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Perfumes can be fun to wear. Here are some tips on buying and using fragrances.
When buying perfume always try a sample. Wear it for about 10 minutes before deciding if you like it. Exposure to the air allows the alcohol to evaporate and the oils in perfumes to interact with the oil on the skin and will be a little different for everyone.
Try samples in the late afternoon. The power of smell is stronger at that time of day.
When starting a new perfume always use it on only one small area of skin; if there is an allergy to any of the ingredients, it's the safest way to discover it. After an hour, if there is no reaction, the perfume is safe to wear.
When wearing perfume put it on the pulse points. The inner wrists, behind the knee, and below the jawline near the ears. The pulse sends out the scent.
The perfume will keep fresher longer if you store it in a cool, dark place since sunlight and heat interact with the oils in the blend.
When testing or wearing perfume don't rub the wrists together; it lessens the effect of the fragrance.
Don't apply perfume to clothing or jewelry. It can cause stains and even damage jewelry.
Don't wear one perfume all year all. Temperatures affect the scent. Cold temperatures reduce the intensity of the smell so wear stronger scents in the winter.
In the summer wear lighter scents. However, be warned, bees can be lured to the perfume mistaking it for flowers.
There are unique perfumes for Christmas, Halloween and other holidays and including one called Tomato Perfume.
Once you open a bottle of perfume to wear it, wear it often; bottled scents will keep indefinitely, but once the air has gained entrance to the fragrance, use it within a year or two at the maximum.
Author Marilyn Pokorney
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