Words: Lauren Carbran
Self-care is big news for 2020. And if you haven’t tried it in what feels like forever, we suggest starting with your perfume. Inhaling a scent can uplift you and promote calmness, but there are other ways fragrance can help you feel good, too. For some me-time inspiration, here are the only ways you’ll want to pamper yourself with your perfume…
1. TRY LAYERING
Layering is a perfume commandment. The lowdown? It’s a process that involves applying body products before or after you spritz your scent, to intensify the overall smell and make your perfume last longer. For example, you could shower with the Gucci Mémoire d’Une Odeur shower gel, then spray the perfume (with its notes of jasmine and chamomile), or prepare to get all the compliments flooding in once you spray Gucci Guilty Eau de Parfum (lilac and pink pepper) and lock in the smell afterwards with the Gucci Guilty Body Lotion. Using products with relaxing and invigorating aromas will awaken your senses and lift your mood. And while you’re soaking up the shower gel or massaging the body lotion into your skin, you can practise mindfulness by inhaling and exhaling slowly for 3-5 minutes. Trust us, you’ll want to make this part of your weekly pampering routine.
2. TREAT YOURSELF TO A GIFT SET
Meet the perfume gift sets, which give you so much more than one fragrance. Self-pampering is about treating yourself, and there’s no better way to do it than with our gift sets. Go for the YSL Black Opium Gift Set for her, with its 50ml eau de parfum (blending orange blossom, coffee and vanilla), mini YSL mascara and eyeliner. What could be more perfect for beauty buffs?
For guys, spoil yourself with the Armani Stronger With You, containing a 100ml eau de toilette, 75ml shower gel and 15ml travel spray, so you can layer your scent and smell incredible on the go. Perfume gift sets are a must for the ultimate pampering treat.
3. GIVE YOURSELF A DIY FACIAL BEFORE YOU SPRITZ
Practise self-care to the max and pamper yourself with an at-home facial before you apply your perfume. That way you’ll feel totally ready for the day ahead and smell amazing. For maximum impact, massage your skincare products in circular motions around the areas of your face that can release the most tension, like your forehead, temples and jaw. We love using the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Nighttime Miracle Moisturizer, which soothes dry skin and gives a radiant finish. The Clinique For Men Face Wash is a great pick for guys – it cleanses thoroughly, removing dirt from pores and leaving skin soft and comfortable all day. The next step? Spray an ultra-fresh fragrance to start off your day in the best way. We recommend these unisex picks – The Perfume Edit Lime & Basil, oozing mandarin zest, lime and basil, and a Calvin Klein perfume such as CK One, with bergamot and green tea.
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