Many things come to mind when I thing of France, but a few stand out in the forefront: wine, cheese, cafes, style, perfume. Living in NYC, the choices for all these are immense, but that’s not an indication of how much care is placed into each area. More concisely, the ritual behind these little pleasures in life is lost in the rush of everyday life. Frequently, our beauty routines consist of the 5-minute look (tinted moisturizer, lip balm/stick, mascara, a little blush), which is great when in a rush, but the cohesive element of style is frequently missed: scent.
Fragrance should never overpower the space you’re occupying, but it should definitely leave an impression. Christian Dior pinned it when he said:
A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting.
Going back to the French though, perfume is a sensory experience that French women have embraced as part of everyday style. Before leaving the house, always spritz a bit of your ‘signature’ scent on. This may, of course, change as time goes on. No need to hang on to something that you begin to dislike.
To battle the problem of a scent fading away too soon, rub a bit of Vaseline (petroleum jelly) on the points where you’ve sprayed or dabbed the perfume. Don’t rub it in while it’s wet, but when it has dried on. Perfume has a tendency to dissipate quicker on dry skin, and rubbing a bit of sealant gives it staying power throughout the day. Voila.
Some covetable favorites and limited edition fragrances: