet Splendour, you probably like floral notes, so Southern Bloom would be a good recommendation. Notes are essentially the ingredients that go into a fragrance, though some are molecules (e.g. civet, which used to be extracted from animals but is now replaced with a synthetic version).
Tips for travelling with fragrance?
Buy smaller bottles of your favourites, so that you can travel with a few perfumes and have more options for what to wear when travelling. And it’s also good to have a really small bottle in your bag if you want to top up during the day (particularly in hot weather, where the scent will fade faster).