GET GREAT SKIN

This month, we re­veal tips and tricks on pick­ing fra­grances and mak­ing them last.

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WHAT ARE TOP, MID­DLE AND BASE NOTES?

As fra­grances evap­o­rate over time, the notes that your nose picks up are sep­a­rated into three classes – top, mid­dle and base notes – and form a fra­grance pyra­mid. Top notes - usu­ally more fruity, cit­rusy or ozonic – are the ones you can de­tect im­me­di­ately. Mid­dle notes, also known as heart notes, are scents that your nose is able to dis­cern af­ter the fra­grance has set­tled down and re­acted with your skin. These notes are of­ten flo­ral, spicy or her­ba­ceous. Lastly, base notes are what’s left of the fra­grance and they’re mainly woods, musks or bal­sams.

PICK YOUR FRA­GRANCE IN A FLASH

Start by spritz­ing the fra­grance on a tester card to get an idea of the scent. If it’s some­thing you like, spray some on your wrist and wait at least one to two hours be­fore pur­chas­ing it. You’ll be able to ex­pe­ri­ence how the notes re­act with your skin, as well as how the fra­grance evap­o­rates over time – which you won’t know from sniff­ing it on a card. Don’t im­me­di­ately rub your wrists to­gether. Pat at the fra­grance un­til it dries, so it’s con­cen­trated in one area.

EDP, EDT OR EDC?

The higher the con­cen­tra­tion of per­fume oil, the longer a fra­grance will last, and the higher its price. • Eau de cologne 5 per cent oil and fades within an hour.

• Eau de toi­lette 5 to 15 per cent oil and lasts close to two hours.

• Eau de par­fum 10 to 20 per cent oil and lasts up to four hours.

WHERE IS THE BEST SPOT TO WEAR IT?

The key is to al­ways spritz the fra­grance on your pulse points, which are on the wrists, neck and dé­col­leté. This gets the scent to last longer than if you were to spray it in the air and walk through the mist. An al­ter­na­tive is to spray some on your hair, so the scent wafts when your hair moves. How­ever, avoid do­ing this too of­ten as the al­chohol and chem­i­cals in the fra­grance will dry out your tresses.

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