With the extra downtime 2020 has awarded me, I’ve been determined to find a signature scent – one that is classic, yet bold. In my search, I’ve discovered a key piece of information that not everyone may know but is beneficial in selecting a scent. Cologne (aka fragrance) smells different in-store than on your skin, and someone else’s skin. Which is why when you’re buying at a retail location, they always suggest spraying it on you before purchasing. So, how can one decide if the cologne will suit your skin? Glad you asked.
When it comes to fragrance, certain types of skin have certain properties. The reason: pH balances. The pH balance of different skin can change the way the cologne reacts to your natural body odor. Another factor, your diet. Depending on what you eat, this can also alter your perfumes characteristics. If you have normal skin (non-oily and hydrated) you will find that most fragrances work well with your skin. If you have oily or dry skin, keep reading.
Oily skin tends to hold notes for longer and can exaggerate other ingredients in the perfume. For example, sweet smelling sprays at times can be overwhelming on oily skin – but fruit can be amazing. Basically, oily skin will enhance all the elements in fragrance so be careful when choosing really bold ingredients.
Dry skin needs a bit more TLC to hold fragrances. Subtle, delicate scents won’t stick onto skin so opt for bold ambers, spices and heavier blooms. And if you want the fragrance to last longer, apply non-scented lotion before spraying.