Vexy here, your Friday Fragrance fiend, saying “I’m back”! Yes, ladies (and gents!) I know I’ve been away for a while because of medical stuff, but I can assure you that I am back for the long haul, but first I have to share with you something that occurred to me over my medical leave.
TOO MANY PEOPLE WEAR WAY TOO MUCH FRAGRANCE!
I had a period where I had intense migraines daily, and yet I still had to go to doctors’ appointments and such. Inevitably, there was always one or two ladies wearing about five or six spritzes of a very strong eau d’parfum- or, alternately, a guy who splashed on ten liters of cologne. Now, I’m lucky in that scents do not give me migraines- however, they do make them worse. I can’t tell you how many times in those doctors’ lobbies I had to step outside just to deal with the nausea too much scent was causing!
Now, I’m not going to say I’ve never made that mistake! My freshman year in college, I got my first bottle of strong, strong perfume. Thinking it was like any other mild body splash, I spritzed quite a few times in quite a few places. I think my tip-off was when my roommate nearly had an asthma attack when I walked out of the room! I immediately washed off the scent and went back to just one spray.
So here, I’ve compiled a few little tips I’ve picked up over the past year or so on wearing perfume:
1. KNOW WHAT TYPE IT IS: This applies not only to the scent family, but to the concentration of perfume oils. They go in this order, typically: parfum, cologne, eau d’parfum, eau d’cologne, eau d’toilette. Know the scent family, as well- fresh or watery scents tend to pack less of a punch than florals or orientals.
2. APPLY CORRECTLY: Parfums and colognes are usually very concentrated. All you need is one drop on your wrist and then dab- don’t rub, this crushes the fragrance- the spot on you wrist on your pulse points. Eau d’parfums and eau d’colognes, for the most part, you can spritz once in the air in front of you and then walk into the mist for a nice wash of scent. Eau d’toilettes and “body splash sprays” you can usually spritz once or twice, directly onto yourself- but use common sense!
3. WHEN IN DOUBT, ASK A FRIEND: My boyfriend knows I am not ashamed of asking about how I smell. Even I have a tendency to go overboard now and then with a scent I really, really like (Pink Sugar, I’m looking at you!), so when in doubt, ask someone! It’s really a lot less embarrassing to ask one person and have them say your eau is bordering on stink than to walk around town with a trail of stench behind you!
4. IF YOU’VE USED TOO MUCH, REACH FOR THE RUBBING ALCOHOL: This is a recent thing I’ve discovered! I never knew why they stocked rubbing alcohol in Sephora until one of the nice SA’s explained that it helps to take off any excess fragrance! Obviously, this is not going to work if you’ve spritzed all over your clothes, but if you’ve got too much going on on your skin, rubbing alcohol is a quick fix to take it off WITHOUT having to jump in the shower!
It’s good to be back, ladies! I’ve missed you all! Have any of you had scent mishaps? Perhaps some sweet-smelling tips? I want to know about them!