I wear perfume every day, if I’m going to meet someone and think I need a spritz of something that smells nice, I’ll douse myself in the smell of flowers makes me feel confident. The lovely appeal of perfume is that it is at once ephemeral and empowering. It creates a shimmering invisible armor that lingers in a room long after its wearer has gone and infuses our imagination with a subtle power, hinting at a hidden identity.
Each beautiful parfum bottles represented the possibility of something lovely and haunting but so subliminally fine. My first and strongest memories about perfume come from childhood, from my mother, who still loves using the scent of Guerlain Shalimar to this day. Simply, a true Guerlain fan! Just as with fashion and makeup, our perfume is an extension of who we are. Of course, we’re not bound to one scent forever, or even for one day. If we’re feeling fun and flirty in the morning, use a bright, crisp perfume. If by night we’re feeling more sultry, then we choose for a musky scent perfume.
There is an inordinate amount of information about French women and their “je ne sais quoi” that apparently makes them so recklessly chic, intelligent and sexy, perhaps by reputation, for the American consumer to read. Perfect skin tone, effortless fashion sense, untroubled hair, elegant etiquette. Although set aside all that, there is at least one area about which French women do know a thing or two worth saying in English . . . Le parfum!
A casual stroll in the Parisian boulevards can also be fatal … to our wallet! Several perfume boutiques, big department stores, proudly display bottles and the French pharmacy which also stocks scents. What’s more important, French men love perfume on women!
Règle NO. 1: In France, the scent you dab defines who you are.
- The French woman who is extremely tailored with a lovely printed scarf and she carries a beautiful purse, most likely, she will wear old vintage perfumes. There are also plenty of daring young Parisians whose fragrances breathe more tantalizing messages, perhaps if you wear Angel by Thierry Mugler, you are basically saying, “I love modern things, but I am also seductive as well”.
Règle NO. 2: Never ask a French woman what perfume she’s wearing.
- When you say, ‘Oh, my God, I love your perfume,” a French woman will simply answer, ‘Yes, I love it, too,” … This is because she just doesn’t want to give out the details. She doesn’t want you to purchase the same fragrance. The French women knows if you have a signature fragrance, you want to be unique. That’s a big difference between us: The American woman will share with great pleasure the name of her perfume.
Règle NO. 3: Parfum & the Sunlight.
- Never wear perfume in strong sunlight, the perfume and the sun are enemies. The strong rays of sun can wreck the fresh notes of any perfume, the molecules evaporate right away into the air, and pretty soon there goes your expensive scent bottle!
Règle No. 4: A Subtle Scent Is A Sexy Scent
- The French women does not wear very strong scents of perfume. In their sense, perfume should be discreet, like a little kept secret. I love to spray perfume on my wrists, and on my scarf. Don’t spray it on your neck. It’s very unhealthy and will dry up the skin. If you want the perfume to last, wear it lower on your body: on the clavicle bone, torso, pulse points, breastbone, ribs, tummy area, thighs, knees and behind the knees, but not under your arms.
- Never spray it on your hair. It’s the worst thing to do to your long luscious locks. Simply put, hair is made up of proteins and if you spray it with alcohol, it breaks the polypeptide bonds, which are the chains that keep the strands strong. Repeated use of perfume on your hair will make it frizzy and damaged. If you want your hair to smell great, spray some scent on your hairbrush, let the alcohol evaporate and brush it over your strands.
Règle No. 5: Find The One Signature Scent and Stick to It
- The French women stayed very loyal to their perfumes. They tend to wear the same scent every time, whether it’s morning or evening, winter or summer. I have seen American women like to have several choices. They appreciate new perfume scents and like to purchase things that they discover in magazine trends, department stores promotion displays or better yet a blog where influential bloggers play a large part in impelling the products and can relate in more friendly ways to their readers.
Règle No. 6: Mix and Match Perfume Scents
- Since perfume scents preferences are so personal. If you must experiment. Use the strongest scent first when layering. If you use it last, it can overpower the others. Look for notes in common in a couple of scents, since they may harmonize well. You can also emphasize particular notes this way. For example, if you like a certain floral note, or amber, in a fragrance, find another scent with that note, and try layering the two.
“A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting. ”
― Christian Dior
“Perfume is the Indispensable Compliment to the Personality of a Woman, the finishing touch on the dress “
– Christian Dior
Bonjour Monday! Wishing everyone a fabulous week! 🙂