- Middle notes: The scent of a perfume that emerges just prior to when the top notes dissipate. The middle note compounds form the "heart" or main body of a perfume and act to mask the often unpleasant initial impression of base notes, which become more pleasant with time. They are also called the heart notes.
- Base notes: The scent of a perfume that appears close to the departure of the middle notes. The base and middle notes together are the main theme of a perfume. Base notes bring depth and solidity to a perfume. Compounds of this class of scents are typically rich and "deep" and are usually not perceived until 30 minutes after application.
How to wear your fragrance.First and foremost, for the sake of those around you, always obey the arms length rule. Your fragrance should not enter the room before you, nor should anyone be able to tell you were in the room by taking a deep breath after you have left. No one standing more than arm’s length away should be able to smell your fragrance.
Fragrance rises so don’t limit your application to behind your ears or on your neck. Aim for your pulse points and warm spot – crook of the elbow, back of the knees etc.
You may need to reapply … fragrance typically last 3-4 hours depending on what form you use and again, your personal chemistry. Layering fragrance helps it to last longer. Using a body wash, and especially a body lotion that matches your fragrance will help the scent hold longer. Dryer skin will loose the scent faster than well moisturized skin.
Before reapplying though you should make use of a friend or loved one’s nose. We do get used to our own scent after about an hour. Many people end up violating the arms length rule by reapplying their fragrance too often because they don’t “smell” it any more
If you use a deodorant soap, it can neutralize your fragrance.
Be careful about spraying fragrance on your hair. Hair is porous and retains fragrance well, but be sure to spray on freshly shampooed hair without gels or sprays. Oils, dirt and other hair products can distort the scent, especially if they themselves are scented.
Enjoy your fragrance. Don’t save it for special occasions. Fragrance will evaporate and change once it’s opened, even sprays as those bring in more air with each spray. Keep it fresh by storing in a cool dry place, away from the sun…which by the way is not your bathroom.
Avoid applying fragrance directly on clothing as the oils can stain.
You can also spray your favorite fragrance on cotton balls and tuck them in your drawers and closets or spritz on your sheets for sweet dreams.
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