The kind of perfume you wear says a lot about your personality and character. Considering that smell is the most powerful sense, only second to sight, you’d want to choose the right perfume for you. You want to have a unique and memorable fragrance that people can identify you with. Getting started on knowing the best perfume for your body can be a little intimidating, and even tedious. There are over a dozen scents, plus you need to buy just the right concentration level. So, if you’re just starting the ‘scented’ journey or are bored by your current scent and want to explore different options, this post is for you.
Understanding the Fragrance Lifecycle
The process of finding a fragrance that identifies with your persona doesn't need rushing. You’ll experience different notes that will linger for a while. You need to give these notes time to develop into the heart notes and finally dry down into the longer-lasting base or foundational notes.
That’s when you get to decide if the perfume is perfect for you from the first spray, as well as several hours later. If you're wondering what “note” is, here's a summary of what they mean:
Top note is the initial note of the perfume that hits your nose immediately after application. This scent will smell for the next 15 minutes to two hours of spraying onto your skin. Top notes typically involve all sorts of citrus, fruity, and light floral scents. Sometimes, you may smell a hint of spices, aquatics, or marines. Materials used here include mandarin, lemon, lemongrass, lavender, and bergamot.
Middle/heart note is the main scent of the perfume that starts to manifest after the top note begins to fade away. It can last from three to five hours after application. The heart note is typically heavy floral scents like jasmine or green scents like grass. You may also get a hint of fruity scents. The materials used for medium notes include clove, rose, leaves, raspberry, peach, pear, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ylang-ylang.
Base/foundation note is the scent that develops toward the end of the fragrance’s life. It's often bolder than the other two notes and determines how long the scent will last on your skin. Common scents here include those from smoke, vanilla, moss, or sandalwood and can last from five to ten hours. The materials used here include cedar, vetiver, tonka bean, and patchouli.
Are You Looking for Long Lasting Scent?
Different perfumes have varying ranges of how long they will last on your skin. The perfume you buy contains a mixture of several raw materials that make up the fragrance. Some of these raw materials are extracted from natural sources like flowers, fruits, woods, or synthetic raw materials, such as aldehyde. These extracts are called perfume oils, which are then mixed with a solvent, usually alcohol, but can also be water to seal what you smell as a pleasant aroma.
The amount of these oils will determine how strong the fragrance will be. The higher the concentration, the stronger the fragrance. The strength of the perfume is what gauges the duration of the smell on your skin.
There are five major fragrance concentration levels. These are:
Parfum – 20-30 percent pure perfume essence mixed with a solvent. It can last up to 24 hours.
Eau de Parfum (Perffume) – 15-20 percent perfume concentration. It can last between 5-8 hours.
Eau de Toilette (Toilette) – 5-15 percent perfume essence mixed with a solvent. It can last about three hours.
Eau de Cologne (Cologne) – 2-4 percent perfume concentration and can last about two hours.
Eau Fraiche – 1-3 percent perfume essence mixed with a solvent. It lasts less than an hour.
What's Your Budget?
If you're working on a tight budget, it might not be so easy to find the best perfume for women. However, with patience and thorough research, you can land a great deal. Keep in mind that expensive doesn’t always mean top-notch materials were used to create the fragrance. Likewise, an expensive scent doesn't necessarily mean it gives you a better scent.
Generally, perfume prices are driven by concentration levels. That’s why Parfum is the most expensive and Eau Fraiches the least expensive. Price is also driven by the brand and popularity of the perfume.
So, when you go shopping for perfume, check the concentration level and the brand name to gauge if what you're paying is really worth it.
Choose the Right Fragrance for the Occasion
Whether it’s a house party, wedding, training session, or a romantic date, picking the right fragrance can go a long way in complementing the event. It's one thing to make an impression and another to blow a business opportunity.
You can let the scent expert at the store know what you're buying the perfume for to help you make an enlightened choice.
Don’t Test Too Many Fragrances in One Go
This can be overwhelming, and the scents would be confusing to your nose. Limit your perfume testing mission to a maximum of three. More importantly, never smell the perfume at the counter. Considering all the scents lingering over the shop’s atmosphere, it will impair your ability to smell the pure notes of the fragrance that interests you.
The best thing to do is spray each perfume on a different tester stick and leaving the store before you take your first whiff. Smelling the fragrance surrounded by fresh air will give you the true scent of the perfume. Better yet, keep the tester sticks on you as you go about your business and smell them after every 30 minutes. This will give you a chance to smell the different notes as they develop and fade away.
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