The Handbook - How To Guides
31 Days: Style Tips and Tricks
Volume 1

All the tips and tricks needed to shape up for 2009. Each day brings new, expert advice on how to look your best and live life to the fullest, while having a little fun doing it.

Personal Care

Anatomy of a Scent

Ever wonder how cologne works? The oils and essences that make up a fragrance, referred to as "notes," are slowly warmed and then react to your specific body chemistry.


Top Note

Noticed immediately, but dries out in 15 minutes. (Example: herbs like coriander.)


Middle Note

As the top note fades, this scent lasts about an hour. (Example: citrus like tangerine or grapefruit.)


Base Note:

The heaviest layer, which clings to the skin for the rest of the day. (Example: tobacco, musk or patchouli.)


The "dry down"

An industry term for the time it takes for a fragrance to react with your skin and for the heart of the scent to kick in. This is why a scent smells different on each person.

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