A complaint we often hear: "I can't seem to smell my own perfume anymore, soon after application…" I thought it might be a good idea to write down some possible explanations for this often heard complaint by frustrated customers. 

Light perfumes

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It might actually be true that your perfume has indeed faded as the lighter, often but not exclusively, citrus based perfumes are made up of more volatile molecules. In this case the solution is re-application,  which is why we are so fond of our simple, small purse sprays (tasverstuiver) ideal for those on the go.  Should your favourite perfumes be those with a lighter character, then you might also consider layering them (see blog) with for instance, a woody fragrance (l'Eau Guerriere), musk (Silver Musk - Nasomatto) or patchouli (Lorenzo Villoresi). Musc et la Peau by Pierre Guillaume is also a favourite for layering, especially combined with florals.

Dry skin

You might have dry skin in which case scent molecules find it harder to 'stick' to your skin. If this is the case, a simple body cream or oil is ideal or you might even try a fragrant body cream such as Aqua Universalis scented body cream which layers perfectly with many fragrances. 

Olfactory fatigue 

Another important cause why your perfume seems to have disappeared, is called 'olfactory fatigue or adaptation'. This means that your brain simply gets used to the fragrance (you don't smell your own skin or your own house) but it is actually present. The solution for this is to use other fragrances now and again, this way your brain is less likely to adapt and you can enjoy your favourite fragrance more when you do wear it.

Tips 

Last but not least, if you think your perfume has faded, ask those around you if they can still detect it before reapplying! 

Take a look at these fragrances, fun for layering and a great way to prolong the longevity of your perfume.