Most people love perfume, but don’t give it much thought beyond ‘Oh, that smells amazing’ and ‘Eww, that scent is awful!’ Well, here are 12 things we bet you didn’t know about perfume.
1. Perfume is applied to the pulse points because they radiate heat.
Ever wondered why perfume is typically applied to spots like the inner wrist and base of the neck? These are pulse points, where the blood vessels are the closest to the skin’s surface – that’s why it’s easier to take your pulse there. These points radiate heat, which helps the perfume radiate from your skin to the air.
2. Applying a little cream to your pulse points before you spray perfume makes the scent last longer.
Cream is occlusive and holds the fragrance to your skin much longer than if you were to spray the perfume on to your skin directly. Another option is to put perfume right after your shower, when your skin is still damp, because the moisture helps retain the perfume.
3. Rubbing your wrists after you put perfume is a no-no.
Perfumes are a complex combination of top notes, heart notes, and base notes. Top notes are usually more delicate and evaporate faster, whereas base notes last much longer. Rubbing your wrists together after you apply perfume distorts the balance between the scents.
4. Your nose and brain get used to familiar scents, so you can’t smell your own perfume after a few minutes
Ever noticed that your perfume disappears after a few minutes? The truth is that it’s still there, but your nose and brain stop noticing it because it becomes familiar. Once your brain realises that it’s not harmful, it just ignores it. In fact, if you have a signature scent that you use all the time, your brain becomes so used to it that it barely notices it at all, and you’ll only be able to smell the top notes of the scent every time you spray it.
5. The same perfume can smell different on two different people.
Perfume mixes with your unique scent. The final product that other people smell is a combination of the ingredients of the perfume, your odour print, your sweat and environmental components like dirt and pollution. In fact, your diet plays a major role in determining what your unique scent is.
6. Sniffing several different perfumes in a row overwhelms your senses.
If you’re testing perfumes, take it slowly and avoid smelling more than two or three at a time, since smelling too many together overloads your brain and makes it hard for it to differentiate between different scents.
7. When you’re trying a new scent, spray it on your wrist and wait a few minutes.
If you spray perfume on your wrist and sniff it immediately, you’ll only be able to smell the top notes, which evaporate very quickly. For a more balanced evaluation, wait for a few minutes until the perfume has dried and then sniff your wrist.
8. You shouldn’t be sniffing coffee beans in between perfumes when you’re trying to buy a new scent.
Many stores keep small pots of coffee beans that are supposed to give your nose and brain a break in between scents. However, the coffee beans just confuse your brain further by throwing a new scent into the mix. Instead of the coffee beans, you should actually sniff something more neutral and familiar, like your clothes or the inside of your arm, to help your brain reset itself.
9. Perfumes should be stored in a cool and dark place.
Heat, light and humidity all cause the ingredients in perfumes to break down, so your bathroom is not the best place for your perfumes. Store your scents in a cool and dark place like your cupboard or even your fridge to help them last longer.
There is a dark side to perfumes as well.
10. Many of today’s perfumes are not made with natural ingredients.
Due to mass production, it’s not feasible for manufacturers to use real flowers or real musks in the making of perfumes. Instead, many of them use synthetic fragrances which are cost effective and longer lasting than natural ingredients.
11. Perfumes are loaded with synthetic compounds, many of them petroleum-based.
Many of the synthetic compounds in perfume are petroleum-based. Benzene derivatives, aldehydes and parabens are just a few of the harmful chemicals lurking in perfumes. Companies are allowed to pass these off in the ingredients under the term ‘fragrances,’ without listing the actual chemicals, because they consider them trade secrets that they don’t want their competitors to know. This allows them to pass off all sorts of chemicals in the perfumes, without the public or authorities being aware of how harmful the ingredients are.
12. These chemicals have been linked with several health complications.
Nervous system disorders, birth defects, hormonal imbalances, allergies and respiratory ailments are just a few of the conditions that have been linked to these chemicals.
via – indiatimes