Wedding Accessories - Perfume

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Perfume is thousands of years old and the word "perfume" comes from the Latin per fume "through smoke", and one of the oldest uses of perfumes comes from the burning of incense and aromatic herbs that were used in religious services, often the aromatic gums, frankincense and myrrh, gathered from trees.

The Egyptians were the first to incorporate perfume into their culture followed by the ancient Chinese, Hindus, Israelites, Carthaginians, Arabs, Greeks, and Romans.

The earliest use of perfume bottles is Egyptian and dates to around 1000 BC. The Egyptians invented glass and perfume bottles were one of the first common uses for glass.

Today there is a massive choice of perfumes from the fresh sweet smell of flowers to heavy spicy aromatic scents and almost monthly we are seeing a new one added from fashion designers to pop stars, all launching their own perfumes and making it twice as daunting for us as is the case when trying to choose that perfect outfit!

The following tips may help on the day you decide to buy perfume:

  • Do not wear any other scent; this applies also to deodorant, hairspray or perfumed body wash.  It’s also important that if you shop with somebody else at the same time, you are not overpowered by their perfume.
  • The environments in which you test your perfume will already be filled with a variety of smells and may influence your perception of the fragrance you are testing.  Air conditioning can also influence the humidity levels different from your home
  • Rule of the thumb is to try no more than 3 different types as your smell senses become saturated and make it almost impossible to distinguish other scents.
  • Do not rub the perfume into your skin as this damages the molecules and changes the notes.
  • Dab on a few drops and wait a few minutes.  Allow the fragrance to come to life on your skin and let the notes speak as they gently reveal their personality.
  • If your perfume is in a spray bottle, do not direct the spray on your body.  Either use a blotter (counters should have special paper strips for testers), or use a piece of fabric.
  • If unsure, wear the perfume for the rest of the day and see how it keeps its scent and if it is really suited to you.

Testing Perfume for your Wedding

It is important that when trying on a new perfume you let the notes of the fragrance develop on your own skin as every perfume can smell slightly different on another person and we can all be guilty of not allowing enough time for this to happen before we reach for the next bottle.

Just because you know how a perfume smells on somebody else, no matter how much you love it, chances are that it will not be the same on you. You may like the initial aroma but over time you could develop your own sense of smell and realise that because your friend wears it, it is not necessarily the one you really like.

Like outfits in our wardrobe we strive to look different, and so it should be with our perfumes.  Try and aim for three to four different scents, each one a different fragrance that can carry you through the seasons and occasions instead of sticking to the same scents month in, month out. 

The four basic categories for perfumes are:

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Citrus, green leaves or marine notes scents. Lime, fresh lilies tropical rain scents with calming and clean fragrances.


Jasmine, Rose and White Flower Scents. Relaxing floral scents made for those special occasions such as weddings or parties.


Spice Scents, Vanilla and Patchouli. These deeper comforting fragrances come into their own during the autumn and winter months.  The exotic nature of Orientals is ideal for evening wear and is more detectable through heavy clothing.


Warm Woods, Citrus and Moss. Classy and sophisticated scents fall into this ‘power fragrance’ category of sultry and musky scents.

A lot of this has to do with the oils used in a particular fragrance and how they work and balance with the chemicals in our skin.  This is another explanation as to why the same perfume can give off a completely different scent on somebody else.

Perfume Fragrances for Different Moods

The body’s Ph balance ideally is alkaline and different moods will alter the balance when wearing perfume.

  • Good moods happily match any type.  Your sense of smell is at its peak and you can pick up the slight subtle tones of various fragrances, which makes it that ideal time to go shopping for new perfume.
  • Stress and Poor Nutrition will turn the balance to acid and this will make perfume react differently to anything you apply on your skin during these times.
  • Bad Mood is one of the worse times to go shopping for your perfume. It is for sure an olfactory sensory killer and your senses will not be on full alert.  Chances are you will end up with a perfume that ends up in the back of the drawer.

Memories and Smells

We all have those certain moments when our olfactory senses are activated and bring memories flooding back to a happy or an emotional time in our lives.  Sense of smell is critical for us all and as humans we have the ability to distinguish over 10,000 different odour molecules.  We can utilise our sense of smell for a multitude of activities from the pleasurable aroma of freshly brewed coffee to deciding whom not to sit next to on the bus. 

The wonderful light scent to accentuate your natural body odour is pleasing to anybody you are with and there is nothing worse than walking into a room to find the overpowering smell of somebody who was there 10 minutes ago still lingering.

Do not overkill your perfume by spraying it all over your body – unless of course you feel you have an odour you need to hide!  This is what others may well think when they stand next to you. Also remember that some people are allergic to perfume.

A light spray on the back of each knee and wrist as well as behind the ear will suffice and it is important to remember that perfume is far stronger than eau de cologne!  With strong perfumes, spray into the air and walk through it.

Perfumes to Match the Seasons

Perfumes to match seasons – just as we have wardrobes to match the different times of the year:

Winter Wedding Perfume

Molecules are less volatile during cold spells and the cooler temperature will prevent the alcohol in the perfume from evaporating, making it last longer during this time. Therefore, remember to cut down on the sprays when using heavy spicy aromatic perfumes such as Cinnabar by Estee Lauder, Opium by Yves Saint Laurent and even the legendary Chanel No 5.

Spring Wedding Perfume

Fresh smelling fragrances and delicate florals are the essences of springtime and a pleasant welcome after wearing dark winter clothes.  Wearing pastels colours of lemons, lilacs and pale greens lift our moods and the wearing of perfumes such as Wisteria by Chantecaille, Mimosa Pur Moi by L'Artisan Parfumeur or Salvador’s Dali’s Daliflor will capture that fresh flowering smell.

Summer Wedding Perfume

Our skins at this time produce more oils due to the heady nights and sultry days and like winter perfume scents stays on longer.  Fragrances that contain lush, exotic flowers and fruits like Eden by Cacharel, Eternity Summer by Calvin Klein or Jean Paul Gaultier’s Classique.

Autumn Wedding Perfume

A cocktail of autumn fruits of blackberries and apples with warm earthy notes of oakmoss and lavender combine to make this the perfect time to wear those blends of saffron, coriander and moroccan rose with woody tones such as Hypnotic Poison by Christian Dior, Jicky by Guerlain and Amarige by Givenchy.

When to Wear Certain Perfumes

perfume bottle 2Knowing when to wear a certain type of perfume can sometimes be difficult and it is something we need to remember when wanting to wear that favorite scent that has ‘never let you down’.

For instant if you are going to be eating, people want to be able to smell the food they are eating, not a rich and heavy perfume that can spoil the aroma of the meal in front of them.  This would be the ideal time to wear a light neutral perfume.

On holiday after a day in the sun a spray of oriental based fragrance would enrich the scent of after-sun lotions.

A light ethereal, fresh or floral perfume is ideal as a pick me up on a hot summer’s day.

Something subtle would suit those that work alongside you, so go for a light woody fragrance that won’t irritate others and save your ‘special’ perfume for other occasions.

Small Tips on How to Wear Perfume

  • The best place to spray perfume is near any vein area. This is where your body temperature is maintained and the reason why we tend to dab and spray around our wrists, inner arms, chest, thighs and legs.  Remember though, you don’t have to spray in ALL these areas; one or two will suffice.
  • If you are going to be going out in the sun, avoid areas that are going to be exposed.
  • Do not spray on or around the face.
  • Avoid mixing with other perfume.
  • Do not spray onto silk or other delicate garments.
  • Try not to wear perfume when you are under the weather.
  • Avoid wearing perfume when you travel if you get easily travel sick.

Looking After Your Perfume

Perfume does not come cheap and it’s not just a case of placing them on your dressing table to pick up as and when you need in the hope that it will still smell the same. 

After all you have made a small investment in this delightful smelling bottle and there is nothing worse that finding out its gone bad.

Light, heat or temperature change is not tolerated by perfume so make sure yours is kept in its original packaging in a dry place with the top firmly shut.

A bottle that has not been opened can keep its true scent for years even though the colour may change it will not have affected the fragrance.  Once opened though, if you store it wisely, you can expect your perfume to have a life expectancy of 2-5 years.

A Women’s Fragrance

There is truly nothing like the smell of a woman walking into a room and bringing with her that slight waft of enticement, giving her mystical power and sexuality.  The joy perfume brings to a women is unmatched and her perfume can be as individual as she is herself.

From centuries of using fragrances for embalming the dead to covering up bad odours during medieval times, we can happily say that today’s modern woman wears her scent for many different reasons.

Perfumes are very much part of any woman’s wardrobe and they are certainly high on the list along with accessories that make the perfect outfit.

Perfume has remained an important cosmetic as an intoxicating and hypnotising odour that charms our senses.  It is for these reasons and more that it has managed to preserve its allure into the world we are familiar with today.

That is why wedding perfume is an ideal accessory for the discerning bride.