You are never fully dressed without a fragrance!
People these days will grab a fragrance, spray it all over them and then walk out their house to start their day/night. Since fragrance is something that is so easy to get wrong (think about all the times you’ve been offended/put off by someone else’s overpowering cologne), I have come up with my top 5 ‘rules’ on fragrance wearing.
1. Wear what you love.
Knowing who you are and what you enjoy are vital to the joy in any moment and experience, and finding the right fragrance is no exception. Ask yourself questions: Do you like things clean and fresh? Dark and spicy? Floral or sweet? Find a fragrance that makes you feel great so those around you can feel it. Don’t wear something just because it was a gift or because it smelled amazing on your friend. It has to make you smile when you wear it.
2. Sample before you buy.
Body chemistry is the final ingredient in any fragrance. What smelled incredible on your best mate may not work for you or on you, not even if it is your brother or your father. We all have unique body chemistry, and what works well on one may not be so on another. Sample first on your skin and give it at least 20 minutes, if not longer, to work with your body chemistry, and see if it the right match for you. If you are out shopping and find something that you may like, spray it on the back of your hand then walk away, go outside and then come back to buy if you still like it.
3. Don’t spray perfume in your hair.
This rule surprises me since it’s the opposite of what I’ve heard or read so many times before. Many people say that they spray their fragrance in their hair to hold on to their scent all day long. Don’t do it! Most fragrances on the market that you spray are alcohol-based, and alcohol is drying to the hair. However, hair is a great scent carrier. It holds the scent longer than your skin (your body heat burns your fragrance off your skin as you wear it). If you want to have your hair scented with your favourite fragrance, dab a hint of the pure oil version on your fingers and run them through your hair. If you only have your spray, spritz your scent on your hand, clap to burn off the excess alcohol, and then run your fingers through your hair.
4. Layer it.
An excellent way to hold your scent all day long is to layer it. Body wash in the shower, body lotion or body oil to scent and moisturise, and then your pure oil at pulse points, and your Eau de Parfum for the finishing touch.
5. Change it up.
You may be a signature scent kind of guy or have a full-on fragrance wardrobe. Either way, it’s fun and reflective of who you are to pair your fragrance to your mood or experiences. I try alternating between a lighter scent for the day and a darker, spicier one at night or changing fragrances with the seasons. Your fragrance is the most important and memory-creating form of self-expression. Use it with intention, and enjoy the results.
My Scent of the month – Creed Aventus
This fragrance is easy to wear any time of the day for any occasion.
Aventus celebrates strength, vision and success. Inspired by the dramatic life of war, peace and romance lived by Emperor Napoleon. The bottle is emblazoned with a silver emblem of a horse and rider.
The finest ingredients were hand-selected for this composition, and father and son developed this provocative, masculine and optimistic fragrance as a joint effort.
Top notes: Blackcurrant, bergamot, apple and pineapple.
Mid: Rose, dry birch, Moroccan jasmine and patchouli.
Base: Oakmoss, musk, ambergris, and vanilla.
By Giuseppe Scalisi.