So often I hear women complain they don’t really know what perfume that they like, or they are afraid to purchase something new, so they just stick to the perfume they were given introduced to decades ago. True nowadays we’re bombarded with new Guerlain Abeille royale launches each time we visit the shops. You will find huge amounts of various fragrances.
How can you pick which is right for you? Perfume is an extremely personal choice. What suits one person might not suit another. Not only do fragrances have to reflect the personality from the wearer however they smell different on everyone as they mix with your natural oils and acids on the skin. Perfumes are generally categorised in eight different areas, so once you know what category you like best you are able to narrow your search down.
By far the largest and most popular category. An accord of different floral notes including Rose, Carnation, Jasmine, Gardenia and Orange Blossom. It easily combines with every other family, flowery perfumes are universally loved. This also includes the only flower compositions such as rose, jasmine, tuberose, lily from the valley or ylang ylang. Think Christian Dior J’adore, Gucci Eau De ParfumII and Britney Spears Curious.
2) Flowery Aldehydic
These fragrances are often referred to as a little powdery. They are quite soft even though the aldehydes add sparkle to flowery notes. Think Chanel No5, Carolina Herrera 212 and Bvlgary Omnia Cristalline.
This fragrance group is light, tangy, refreshing and uplifting. The light, fresh characters from the citrus notes (lime, tangerine, bergamot, orange, lemon, petitgrain, mandarin, etc.)are often coupled with more sweeter scents (flowers, fruits and chypre).Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune, Clarins Eau Tranquility and Donna Karan Be Delicious.
Saving money fragrances are fresh with a hint of sharpness often reminding one of the freshly cut grass, pine and herbs. It’s almost an outdoors or sporty fragrance. Green notes are natural in character; often married with fruity and floral notes. Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca and Christian Dior Tendre Poison
These are very sensual, warm and exotic fragrances eluding to mystery. Containing musks, oriental resins, vanilla, precious woods and dark chocolate. These perfumes aren’t for the fainthearted or the shrinking violet. Christian Dior Poison, YSL Opium and Guerlain Shalimar.
Soft-orientals combine oriental notes with various florals. Top notes in many cases are fresh. Britney Spears In Control, Clinique Simply.
Based on a woody, mossy and flowery complex, containing Cedar, Patchouly, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Pine and often with facets of fruits, chypre perfumes are rich and tenacious. Guerlain Samsara, Narciso Rodriguez For Her and Donna Karan Cashmere Mist.
These are aqua or marine notes reminding one of the ocean or the smell following a big downpour, sea breezes and cool, fresh dew. Think L’Eau d’Issey by Issey Miyake, Bvlgary BLV Notte.
Once you have selected the perfume you like you have a further choice. What strength you would like your perfume to become.
Here are your choices:
PERFUME – The strongest, longest-lasting fragrance form. Apply at all the pulse points; wherever you feel the beat from the heart, behind your ears, the nape of your neck, at the base of the throat, in the bosom, the interior bend of your elbows, at the inside of your wrists and behind the knees. Heat of the body at these points will ensure a well-balanced fragrance application. It always comes in a dab on bottle. This form will last onto the skin for 8-12 hours.
EAU DE PARFUM Body of the very most common forms of fragrances to be found in most of the fine fragrance collections. It should be smoothed or sprayed right before dressing. This usually is really a spray bottle and it lasts on the skin 6 – 8 hours.
EAU DE TOILET – Usually less concentrated than Eau de Parfum, it ought to be applied in much the same way as Eau de Parfum. Forever in a twig bottle and will last on the skin 4 – 6 hours.
COLOGNE- The lightest type of fragrance. Perfect for splashing liberally all around the body. It’s the perfect refreshant. It doesn’t last lengthy onto the skin.
After you have familiarized yourself using the different alternatives available to you you’re ready to hit the fragrance counter. But go slowly. Our noses only recognize up to three smells only. So don’t go dousing yourself in twenty different perfumes. After you have tried on three different smells on your skin leave.
Leave the perfume area as the air is filled with smells here. Leave the perfume on your skin for ten minutes before smelling it again. By doing this you should have a feeling of the real fragrance. Should you still like it you’re onto a success.