5 Tricks to Smell Gorgeous

The right fragrance can lift your mood, entice your guy, and boost a blah workday. Just follow these steps to find a scent even a perfume-phobe would love.

Excerpts from a fragrance editorial, 5 Tricks to Smell Gorgeous, in Redbook Magazine, May 2012 issue.

1. Go Fresh and Clean for Day

Unless you work on, say, the Macy's beauty floor, you may wonder whether it's appropriate to wear fragrance to the office. After all, you don't want to be the coworker leaving a thick trail of tuberose in her wake. But stick with gentle or crisp fragrances and you'll be golden. "Studies show that people feel safe around the scent of baby powder, while the smells of green apple and cucumber help decrease anxiety," says Alan Hirsch, M.D., founder of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago. For an understated option, DKNY Be Delicious, $80 for 3.4 oz, has notes of both green apple and cucumber. Or try Demeter Baby Powder (which smells exactly like a baby's clean skin), $20 for 1 oz.

DKNY Be Delicious perfume
DKNY Be Delicious

Notes of apple and cucumber
$80 for 3.4oz eau de parfum
Demeter Baby Powder perfume
Demeter Baby Powder

Powdery notes
$20 for 1oz cologne spray
Chanel No.5 perfume
Chanel No. 5

Powdery notes of iris and aldehydes
$80 for 1.7oz eau de parfum

2. Smell Sexy (not vampy)

For a soft, sultry fragrance, "try a mix of light florals, such as orchid and lavender, with musk or woody notes," says Laurent Le Guernec, a senior perfumer at International Flavors & Fragrances. He likes Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker ($65 for 3.4 oz.) Yann Vasnier, a senior perfumer at Givaudan fragrance house, says that "men find food notes, like grapefruit and vanilla, attractive." Try Prada Candy ($80 for 1.7 oz.) or Marc Jacobs Lola ($88 for 3.4 oz.). And why do we love pink grapefruit? A study found that men thought women wearing it were six years younger that their actual age.

Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely perfume
Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely

Notes of lavender, orchid and musk
$65 for 3.4oz eau de parfum
Prada Candy perfume
Prada Candy

Notes of caramel and vanilla
$80 for 1.7oz eau de parfum
Marc Jacobs Lola perfume
Marc Jacobs Lola

Notes of pear, grapefruit, and vanilla
$88 for 3.4oz eau de parfum

3. Spritz Control!

Apply fragrance to pulse pointes like your neck, inner wrists, and behind your ears: these areas give off heat, which diffuses the scent. Also, consider the concentration: One or two drops of perfume and three to five sprays of eau de parfum or eau de toilette are plenty. If you over-douse, rub the area with a wet, soapy washcloth or a little unscented baby powder; it'll absorb the smell.

4. Let it Linger

Heading out after work but hesitant to re-spritz? Make your fragrance last all day (and then some) with this a.m. trick from Vasnier: Rub an unscented body lotion where you plan to mist. "It captures the scent so it stays on the skin without evaporating," he says.

5. Still Nervous?

Instead of wearing full-on fragrance, buy a body lotion from a perfume collection and smooth it on only your arms or décolletage. These formulas are infused with just a dash of the notes -- plus, at about half the cost of the actual juice, it'll save you some cash.

Burberry Body perfume
Burberry Body Milk

Notes of peach, iris, and sandalwood
$50 for 2.8oz body lotion
Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne perfume
YSL Parisienne Body Lotion

Notes of blackberry, rose, and vetiver
$40 for 6.6oz body lotion
Mark Get Misty body spray
Mark Get Misty Jasmine Petal

Try a lighter body spray as well
$12 for 4.9oz body mist

(Mueller, Cristina. "Beauty & Health: 5 Tricks to Smell Gorgeous." Redbook May 2012: 60)

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