It may seem like adding perfume to your daily routine is a simple thing, but in fact, the art of wearing a fragrance requires more mastery than simply spraying it on. Yes, you can pick a bottle up, spray it or drop the perfume liquid on your skin and go. However, you may realise your perfume smells too strong, it disappears too fast, or it doesn’t smell the same as it once did. Valley of Roses are here to help you with your perfume quibbles.
To help you get the most out of your perfume, our perfume Queen Andriana has put together our 5 top perfuming tips.
A set of unsaid rules when it comes to perfuming, with these tips you will be a master at the art of wearing fragrance well. We at Valley Of Roses want you to feel confident in the perfume fragrance you choose to wear and slay the day.
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Tip 1 – Try before you buy
The first rule of perfume is to always test it before you buy it. Fragrance notes can change over time and some notes may not work well with your particular body chemistry or molecular makeup of your skin. The more perfumes to try, you will be able to understand what notes work better for you and what notes you enjoy more. If you can, Valley of Roses recommends a trip to our beautiful store on Rose Inn street in Kilkenny where our expert team will assist you with this.
Tip 2 – Less is more, you can always reapply more if needed.
We like this tip a lot. You see, it is always going to be easier to add more perfume than take it off. It is always going to be good to remember that too heavy perfume can cause a headache not only to other people but also to you. If you don’t want your favourite fragrance to become your worst enemy or you wonder how to wear perfume subtle, the answer is also 1-2 sprays. Then, once it is applied and after
some time, you can spray another few sprays if it feels too light. We recommend one spray per pulse point- the neck, behind the ears and wrists. We also recommend never ever rub in your perfume- always dab dab dab! Rubbing in your perfume can destroy the chemical makeup of the perfume which can damage its longevity.
And, in the case that you do apply too much perfume, we suggest using an unscented baby wipe to try and remove it.
Tip 3 – Proper storage and size
Did you know that perfume can go bad? All perfume and cosmetics have a shelf-life. Something that many people overlook, a perfume when stored incorrectly or opened and unused will not last. Precious as it is, perfume should be consumed at a brisk pace. Keeping a half-used bottle on your shelf allows oxygen (the “natural enemy of perfume,” says Andriana) to slowly break down the scent’s molecules, altering its composition. We recommend storing your Valley Of Roses perfume in a cool, dark and dry place away from direct sunlight. Keeping it in its fabulous box should do the trick. Once opened, Valley of Roses fragrances should last for 3 years if kept in correct storage conditions.
Tip 4 – Ask a friend or someone you trust
Sometimes your nose may not be able to tell if a scent is too strong or if it is right for you. This phenomenon is what we like to call in Valley Of Roses ‘nose blindness’. With that in mind, always go with your first instinct, but when in doubt ask someone. Ask your bestie, mom, sibling, or partner if they enjoy the perfume. We are sure they will tell you the honest truth. But remember- perfume is completely personal to everyone so don’t be disheartened if they are not a major fan of something you’re adoring- perfume choice is completely unique. If you’re finding it hard to smell anything at all it may be your environment. We recommend stepping outside and taking a deep breath of air and trying again to detect
Tip 5 – Go synthetic
Something that might sound shocking, however when you think about it, this makes total sense that synthetic isn’t bad. Saving the lives of animals as well as certain strains of plants — perhaps the most popular note, musk, which was formerly derived from deer, amber derived from whales (yikes!) and now brings softness to the scent and enhances its trail. Other smells, such as peony, freesia, and lily of the valley, cannot be obtained by natural extraction simply because they don’t release any aroma whatsoever, he says, forcing them to instead be re-created with a blend of synthetic molecules. And while some of the best perfumers have used a blend of natural and synthetic molecules since the late
19th century, nowadays, chemical creations are tightly controlled and tested for safety by health organisations. Following strict regulations, Valley of Roses uses synthetic fragrances in our blends. We're proud to be vegan and cruelty free!
Now that you have a better understanding of the art of perfuming, you can confidently apply your favourite fragrance and slay the day.