“A woman who never wears perfume has no future”, our fave quote of Coco Chanel. Among other fashion essentials, lipstick and pocket-sized perfume always take space in our bag. Perfume means happiness and liveliness since it always brings sweet memories. Our best-loved perfume is fruity scent which is ideal for summer and daytime. Its delectable fragrance gives the teenage girlish feel adding some zing during the work time.
Though we are not fragrance guru, we have dug into some knowledge about perfume for a little long time. Before you buy a perfume, firstly you need to know some types of scent so that you understand what might be your favorite. The most common fragrances come with fruity, floral, oriental and woody scents.
Fruity – Mainly consists of citrus fruits like lemon, mandarin, bergamot and orange and gives off pleasant and refreshing scent. The fragrance is not very strong and good for dailywear. It is a springtime essence which can be worn by both men and women.
Floral – Sweet, feminine and romantic scent. There are two types of floral scent; single floral scent which consists of one flower like rose, gardenia and lavender and bouquet floral scent combining several varieties of flowers.
Oriental – It gives off slightly spicy and warm scent which is dominated by the hints of pepper, cloves, cinnamon and vanilla. It will be the favorite for people who like to be adventurous rather than gentle and feminine.
Woody – Known as the fragrance for men. It is mystery and gives sensual hint comprising sandalwood, patchouli, oakmoss and musky notes. For women, it is suitable for evenings providing the sense of sophistication.
Perfume is made up of three layers of notes; top notes also called as head notes, middle notes (aka heart notes) and base notes. Each note differs from the duration of evaporation.
Top notes – It is the very first scent which comes to your nose immediately on the application of perfume. It is the impression of perfume, but evaporates quickly and lasts about 15 min.
Middle notes – You will be introduced to it after the top notes disperse and it lasts about 30 min.
Base notes – It comes out with the departure of top notes. Middle notes and base notes are main theme of perfume in which the scent lasts much longer than top notes. Base notes are the richest and deepest among these three. Mostly we don’t notice the base notes until 20 to 30 min application.
Shopping perfume can be quite challenging when various types of scents are available. Not only you need to choose the scent but also you must know their perspective capabilities. Perfume comes with different categories like parfum, eau de parfum, eau de toilette and eau de cologne depending quality and fragrance concentration. Perfume which has highest concentration includes more fragrance oil and less alcohol.
Parfum is normally the most expensive among others as it has the high fragrance concentration. It includes 15-40 % of fragrance oil and lasts 6 to 8 hours or more.
Eau de Parfum consists of 10-20 % aromatic oil combining with alcohol and water. The fragrance lasts for 4 to 6 hours.
Eau de Toilette is composed of 5-15% of fragrance oil along with alcohol and water. The fragrance stays for 2-4 hours.
Eau de Cologne, also known as cologne is made of 3-8% of aromatic compounds and lasts for 2-3 hours.
PS: please note that the concentration of aromatic oil for each type mentioned above differs from brand to brand.
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