Fragrances

118cbe_21cc05b69d95d48819dbdb626a716c84“Some hints for the Ladies”

1. Keep it subtle ! Perfume and a lightness of being are one and the same. Avoid anyone meeting your perfume before they meet you. A lady can be more alluring by being discovered. Spray your perfume in the air after a shower and walk through it. Put a few drops behind your knees. French girls have been popping some drops on the back of their ankles for years. Juice up the pulse points (your body’s warmest bits,- the neck, wrists). For an extra surprise for him (or her) try a light spray just below your navel.

2. The four pulse points: wrists, throat, chest and sides of the neck. These are the warmest points of the body and help a fragrance waft into the nearby atmosphere.

3. Match your personality. How would you describe yourself ? Spontaneous, fresh, zesty, deep or demure ? Does your perfume say the same about you ? Are you mismatched perhaps ? If you reflect a similar message with your perfume then the total package is much more enhanced.

4. Road testing a fragrance. Check your scent strips or samples carefully. Take your time, it may help to close your eyes and not be distracted by the “noise” around you. Often a busy department store is not the best place to make an important decision about your personal fragrance. Take a smelling strip home to some quiet secluded space and discover your scent there. Wait for the “top notes” to clear. Your first impression will be zesty citrus smells of green lemon, bergamot, neroli, mandarin. Wait a further 10-15 minutes for the “middle notes” with magnetic scents of powerful cedar, vetiver, jasmine, lavender, and spice blends of nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon and cloves. Last, the “base notes” which often surface up to an hour later. Earthy, woody, mossy mysterious scents that linger the longest. So always adorn yourself with your precious perfume at least an hour before going out.

:Remember: Elegance is defined by discretion –
not by invading your neighbours space.

Tips for the Gentlemen

118cbe_40bcc528aa1a97ad9487d8a0722068381. Keep it light ! Never let anyone meet your cologne before they meet you. Spray your cologne in the air after a shower and walk through it. Put the fragrance on your body, not your clothes. Your warm body enhances the effect so put some on your neck, (the sides is best)or behind your knees. Juice up the pulse points (the warmest bits – the wrists, navel and ankles).

2. There are four pulse points: wrists, throat, chest and sides of the neck. For her added surprise put a drop or two just below your navel. Please try and avoid overkill.

3. Match your personality. Uncomplicated, entrepreneurial, spontaneous social guys go for zesty fresh fragrances with citrus notes. Reflective, lone “wolves” often choose warm, spicy oriental colognes. Sophisticated,stylish,rugged outdoor guys appreciate those warm tobacco and leather notes.

4. Road testing a fragrance. Check the scent strips. Wait¬† for the “top notes” to clear. Your first impression will be zesty citrus smells of green lemon, bergamot, neroli, mandarin. Wait a further 10-15 minutes for the “middle notes” with magnetic scents of powerful cedar, vetiver, jasmine, lavender, and spice blends of nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon and cloves. Last, the “base notes” which often surface up to an hour later. Earthy, woody, mossy mysterious scents that linger the longest. So adorn yourself at least an hour before going out.

5. Match your skin type. Your skin’s dryness, diet, environment, and behaviour (like stress, smoking,drinking, etc.) impact on your fragrance and how long it lasts.Oily skin lasts longer because the chemistry is more potent. Sweaty skin can “sour” a cologne, so lightly reapply a few times a day. Dry skin means simply you need more water. When you are thirsty just drink two glasses of water at a time. All perfumes are alcohol (ethanol) based which evaporates and carries the smell, yet also dries skin, so stay hydrated. Sensitive guys with skin that may occasionally make a rash or acne should keep it light and not so often. Give your skin a rest during the week, use cologne on the week end. Wear only one fragrance product at a time. Good hunting !

:Remember: Elegance is defined by discretion –
not by invading your neighbours space.