Mind Your Manners – Perfume Etiquette 101

May 31, 2015

Ok guys, we’re going to finish off #FragranceWeek with a little lesson in perfume etiquette.

Chances are, you’ve walked passed someone who straight up stinks. Not in a bad way, but more in an overwhelming, obnoxious, old-lady perfume way. The smell lingers in your nose, taking your breath away until you’re left waiting for the next gap of fresh air to ingest. It can be really unpleasant, especially for those with allergies. Here are some tips to make sure you’re not caught guilty of the same crime:

Go Light

Perfume is very different from a body spray. Avoid getting too ‘spritz-happy’. A small amount will go a long way. To get the most out of your fragrance, apply to pulse points like your wrists. Behind the ears is also a great spot, especially if you’ll be doing any hugging or ‘canoodling’. Those who are lucky enough to get a whiff will be pleasantly surprised. If you think the scent fades throughout the day, rollerballs and sample sizes are perfect to stick in your purse for touch ups, just be careful not to overdo it.

Chemistry Check

I’ve mentioned this before – what smells good on one person may smell awful on another. A fragrance changes slightly when mixed with our body odour. I strongly suggest spraying a small amount of perfume on your skin in a store, and going for a walk to get an idea of how it will alter on your skin, before making the purchase.

Toss It

Like most beauty products, perfumes expire. You’ll probably notice when the scent changes, and when it does, make sure you throw it out. Ain’t nobody got time for foul smelling fragrances!

Apply Alone

It’s best to spray your perfume in an empty room. Many of us probably do so in our bedrooms before leaving the house for work every morning. However, if you do tend to touch up half-way through the day, making sure to find a private place like the bathroom. It can take a while for perfume to sink into the skin. The initial spray can be quite strong and intoxicating, especially for the noses of strangers or co-workers.

That’s it, that’s all! Just a few simple steps to avoid killing others with your scent.

I hope you enjoyed #FragranceWeek. I know I had fun writing each post!

Here’s a quick recap in case you missed any of the posts before this one:

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