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Perfume expert shares most ‘dated’ scents and it’s not florals

By newadmin / Published on Monday, 17 Jun 2024 05:33 AM / No Comments / 21 views

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Teamed with a good skincare routine, plenty of sleep and a healthy lifestyle, wrinkles and fine lines may seem easier to avoid. But when it comes to your style, it’s important not to overlook the finer details, namely your “signature scent”.

Speaking exclusively to, a fragrance expert at revealed the exact scents that can age you.

They said: “Whilst floral notes often feature in more classic-style fragrances, it’s not the floral notes that are the problem.

“Floral notes are found in most scents, the key however lies in the composition and the modern interpretation that a perfumer brings to the fragrance.” 

The perfume expert continued: “Rather than avoiding specific notes, it’s about finding the right balance within a fragrance. Heavier, overly sweet, or overly powdery notes can sometimes lend a dated feel.

“Instead, look for well-balanced fragrances with a blend of fresh, green, and woody notes. Citrus, gourmand, and aquatic elements can also bring a contemporary edge to floral scents, making them feel vibrant and modern.”

This concept applies even to rose-based scents, claimed the Miller Harris spokesperson, who elaborated: “When combined with unexpected accords or paired with fresh, vibrant notes, florals can evoke a sense of sophistication and modernity.

“Rose for example can be found in many ‘classic’ fragrances however when paired with bright, fruity notes such as in , it can be as timeless as it is contemporary.”

Sultry, alluring fragrances are often the most memorable, thanks to particular notes that “bring an irresistible, sensuous quality”. The perfume expert highlighted that amber, musk, and oud evoke warmth, depth and complexity, plus they “linger beautifully on the skin” which leaves a lasting impression.

Spices such as cardamom, ginger and saffron offer an exotic, intriguing twist, while opulent florals like tuberose and jasmine bring a rich, luxurious allure, claimed the perfumer. They added: “It’s the interplay of these elements that creates a truly captivating fragrance.”

While these are a great option for some, the truly youthful and playful scents come from a different category of notes altogether. 

The Miller Harris expert suggested: “Search for bright, fresh, and fruity elements. Citrus notes such as bergamot, tangerine, and grapefruit can help to bring an effervescent energy. Similarly, green, invigorating notes such as mint and basil can contribute to a lively, spirited composition that feels uplifting and joyous.”

Juicy fruits like pear, strawberry and raspberry can add a touch of sweetness and fun, like in the brand’s , which has top notes of tangerine and brings playfulness to the opening of the scent.

Such scents may seem less long-lasting on the skin compared to those with musky undertones, but some methods can extend the aroma of perfumed skin.

Hydrated skin holds fragrance better, so applying a fragrance-free moisturiser before your perfume helps to prep the skin for a long-lasting scent. Layering with complementary products, such as a scented body lotion or oil, can also enhance longevity.

The perfume expert revealed: “The best spots to apply fragrance are on pulse points where the skin is warmest – for example on the wrists, on the neck, inside the elbows, behind the ears, and even behind the knees.

“This warmth helps to diffuse the fragrance throughout the day. A light mist through your hair can also provide a subtle, lingering aroma, that is released as the hair moves.”

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