How STRONG is your perfume?
Many of us enjoy wearing perfumes daily because they bring us joy, relaxation and memories. Perfumes also boost our self-esteem and allow us to portray our individuality and personality.
There are two types of perfumes, alcohol-based perfumes that leave a 'Sillage' and oil-based perfume that keep their impression 'Close to the skin.'
'Sillage' (pronounced" see-yazh") is the French word for the perfume trail left in the air when someone leaves the room. But as romantic as it sounds, sometimes that trail will make you wrinkle your nose because the scent is either too strong or smells bad. Scents are just like foods; everyone has different preferences.
Sillage is created when a perfume has a high alcohol content. When the alcohol in the perfume evaporates, it diffuses particles into the air, creating a scent trail. Sillage is most potent after a perfume is applied, slowly fading as time progresses.
The truth is that most times, we are not able to smell our scent trail because of ‘olfactory adaptation’ or 'nose fatigue'. It is all to do with how our brain senses danger. Once we become used to a smell, our odour receptors stop sending messages to the brain. Our brain decides it isn't threatening and blocks it, making our nose available to new scents and anything potentially harmful. That is the reason people think that their perfume needs constant refreshing, and instead of leaving an enticing Sillage, they leave a loud and unpleasant one.
If you prefer an intimate way of wearing scent, consider using Botanical Perfumes. Botanical perfumes are oil-based, they are handmade using sustainably sourced aromatic botanical ingredients, a blend of herbal extracts, essential oils and carrier oils.
Botanical perfumes stick to the skin, trailing minimally due to the lack of alcohol in the formula, and create a scented bubble that envelops you all day long.
The recommended way to experience the fragrance of botanical perfumes is to apply it to pulse points. Pulse points are locations on the body where the blood vessels are closest to the skin - inner wrists, the base of the throat, behind ear lobes, in the cleavage, behind knees, and the inner elbows. These spots emanate heat, which helps fragrance project from your skin into the air around you, and you'll be able to enjoy scented moments when your temperature changes during the day. If you want to enjoy your perfume privately but leave a hint of it for others to also enjoy, you can rub a drop of your Botanical Perfume between your palms and gently stroke your clothes and hair.
So, how do you like your perfume? strong and lingering or gentle and subtle?
Whichever you choose, make sure it is the best perfume possible that reflects personality and lifestyle.