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The Four Reasons You Should Actually Be Wearing Perfume Oil

Joelle Nealy

Perfume oils are having quite the moment, spreading from indie scent makers to big names like Tom Ford. It makes sense, given the current popularity of face oils and hair oils, but it’s not just a trend; perfume oils do have advantages to the more mainstream alcohol-based perfumes. They last longer, since alcohol evaporates from the bottle faster. This is a great thing for those of us who have a large collection of scents and hold onto things longer. You don’t waste as much during application either, since (according to perfume guru Chandler Burr), one loses about 50% of a spray of traditional perfume into the air. 

Oil-based scents are much less drying to skin and hair than traditional alcohol-based perfumes. As alcohol evaporates to spread the fragrance of a traditional perfume, it takes with it your skin's natural oils, leaving your skin drier. Perfume oils are actually moisturizing, making them less irritating and more suitable for people with dry skin,

People are wearing fragrance differently, too, and perfume oil fits a more modern style of personal scent. Gone are the clouds of fragrance that announced one's entrance and lingered long after one's exit. Perfume oils tend to wear closer to the skin, which is bad if you want people to smell you across the room -- or the street -- but great if you are wearing them to the office or other environments where you want to enjoy your fragrance without offending others.

With the advent of mass-market fragrances, if you are searching for a unique, personal scent, indie and niche perfume oils are the way to go. There's a whole world beyond the department store perfume counter, made up of perfumes inspired by literature, fandoms, and much more. Not only is it fun to explore, but you if you want a true signature scent, you can find one.

A couple of tips about application, if you’re new to perfume oils, or perfume in general… Dab, don’t rub when applying your perfume. Rubbing the oil into your skin breaks down the more volatile top notes, such as citrus. If you have problems with the scent being absorbed too quickly, moisturize before you apply; a quick slick of petroleum jelly or a waxy, unscented lip balm can also help the fragrance adhere. Layering with a scented lotion in the same fragrance will also strengthen the effect of your perfume. As to where you should apply perfume oil to your body? Where you want to be kissed -- just as Coco Chanel so famously said.



New Paleta Collection for Summer 2017

Joelle Nealy

Collaborating with another maker is super energizing and just plain fun. After our many chats about perfume making and indie ownership (also: bunnies, candy, and veganism) collabing with Nicole of Indie Beautique was a natural next step. I had put “paleta collection” somewhere on my extensive list of possible future collections, somehow Nicole had the brilliant idea to make wax melts shaped like tiny popsicles...and there it was! With her Miami Cuban heritage and my childhood spent in Brazil, a collection of Latin inspired fragrances was quick to follow and Nicole transformed them into adorable soy wax paleta-shaped melts.

Bailar (Dance) - Pineapple & Dulce de Leche

A sweet, creamy caramel enrobes juicy morsels of fresh pineapple. Luscious, rich, and a little bit sinful.

Celebrar (Celebrate)- Key Lime Pie

Sweetened condensed milk and zesty lime are folded together into a luscious but fresh blend, then wrapped in buttery graham cracker crumbs.

Disfrutar (Enjoy) - Peach Mango

Juicy, nectarous peach is paired with tropical, sweet mango in a heavenly combination of lush sweetness and succulent flesh.

Endulzar (Sweeten) - Guava y Queso

(Fragrance by Nicole) Guava and cheese is a classic Cuban treat – often found in puff pastries but also eaten on their own. Thick, sticky and sweet guava paste marries impeccably with the delectable, fatty, slightly sour flavor of cream cheese.

Florecer (Bloom) - Jamaica Rosewater

A sweet-tart infusion of ruby red hibiscus calyxes is scented with a hint of rosewater. Light and refreshing, its unique notes are both floral and mouthwatering.

Refrescar (Refresh) - Blackberry Mojito

Crushed ripe blackberries swim in a delicious Cuban cocktail of lime, mint, and rum.

Saborear (Savor)  - Horchata

Milky and lightly sweet horchata is blended from rice and almonds into a creamy, delicious elixir and infused with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla.

You can find these 1.5 oz soy wax melts on Indie Beautique for $5.50. And we know you'll be tempted, but please don’t eat them!



9 Secrets of Layering Fragrance

Joelle Nealy

Layering fragrances is a fun way to create your own unique scent. You can change things up depending on your mood or the season, highlight a particular note, or elevate a perfume you don’t love on its own. It’s like a choose your own adventure for your nose!