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Potions of Love or...Self-Love?



Fragrances are tricky business. I once met a woman who introduced me to her favorite scent and said she likes it on others and not herself. She couldn’t tolerate it on her skin but enjoyed it on her partner. She said the perfume made him sexier. For herself, she chose unscented body lotions only. Bleh.


Some people suggest that perfumes work like an aphrodisiac. However, there’s no scientific evidence to prove that a perfume has an effect on sex-drive. Sorry to disappoint you. A perfume can definitely and most certainly make you feel more confident and sexy, refreshed and relaxed, thereby enhancing your overall personality. I think it’s more of a psychological something that has everything to do with confidence. Spraying a perfume has an effect of self-assurance of some sort.


Did you know that smell is intricately linked to the sense of taste?

The taste buds on our tongues can only distinguish five types of flavours/qualities – sweet, sour, bitter, salt and umami. Umami is a Japanese word for savouriness. All other tastes and flavours going in our mouths are detected by the olfactory receptors high up in the nasal passages. Kinky stuff.


Ultimately, application of a fragrance is all about the experience.

Denyse Bealieu articulately describes the unfolding of a fragrance in her book – The Perfume Lover – “The development of a fragrance is like a relay race; when a material evaporates, another material or another ‘accord’ – notes that are ‘played’ at the same time, like a piano chord, and create a different effect when combined than individually – take up the slack to continue the story.”


My tip –You’ve got to be sure that you like all the stages of a perfume’s journey before buying one!

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