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Choosing The Right Perfume

Fragrance, that essence of luxury and pleasure, is a very important aspect for a woman. Choosing the right perfume to suit your style and needs is challenging, but rewarding and fun. Your perfume is a way of expressing your personality. Like quality fashion accessories, good perfume adds a finishing touch to what you're wearing. However your choice of fragrance in a perfume is limited only by your own personal taste. There's Fresh & Floral - a sweeter smell, feminine and flowery, or Light & Cool for active or sporty ladies and Warm & Sensual for a musky, sexy and heavier scent. Thus whether it is musk, spice, floral, woodsy, or a combination, every woman wants her own personality to be reflected in her choice of scent. But you also need to consider the type of ceremony, gathering or occasion.

Remember that it is easy to be convinced by the jazzy advertisements of the perfume industry, but don't commit the mistake of deciding what you want without first trying a perfume out properly. It is very important that when you wear your perfume you should feel great, desirable and confident.

Steps you should take while choosing a perfume:

1. The first step is to think about what kinds of smells you find most attractive. Do some research and the smells which appeal to you is best suited for you.

2. Don't hesitate to ask the person wearing a lovely perfume the name of her perfume.

3. While selecting a perfume always take the help of the salesgirl but only trust your taste.

4. Apply the perfume on the pulse points and wait for 10 minutes before actually deciding to but it.

5. You can try out two perfumes, one on each wrist during one trip to the mall, but not more than two as your nose will start to get confused and you will end up smelling like a perfume factory.

6. Don't sniff the perfume immediately after you spray it. If it has alcohol in it this will assault your senses. Wait a bit. Most perfumes will go through three stages called the top, middle and base notes. You cannot judge a perfume simply on its top notes.

The six main categories of perfume are:

1. Floral - with flowers as the dominant theme, sweeter smell, flowery, very feminine and romantic.

2. Fruity- spicy and fresh with fruits used as part of the formula

3. Oceanic - modern perfumes that use synthetic elements to smell strongly of the ocean.

4. Greens- fresh energetic perfumes that remind you of the outdoors.

5. Orientals- sexy exotic and intense perfumes that smell of musk, vanilla, spices and opulent heavy flowers.

6. Woody-Perfume that smell like bark, moss and other things you might find in the forest.

Perfumes though make a persons appearance lovelier and infact adds a finishing touch to what you're wearing. But different perfumes are suitable for different occasions, and age groups. A green perfume is especially suitable for a young girl with lots of zest and full of energy while an oriental may be too sophisticated for a teenager and perfect for dates and dinner parties. Orientals are intense and tend to be more suited to eveningwear and special occasions while greens are more appropriate for casual wear. Lighter perfumes are refreshing during hot weather while heavy perfumes are comforting in the cooler months.

Scent-sational Tips!

Perfume is the accessory that goes with any outfit, but like any cosmetic, it has to be used properly to get the right effect. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your fragrance purchase:

  1. Don't apply fragrance directly from the bottle with your fingers. Oil from your skin will enter the bottle and adversely affect the fragrance. Use an atomizer or apply fragrance to a cotton ball and then apply to your skin.

  2. When applying fragrance, spray fragrance from the ankles up. Remember, fragrance always rises! Also remember the golden rule of perfume – spray sparingly. You can always add more, but if you go overboard and spray too much a shower is just about the only thing that will get rid of it.

  3. Try to keep your perfume off your clothing. Apply the perfume only on the skin where it has a chance to develop and mellow. Also, bear in mind that perfume can stain some delicate fabrics, especially silk, so it's best to apply your perfume before you dress.

  4. Don't buy a fragrance just because it smells good on a friend. A fragrance is as individual as you are and will smell differently as it reacts with your own chemistry.

  5. When shopping for a fragrance try not to sample more than three fragrances at a time, after that your nose can no longer distinguish the scents. Try smelling the coffee beans that are on the fragrance counter in most department stores between samplings. The beans help to "cleanse the palate" and will allow you to try more perfumes (that's what they're there for).

  6. Protect your fragrance from heat and light to prolong its scent -- store it in the bathroom cupboard, not on the counter with your blow dryer and curling iron.

Home is Where the Spa is

Everybody needs a little rest and relaxation.

You may not be able to afford a costly day at the spa, but we've got good news. You can have all the beauty perks without the financial pains... right in the comfort of your own home.
From soothing foot massages to feel-good facials, we've got the simple spa secrets that won't leave your wallet sore. Just open your refrigerator and the basic ingredients are right at your fingertips.

It's as easy as...

  1. Invigorate and soften feet with 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons almond oil added to a basin of warm water. Gently massage feet and slip into cotton socks.

  2. It's not an old wives' tale: thin cucumber slices used as compresses over closed eyes will relieve soreness and puffiness.

  3. Mash up a melon and apply the remains to your face. Rinse clean after 15 minutes. Melons are rich in beta carotene, a substance that combats cell damage.

  4. Boil some whole milk and then let cool. Lift the "skin" that forms on the surface and apply it to your face until it dries out. Scrub it off gently with a vegetable brush or coarse washcloth.

Zodiac Fragrance

Fragrance, that essence of luxury and pleasure, is a very important aspect for a woman. Your perfume is a way of expressing your personality. This article will help you understand which is the best fragrant for you from your zodiac sign. Let the zodiac chart out a fragrant course for you.

Check out the compatible scents for your element.

Effervescent top notes of lemon and mint to complement your pioneering attitude towards life. Spicy middle notes for your active lifestyle and musk and moss for base notes.


The top notes of basil and lavender to reflect the earthiness in you. The sentimental and romantic in you can do with lily and rose. You love Mother Nature and the outdoors. Vetiver and sandaowood in the base notes are as reassuring as your sun sign.

Fresh, citrus top notes to characterize your imaginative, expressive and quick-witted nature. Middle notes of rose and pine with spicy and musky base notes to define your carefree personality.

Traditional top notes of lemon with a hint of aldehydes. Rose and lily for the heart and a dry down of musk and vetiver to reflect a Cancerian’s tenacity.

A blend of mint, cologne and orange blossom for the top notes to speak of a Leo’s creativity. Warm bright middle notes of clary and lily of the valley and the powerful mix of sandalwood, cedar and amber at the base to draw attention to you.

Hyacinth and lemon form the top notes to go with the rather pristine nature of a Virgo. Practical jasmine and rose for the heart and sandalwood, patchouli and oak moss to keep you firmly on the ground.

An intelligent combination of spice and citrus for the top notes; at the heart a floral tribute to the lily and rose. And the harmony of sandalwood and patchouli for the dry down.

Sensuality reigns supreme with lavender, lime and grapefruit for top notes; strong and warm middle notes in juniper and geranium and musk and moss for a passionate dry down.

Freedom is the keyword – it’s ozonic notes for the ethereal in you and musk and sandalwood for the physical side of you.


A traditional citrus, fruity feel with lavender, the dependable notes of jasmine and rose. And a twist of neroli, finished off with ever-practical sandalwood and musk and delicate vanilla.

Fresh notes of lavender and lemon with some warm notes of juniper, orange blossom and spicy coriander, based on cedar, sandalwood, amber and musk – as innovative as Aquarians are.

A cool crisp top note for this water sign; a heart that is spicy and fresh to end in soft woody notes for a multi-faceted personality as yours.

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