Your skin type determines the way your perfume smells
You think a friend's perfume smells great, but when you wear it, you don't like it at all. Not surprising, your skin type can make a perfume smell different.
The most important thing when choosing a fragrance is that the perfume also loves you. Nothing is worse than falling in love with a scent, whether in a perfume shop, through a friend or even a stranger on the street, only to find out that it does not suit you.
But why does a fragrance smell so different on one person than another? "The pH balance of the skin is slightly different, so the scent can smell different," says Donovan. 'A shower gel designed for sensitive skin can keep your pH well balanced.'
Different skin types
If you have a 'normal' skin type (not dry or oily), perfumes will usually smell the same on your skin, but bear in mind that your pH level, hormones and diet can still alter it monthly.
Oily skin holds the top notes in perfume longer but can also intensify certain elements. Sweet notes can be overwhelming on oily skin. Fruity aromas (especially citrus) can be fantastic. This skin type can intensify the scent. Watch out; some elements can become too strong and ruin the balance of a perfume.
Dry skin needs stronger scents and a great base to make the fragrance last. If you want to make a statement, you need something with a strong voice. Woody notes work well, as do spicy and floral tones. Make sure you apply a fragrance-free lotion first to make the perfume last longer.