Do you ever smell something great and it takes you back to a place, person, or memory? You would realize how crucial it is to smell good and make the right first impression so that people remember you. But, how do you achieve it?
“Nothing is more memorable than a smell.”
Your fragrance sets you apart from the rest. When you smell good, you feel good. Perfume is the most intense form of memory.
Imagine the smell of a freshly brewed cup of coffee on a lunch date with your girl pals or the aroma of butter chicken being cooked by your mother in the kitchen, it brings back memories, doesn’t it?!
This is exactly what a good smell can do, take you to places you otherwise couldn’t possibly imagine visiting.
History of Fragrance and Perfumes
Much before fragrances were sold in fancy bottles at big fancier stores, our grandmothers and great-grandmothers would create aromas using leaves and flowers on grinding stones and lighting incense sticks at homes.
Scented oils (now popularly known as perfumes) were used as sunscreens and also as scents. No formula or test tubes were used to measure the right amount of concentrate, just guts, and pure magic.
Ingredients namely cardamom, olive oil, and cinnamon were added to produce the ancient perfumes, which were much thicker and stickier than what we use today.
As a result, the perfumes produced strong, spicy, faintly musky scents that tended to last longer than most modern fragrances.
However underrated this aspect of grooming and wellness may be, it still manages to occupy the most space in our heads when we shake hands, hug or merely pass by someone.
We are always, consciously or unconsciously, storing moments, memories, and people in our minds and registering how they smell.
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Here are 5 quick tips on how to smell good all day:
1. Hydrated skin
As cliché as it might sound, drinking just the right amount of water can help your body retain the fragrance of your perfume longer.
Skin is healthier when it is pumped with sufficient H2O and it doesn’t absorb all the perfume that you spritz on it. Hence, making the scent last and radiate fragrance longer.
2. Layer your scent
If you frequently use perfume and are still wondering why your scent doesn’t last long, here’s how to fix it – layer it. The more you use it, the longer it will stay. It’s proven to be one of the best ways to hold your scent.
To layer, use in moderation, the perfume oil in your body wash, lotion, mist, at pulse points, and finally spritz it around. There you have the secret to smelling good longer!
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3. Trial and test
As per body chemistry, every perfume/deo/body mist/spray has a different fragrance on each one’s body. Reason – unique lifestyle, diet, water consumption, and the kind of scent one uses.
Perfume on no two bodies can smell the same. Need another reason to know you are one of a kind?! Hence, test it before it ends up testing you.
4. Learn the notes well
The understanding of three notes in perfume oils, viz., top note, middle note (heart note), and the base note are crucial to choosing the best fragrance for yourself.
The top note is what a perfume smells like for the first 15 minutes after application. It is usually anisic, citrusy, and aromatic. The middle note (heart note) is the smell that lasts for appx. 60 minutes post-application. It radiates floral, fruity, and spicy fragrance.
The base note is what lasts the longest, appx. 6+ hours from the time of application. It’s amber, woody, and musky. Try out various fragrances and decide upon your favorite one next time you go shopping using this knowledge.
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5. Hush Hush
Keep your scent unique by keeping it a secret. Either buy expensive ones or keep the average ones under the covers. Personality also plays a vital role in determining the kind of scents one uses.
While some may enjoy fruity, citrusy, and floral smells, others may love strong and masculine. Fusion is always welcomed but be cognizant of what suits you and what doesn’t.
There you go! This was a little snippet of what goes into smelling good. Key takeaway – Looks can be deceptive, and smell can never be. Let us know in comments your thoughts about fragrances and smelling good.
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