Scent is one of the most powerful senses we have. In fact, newborn babies can identify their mothers by the scent of their breast milk. |
Smell can accentuate the visual perception as well. The reason things with unpleasant odours also look distasteful is because our sense of smell has already sent a negative signal to the brain, before the eyes have even fully captured the object in question. The flip side is, of-course, good scents send good impressions to our brain, making the object look more attractive.
Therefore, if you want to look your best, you should also make sure you smell your best. Choosing the right scent is not always easy, however. What smells wonderful and alluring on someone else, may sour on your own skin.
Each person has their own unique PH level and personal scent which reacts differently to perfumes and body sprays. Other factors, such as stress or hormone levels can also change your personal scent. It's important to try out a scent in person before you purchase it. Spray a little on your wrist and wait for it to absorb for a few minutes before deciding if you like it.
When you're shopping for a scent that suits you, take into account the type of perfume or spray you are buying. The difference between straight perfume and things like eu de parfum is the strength of the scent. If you find the perfume itself is nice, but a little too strong, try the eu de version. It should be a tamer version of the same scent, because the eu de versions contain less perfume oil which gives the scent.
While you are at the perfume counter, you'll likely notice the scents are also available in lotions and creams. This is because a scent will last longer on lotioned or oiled skin than bare dry skin. Perfume tends to evaporate rather quickly, so applying a lotion or oil before your scent will help your scent last longer. Using a scented lotion that matches your perfume will further increase the longevity.
Once you've found your scent that compliments your body, don't be afraid to let it linger. The impression it leaves behind is not just the scent, but the image of beautiful you.
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