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.
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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.
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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.
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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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