Your favourite scent helps to define your personality, character and individual style. With so many different notes to choose from, finding the perfect signature fragrance can be a daunting and overwhelming experience.
All fragrance is made up of notes. The first hit of scent is known as the top note. The heart notes make up the main body of the scent. The base notes add depth to the fragrance. When choosing a new signature fragrance it’s important to remember that base notes do not fully release until 30 minutes after application. This can mean that a perfume will smell completely different a short while after you have first applied it.
Eau Or Perfume?
- Eau de Cologne has the lowest concentration of essence and contains just 2 – 5% essential oil.
- Eau de Toilette (EDT) has a concentration of 5 – 10% of essence and lasts longer.
- Eau de parfum (EDP) typically has 10 – 15% of essence but has a subtle, lighter fragrance than perfume.
- Perfume contains between 15 – 40% of essential oil essence and should always be applied sparingly.
What’s Your Scent Style?Fruity & Floral
Light summery scents are the ultimate http://www.elle.com/beauty/makeup-skin-care/tips/g8630/editors-favorite-fragrances/]feminine fragrance choice. These fragrances are sweet, fruity, flowery, airy and refreshing. If this is your style, can choose from complex flower blends to fragrance that boasts singular floral notes. Fruity florals are fairly robust. Zesty & Fresh
Fragrances that contain fresh, zesty notes create an elegant and energising scent that is also sharp, clean and ideal for spring. Zest naturally balances out fruity notes so that the fragrance isn’t too sickly sweet. Citrus fragrances are more likely to degrade as they typically contain a high percentage of sensitive citrus oils.Musky & Woody
This slightly masculine fragrance group contains woods and musk that hints at mystery. When applied to the wrists and neck, the warm scent creates an alluring fragrance that is perfect for the evening. Like floral scents, woody fragrances are quite robust. Oriental & Spicy
Exotic Oriental and spicy scents contain an enticing blend of floral notes and aromatic spices. Orchid, bergamot and mandarin are popular botanicals that create a seductive fragrance. Oriental fragrances usually last longer than other fragrances, although their sweet notes can accelerate discoloration.
How To Store Your Fragrance
Once you’ve chosen your perfect signature fragrance, it’s essential to store it correctly. Always keep your perfume out of direct sunlight and avoid exposure to extreme temperatures. Exposure to humidity and heat can alter the fragrance aroma and affect the essential oils.Never leave the top of your fragrance bottle off. It’s also a good idea not to open the bottle too often. Every time the bottle is opened the fragrance is exposed to air, which can create oxidisation and results in off-odours.
For the same reason, avoid the temptation to decant your perfume into an exotic bottle or atomizer. Transferring it will expose the delicate fragrance to harmful air. If you store your perfume correctly there’s no reason for it not to last 2-3 years.
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