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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Some fragrance tips and facts

This article provides many tips and facts about fragrances, and as it is in question answer format, it would be easy to learn either the theories we believed are true or false?

It is not true that the sense of smell is keener in the morning than it is later in the day. Our sense of smell is not as sharp in the morning as it is later in the day. More upbeat, "bright" scents can be appreciated at the beginning of the day to sharpen the senses. Once you've awakened your sense of smell, choose fragrances that correspond with your mood, fashion or the occasion.

As we get older, can our sense of smell begin to diminish as is does for our eye sight and hearing?
Constant, creative use of all our senses can help to keep them at peak performance well into old age. It may be the time in a person's life to change fragrance type, i.e., one that gives a fast and stronger odor impression.

Can a person's medication, smoking affect how a fragrance smells?
Yes. The wearer may think a fragrance formula has been changed when instead it is a change in diet, medication or lifestyle which has caused the new perception of scent. What one eats on a regular basis can affect the way a fragrance smells and lasts on a person's skin. If one is on a high fat, spicy diet, for example, fragrance will be more intense. If you have recently changed your diet dramatically, skin chemistry may change, causing fragrance to smell differently on you.

Can one improve one's sense of smell after 50?
Many men and women over 50 begin to lose their ability to fully appreciate smell sensations. Though current research reveals that women are less apt to lose their sense of smell as quickly as men at the same age, older people often prefer stronger scents. They must be careful not to overdo their fragrance applications, particularly in warm weather or if they know they are going to be in stressful situations.

Can one lose one's sense of smell?
Yes, particularly if one has a cold, the flu or if you have suffered a head injury. If the condition persists, see a physician.

Can perfume be kept indefinitely?
Once a bottle of perfume is opened it is meant to be used. Otherwise it will begin to fade with time. Long exposure to strong sunlight or extremes in temperature can disturb the delicate balance of the perfume and change its scent. Perfume, to last, should be kept in a cool, dry place away from direct light.

Do women have a keener sense of smell than men?
Yes, but much of it learned. On a day-to-day basis women in our society are encouraged to use their noses more often than men through their interest in cooking, flower arrangements, creating interior environments, and the early use of fragrance products. In addition, according to scientific research, the fluctuation in a woman's sense of smell, during a 24-hour period, is systematically greater than a man's.

Does dry skin require a more generous fragrance application?
Yes, dry skin does not hold fragrances as long as oily skin and it should be reapplied more often throughout the day.
If a person is inclined to perspire, does this affect the impact of fragrance?
Yes, body heat builds up, fragrance intensifies.

If fragrance is applied in the morning, will it last throughout the day?
No, fragrance is not formulated to last all day. It should be refreshed periodically. Approximately every three to four hours.

Is it important to apply fragrance all over the body?
Yes, fragrance rises. If a woman applies her fragrance just behind her ears, or a man his aftershave just on his face, the scent will slowly rise and disappear.

Is it true that a person has his or her own individual "smell fingerprint"?

Yes. Each of us has our own unique odor identity which is the sum total of our heredity (genes), skin type (dry/oily/light/dark), hair color, diet, whether or not we take medications, are under stress, the environment in which we live, etc.
Is it true that fragrance can be kept in the refrigerator for a refresher pickup?
Yes, but only colognes and toilet waters. Perfumes should not be exposed to extreme cold or heat because either may upset its delicate balance.

Is it true that fragrance reacts differently on blondes, brunettes and redheads?
Yes. Blonds -- with a fair skin will be happiest with long-lasting multi-floral creations. Their skin is often dry causing fragrances that are too subtle to evaporate rapidly.

Brunettes -- usually have medium-to-dark skin which contains natural oils, allowing scents to last longer. Dramatic orientals are often favorites.

Redheads -- have extremely fair and delicate skin which may be incompatible with fragrances which have predominant green notes.
Is it true the sense of smell is not as keen in the winter as it is in the summer?
Yes, heat increases the impact of odor. In the summer there are so many fascinating "smell" signals around us, and we are more conscious of our sense of smell and certainly enjoy it to the fullest. In hot weather, each fragrance application goes a long way-so lighter fragrances should be worn.

May fragrance be sprayed on the hair?
Only if the hair is freshly-shampoed. Oils and dirt which accumulate on the hair and scalp intensify fragrance and can distort it. Also, don't spray fragrance on extremely dry or brittle hair.

Should fragrance be applied to clothes?
No, fragrance is formulated only to be applied to the skin. If applied to fabric, the fibers could change the character of the fragrance. The scent might also stain the fabric.

Should fragrance be applied to the palms of your hands?
Yes, it is a wonderful way to enjoy the fragrance for oneself.

When traveling to a "high altitude" will fragrance be affected?
Yes, high altitude decreases the long-lasting effects of fragrance so it should be applied more often. High altitudes also weaken the strength of a fragrance message. Choose stronger fragrances.

Why is it important to test no more than three fragrances at one time?
The sense of smell quickly develops odor fatigue if it is exposed to too many sensations in a short period of time.

Source: The Fragrance Foundation

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