"Perfume is the art that makes memory speak."
I can remember being a little girl watching my mother get ready to go out with my father and being all dressed up. She was usually dressed up anyway, now that I think about it. She was a stay at home mom for the most part, and did a little bit of hairdressing on the weekends. The hairdressing was actually done in our kitchen while me and my sister watched Saturday Morning cartoons. The ladies in the neighborhood took turns getting their hair washed, sitting under the dryer and all that jazz. That might be a story for another time. I'm just remembering that my mom was always dressed up, with dresses, nylons and heels but on certain weekend nights she would get extra fancy and either my grandma, Auntie Josephine or a close friend of the family would babysit.
On those evenings she would use a different perfume. Her regular day to day perfume was Chanel No.5 but she would switch to Joy on her "date nights" with my dad. I noticed this and I would experiment with my own little girl beauty items. I had the complete Tinkerbell line and used those for every day. I switched to Love's Baby Soft for special events such as a piano recital or the legendary Father/Daughter Dances held in my elementary school's gymnasium.
Through the years I probably tried out every scent under the sun. I definitely tried every sample available at Macy's. At the wise old age of 44, yes, that's how old I turned a couple of days ago and blogged about here, I finally decided that these three scents are my absolute essentials.
Choosing and applying a fragrance is like walking a tightrope. You really need a perfect balance of not too much and not too little. If you spray too little your scent is completely missed but if you spray too much you will make everyone within 10 feet of you dizzy. It's actually more complicated than that because scents are so important in our everyday life. Fragrance, to me, is extremely powerful because of the memories it evokes and how it helps you represent who you are. You don't want to present yourself as a lady who can't hold her perfume.
I found my three essential scents honestly by doing trial and error research. Just because a perfume smells awesome on a friend doesn't mean it will work for you. Perfumes 'dry down' differently on everyone's skin. I tried samples until they ran out and literally gave them a ranking of 1-5. They three I have chosen and are presenting here: Fancy Love, Candy, and Daisy Dreams all received a 5 star ranking. From me. So that is why they are perfect for me.
I have a few tips for where you should spritz and how often you should apply that I have found work for me. Pulse points-think your wrists, inside your elbows, the nape of your neck, even in the crease behind your knees-are the places you should be concentrating your fragrance. I think a lot of people do this automatically and it works because the natural fluctuations in your body temperature warm and diffuse your perfume without it being overwhelming. This is what you want so your coworker will notice it but it won't be the only scent she has surrounding her.
I learned not to apply perfume over SPF because it makes it less effective and also not to apply to my hair because it dries it out and has also left it damaged.
I would strongly advise to NEVER spray fragrance onto any fabric. I've ruined too many items and not just delicate fabrics from being careless with my spritzer. I actually always use perfume before I get dressed now. This also makes it easy to get to your pulse points.
One last tip I have is not to reapply too often. The key to fragrance is subtlety. Depending on the strength and depth of your frangance, a few spritzes at your pulse points in the morning should be enough. If you are running straight from work to an event or just want to freshen up when company arrive for dinner, a quick mist on the nape of your neck will suffice.
You might enjoy the sensual fragrance of Jessica Simpson's Fancy Love, which you can purchase here and save 30% by using code: MTF30 because of it's playful and sparkling essence. It opens with a rich radiance of Peach Blossom, Bergamot and the delicate Goji Leaf, wrapped in Pink Champagne. It deepens with the seductive blend of Lotus, Peony, Plumeria, Jasmine, and Turkish Rose. The depth comes from creamy Amber and Blonde Woods while sensual Musk and Patchouli linger.
I wear this scent more often than any other, typically with an every day outfit such as this one which I blogged about here.
Prada's Candy is also seductive with its shocking explosion of pink and gold in the packaging and the excessive proportions of high-quality ingredients such as White Musk, Benzoin and Caramel. Try it at a huge savings by using this link and my code: MTF30 to save 30% off.
I like to wear this scent for a special date night evening with an outfit such as this which I blogged about here.
Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream can be purchased here and you definitely want to use my code:MTF30 to save 30% off. This one is the most delicate of my three essentials but the most feminine. It reflects a free spirited, ethereal vibe and I tend to reach for this more in the summertime. It has a fruity-floral fragrance with top notes of blackberry, grapefruit and pear. There is jasmine, lychee, blue wisteria at the heart of the scent and a medley of white woods, musks and coconut are at the base.
I would choose this scent with an outfit such as this which I blogged about here.
Do you have any tips for choosing or applying fragrance? I would love to hear about your favorite scents and any other experiences you would like to share in regards to choosing and wearing perfume.
Thank you so much for your time and attention! I truly hope you enjoyed this post and found it useful.