(Picture: Metro.co.uk/ Getty)Have you ever bought a fragrance that you loved on someone else only to realise that it smells completely different on you?
Or come back to a fragrance after a break and realised that you don’t like it anymore?
We spoke to beauty expert Leighton Denny MBE, who spilled the beans on everything that can change how you feel about a perfume.
Why do fragrances smell different on people?
This is because each of us has our own ‘scent print’ that will influence the development of a perfume. This odour-identity is the sum total of our genes, our skin chemistry, diet, medication intake, stress level and, probably the most important factor of all, the temperature of our skin. It’s not as simple as saying that fragrances react differently on different people because of their ‘body chemistry’.
The warmth of our skin is critical. Some people have more pores per centimetre than others, or more layers of fat in their skin. These and other factors affect the warmth of skin, which in turn influences the scent of a fragrance. We are all created equal until we use fragrance.
Does what I eat affect my perfume?
If you’re on a low-fat diet, the oil levels in your skin tend to be lower so you may find that your fragrance does not last as long.
What about antibiotics?
Yes, firstly, because many antibiotics change the smell of your skin. Secondly, because their action decimates the bacteria on your skin, which, in turn blends with your skin oils to produce a fragrance that is distinctive to you. Some medications might change your favourite fragrance so don’t bin it if this happens, just wait until the medication has left your system and try the fragrance again.
How should you spray on your fragrance?
Applying perfume is the simplest of matters. Just simply spray. Avoid rubbing the wrists together after application to prevent ‘crushing’ the scent. Apply on pulse points: below earlobes, inside elbows, back of knees, ankles, base of neck, inside wrists. Other good places to apply are in cleavage, on shoulders, and back of the neck at the hairline. Some women apply fragrance on inner thighs, so the scent wafts up and around them. Spray about 20cm away from your skin. An even spray over a wider area will help your fragrance last longer than a generous amount in a small area.
How long should a good fragrance last on your skin and in the bottle?
In the bottle it’s usually anything from 12 to 35 months but it depends on the type of fragrance, its ingredients and how it is stored. Any fragrance stored out of its box in direct sunlight isn’t going to last more than a few months at most.
But if stored in a dark, cool environment and the ingredients are the type not to decay easily, then you might get well over 10 years. Some vintage fragrances can last for decades, when stored properly.
Does your favourite perfume change on your skin as you get older?
Yes! Our chemistry changes with age and fragrance is affected by our chemistry!
Antibiotics can change the way you smell. Who’d have thought it?
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