Who does not like a good fragrance? Gentle notes hitting the senses, making you feel delighted and upbeat with joy. A good scent can not only make you stand out but will also make your senses feel great as well. There are tons of fragrances available with a huge number of brands worldwide, but the fragrance lovers who are actually aware of what they are buying are very few. If you are someone who loves to use a perfume and calls yourself perfume connoisseur, it is better to be aware of the little aspects of perfume that will make you popular in your circle. Not just to be a perfume connoisseur, understanding the basics of the perfume can also come in handy while purchasing a new perfume. At least you will not feel clueless while standing in front of the sales rep when he or she blabbers about the various fragrances you just can’t miss in your life. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started.
In case you are not aware of notes, it is better to know them first. Every perfume is a blend of various fragrance compounds, each having their set layer and composition. They are divided into top notes, middle notes and base notes, also known as the fragrance pyramid. The top notes are the initial impression of any perfume. It contains the freshest notes that you feel the moment fragrance is sprayed on. It lasts for about an hour. The middle or the heart notes become noticeable after that staying for about 2-3 hours. The base notes are the true essence of any perfume and are the heaviest notes. They are very strong and can last for 4-6 hours.
Understand Your Notes:
Perfumes have different notes categories. Knowing them can help you to find out which category suits you best and what are fragrances that you can venture about with these. The first one is floral notes containing floral scents of fresh cut flowers, soft floral notes containing aldehydes, powdery notes and floral orientals containing orange blossoms and sweet spices. The Oriental notes are one of the most popular notes used for over centuries. It contains soft oriental with incense and amber, Orientals with oriental resins and woody Orientals having aromatic woods like sandalwood and patchouli.
The woody notes as the name suggests, contains scent of aromatic woods, vetiver, mossy woods like oakmoss and amber and dry woods. The fresh notes are quite popular among the new generation. It has aromatic notes with lavender and aromatic herbs, citruses such as bergamot and citrus oils, water notes such as marine, sea, green notes such as galbanum, coriander, basil and fruity notes such as berries and fruits. Among all these, fresh notes, woody notes and oriental notes are some of the popular ones for men. Rest of them such as floral, fruity, fresh and spicy are chosen by women.
Types of Perfume:
Depending on the concentration of the perfume essence present in the fragrance, you can divide them into various types. Each type has a different level of sillage and longevity. Eau de cologne has 3-5% aromatics in it and it lasts for about 2 hours. Eau de toilette has 6-12% aromatics in it and lasts for about 4 hours. Eau de parfum contains 15-20% aromatic compounds giving you about 4-6 hours of fragrance. The one with the highest concentration is the perfume with 20-30% aromatic compounds and lasts for more than 8 hours. You can choose the best New Perfumes depending on this concentration and sillage.
Change With Season:
Since you change your clothes and style with the changing season, why keep the perfumes same. Using the same fragrance over a period of time can reduce its impact on your personality. One should change perfumes often to maintain its attraction. You can switch them according to the time of the day, according to the season and mood of the occasion. This will make the fragrance smell good on you. Go with gentle scents for warm seasons and daytime while strong scents are meant for colder seasons and night time.
Little Goes a Long Way:
How much perfume is enough? We have been contemplating this for a very long time. Well, according to the experts, applying perfume is similar to drinking alcohol. Little amount gives you confidence while getting overboard can make you seem like a wannabe who should be avoided at all costs. Similarly, you should wear them according to the occasions. Avoid wearing too strong scents while getting ready for a date and to office or business meetings. This may make you come across as a wannabe who is trying very hard. You should wear a fragrance, which is noticeable from two arms distance.
While buying a perfume or speaking about it with your group, these little facts will make you the trusted person for anything related to fragrances. Stay fragrant!