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OUT MAGAZINE

20 FRAGRANCES YOU SHOULD CONSIDER TRYING 

Smudge had me at 'hello', merging powerful, safe, and OMG sexy AF.” -Out Mag

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Scandalwood Perfume bottle on skinPrint article from Out MagazineFragrance, by definition, is moody. It should be defining and sensual, create a positive response, and (hopefully) produce sexual attraction.

But how much of the right scent in the right place makes you memorable, powerful, or confident? The best scent should appear to be part of your very DNA. Sounds easy enough — but it’s not!

Know this: Enormous amounts of behind-the-scenes love, science, herbology, passion, romance, and sexuality are poured into testing these olfactory creations. To keep up with the high-end rarity of the luxury boutique fragrance markets, big-name fashion houses have rolled out some exquisite couture scents for those who rule the world. And now so can you.

The fragrances that follow are worthy of our attention. The herbs, flowers, oils, and foliage that go into these masterpieces have a very long list of top, mid, and base notes. I’ve noted a few standout ingredients but didn’t want to get too much into the weeds.

One quick note: Spray on fabric, not your bare chest and neck for lung longevity and to avoid skin spotting. Also, the more formal, decidedly evening fragrances are strong and can arrive well before you do. So one small spritz between the wrists then smushed behind your ears is precisely just enough for daytime use. Let’s see where that takes you.

SMUDGE BY HERETIC:

I’m a big believer in pushing people’s bad energy the hell away from me. Enter the very cheeky-chic brand Heretic. Smudge (with clary sage, frankincense, and patchouli) had me at “hello,” merging powerful, safe, and OMG sexy AF.

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