How to choose the right perfume for your skin type

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Your scent is your signature, something that becomes a part of the way people perceive you. With that in mind, you obviously want to use a perfume that goes with your preference and personality. You shouldn’t forget however, that it should also go with your skin type!

Your body chemistry, heat, the oils, and even the bacteria on your skin play an important role that affects how the perfume diffuses from you. It also has a significant influence on the duration a perfume wears on you, as well as the specific notes that emanate from the fragrance upon contact with your skin.

Choosing the right perfume isn’t as complex as purchasing skincare products. There’s a simple rule to follow: is your skin dry or oily?

The oilier your skin is, the less perfume you need for the scent to be impactful, and the longer the scent will last.

For oily skin

Perfumes will last longer on you, and whatever you spray will smell far more intense, because oils trigger a stronger reaction between the compounds in the fragrance and the composition of your skin. Light floral or citrus scents are ideal for people with oilier skin, as there’s less of a chance you’ll smell too strong after application. If you’re one for darker, muskier fragrances, then try to use a minimal amount. A little will go a long way.

For dry skin

Stronger perfumes are perfect for those with drier or dehydrated skin. Musky, wooden scents or those with headier floral and aromatic notes, are perfect as the potency of these particular notes allows for the scent to linger on the skin for a longer time.

If you prefer lighter, floral scents, there are ways to get the perfume to stay on. Moisturizing the pulse points that you usually spritz perfume on is one of them. Dab some cream on, rub it in, then spray tha perfume after. This also helps to prolong the fragrance’s wear-time. You can also choose to buy perfume oils, rather than the standard liquid in the bottle, as oils are far less diluted.

TIP: Never purchase a scent on a whim because it smells good on someone else, or in the bottle. Always apply some to your wrists and décolletage or the sides of the neck to gauge how it performs over time.

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