Fragrance is an important part of finishing a look or a mood. It can be the first thing noticed about you, or the last thing remembered.   Fragrances aren't just to make you "smell good." Fragrances can affect your mood.  Just don't overdo it!

Here are some mood-booster fragrance tips.

If you want to relieve stress, grab a fragrance in vanilla or lavender. These two have a way of calming nerves. Using lavender before bedtime will enhance your sleeping. A cranky baby will even settle down when given a warm bath with lavender soap...

If you're feeling sluggish and need a lift, green, citrus, grapefruit or lemon scents will do the trick. Don't believe it? Try mixing a few drops of lemon juice with some water in a spray bottle and spritz your skin...

Want to feel more sensual? Look for scents in musk, sandalwood, amber or jasmine. These scents not only tweak your own senses, but that of those around you.

Smelling good is another part of looking good. However, if you don't apply fragrances correctly, they might be too strong or not strong enough. Here are some tips to help you master the perfect perfume application...

  • Apply fragrance to your skin and pulse points only. Let it dry naturally. Don't rub your wrists together because this will alter and diminish the scent. Avoid using it close to your face or behind the ears. The scent won't last and it will dry out your skin.

  • To prevent stains and discoloration, do not spray any on your clothing or jewelry. Some perfumes are darker and have a greater tendency to stain, so be careful with "dry clean only" clothes that aren't washed after every wear.

  • If you want the scent to last longer, apply it in layers. Many fragrances also come in bath soap, gel, and lotion. Use the perfume as a top coat for the long run. This will last you about six to eight hours.

  • Avoid wearing strong perfumes in the office or workplace. Some people are allergic to perfumes and don't want the irritation. They can cause headaches or bring on an asthma attack, so use sparingly.

If you have valuable perfume that you want to make sure retains its original scent and lasts as long as possible, store it in the refrigerator.

Making your scents last longer...

"Layering" the fragrances will keep them on your skin longer. By layering, I mean using the same scented shower gel, body lotion applied to damp skin, followed by your cologne or perfume

Apply your scent where your skin is the warmest. Your pulse points are behind the ears and knees

Applying a light coat of vaseline, and then applying the scent directly over the vaseline will make your scent last longer

IF you have certain articles that require hand-washing, such as nylons or lingerie, add a few drops of perfume to the water and soak a few minutes.


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