Dear Readers: Many of us have a FAVORITE FRAGRANCE to wear, and perfume can be a lovely addition, but here are some do’s and don’ts so that you will NOT overwhelm others:
* To “build” your signature scent, apply your shower gel or lotion while your skin is damp. Follow this with your fragrance: perfume, eau de parfum, eau de toilette, eau de cologne.
* If you think scented lotion and perfume are too much together, try this: With a dollop of body creme in your hand, spray a touch of perfume onto the lotion and mix. If it’s too strong, you’ll know before you leave home!
* Fragrances should be sprayed a few inches from your body, and don’t rub them in! That dilutes the scent.
How many fragrances do you own? I counted seven on my makeup counter, but I usually wear the same one — it’s my “signature” fragrance, and I’ve worn it for more than half my life! Send in your “number” to:
Dear Heloise: After use, I always unplug my toaster. My friend’s toaster activated on its own one day, causing a fire in her home. -- Gloria P., Bristol, S.D.
Important hint! An appliance starting on its own happens more often than you know! When there are severe storms with lightning, it can trigger a power glitch and may turn on a plugged-in appliance. It’s a good practice to get in the habit of unplugging the toaster (or any other appliance, like a coffeemaker) after each use or when leaving home for some time. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: Here are two hints that help me remember things. When cooking, I always leave the range hood light on to remind me that something is cooking on the stove.
Also, I place a nonskid, light-colored rug at the bottom of my stairs. This way, I know when I’m at the bottom. I learned this after falling twice due to thinking that I had reached the bottom of the stairs when I actually still had a stair left. -- Joni in Ohio
Dear Heloise: I have created a simple nylon scrubber. I take a piece of nylon netting, any size or shape, and fold it into a bow tie, holding it together with a rubber band. I have used this style for many years. You can take it apart and put it in the top section of the dishwasher to clean. -- Elaine H. in Washington
Just be sure to secure the scrubber on the top rack so it doesn’t cause a problem. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I hate it when I miss using a coupon because it has expired. So, I keep the coupons organized by expiration date. Now I never lose the value because I am aware of the date. -- Geri F., via e-mail
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