Scents 101

Great outfit, good.

Great outfit and a kickass scent? Better

The art of perfume predates modern times, the earliest recorded perfumes being developed in Ancient Egypt. (Wikipedia) Even then, people recognised the power of olfactory perception.

In fact, recent psychological tests show that people who use fragrance regularly have a more positive attitude towards socialising and may be more socially skilled than those who seldom or never wear it.

FYI: People who smell good are perceived as more attractive.

In this article I will attempt to answer frequently asked questions on the art of perfume.

  1. How can I choose a fragrance that works for me?

This is one of the harder things to do. It is good to have an idea of what kind of fragrance you want then tell that to the salesperson at the store. Alternatively, you can do research online. To test it, spray a little on the back of your hand. Give it a bit of time then smell it again. This tells you how the fragrance reacts with your body chemistry.

2.   Should I consider the occasion when wearing perfume?

Yes. Certain fragrances are appropriate for the day and others for the night.  Choose a sophisticated but light perfume for everyday and office wear.  You don’t want to distract, but to be subtly noticed. Be a little daring for nights out on the town. Experiment with perfumes that have an Oriental base such as musk or civet.

3.  Where should I apply my perfume?

Where the skin is especially warm and where there is good blood circulation. This is because heat helps diffuse and magnify the aroma of fragrance.  This is why many people spray it on their pulse points i.e. the wrists and the base of the throat. Otherwise, spraying a mist away from my body and walking into it works for me. Do not rub your wrists together though, this may alter the chemistry of your fragrance.

4.  How do I choose the right fragrance for the season?

Choose light floral and citrus scents for spring and summer. Heavier scents can be overpowering during the hotter days, especially when they mix with body sweat.


Pick scents that are fresh and invigorating for the hottest days. Wearing citrus or a synthetic “ocean breeze” type of scent will actually make you feel cooler.

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Experiment with lighter spicy notes in the autumn. Scents with cinnamon and spice undertones are warming but not overly heavy, perfect for cooler days.


Choose heavier scents such as musk and spice for winter wear. Perfumes with Oriental notes such as sandalwood and patchouli work well for winter months.


5.  How can I make my fragrance last longer?

The secret to long-lasting fragrance is fragrance layering. Build up layers of scent on the skin by using different forms of the same fragrance – perfumed soap, bath oil or gel, body lotion or cream, dusting powder and eau de toilette. Each reinforces the impact of the other to quadruple the life of your favourite scent.

6.   Why do certain fragrances smell really good on friends and not on me?

Because each of us has our own “scent print” that will influence the development of a perfume. This odour-identity is the sum total of our genes, our skin chemistry, diet and most importantly, temperature of our skin.

We are all created equal until we use fragrance. (Fragrances of The World)

These are just the basics, and you can find further information here:

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