Fragrances come in varying levels of concentration, meaning
some are stronger than others. For example, aftershave has
the least amount of fragrance; eau de toilette has more,
and eau de cologne contains even more. (Eau de parfum actually
has the most, but this concentration is generally reserved
for women’s fragrances.) While aftershave is great
for closing your pores, it’s best combined with the
same brand eau de toilette or cologne if you’re using
it for scent purposes. Always keep in mind that the higher
the level of concentration you choose, the less you should
If you’re wearing the most concentrated version of
your favorite perfume and it’s the height of summer,
you might want to change to the eau de toilette form of
the same fragrance. Not only is the watered-down version
less expensive, it’s lighter and will fade on your
skin more quickly. The result being thatyou’re more
likely to dominate a room with your personality, and not
the smell of your perfume.
There are a range of lighter fragrance options open to you,
which you might want to consider for the warmer months of
Aromatherapy spritzes are not only light and often contain
a greater proportion of water to fragrance, but they can
also enhance your mood.
Choose one that is designed to energize you and spray it
on your wrists and cleavage on a Monday morning. Or, on
a hot Saturday night, try an aromatherapy spray which promises
to enhance romantic feelings, and see how your date reacts!
The colder months can also pose a fragrance challenge. Even
though the thermometer might have dipped below zero, you
may be working in an office which is overheated, or having
dinner in a restaurant which has its thermostat wound right
up. These kinds of conditions essentially replicate the
summertime, and could put you directly in the firing line
of the fragrance police once again.
Stick to the maxim “less is more”. If you love
using a heavy concentrated perfume and can’t bear
the thought of waiting until the autumn months to wear it,
dab a tiny amount on your pulse points, and try to limit
it to a sultry evening party, or al fresco dinner.