Before you make an impression with words or actions, your perfume speaks volumes of your style and persona. A good perfume or fragrance always makes a memorable statement and lasting impression. A perfume is not just a product to spray on and over your body, but an effort to make your presence felt, be desirable and a delight. Therefore, it is essential to select the right fragrance according to your personality, taste and body type.
What is Perfume?
Perfume scents are a mix of essential oils, aroma compounds, fixatives and solvents. Perfumes can be categorized based on fragrance concentrations that also determine their strength in terms of smell.
- Parfum: With the highest fragrance concentration of 15-40%, this is the strongest of all scents.
- Eau de Parfum: 15-20% of fragrance concentration
- Eau de Toilette: 5-15% of fragrance concentration
- Eau de Cologne: 2-4% of fragrance concentration
- Eau Fraiche: 1-3% of fragrance concentration
Perfume and Fragrance Types
Perfumes are categorized into seven broad types, featuring unique notes of scent.
- Floral: lavender, rose, jasmine, orange blossoms, gardenias
- Fruity: lemon, tangerine, apple, mango and many more fruity essence
- Woody: mossy wood, dry wood
- Oceanic: mountain air, clean linen, fresh water
- Green: natural smell of fresh grass, natural bouquet
- Oriental: musk, vanilla, precious woods
- Spicy: cinnamon, clove, pepper, ginger, nutmeg.
How to Apply Perfume
If you want your fragrance to last longer, follow these tips.
- Apply it strategically for the best results.
- Around the neck, on the inner wrist, inside the elbow, on ankles and in hair are the best places to apply perfume for long lasting fragrance.
- The best time to apply perfume is just after a shower.
- Apply on warm areas of the body to boost the scent.
- Do not rub after applying, it may crush the scent molecules and reduce the fragrance.
How to Choose Perfume
With plentiful perfume brands available in the market today, selecting your fragrance has become a little tricky. The right perfume enhances ones’ appeal and encourages closeness by drawing others in. The following steps will help you to find your new favorite fragrance.
• Determine your favorite smell
To choose your fragrance, it is essential to determine which scent is your personal favorite. Whether you like the notes of citrus or nostalgic oceanic scents; make sure that the perfume goes well with your natural body chemistry.
• First try and then buy
Before buying a perfume, always try it on your wrist and sniff. Your natural body chemistry plays a significant role in enhancing or diminishing a fragrance. If a perfume does not smell great on you, it probably doesn’t complement your natural chemical makeup.
• Make your own decision
Never make a buying decision just because a particular perfume smells great on someone else. Your body, lifestyle, diet, and habits considerably affect the fragrance you wear.
Always remember, a perfume does not smell exactly the way it might when coming out of the bottle. Before buying a perfume, test its smell after 5-10 minutes of applying it on your wrist. You will surely find your signature fragrance with these useful tips.
- Perfumes are highly flammable. Never apply them near fire, heat or flame.
- People who have sensitive skin or allergies to ingredients should test the perfume by applying it to a small area on skin.
- Never apply perfume on a rash, cut or injured area.
- Avoid contact with eyes and sensitive body parts. Perfumes are for external use only.
- Store your perfumes and scents at cool and dry place.