How to buy a Fragrance Guide

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How to buy a Fragrance Guide

Fragrances can often reflect the type of person you are. These days, there are many fragrances to choose from for both men and women. So how are we to know if what we are buying is the right fragrance for us, unless you have tested it before?

We often hear the words: Parfum, Perfume, Cologne etc, but what do they all mean?
Parfum - 22% Fragrance Oils
This is the most concentrated and longest lasting form of fragrance.
Eau De parfum - 15 - 22% Fragrance Oils
Less concentrated than parfum, but most concentrated than Eau De Toilette
Eau De Toilette and Cologne
4 - 15% Fragrance Oils
Very light in concentration, to be worn daily. 

Top Notes
Give the first impression of the fragrance
Middle Notes
Give the appearance of the dominant note in the fragrance. Last for a few hours
Base Notes
These notes provide a lasting quality.

Fragrance Families
(pronounced 'sheep-r')

A Chypre fragrance contains woody, mossy and floral notes. Often will contain Oakmoss, Sandalwood, Patchouli Bergamot and Vetiver.
Examples include:
Cuir de Russe by Chanel, Mitsouko by Guerlain, Chypre de Coty.

The Marine fragrance family is relatively new and is used to describe scents that evoke a feeling of the sea air. An ingredient called calone is used to give the marine scent.
Examples include: Feminine: Escape by Calvin Klein, Inis by Fragrances of Ireland, Aquawoman by Rochas.

Oriental fragrances are common in both male and female fragrances. They are often warm, spicy and sweet and contain ingredients such as Vanilla and Tonka bean.
Examples include:

Jean Paul Gaultier "Classique", Angel, Opium by Yves Saint Laurent, Imari by Avon, Coco - Chanel

The majority of feminine fragrances are floral. Some are a bouquet of different flowers, with each individual flower complementing the others; some use one main flower and complement it with other notes and accords; others are very simple and can just be the scent of a flower alone. (This are called single-note scents)
Examples include: Chanel No 19, Anaïs Anaïs by Cacharel, L'Air du Temps by Nina Ricci, Charlie by Revlon, Always by Avon, Dolce Vita - Dior

Fougère (pronounced 'foo-jer')
Fougere fragrances are one of the most popular men's families. These will often contain Lavender and Oakmoss.

Fragrance Tips

  • Apply fragrance to your primary pulse points, as well as secondary pulse points such as on the inside of your elbow and behind your knee for a longer lasting scent.

  • Fragrances don't last the entire day, hence,you may need to re-apply during the day. You can get a matching purse concentrate, which is like a miniture version of your fragrance. It is small enough for you to carry around in your purse for re-applications throughout the day.

  • Don't put too much on. A fragrance is meant to define you and to capture the essence of the moment. People more than 50cm away, should not be able to smell your fragrance.

  • Fragrances can sometimes come with their own showel gels and moisturing lotion. If you buy them in a set, you are able to layer your fragrance. Start with a shower gel, then after your shower, apply a light mosturiser, then your fragrance. By layering your fragrance, it will stay on for longer

  • Make sure you store away from direct sunlight. Fragrances can change their tone after a few months, so make sure to not keep it for years - it won't smell like they first did when you bought them.

  • Have different fragrances - moods change, and your fragrance should reflect this. There are many on the market which you can choose from.

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