Spring is in the air, and with it comes the sweet smell of blooms at every corner- which is why I thought perfumes, scents and fragrances are the perfect subject du jour. Want to know some cool (and some weird) facts about your perfumes? Then keep on reading:
Moisturize before applying perfume (with a non-scented lotion). A well moisturized skin will allow the perfume notes to better difuse and also last longer. This might be a great tip in case you can’t make scents last long enough on your skin- everybody’s chemistry is different, and that can alter how long fragrances last on you particularly.
Spray and walk through. If you want your fragrance to reallly last, you could try misting your hair with it. Don’t just spritz directly on your hair though, as the alcohol can dry it! Just mist a little in front of you and walk through the mist- that will be enough.
You could also try a little dab of fragrant dry oils (like the Caudalie Huile Divine one), which is also hydrating for your hair. Use a light hand- don’t soak your hair in it- and enjoy! The scent is absolutely intoxicating.
Do not rub your wrists together! Contrary to popular belief, this does not spread the fragrance, but instead promptly kills the volatile top notes. Instead, spritz the perfume lightly and let dry- or just very gently touch your wrist to your neck or behind your ear to spread the product. Otherwise, I refer you back to the mist and walk step above.
Perfume ingredients can get weird- and I mean WEIRD. Ambergris (whale vomit), synthetic jasmin (made from coal tar by-products) and civet musk (trust me, you don’t want to know where it comes from): these are all very likely inside your pretty perfume bottle. Bizarre and more than a little disgusting? Yes. But useful and necessary? Still yes.
Ancient Egyptians used perfumes first: In Mesopotamia, Arabia or Ancient China when scents were discovered, they were given as offerings for gods and at funerals. But perfumes only began being refined and used en masse thanks to the Romans and Greeks. The first modern perfume was introduced in Europe by the Hungarians, as a blend of scented oils in an alcoholic solution.
I hope you enjoyed these fun facts- you never know when they’ll come in handy at your next pub quiz! If you want to see my other absolute favorite perfumes, head on over here, to my Youtube channel. And let me know if you have any weird facts about perfumes and fragrances!