Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Organic perfume: A beginner’s guide to fragrances

Many of us underestimate the power of scents. Choosing the right fragrance is more than just smelling good. The sense of smell is linked to improved memory,sleep enhancement, relaxation and better health in general. You can create a more positive atmosphere if you can choose the perfect scent for yourself! Unfortunately, artificial perfumes and other similar products use harsh chemicals and strong substances which can just cause harm in the long run. Most perfume companies use chemicals that can lead to long-term health problems to the wearer. This blog is a comprehensive guide for beginners who wish to discover their personalized fragrance. We suggest choosing organic perfumes as these are better than their chemical laden counterparts.

Your skin type affects the fragrance you wear!
Before you begin to dive into finding the right fragrance for you, it’s important to note that many scents smell different depending on the skin type they are applied to (dry, oily, prone to sweat, etc.). Because of this, trying on a fragrance before you purchase is absolutely essential, to understand the differentiation within the product itself.

How Fragrances are created?
To begin with, every scent has top, middle (or heart) and base notes. The mixture of all these notes together is known as the “accord.” In most cases the top notes will hit first, but often won’t linger in the same way a powerful base would. Most professionals use the terms “Fresh,” “Woody,” “Oriental” and “Floral” to describe the four scent families, and the spectrum of how our noses interpret a smell.

How and where should you apply your fragrance?
You want to apply your perfume to areas that generate heat, since your body heat will stimulate it.  Many perfume oils have a small wand attached to the lid you can swipe across your pulse points (wrists, neck, chest, thighs, inner elbow, etc.). 
Sometimes certain fragrances might contain ingredients that can be irritating on the skin. A fragrance doesn't always have to be applied directly to the skin - you can put it in your hair or on clothing to get the same scented effect. Even if you don't have any sensitive reactions to a particular fragrance, it might just not play nicely with your skin chemistry, so these alternatives are a nice way to work around that.

How do you store your fragrances?
Keep your perfumes in a cool, dry place with the lid properly sealed.  You don't want your perfume to evaporate, and the oils can also go rancid depending on which ones are used as a base.  Even with preservatives, you should still be mindful of how you store your scents.
These are the very basic tips for those who are new to the world of perfumery or find it difficult to select their preferred fragrance. 

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