The Ultimate Guide to Perfume

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Let’s face it – we live in a rather stinky country. Even if that were not the case, smelling good is something we should all be striving towards. Personal hygiene is something everybody ought to take seriously. Regardless of how much body odour is an issue for you, here’s a little guide that will help you find fragrances of your liking.

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The longevity and sillage of a perfume greatly depends on its concentration.

Parfum (or pure perfume) contains the highest amount of perfume oil and other aromatic ingredients, somewhere between 20% to 40%, and will last the longest on your skin, therefore guaranteeing an exorbitant price-tag.

Eau de Parfum (EDP) comes next, with a concentration of about 15% to 20%.

Then, there’s Eau de Toilette (EDT) that contains 5% to 15% of fragrance oil.

Eau de Cologne has the lowest concentration of perfume oil, usually about 2% to 4%, and contains more alcohol.

Lastly, there’s Eau Fraiche that contains more alcohol and only 1% to 3% perfume.

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Since you are now aware of the different concentration levels in fragrances, you should also be able to gauge how long each fragrance type would last on your body. The stronger the concentration, the longer it will last on your body. Scents also typically last longer on clothes. A couple of spritzes on your clothes will also help with the longevity.

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When you read any perfume description, you will come across the terms Top Notes, Heart Notes and Base Notes. These Notes are nothing but different layers of aromas that come together to form one harmonious fragrance.

Top Notes are what you get a whiff of the moment you spray any perfume. They may be the introductory scent of your perfume but they evaporate fairly quickly.

Heart Notes come to the fore once the Top Notes have evaporated.

Lastly, Base Notes are the foundation of a fragrance and are what last the longest. It’s the scent that sticks to your body long after the other notes have evaporated.

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Fragrance Categories

Perfumes are often classified into different categories. Commonly, certain notes will constitute and be found in only one specific fragrance category. These categories are Floral, Fresh, Oriental, Woody, Fruity, Gourmand/Sweet, Green and Aquatic.

Floral scents usually have different floral notes such as rose, lily, gardenia, magnolia, cherry blossom and so on.

Fragrances that are classified as Fresh have citrusy notes like lemon, orange, yuzu and bergamot.

Oriental scents have this exoticness to them as they contain notes of cloves, vanilla, pepper and cinnamon.

Woody fragrances have musky notes of sandalwood, oakmoss, vetiver and plum.

Fruity scents have notes of different fruits such as apples, mango, pear, berries and so on.

Gourmand or Sweet fragrances contain heady notes of sugar, caramel, praline, chocolate and so on.

Green scents have notes of green tea, juniper, leaves, sage and the like.

Aquatic fragrances have notes that will remind you of the sea and the beach so it will contain fragrance profiles of water, salt, seaweed and citrus.

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Finding you own scent

You could approach this from many different paths – you could find a scent that best matches your personality and have that as your signature scent so as to create an impact every time you wear it and to give people something to remember you by or you could have several different types of perfumes in your collection that you use as per your mood and disposition.

The gist of it is to find a perfume that works well with your body and matches your personality or your mood at the moment.

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Choosing a scent based on environment

You could also choose different scents to cater to different environments. A perfume you choose to wear in the office could be something of the Fresh family. For a date, you could go for a Floral scent. For a night out or a dinner, you could go for a Gourmand or Oriental scent. That way, you get to discover more fragrances and play with different scents instead of sticking to one particular scent. You could also divide your scents by season.

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Spritzing your perfume on certain areas of the body can really make the fragrance last longer and create more of an impact. You should spray perfume on your neck and collarbones, behind your ears, your wrists and on the backs of your knees. You could even spray it on your hair – just make sure to hold the bottle at least 30 cm away from your hair. Try out different areas and find what works for you.

  1. S. If you spray perfume on your wrists, don’t rub your two wrists together. A simple dab should do.
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Most of all, you should have fun experimenting with different scents. The market is saturated with different options for you to choose from. The only thing that should matter is smelling good.


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