Choosing the perfect perfume, which is an extension of your individualistic personality, can be tough. Finding the right blend of your favorite notes that come together in perfect harmony to create that unique scent is challenging, but that perfume, once you find it, is the only thing you will need to feel as special as you truly are. It can change your outlook towards the otherwise mundane day.
The number of fragrances available in the market at present makes it almost impossible to find that right scent, but hopefully, this guide will help you make the right choice, while making the task a little bit simpler.
- Concentration: This defines the ratio of alcohol to fragrant oils in any fragrance. Based on the concentration, we have 5 kinds of fragrances
Parfum has the highest fragrance concentration of 15% to 40% fragrance. People with sensitive skin may do better with parfums as they have far less alcohol than other fragrance types and therefore are less likely to dry out the skin.
- Eau de Parfum
After parfum, eau de parfum (EDP) has the next highest concentration of fragrance. Eau de parfum generally has a fragrance concentration of between 15% and 20%. Eau de parfum is one of the most common fragrance types and is suitable for everyday wear.
- Eau de Toilette
Eau de toilette (EDT) has a fragrance concentration of between 5% and 15%.
- Eau de Cologne
Eau de cologne, or EDC, has a much lower concentration of fragrance than the above types of perfume. EDC generally has a 2% to 4% percent concentration of fragrance and a high concentration of alcohol. Originally eau de cologne referred to a traditional recipe that used herb and citrus notes with little anchoring with base notes.
- Eau fraiche is similar to eau de cologne in that the scent will generally last for up to two hours. While eau fraiche has a low fragrance concentration, it does not contain a high amount of alcohol. Along with the fragrance, the remainder of eau fraiche is mostly water.
Fragrances are broken-up into three kinds of notes - Top, middle/heart, and base. Top - The initial, lighter smell which lasts around 8-15 minutes. Examples of these notes include citruses, powdery scents, and light florals.
Middle/Heart - The main elements of the fragrance, these notes develop after the top note clears. Heart notes most often include heavier floral scents.
Base - The last to develop, it helps fix the fragrance to the skin. This is where the bolder notes of the scent activate, such as musk and leathers which become noticeable once the fragrance has been on the skin for a while.
Season is another factor to keep in mind. Temperature has a big impact on the way a perfume is perceived. Hot weather, for example, intensifies the fragrance notes, while cold weather makes it more difficult for them to evaporate. Fragrance needs to change with the season. For summer, you should opt for refreshing citrusy fragrances, floral fragrances or Aquatic fragrances. For winter, warm woody and notes of spices suit the best. Like vanilla, cinnamon, incense, amber, spices, and sandalwood to name a few.
- Ask the Expert for help
The person behind the counter is likely to know a lot more about perfumes, they can help you understand the different notes and how the fragrance will fade through the different notes. They can help you find the fragrances you are looking for; It could be fresh, floral, citrusy, warm, spicy, etc.
- Use scent strips:
Be sure not to spritz different fragrances on yourself one after the other, it’s always better to use scent strips to try out the different fragrances. It helps you be a bit more discerning in choosing. Also, go back to the same strip after 10 minutes and see how the fragrance transcends to the heart note.
Finally, each fragrance reacts differently to different skin types, so even if you like a scent your friend might be wearing, it’s highly possible that it might not be the one for you.
We hope these tips help you find your fragrance.