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Less Can Be More

Posted by Candice Joiner on

We’ve all heard the phrase “less is more”, yet many of us still have a tendency to overindulge every now and again. For us, it’s that third cup of coffee in the afternoon, but for some, it’s overloading on a signature scent. If your coworkers leave the room shortly after you enter it, or your fragrance refuses to leave the room shortly after you walk out of it, you may be a culprit of this. Thankfully, we’re here with a helpful list of tips to ensure you’re not driving away those closest to you.

HOW TO TELL IF YOU’RE WEARING TOO MUCH

Unsure if you’re OD’ing on your Eau de Cologne? Start by taking a step back and looking at your application. The number of times and distance at which you spray your scent are two key factors in your application that can turn your smell from sensual to sickly. According to the various noses behind some of our favourite scents, perfume should be sprayed no more than five times in one application and no closer to the skin than approximately 25 centimetres. If you’re guilty of doing either of these things, or if your skin is still sticky to the touch five seconds after spritzing yourself, then you may be a serial over-sprayer.

WHAT NEXT?

If you suspect you’re too heavy handed with your signature scent, try calling in a friend or coworker to confirm your suspicions. If they can smell you from across the room, or have headaches that come on when in close proximity to you, then chances are you’re spraying too liberally. If you don’t happen to have a friend close-by or a coworker comfortable enough to give you honest feedback, then look to your own nose.

The human body adapts to smells very quickly, some within the space of a few breaths. Science calls this

olfactory adaption, and it’s the reason why scents seemingly disappear within a few minutes of you coming into contact with them. Have you ever caught a whiff of a Glasshouse candle when passing a Peter Alexander store in a mall? Yet, when you find yourself in the changing room with an armload of clothes to try on, the scent has mysteriously evaporated? That’s olfactory adaption, and more often than not, it’s why you’re unable to smell your own perfume.

If, however, you can smell your own perfume in the air minutes after first spraying it, we’ve got some bad news for you: you’ve probably over-sprayed.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU OVERSPRAY

Before you run for the shower, try rubbing alcohol! A small amount dabbed on the areas where you have gone overboard can instantly help tone down the smell. Alternatively, baby wipes, a witch hazel facial toner or a small amount of unscented body lotion applied to the area can help.

If you’re set for a night out and find you don’t have any of the above handy, then use a little unflavoured vodka at the bar or a squirt of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to remove to stench.

HOW TO APPLY YOUR PERFUME

Sparingly  is the key to success. If you’re headed for a day in the office, try spritzing your favourite scent upward in the air once or twice and walking through mist. Alternatively, for a slightly heavier application, aim for key points on your skin, such as your wrists, neck, the crease of your elbow or, for richer scents, behind your knees. One spray per area will be sufficient, and remember to hold your perfume bottle at least 25 centimetres away from your skin.

PRO TIP: Avoid rubbing your wrists together when applying your perfume, as it creates friction which then heats the fragrance and distorts the scent. All you need to do is spray, and walk away!

QUICK SUMMARY

  • If your skin is sticky a few seconds after spraying your perfume, you’re likely spraying too much or holding the bottle too close to your skin
  • Your nose adapts to your perfume quickly, so is not a reliable judge of how you smell. If you can still smell your perfume a few minutes after spraying it, you may be wearing too much
  • If you have oversprayed, use rubbing alcohol (or vodka!) and a cotton pad on the affected areas to remove the scent
  • When applying perfumes, hold the bottle at least 25cm away and spray each area of your skin no more than once. If you’re looking for a lighter application, spray the air and walk through the mist
  • Do not rub your wrists together when applying perfume, as doing so will distort the scent

The take-away: scents can smell like roses, until they don’t anymore. Avoid wearing out your signature scent by following the steps above!


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