Fragrance is such a personal thing. What smells simply gorgeous on your friend may smell like something the cat did, when you apply some of this often costly and popular substance to yourself. But why does this happen? Or is there maybe something wrong with you? Thankfully, the answer is “no”, there’s nothing wrong with you, your olfactory senses or the perfume. You don’t have to get rid of your cat either. Seriously, the difference that you experience is due to your own unique body’s chemistry, pH balance, temperature, skin and various other scientific factors, which influence the end result.

Celebrate Differences

Rather than rue the fact that you cannot exude the identical fragrance, celebrate this difference. Imagine how boring life would be if we all smelled the same. Moreover, each person has his or her own natural, “unperfumed” smell.

Likewise, each person usually finds the smell of another appealing or off-putting on a subconscious level – part of natural selection, one supposes, and not unlike other mammals either – although humans don’t make a point of sniffing one another, obviously and consciously.

In this regard, it’s interesting to note that scientists have done experiments with mothers and their new-born babies. Even after being removed from their babies for a while and then blindfolded before re-joining a group of babies in another room, most mothers were able to identify their own babies, purely by their smell.

Find Your Own Fragrances

Don’t adopt a herd mentality where fragrances are concerned. Seek out those which complement you, your lifestyle and your personality. There’s no one-size-fits-all formula. The only way in which to establish which fragrances you should wear, is by testing them on your own skin.

If you like the fragrance which wafts from the bottle, apply a little on a pulse point, ideally on the inside of the wrist or the crook of your elbow. Don’t rub your wrists against one another, because this bruises the fragrance and subtly alters it. Just apply the perfume and leave it to develop in its own time (usually between 15 to 30 minutes).

Within a short while, you’ll have the full effect of how well the particular perfume suits you and whether it may become one of your top signature fragrances. You may prefer a soft, fresh, clean and “green” fragrance, one which is heady and floral/fruity, a perfume with a musky base, or a fragrance with woody notes.

Remember that day- and night-time fragrances may also differ. Women frequently wear a lighter perfume during the day, and another which is deeper with more mysterious undertones at night. Nevertheless, don’t overdo your perfume application, as more is not necessarily better or more attractive. The secret lies in subtlety – that gentle, yet distinctive divine waft which accompanies you when you move or pass by.

Papillon Perfumes

Papillon perfumes are produced in South Africa, using the finest quality imported ingredients. Fragrances closely mimic those of 69 top international top perfume brands, without being wildly expensive. Your local distributor will introduce you to your own affordable favourites.

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