10 surprising new ways to wear perfume
Perfume bottles have been around since ancient times and the spritzing atomizer, first developed to administer throat medicine, was co-opted for fragrance around 1880 by French perfume brands, including Guerlain.
Which means although there’s been plenty of new scent concoctions, it’s been a long time since the way we apply and wear it, or scent the environment around us, has had significant innovation.
There’s been the odd candle (okay fine, hundreds) and does anyone remember pot-pourri? Yes, we’d prefer to forget that too.
The good news is, there’s been some exciting new updates, and the arrivals make uplifting and playful purchases as well as the perfect offbeat items to give as gifts.
Some of these are so surprising it's hard to imagine what’s coming next, but we may have some idea - edible candy and gum that once ingested releases scent through your skin, is already available in Europe and Japan.
Ecoya Fragranced Car Diffuser, $25
If you've ever gotten into a car with one of those cheap airfresheners dangling from the rear view mirror, you'll know how nauseatingly overwhelming they can be. We do however, have a lot of love for Ecoya's new car diffusers. The small black disc clips to your car's air vent, and offers a pleasingly suble waft of stylish scent thanks to a replaceable tab at the back. Each tab lasts for around three months and each diffuser comes with two tabs.
Jo Malone Scent to Go Fragrance disc, $100
Slip Jo Malone's small fragranced scent-to-go discs in your luggage or delicates draw to enjoy the lingering scent of the perfume brand's most iconic releases like Lime, Basil and Mandarin and Pomegranate Noir. We like the idea of leaving it on your office desk for an uplifting fragrance without the fire risk of burning candles. Each disc remains fragrant for up to three months.
Diptyque perfumed bracelet $142, stickers $89 and brooch, $216
Diptyque seriously upped the ante recently when it recently released this little collection of wearable - and may we say, genius - fraganced items. The perfumed bracelet involves dispensing a thick scented cord , cutting and clipping it together on your wrist. The dispenser holds enough for 30 bracelets, or wrap around your wrist twice or three times for a stronger scent. The soft, matte satin perfumed skin stickers are like scented temporary tattoos and make the coolest talking point if your wear one to a party. If you look after it, you can wear it up to 3 times and there are five in a pack. The cute gold bird brooch is inspired by Renaissance perfume jewelry and houses a small scented ceramic tab. You get two tabs and refills are available to buy separately, so you could even switch up your scents.
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Hair Mist, $72
There's nothing to say you can't just spritz your regular perfume into your locks, but doing it regularly will definitely take a toll, as the alcohol content can seriously dehydrate your strands. Chanel's hair perfume is designed so it won't cause those isses. The purse size makes topping up your fragrance throughout the day a breeze. It also makes a great gift for fans of Chanel's bright and beautiful Coco Mademoiselle scent.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Universalis Fabric Softener, $62
That incredibly desirable, clean-sheets-scent gets a seriously bougie upgrade. Pop a bit of Maison Francis Kurkdjian's fabric softener in your wash and your dreams will smell heavenly!
Byredo Tulipmania Rinse-Free Hand Wash, $49
Gently clean, moisturise and perfume hands on the go with Byredo's rinse-free handwash, far more stylish than any other hand sanitiser you've ever seen, right? It contains super-hydrators sweet almond oil and glycerin so while it does dry very fast, it won't leave hands dehydrated.
Tom Dixon Washing Up Liquid, $49
It's not like we often have our hands soaking in suds these days - thank you dishwashers! - but for the occasions when you do a casual rinse, wouldn't it be nice to upgrade your counter top with this Tom Dixon Washing Up Liquid? Chic as anything and the scent won't linger on your dinnerware. Plus, it's antibacterial and contains aloe vera so it works well too.
L’Officine Universelle Buly Scented Matches Généraux D’Empire, $28
A slightly less appealing location to use a scented item, but you'll likely be aware of the surprisingly effective deoderising properties that striking a match can have in a restroom. These long, scented matches quickly fill a room's atmostphere with fragrance in one fell swoop.
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* Do you like a traditional atomiser or would you consider trying one of these options?