SMELL OF VIC­TORY

Women's Health (Malaysia) - - BEAUTY DISCUSS! -

The words ex­er­cise and per­fume to­gether may re­call a ju­nior-high locker room filled with clouds of too-sweet body mists, but hear us out. Ac­cord­ing to the per­fume sub­scrip­tion ser­vice Scent­bird.com, one of the top new searches is for “work­out fra­grances,” the the­ory be­ing that users want help get­ting amped for the gym. But what might pump you up could make some­one else pass out, so we asked Anne Mcclain, founder and per­fumer of Brook­lyn’s MCMC Fra­grances, how to (re­spon­si­bly) get away with scent­ing and sweat­ing.

ROLL WITH IT. Most fra­grance sprays are al­co­hol­based and tend to have more waft­ing power (plus they can linger on cloth­ing). Try an oil, which rolls di­rectly onto your skin and keeps the fra­grance far­ther away from your el­lip­ti­cal­ing neigh­bour.

STICK TO CIT­RUS. Fruity or herbal notes, which are light and less no­tice­able to sen­si­tive noses, are the scents most as­so­ci­ated with en­ergy. The aro­mather­a­peu­tic prop­er­ties of berg­amot, for in­stance, found in Burberry’s My Burberry Lim­ited Edition Eau De Par­fum 50ml (RM370), have been shown to com­bat fa­tigue in stud­ies. Avoid heavy notes like ouds, which are more dis­tract­ing. BE COUR­TE­OUS. Ap­ply it 20 min­utes be­fore ex­er­cise so the most po­tent top notes can dis­si­pate. This is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant for con­fined ar­eas, like a yoga stu­dio.

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