Christopher Sheldrake’s Parfum Secrets

Warning, this file is confidential. Vogue has shared perfume ninja and commander sniffer of Chanel fragrance, Christopher Sheldrake’s top-secret secrets to applying perfume.

Access granted.

I know. I didn’t think there was a right or wrong way to apply perfume either. Whether you are a spray it in the air and walk through it kind of gal, or a less is more kind of lady, than you should definitely read on.

According to Gabrielle Chanel herself, “perfume yourself where you like to be kissed”. This could be a translation issue because I don’t think dear Coco meant our lips… but our necks!

However, Sheldrake suggests to maximise the fragrances lasting power, instead of perfuming your neck, you should perfume your hair! What a fantastic idea. Think about it, when a gust of wind whooshes through your hair, everyone will be able to smell that delicate scent you have selected to represent yourself. Better still, they’ll be too busy swooning over your scent to notice your Marilyn Monroe moment. Genius! Sheldrake also advices to prolong your fragrances’ lasting power, perfume inside your arms just above your wrist. In that case, you won’t wash it off every time you wash your hands.

Now, I’m sure you’re aware of that frustrating moment hours after you’ve showered yourself in your favourite scent, you can no longer smell the damn thing. Well, Sheldrake points out that once our brains understand a smell, it stops recognising it, so it can focus on the next smell. Oh mon dieu! C’est incroyable! Look at me now Ms. Bosworth! (My year 10 French teacher).

What is your all time favourite scent?

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  • Reply yslyenom Sunday 26th May, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    The famous Chanel perfume…

  • judi1
    Reply judi1 Sunday 26th May, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Love spraying in my hair and on the inside of my wrist but never thought of spraying through my hair .. good idea. Thanks for the tips.

  • Reply dj23249 Saturday 18th May, 2013 at 6:02 am

    Wow, you never stop learning things

  • Reply amanda6393 Friday 17th May, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Nothing like a great scent.

  • katiesaprincess
    Reply katiesaprincess Wednesday 15th May, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Interesting read. Good ideas

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