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Posted by Cayla Capri
Perfume Message In A Bottle
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Sprinkling that naturally-glowing wedding-day skin with a lip-smacking scent is as satisfying as sticking that final piece into the puzzle. You already look like a knock-out, you feel like a princess and the only thing that could push your sheer glee over the edge is that I-could-just-eat-you-up smile your new hubby wears as he pulls away from the first kiss. Pheromones may be the culprit behind that first spark of romance you two felt way back when, so don’t discount the power of smell now- let perfume be the final bridal touch!
a bit of background
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The perfume we’re familiar with today, (extracted and distilled from the oil of flowers) was first introduced by a Persian chemist, although humanity had been playing around with other forms of fragrance long before. Mostly, they used oil and crushed herbs which, it is fair to assume, must have been a little on the pungent side. During the Renaissance, European royalty was anti-bathing and pro-dousing-themselves-in-smelly-oils. These days, thankfully, it is customary to bathe and then sprtiz… just a little.
eau de huh?
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“Eau de Toilette” doesn’t have the most appealing name, but we buy it anyway. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with it, it just contains a slightly lesser concentration of aromatic compounds, so the smell is less intense and long-lasting. If you’re all for dropping the big bucks, splurge on a real “Eau de Perfume.” It’s your wedding- live a little.
Perfumes have three layers called “notes.” The top note is the first smell to hit your nose, and the first one to fade. The middle note can take anywhere between a few minutes and a few hours to develop, and the base note will come in around the half-hour mark, blending in with the middle note. It is the richest scent of the three. The best thing to do is to try a couple of perfumes, take yourself on a little mall-spree, and only judge the fragrance once you’re sick of window shopping or done burning a hole in your pocket.
Don’t spray more than three perfumes on your skin at once: the smells will intermingle to create a bewildering mutant aroma.
Don’t rub the perfume in: you’ll muck up the composition.
Don’t judge a scent based on how it smells on your girlfriend: your compositions are different from hers and will therefore react differently with the fragrance.
Try and be as open as possible with the salesperson. Let her know absolutely everything you’re looking for in a perfume: which real-life scents turn you on and what you want it to say about your personality.
Hot weather will intensify a fragrance, while the cold will weaken it, so avoid smelling cloyingly sweet in the heat by applying a few light spritzes, and be prepared to re-apply in the wintertime. Keep in mind that vibrant, sprightly smells like fruits and flowers are more suiting to the summer, while woodsy and spicy scents are welcomingly warm during those frosty winter months.
mark your wedding
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Where to apply: Once you’ve chosen you’re perfect perfume, dab it on your wrists, at the base of your neck or throat, behind your ear or in the crease of you elbow or knee. These are all pulse points, where blood vessels reside near the surface of the skin, and emit heat, serving to intensify and permeate the smell. For a subtle scent that lasts hours, apply the perfume to your ankles and let it gracefully waft up wards
Other uses: Have a “hands-on” themed bachelorette party reminiscent of those childhood b-day shindigs where you spent blissful hours beading dream-catchers and painting old sneakers. Adult-up the affair, just a little bit, and trade in gimp for homemade perfume! You can find all the ingredients and measurements online to create your own customized smells. While you girls are getting crafty, why not throw lip-gloss and candles into the mix?
Spray your signature scent into sachets of artificial flower-petal confetti and onto invitations, or send guests home with little bottles of yum, either store-bought or handmade.