Perfume Advice for the Bride to Be

Often the bride to be receives a perfume as a gift before the wedding. Or she is in quite a panic as she has not decided yet which perfume to wear.

Some useful tips to consider:

Notes - according to 'My Wedding Day Only'

Bridal perfumes tend to fall into four main types – floral, fresh, woody or oriental.

Floral scents, such as those containing jasmine, rose or white flower fragrances, are very popular with brides, especially as they can often match the scent of the flowers used in wedding bouquets and flower arrangements.

Fresh scents, such as those containing notes such as citrus, green leaves, light fruits, sage or ocean inspired fragrance, have a clean, pure and crisp scent and are often popular with brides wanting a contemporary and light scent.

Woody scents are those which contain notes of musk, spicy woods and deep, rich citrus scents and can be popular with brides at winter weddings.

Oriental scents often have base notes of spiciness, amber, vanilla or wood and are popular with brides that want a heady scent that will get them noticed.

The Decision

If you have a perfume that you absolutely love wear it. Ensure he likes it too.If your family wish to spoil you to a perfume ask them politely if you can choose it. It is a very sensitive time and you do not want to offend. It is worse if you receive a perfume that you do not like and that you in the end decide that you don’t want to wear it. Be honest and make the most of choosing THE one. Avoid surprises.If you would like to try a new perfume ensure that you start experimenting at least a month before. Make a perfume testing date with yourself and your husband to be.You would probably want a different perfume for your honeymoon. A more sensual and romantic scent with ingredients of musk, woods and resins.Consider the time of the year. In summer it is wonderful to wear fresh floral perfumes and in winter warmer orientals. Avoid having your bridesmaids wear perfumes that will draw more attention to themselves. Communicate about this upfront and agree what will work for the special occasion.


Layering is beautiful, starting with bath oils, body creams and then the perfume.Apply on your pulse points, for example your cleavage, back of the neck and your nape.Perfume rises so applying the perfume on your calves or the back of your knees allows for an upward flow.Ensure that you have your perfume with you to re-apply during the day. The best is to use the Flo Refillable Perfume Atomizer. Spray your perfume into the atomizer, fuss free and convenient!Applying your perfume in the palm of your hands will guarantee a romantic affect.

The memories associated with scent are very powerful so ensure that this is a lasting and positive choice!

Written by: Diana Rankin


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Perfume Notes for Valentines: Myrrh and Musk

Valentines perfume notes

Valentines Perfume Notes


Myrrh is a gum resin that is obtained from the Commiphora myrrha
trees native to Yemen and Somalia. Its scent is often described as being exotic. It is not an easy scent to work with so needs to be in the hands of a seasoned perfumer, to avoid overpowering a perfume. A perfumer, Calice Becker once said 'that myrrh is to a perfumer like butter is to a chef, it enriches the flavour!' Myrrh is described as being haunting and can be more tender or heavy in perfumes. Estee Lauder Beautiful is known to have a dash of Myrrh in it.

In today’s perfumery there are very few perfumes that do not contain musk. It is the intensity that varies. A perfume without musk is often considered as incomplete. Philip Kraft notes in his great overview of musks, “the more one studies its character [that of natural musk tincture], the more contrasting, vibrant and oscillating it becomes: repulsive–attractive, chemical–warm, sweaty–balmy, acrid–waxy, earthy–powdery, fatty–chocolate-like, pungent–leathery, resinous–spicy, fig-like, dry, nutty and woody, to give just some impressions” (144). The abstraction of these complex impressions into “warm, sweet, powdery and extremely sensual” is what can be understood whenever “musky” tonality is mentioned.

Musk is no longer obtained from the musk deer. The bans brought the rise of chemical based musk formulations which were cheaper and more ethical. The variations are astounding. Ambrette seed oil, galbanum oil and angelica root oils allow for the isolation of elements that have a musky character. In fine fragrances, compositions usually include a cocktail of different musks due to the fact that anosmia (inability to smell) musks are extremely widespread. Beta-ionones (chemical components) in the musk cause ‘short circuiting’. I found this astounding!

Perfume is so often associated with romance. I hope that you will be romanced with a beautiful bottle of perfume this Valentine's Day! To spoil your loved one Perfume Power has the following perfumes in the Ajmal Range: Entice, Sacred Love, Ignite, Yearn, Lure and much more. For women and men.

Acknowledgements: Bois de Jasmin

Written by: Diana Rankin

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The Rise of Fashion Designer Fragrances

I was curious and realised that Coco Chanel, as a fashion designer already started this trend in 1921 with the launch of her world famous Chanel No 5 Eau de Parfum. It is almost natural that perfume forms part of the clothing and accessories line. Let’s delve a little deeper in getting to know these three designers Eli Saaband their first perfume releases.

Elie Saab, sometimes known simply as 'ES', is a Lebanese fashion designer. In 1982, Saab launched his Beirut-based fashion label when he was 18 years old. His main workshop is in Lebanon. He also has workshops in Milan and Paris. After 279 trial versions, an ultra - feminine, flowery - woody composition, called Elie Saab was selected, signed by the perfumer Francis Kurkdjian. The perfume opens with notes of orange blossom. Jasmine is in the heart, including grandiflorum and sambac, whereas the base consists of cedar, patchouli and rose honey accord.

Jimmy ChooJimmy Choo, born Choo Yeang Keat, is a Malaysian Chinese fashion designer based in London. He is best known for founding Jimmy Choo Ltd that became known for its handmade women's shoes. Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum is described as "feminine yet empowering, with a lot of sensuality to it". It was developed in co-operation with Inter Parfums and the famous perfumer from International Fragrance Foundation, Olivier Polge. The seductive composition is a modern chypre fruity, with green top notes, tiger orchid, sweet toffee caramel and Indonesian patchouli.John Galliano

John Charles Galliano, is a Gibraltar-born British fashion designer who was head designer of the French fashion companies Givenchy, Christian Dior and John Galliano S.A.  The perfume John Galliano was presented in July 2008 in full co-operation and talent of John Galliano. He wanted a floral fragrance which would include rose, peony, iris with powdery aromas, violet and transparency. In collaboration with creating John Galliano's signature fragrance was perfumer Cristine Nagel, who created this floral aldehyde fragrance with notes of aldehydes surrounded with floral notes, amber and patchouli in the base notes. Its bottle is a real piece of art, crowned with a Gothic letter G, while the outside package is illustrated like a book.

Have you tried any of these? What are your thoughts, would love to hear from you?

Acknowledgement: Fragrantica

[Source: perfumepower.co.za]
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Perfume and Memories

Perfume brings back memories

Perfume Brings Back Memories
You may have thought, wow this scent reminds me of university, a holiday, a parent, a boyfriend, a visit to the hospital or maybe your wedding day!

There is a very logical explanation for why this link is so powerful. Our olfactory (smell) receptors are directly connected to the limbic system of the brain, thought to be the memory and emotional perception centre. It's the emotion that we recall first, not necessarily the circumstance. Very often we can't put a name to these odours yet they have a strong emotive association even if they can't be specifically identified.

I have for example had two responses regarding perfume and marital relationships. A women refuses and can’t tolerate wearing a perfume her ex-husband gave her because the emotions are too painful to bear. Alternatively a woman only wears the perfume that her husband gave her on her wedding day because she treasures the positive feelings and emotions that were experienced on “their special day”.

Interestingly 67% of women wear the same perfume that they wore on their wedding day. This is good news!

These sayings are also food for thought:
Smell of deathSmell of fearSmell of troubleSmell the roses
To elaborate on the power of our sense of smell, people recall smells with 65% accuracy after a year, while the visual recall of photos sinks to about 50% after only three months.

Which perfumes have provided you with lasting and positive memories and why?

Written by: Diana Rankin

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How to Buy, Wear, and Store Cologne. A Guide for Real Men.

Cologne guide for men

(Cologne is an instant charmer. It says, "I have style and the confidence you are looking for in a man."  Studies show that men who wear cologne not only get the girl, but they get the salary increase. The following article is written for real men. If you know of any real men who are struggling with this issue or would like a refresher course on how to buy a fragrance that is perfect for them, please forward this article on to them.  They will thank you for it.)

O.k., I know, buying cologne is the furthest thing from your mind right now. You've dismissed wearing anything beyond a drugstore aftershave (if you put on any scent at all). Buying aftershave is quick and dirty.  You walk over to the drugstore aisle labelled "personal hygiene", zoom in on a forest green or brown bottle, walk up to the cashier, and leave with a bag that looks as if it's holding something any real man uses (razors, condoms, gum). After all, walking into a department store's fragrance section is about as manly as walking into a flower shop to buy a bouquet for your man-pad. Oh, you may be cute, but you are so naive.

Drugstore aftershave is fine. It does the trick, making you smell nice. But do you really love it?  Does it really suit your personality and the way you want to be viewed by others, including women?  Is it getting you what you really want ... an ambush by Ms. Gorgeous?

Cologne, if you pick the right one, says a lot about you when you enter a room. It instantly charms. It makes you stand out from the rest of the crowd. Nothing is as sexy, confident, and alluring as a man who wears fragrance. It instantly reveals that he takes care of himself; pays attention to style; and is a gentleman (even if in a bad-boy way). So where to start? If you don't know anything about what makes a super smelling cologne that women will love, how do you know which one will suit you?

Easy. Most high-end colognes are made with oils from real ingredients -- real spices, real fruits, real flowers.  So think about scents in real life that make you want to sniff them again. Do you love the way a mandarin smells when you peel it? Find a scent with mandarin oil in it. Do you love anything made with fresh basil?  Go for one with basil. Does cinnamon make your mouth water? Great. It makes women's mouth water too, so go for a  cologne that has cinnamon as an ingredient.

What are your favorite flowers? (Yes, I know, it's hard to admit you may have a favorite flower, but stay with me for a minute or two more. No one will know.) If lavender (a scent most women are drawn to) or geraniums (a crisp, fresh smelling flower) catch your attention, you will love wearing their oils too.

Now here comes the hard part. Walking into a store's fragrance department. You'll have to just trust me on this one. The women working in fragrance have seen it all before: the macho, testosterone-oozing man who wants something that will get him ...well, you know; the business man who knows what he wants and isn't afraid to take his time choosing a cologne; and the inexperienced guy who just wants to smell good. These fragrance consultants (found in both department stores and now even many drugstores) are too busy to judge and are there to help get you what you want. Try 3 colognes on your skin maximum. Every thing after that becomes a blur.  Once you do pick the perfect cologne for you, put it on correctly. Spritz it on a couple of times on your chest, inner thighs (uh, hmm), or wrists. But not all at once.

The best way to wear cologne?  After a shower, spray it in the air 3-4x and walk through naked.  Women will love its soft, even scent.Store it in a cool place out of the sun.  Sun and heat damage cologne.  And use it every day. Cologne's true scent lasts about 6 months to a year (depending on where you store it).  Any longer and you will be wearing its vintage version. Now, go for it. You will be amazed at what happens when you do.

[Source: Sexualperfume.blogspot.com]
How to Buy, Wear, and Store Cologne.  A Guide for Real Men.
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8 Ways To Feel Sexy

Smelling Sexy

Ways to Feel Sexy Now (Because You Are Sexy)

Sometimes it's hard to feel sexy when everyday demands of work, family, friends, and other responsibilities take up your time.  Add the fact that maybe we don't see our bodies as perfect in every way, and it's no wonder we allow ourselves to neglect the sexy side that lives in all of us.

1.  Enjoy Your Body.  No one's body is perfect, so why do you expect yours to be?  Take a look at all the good things about you and the body you are lucky to have.  Are you a great swimmer?  Congratulate your body on its swimming expertise.  Do you have skin that always burns and never tans?  Admire it for its milky-white, feminine appearance.  Are your legs a little thicker than the average person's?  Thank them for being strong and getting you where you want to go, when you want to go there.

2.  Give Back to Your Body.  Your body deserves to be pampered for all it does for you.  Treat it to a long bubble bath complete with candles, a good book, and a glass of your favorite wine (or sparkling grape juice or sparkling water with a squeeze of lime).  Other great options:  a relaxing facial; a manicure; or a professional massage (hopefully by some gorgeous masseur).

3.  Exercise.  Yes, surprisingly exercise lets you reconnect with your sexy self.  Exercise releases endorphins making you feel happy, positive, and ready for lovin'.  It also gives your body energy by revitalizing it.  Not sure how to start?  Try simply walking, swimming, or hiking 1/2 hour a day (after you get the go ahead from your doctor, of course).  Schedule it in every day for the next 2 weeks (to start) and you will notice the difference in your sexy mood and sexy self.

4.  Wear fragrance everyday.  Studies show that women who wear fragrance feel more confident, sexy, and feminine when they wear fragrance.  Get in touch with your sexy, feminine self by allowing yourself this simple, yet pretty, indulgence every day.

5.  Stop comparing yourself to other women.  There is no point in comparing yourself to others.  Everyone has their flaws, many of which you cannot see through a quick, envious look.  Poor health, a roaming husband, financial woes, and other unhappy aspects of a person's life are often hidden from view.  Luckily, you aren't anyone else but you.  Allow yourself to feel thrilled that you are you!

6.  Wear clothes that fit and accentuate the best parts of your body.  Stop covering up your body and start flaunting what is great about it.  Do you have great cleavage?  Wear classic v-necks or a beautiful necklace to draw attention to this area.  Do you have shapely legs?  Wear skirts and shorts to show them off.  Are your shoulders sexy?  Wear off the shoulder t's and blouses.

7.  Do something out of the ordinary.  Taking up a challenge and going for it makes you feel good about yourself and that means you will automatically feel sexier.  Go for a hot air balloon ride.  Learn scuba diving, belly dancing, or horseback riding.  Even taking your dog to agility lessons where you teach him to jump through hoops and over jumps will make you feel like you have accomplished something fun and challenging.  Think about what you have always wanted to do and go for it.  Your sexier self is waiting on the other side.

8.  Take a day off.  Your sexy self is easily smothered by too much stress.  Give yourself the gift of a day without cell phones, appointments, laptops, or responsibility.  Let yourself have a peaceful time.  Cover up the clocks, allow the answering machine to answer the phone, and decompress.

Once you have liberated yourself from the pressures of the every day world, your relaxed, sexy self will quietly emerge.  

[Source: sexualperfume.blogspot.com]

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Removing Unwanted Perfume

removing perfume smell

Removing Perfume Smell
You possibly respond by sneezing, having an allergic reaction on your skin or suffer from an instant headache. This could all be self inflicted but testing perfumes will always be a mystery.

There is however the confident sales lady that just manages to spray you with the latest release and for you it is not a winner.

Here are some practical and amusing tips on how to remove that unwanted perfume:

•    If you know you are going to be testing perfumes take unscented wipes along.
•    Sanitized alcohol wipes works very well!
•    Squeeze some lemon juice on a cotton ball, apply to the skin and wipe away.
•    Mix equal parts of baking soda and water. Apply to the skin for about ten minutes.
•    Mix equal parts of vinegar and olive oil. Apply to the skin for a few minutes.
•    Soak cotton balls with unflavoured vodka, apply to the skin and wipe away.

So if you are a mom and happen to carry wipes around with you, are a doctor or nurse, enjoy lemons, bake, love salad and enjoy vodka you are well on your way to removing that unwanted scent.

Written by: Diana Rankin

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