Perfume & Fragrance: 5 Common Myths Debunked
Considering that most of us wear some sort of fragrance on a regular basis and despite its long history, it is interesting to see that there are so many misconceptions about it.
We have attempted to shed some light on the 5 most common myths about perfume we all believe but aren’t true:
MYTH 1: A BETTER QUALITY SCENT WILL COST MORE
Truth: It isn’t always true.
When buying designer or celebrity scents, you are in fact paying for the brand and fancy packaging rather than the quality of the perfume itself. It also happens that more affordable perfumes last longer on your individual skin type and smell better throughout the day.
However, expensive fragrances tend to be more complex.
Keep in mind that the value we associate with any given fragrance has less to do with the ingredients and more to do with the memories and associations.
MYTH 2: THE BEST WAY OF SMELLING A FRAGRANCE IS ON A TEST CARD
Truth: Fragrance can smell differently on different people and the best way to smell perfume is to test it on your skin.
While a perfume can contain many ingredients, its scent is composed of three main elements: the head, heart, and base notes. The head notes are the lightest, the heart notes appear once the head notes have faded and the base notes come once the top notes have evaporated.
With those different levels of scent and the complexity that comes with it, choose your fragrance slowly and see how it changes over the course of a day on your skin.
MYTH 3: FRAGRANCE SHOULD BE STORED IN THE BATHROOM
Truth: Perfume has three worst enemies: light, heat, and humidity.
Your bathroom might be a tempting spot but it combines the three elements that affect the life span of your aroma. Store your perfume in a dark, dry spot that is away from extreme temperatures. You can store your favorite scent in your Distinct Scent travel spray and leave it in your bag to touch up throughout the day.
MYTH 4: EACH PERFUME IS GENDER-SPECIFIC
Truth: Fragrances are not gender-specific but gender-agnostic.
There is no rule to define a fragrance as suitable for males or females. Anyone who likes a scent and can carry it off with his or her persona should wear it. We are living in a world that is increasingly gender fluid, and gender-neutral fragrance has expanded the boundaries of fragrances.
MYTH 5: FRAGRANCE NEVER GOES BAD
Truth: The majority of fragrances have a shelf life of about 3 to 5 years.
However, if you store it correctly and avoid direct sunlight, it can be much longer than that. If your fragrance has changed in color or that the fragrance smells “off”, it’s probably time to toss it. The notes also play a role in shelf life. If your perfume has some citrus notes, it’s more likely to turn bad faster than a fragrance with musky elements for example.
Make sure you detect a change in a perfume’s fragrance as applying expired perfume may result in an unpleasant aroma, skin irritation or even an allergic reaction.