Perfuming tips

The art of wearing fragrance well!

It may seem like adding perfume to your daily routine is a simple thing, but in fact, “the art of wearing a fragrance requires more mastery than simply spraying it on.” Yes, you can pick a bottle up spray it or drop the perfume liquid on your skin and go. However, you may realize your perfume smells too strong, it disappears too fast, or it doesn’t smell the same as it once did.

To help you get the most out of your perfume, we have put together our 5 top perfuming tips.

A set of unsaid rules when it comes to perfuming, with these tips you will be a master at the art of wearing fragrance well. You can also read more about How To Apply Perfume and Where To Spray Perfume on our blog. We at Dossier want you to feel confident in the perfume fragrance you choose to wear.

Tip 1 – Try before you buy 

The first rule of perfume is to always test it before you buy it. Fragrance notes can change over time and some notes may not work well with your particular body chemistry. The more perfumes to try, you will be able to understand what notes work better for you and what notes you enjoy more. To help you try before you buy, Dossier offers testers with every bottle of our perfume. 

Tip 2 – Less is more, you can always reapply

We like this tip a lot. You see, it is always going to be easier to add more perfume than take it off. It is always going to be good to remember that, “too heavy perfume can cause a headache not only to other people but also to you. If you don’t want your favorite fragrance to become your worst enemy or you wonder how to wear perfume subtle, the answer is also 1-2 sprays.” Then, once it is applied and after some time, you can spray another few sprays if it feels to light. 

And, in the case the you do apply too much perfume, we suggest using a baby wipe to try and remove it.

Tip 3 – Proper storage and size 

Did you know that perfume can go bad? Something that many people overlook, a perfume when stored incorrectly or opened and unused will not last. “Precious as it is, perfume should be consumed at a brisk pace. Keeping a half-used bottle on your shelf allows oxygen (the “natural enemy of perfume,” says Kurkdjian) to slowly break down the scent’s molecules, altering its composition. Of course, if you mist on your signature scent daily, a large 6.8-milliliter bottle likely won’t go to waste, he says, but in all other instances, Kurkdjian prefers smaller vessels (in the range of 2.4 to 1.2 milliliters) because they can remain fresh for up to three months. And if you’re faced with only one, rather generously sized bottle at the perfume counter? Assuming it has a screw cap or stopper, you can always decant the liquid into smaller vials or tuck your half-empty fragrances in the fridge to maintain their bloom.” We also suggest if you leave your perfume on your dressing table to make sure it doesn’t sit in the sun or is close to the steam of the bathroom.

Tip 4 – Ask a friend or someone you trust

Sometimes your nose my not be able to tell if a scent is too strong or if it is right for you. With that in mind, always go with your first instinct, but when  in doubt ask someone. As your bestie, mom, sibling, or partner if they enjoy the perfume. We are sure they will tell you the honest truth.

Tip 5 – Go synthetic 

Something that might sound shocking, however when you think about it, this makes total sense that synthetic isn’t bad. Saving the lives of animals as well as certain strains of plants — “perhaps the most popular note, musk, which was formerly derived from animals and now brings softness to the scent and enhances its trail. Other smells, such as peony, freesia, and lily of the valley, cannot be obtained by natural extraction simply because they don’t release any aroma whatsoever, he says, forcing them to instead be re-created with a blend of synthetic molecules. And while some of the best perfumers have used a blend of natural and synthetic molecules since the late 19th century, nowadays, chemical creations are tightly controlled and tested for safety by health organizations, including the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM) in the U.S.” Following strict regulations, Dossier uses synthetic fragrances in our blends. We are proud to be vegan and cruelty free!

Now that you have a better understanding of the art of perfuming, you can confidently apply your favorite fragrance. 

If you are on the hunt for a new fragrance to wear, Dossier is here to help. By simply taking our perfume quiz you can find what perfume notes best suit your personality and what of our blends you may enjoy the most!



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