Many women choose their perfume by simply going to the store and buying the first thing that smells good on a small paper strip, or something that they liked from a magazine ad. Picking the right scent for your body is a lot more complicated. Your body and paper do not react the same way to perfumes.
Perfume does not smell the same in the bottle, on the test strip, or on your skin. What you smell first is the topnote. This is the strongest part of the perfume and it fades the quickest. After the topnote fades you are left with the midnote that fades into the basenote. The basenote is the scent that stays on you the longest and appears around thirty minutes after initially applying the perfume. Depending on the type of perfume, the basenote can last up to 24 hours.
The only thing worse than too much perfume, is too much of the wrong kind. Body chemistry plays a huge role in how the scent smells on you. If your perfume seems to fade quickly, don’t compensate by putting more on. If the scent works with your body it should smell nice through all its stages and stay on without much application.
Shopping for perfume requires a lot of patience. Don’t expect to buy something the first day you hit the stores. When you start sampling scents don’t expect the perfume to smell the same on you as it does on the test strips. Your body chemistry is what makes the perfume work or not work. Once you find a perfume that you like the general topnote of (what you will be smelling on the test strip) spray it onto your wrists, and smell immediately to see how the topnote works with your body.
Wait 10-20 minutes and smell your wrists again. You are now experiencing the midnote. About an hour later smell your wrists one last time to get a sense of the basenote. This is what you should be basing your purchase on because this is what the scent is going to smell like the majority of the time you are wearing it. If you don’t like what you smell, start over. If you do like it wait a few more hours to see how long the scent will last.
Most perfumes come with a matching body wash or lotion. These help to prolong the scent without letting it be overpowered by strong deodorants or soaps. If you don’t want to use the body wash or lotion version of your perfume, it helps to use a mild or unscented one. You don’t want the two scents competing.
Once you have found the perfect perfume for your body chemistry, applying it is easy. Simply spray a small l amount to your wrists. The reason behind applying perfume on the pulses is that they are considered the warmer parts of the body, which help diffuse the scene and allow it to mix with your body’s natural oils better.