Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Subtle Nuances

Know anything about them? Do you know how to be quiet in a public place? How to blow your nose without grossing people out? Howabout how to apply fragrance without spending the rest of the day knocking people down? Are you the person that walks by a crowd and turns around, wondering why they're all gagging and sneezing? Here are some tips on how to PROPERLY apply perfume and a little education on the negative side of perfume.

1. Get it where it counts: The throat, behind the ears and chest have more body heat closer to the surface, thus likely intensifying the fragrance.
2. A little goes a long way: The 'experts' say not to exceed three sprays. I say if you abide by the principle that you should 'spray enough so that people know you're there, not so much that people know you're coming', or that people should notice YOU, not your perfume, you're probably safe. I believe that perfume should be a special surprise for someone who gets intimately close to you (hugging, kissing), not an advertisement for everyone in the vicinity...
3. Only reapply if someone 'intimately close' to you can no longer smell the fragrance. YOU get used to the scent and may mistakenly suspect it's worn off.
4. Don't spray your clothes! Scarves, coats, and items that you wear frequently, with infrequent washing WILL take on the unique and very pleasant scent of you and your perfume. Spraying it on your clothes will not create the same effect, instead smelling like the alcohol base in fragrance and possibly being overwhelming.
5. Finally, instead of 'rubbing' perfume onto your body (in the case of a bottle without an atomizer), pat your body with the scent. Rubbing releases natural oils in your skin, which cover up the scent and limit the length of time the fragrance will linger.

Be careful where you wear any amount of perfume. There are many people who are physically unable to be around scents. Here are some facts:

Studies have shown that personal care products such as perfume, cologne, hair products and lotions can cause serious problems for people with asthma, allergies, and migraines!

No agency regulates the fragrance industry, yet more than 4000 chemicals are used in fragrances!

Acetone, formaldehyde, toluene, benzaldehyde and Methylene-chloride are just a few of the common scent ingredients in personal care products and all are listed as hazardous waste!

Scented personal care products may casue respiratory distress and allergic-type reactions in people you encounter.