Perfume – Your best guide to Choosing the Right Fragrance


So frequently I hear women complain they don’t really know what perfume that they like, or they’re afraid to buy something new, so they just stick with the perfume they were given introduced to decades ago. True these days we are bombarded with new perfume launches each time we go to the shops. There are huge amounts of various fragrances.

How do you pick which fits your needs? Perfume is a very personal choice. What suits one person may not suit another. Furthermore fragrances need to reflect the personality of the wearer but they smell different on everyone as they mix together with your natural oils and acids on your skin. Perfumes are usually categorised in eight different areas, so knowing what category you like best you can narrow your research down.

1) Floral

Undoubtedly the biggest and most popular category. An accord of different floral notes including Rose, Carnation, Jasmine, Gardenia and Orange Blossom. Guerlain perfume easily combines with every other family, flowery perfumes are universally loved. This includes the single flower compositions such as rose, jasmine, tuberose, lily of the valley or ylang ylang. Think Christian Dior J’adore, Gucci Eau De ParfumII and Britney Spears Curious.

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2) Flowery Aldehydic

These fragrances in many cases are described as just 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.

3) Citrus

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.)in many cases are combined with more sweeter scents (flowers, fruits and chypre).Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune, Clarins Eau Tranquility and Donna Karan Be Delicious.

4) Green

Saving money fragrances are fresh with a hint of sharpness often reminding one of the freshly cut grass, pine and herbs. It is 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

5) Oriental

These are very sensual, warm and exotic fragrances eluding to mystery. Containing musks, oriental resins, vanilla, precious woods and chocolates. These perfumes are not for the fainthearted or even the shrinking violet. Christian Dior Poison, YSL Opium and Guerlain Shalimar.

6) Soft-Oriental

Soft-orientals combine oriental notes with assorted florals. Top notes are often fresh. Britney Spears In charge, Clinique Simply.

7) Chypre(Woody)

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 On her and Donna Karan Cashmere Mist.

8) Watery

These are aqua or marine notes reminding one of the ocean or even the smell after 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’ve got a further choice. What strength you want your perfume to be.

Listed here are your choices:

PERFUME – The best, longest-lasting fragrance form. Apply at the pulse points; wherever you feel the beat from the heart, behind your ears, the nape of your neck, at the base of your throat, at the bosom, the inside bend of your elbows, in the inside of your wrists and behind your knees. The heat from the body at these points will ensure a well-balanced fragrance application. It always comes in a dab on bottle. This type can last onto the skin for 8-12 hours.

EAU DE PARFUM Body of the very most common forms of fragrances found in many of the fine fragrance collections. It should be smoothed or sprayed just 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 used in much the same way as Eau de Parfum. Forever in a twig bottle and will last onto the skin 4 – 6 hours.

COLOGNE- The lightest type of fragrance. Perfect for splashing liberally all around the body. It is the perfect refreshant. It doesn’t last very long on the skin.

Once you have familiarized yourself with the different alternatives open to you it’s time 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. Once you have tried on three different smells on the skin walk away.

Leave the perfume area as the air is full of smells here. Leave the perfume on your skin for 10 mins before smelling it again. This way you ought to have a feeling of the true fragrance. Should you still like it you’re on to a success.