Perfume – Your best guide to Choosing the Right Fragrance


So frequently I hear women complain they don’t figure out what perfume they like, or they’re afraid to purchase something new, so they just stick with the perfume they got brought to decades ago. True these days we’re bombarded with new perfume launches each time we visit the shops. There are huge amounts of various fragrances.

How can you select which is right for you? Perfume is an extremely personal choice. What suits one individual may not suit another. Not only do fragrances need to reflect the personality from the wearer but they smell different on everyone as they mix with your natural oils and acids on your skin. Perfumes are usually categorised in eight different areas, so knowing what category you like best you are able to narrow your research down.

1) Floral

By far the largest and most popular category. An accord of various floral notes including Rose, Carnation, Jasmine, Gardenia and Orange Blossom. It easily combines with any other family, flowery perfumes are universally loved. This also includes the only flower compositions such as rose, jasmine, tuberose, lily of the valley or ylang ylang. Think Christian Dior J’adore, Gucci Eau De ParfumII and Britney Spears Curious.

2) Flowery Aldehydic

These fragrances are often referred to as a little powdery. They are quite soft even though the aldehydes add sparkle to flowery notes. Think Chanel No5, Carolina Herrera 212 and Bvlgary Omnia Cristalline.

3) Citrus

This fragrance group is light, tangy, refreshing and uplifting. The sunshine, fresh characters of the citrus notes (lime, tangerine, bergamot, orange, lemon, petitgrain, mandarin, etc.)are often coupled with more sweeter scents (flowers, fruits and chypre).Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune, Clarins Eau Tranquility and Donna Karan Be Delicious.

4) Green

Saving money fragrances are fresh with a hint of sharpness often reminding one of the freshly cut grass, pine and herbs. It is almost an outdoors or sporty fragrance. Green notes are natural in character; often married with fruity and floral notes. Guerlain Abeille royale and Christian Dior Tendre Poison

Women's fragrances – The Bentley Collection

5) Oriental

These are very sensual, warm and exotic fragrances eluding to mystery. Containing musks, oriental resins, vanilla, precious woods and chocolates. These perfumes aren’t for that fainthearted or the shrinking violet. Christian Dior Poison, YSL Opium and Guerlain Shalimar.

6) Soft-Oriental

Soft-orientals combine oriental notes with assorted florals. Top notes are often fresh. Britney Spears In charge, Clinique Simply.

7) Chypre(Woody)

Based on a woody, mossy and flowery complex, containing Cedar, Patchouly, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Pine and often with facets of fruits, chypre perfumes are rich and tenacious. Guerlain Samsara, Narciso Rodriguez For Her and Donna Karan Cashmere Mist.

8) Watery

They are aqua or marine notes reminding one of the ocean or the smell after a big downpour, sea breezes and cool, fresh dew. Think L’Eau d’Issey by Issey Miyake, Bvlgary BLV Notte.

After you have selected the perfume you like you’ve got a further choice. What strength you want your perfume to become.

Listed here are your alternatives:

PERFUME – The strongest, longest-lasting fragrance form. Apply at the pulse points; wherever you are feeling the beat from the heart, behind your ears, the nape of the neck, at the base of the throat, in the bosom, the inside bend of your elbows, at the inside your wrists and behind your knees. Heat from the body at these points will ensure a well-balanced fragrance application. It always comes in a dab on bottle. This form can last on the skin for 8-12 hours.

EAU DE PARFUM – One of the most common types of fragrances found in most of the fine fragrance collections. It should be smoothed or sprayed just before dressing. This often is a spray bottle also it lasts on the skin 6 – 8 hours.

EAU DE TOILET – Usually less concentrated than Eau de Parfum, it ought to be applied in exactly the same way as Eau de Parfum. Always in a spray bottle and will last on the skin Four to six hours.

COLOGNE- The lightest form of fragrance. Perfect for splashing liberally all around the body. It’s the perfect refreshant. It doesn’t last lengthy onto the skin.

After you have familiarized yourself with the different alternatives open to you it’s time to hit the fragrance counter. But go slowly. Our noses only recognize up to three smells only. So don’t go dousing yourself in twenty different perfumes. Once you have tried on three different smells on your skin walk away.

Leave the perfume area because the air is full of smells here. Leave the perfume on your skin for ten minutes before smelling it again. This way you should have a feeling of the real fragrance. If you still like it you’re onto a winner.