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You might quite surprise, but there are perfumes for men and women are separate. Usually, feminine fragrances and smells are associated with women perfumes and masculine fragrances are matched with male perfumes. Men perfume fragrances are Aromatic, Citrus, Oriental, Woody whereas the fragrances for women are Floral, Citrus, Chypre, Oriental. The only way to know which one is for women and which one is for men is by looking into the product description of the perfume. Read more at the article difference between male and female perfumes.
Fragrances are categorised into three types based on their concentration as Perfume, Eau de parfum, Eau de toilette, and Eau de cologne. Perfumes have the highest concentration and Eau de cologne have the lowest concentration. Perfumes and Eau de parfum are ideal for party whereas Eau de toilette and Eau de cologne best suited for daily use and workplace. Read more about Eau de parfum vs Eau de toilette vs Eau de cologne.
|Feature||Perfume||Eau de parfum||Eau de toilette||Eau de cologne|
|Fragrance concentration||15% - 25% fragrance concentration||10% - 15% fragrance concentration||10% fragrance concentration||2% - 4% fragrance concentration|
|Best fit for||Party||Party, special occasions||Daily use, workplace||Workplace|
Depending on the smells or ingredients, fragrances are classified into four categories - Floral, fresh, oriental, woody. Each one has unique aroma and appeal. Below table explains the difference in a structural format.
|Floral||Rose, gardenia, jasmine, lily||Women|
|Fresh||Think of sea, smell of citrus, grass.||Both men and women|
|Oriental||sandalwood and patchouli, resin, spices||Both men and women|
|Woody||Amber, moss, pine, cedar, vetiver - smell of fresh gardens.||Women|
The perfume scent is categorised in three forms top note, middle note, base note. The specifications are listed on the product page, for example, Avon Little Black Dress EDP"page has all the information about the top note, middle note and base note. The screenshot is for your reference.
It is the fragrance you smell as soon as you apply. Top note smell lasts only for first 10 to 15 minutes. It is the first impression fragrance. As soon as you apply you feel the top note fragrance.
The middle note is also called as the heart note. Middle note smell starts after top note smell dissipates. Middle note and base note forms the signature of the perfume. Middle note smell lasts only up to 30 minutes.
Base note fragrance starts after middle note fragrance dissipates. The smell lasts for 12 hours to 24 hours. Base note forms the signature of the perfume. If you are applying the perfume to workplace make sure the base note is mild.
Yes, perfumes priority changes based on the season just like our clothes, as we have winter wear and summer wear. In summer we would like to have clothes which are cool, free and relaxing and in the winter which makes us much warmer. In every season there are particular we can use few perfume fragrances, the list is summarised below.
|Summer||fresh fragrances. Look for ocean breeze, aqua, water, mint|
|Rainy||Oriental scents, cinnamon and litter spice, sandalwood|
Perfume blends with our body odours. So the resulting fragrance of the perfume depends on our skin PH value, skin type, hormones as well. So it is suggested use few particular perfumes depending on your skin type.
|Skin type||Fragrance family|
|Oily skin||All most all perfumes suits you. Best fit are citrus, lemon, zesty orange|
|Dry skin||Winter perfumes with woody scents|
|Sensitive skin||Look for natural things and avoid artificial fragrances|
You can visit shopping malls or perfume stores to buy. The advantage over here compared to buying online is you can try the perfume. If you like the fragrance then only you can purchase that particular perfume. The downside is at a time you can try the maximum of 3 to 4 fragrances. After trying 4 fragrances your nose loose the ability to correctly identify the new fragrance. So you have the limitation on a number of fragrance you can try. Say you are keen on base note fragrance which you can smell only after 30 minutes, making it difficult to test. Finally, you may not get best deals on the offline store as they are marketed as luxury products.
Finding the right perfume is quite difficult offline and online as well. If you have already used few perfumes and you like the woody fragrance of Rasasi Royale brand, then you can go ahead and buy the similar one. If you like a fragrance of your friends then also you can buy the same. The problem comes when you are buying the first time. Yes, it will be trial and error. If you like the citrus smell or sandalwood fragrance you can narrow down the search to large extent. The online retailers offer great discount too. Amazon offer great range of perfumes and help you to narrow down your selection as well. Only one precaution is advised, look for good customer reviews and buy from well-known merchant only to avoid the risk of getting the fake perfume.
Are you allergic to few smells? If you smell a rose you get a headache? If you are allergic to few smells or fragrances do check in the product description about the fragrance family and smells. For example sandalwood smell can trigger a headache avoid oriental fragrance family. If you are allergic perfumes can trigger a headache, chest tightness, sneezing, running nose, skin rashes. Asthma patients should be very careful with perfumes as certain types of perfumes with strong smells can easily trigger an asthma attack.
Perfume smells should blend with your body odour. The perfume scent mixes with your body odour and originates its unique blend of smells. The only thing which we should be certain is to apply the perfume in warm places of the body so that it should be easily blended. We are mentioning few places which are very effective and last longer. The below body points are often referred as ‘pulse points’.
There are no specific guidelines on how to apply the perfume. Knowing few things make it safe to apply and the perfume also lasts longer in good condition.