Choosing a Fragrance to Wear on Your Wedding Day

March 26, 2012 at 9:39 pm Leave a comment

Enhance your wedding experience with a special fragrance chosen specifically to celebrate your nuptials. Whether you choose a fresh new fragrance or wear a familiar tried-and-true scent, sporting a perfume that you like influences your mood and augments your special day as smell is one of the ways that people associate memories. Select a scent showcasing the spirit or theme of your wedding, such as citrus or tropical flowers for a beach wedding or a floral and woodsy scent for a garden wedding. Fragrances come in several strength types from concentrated perfumes to lighter-scented colognes. Choose to wear a scent during your ceremony or wait until your reception.

A Note on Notes

Fragrance groups include single floral, floral bouquet, amber, wood, leather, green, oceanic, gourmand, citrus and fruity. Each group consists of a set of notes called top, middle and base. Notes are the dominant odor of each level and the most common notes are bark, blossoms, fruits, resins, leaves, seeds, woods, roots and bulbs. Top notes release an odor right away and evaporate the fastest from 5 to 30 minutes. Types of top notes include basil, bergamot, cajuput, cinnamon, sage, coriander, eucalyptus, grapefruit, hyssop, lemon, lemongrass, lime, tangerine, verbena, orange, peppermint, spearmint, tea tree and thyme. Middle note, also known as the heart of the fragrance, take 10 to 30 minutes to fully develop upon your skin. Middle notes include bay, black pepper, cardamom, chamomile, cypress, fennel, geranium, hyssop, juniper, lavender, marjoram, myrtle, nutmeg, pine, rosemary and yarrow. Base notes are the foundation of your fragrance and open about 30 minutes after application. Base notes include cassia, cinnamon, clove, frankincense, ginger, jasmine, myrrh, patchouli, rose, rosewood, sandalwood, valerian, vanilla and ylang ylang.

How to Shop for Fragrances

Begin a few months before your wedding day. Limit your tryouts to four fragrances each outing, two on the wrist and two on the inside bend of your elbows. When you find one you like, ask for a sample so that you can see how it wears over the course of a day and to lessen an occurrence of buyer’s remorse. When buying a perfume purchase the accompanying scented moisturizer if available. Moisturizers help extend the life of your fragrance.

How to Wear a Fragrance

Cleanse and moisturize your skin thoroughly; if your fragrance offers a scented moisturizer apply it generously to your body. Apply a single spritz or dab of your scent to the pulse point on each of your wrists, behind your ears, between your breasts, inside the crook of your elbow, behind your knees and a quick spritz onto your hair. Ask a friend or family member how you smell, if it too much, remove excess with rubbing alcohol. Bring a rollerball of your wedding day fragrance in case a touch-up is needed. Apply fragrances only to your skin; do not apply to fabric as scents may damage your wedding dress or tux due to oils.

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