Fragrances are flourishing and are now both mainstream and niche, which makes the decision around WHAT TO SPRITZ more meaningful.
Consider this your beginner’s guide to becominga perfumista, a girl who knows (nose?) the finer points of fragrance.
NOTES TO SELF
For a truly unique scent, try layering. “The general rule of thumb is to spray deeper, woodier orientals as a base, and top up with floral or citrus scents to ‘volumise’ the fragrance,” notes Smart. Layering a shower gel, body lotion and fragrance in the same scent also helps longevity.
Dry skin doesn’t hold fragrance well, so start with clean, moisturised skin. “Most body lotions contain oils, which will hold and anchor a fragrance’s fine oils much more effectively,” says Smart (if your body lotion is not the same scent, make sure it’s fragrance-free so it doesn’t compete with your perfume). Smart also suggests misting bare skin before dressing, and then going in a second time once dressed, deploying alight mist on clothing from around 40 centimetres away, to create 3D-depth.
Other dos and don’ts: never rub wrists together (“it disrupts the scent’s evolution—let your body chemistry work its magic,” says Smart), and if you want to make a bigger impact, say, in the evening, misting the belly button and behind the knees will amp up the diffusion of scent around you.
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