The world of fragrances is made up of perfumes of different strengths - in effect they are essential oils that are diluted with almost up to 78 - 95% denatured ethyl alcohol and the strength of the scent varies with the percentage of the dilution. So you will find that Perfume
which is made up of about 22% of essential oils is the most expensive followed by Eau de Parfum.
Then comes the Eau de Toilette
which has about 8 - 10% of essential oils and lastly you have the Eau de Cologne
which has 4% or less of essential oils.
Choose your perfume carefully
Avoid going in for a perfume just because it smelt good on someone or because it is the in thing. A perfume has to be chosen carefully so that it matches your own personality. To see which one would suit you best you got to first identify your taste
- do you like the smell of the ocean or do you prefer garden smells? Are you considered a mysterious person or do you have an outgoing personality? Does your personality ooze self confidence and power or are you considered a girl next door?
Think about what smells have the biggest impact on your senses
and go for those in your choice of perfume. This way you won`t go wrong. Do you like a woody smell
that is earthy and refreshing and seems to fill you with energy? Perfumes in this category are generally for casual everyday wear .
Or you may prefer fruity smells
that leave a spicy and tropical trail. These are ideal for warm weather. Floral smells
remain all-time classics and are feminine and very romantic. Then there are the perfumes that seem to bring the smell of the ocean
- these often simulate the smells you associate with the beach with the help of synthetic elements. Lastly there are the very oriental smells
that are rather heavy and are considered to be spicy and sexy. Musk, vanilla and certain strongly scented flowers fall into this category.
Certain perfumes are so attractively packaged that you may be drawn towards them. Sure the packaging is important, but don`t let that be the deciding factor when you choose your perfume. Nor should you select a perfume just because it has you favourite film star endorsing it - it may not suit you at all!
If your perfume reflects the season you cannot be too wrong. For example, choosing to wear a heavier perfume during the hot summer months when you would sweat a lot may not be such a good idea, as the body sweat tends to make the perfume smell stronger. So go in for a lighter scent in hot weather but if the air is totally dry and without humidity, use a heavier fragrance as the dry air will evaporate the scent faster.
If you wear perfume on a regular basis, you would have by now identified the three perfume notes - the top, middle and the base. What you smell right after you apply a perfume is the top note
and this is mostly alcohol which lasts for a minute. After about 5 minutes to half hour, the smell that lingers is the body
of the perfume while the base note
is how your body smells after the scent mixes with your skin. This is generally produced about 2 hours after the initial application. What you have to remember is that each person`s skin reacts differently with the perfume which is why you cannot wear one just because it smelt good on your friend.
At Department stores you are often given a piece of cardboard that is spritzed with a particular perfume. You should instead ask to spritz the perfume on your skin, wait for a minute and then decide whether it suits you.
Now that you have zeroed in on what you want, you have to wear your perfume in such a way that it makes a subtle impact
on people. Don`t simply douse yourself - aim instead on leaving behind a trace of a wonderful perfume that is doing wonders to your personality. Apply it to pulse points like wrist, cleavage, neck, inside of the elbow and just a touch behind your ears. Don`t hesitate to try out different perfumes even if you have found your best signature scent
- you can reserve that for special occasions.