Friday, February 22, 2013

Choosing Your Perfect Perfume

Choosing your perfect perfume is no easy task, don't think it is, and with all the amazing fragrances on the market, it sure is a tough decision to make! When it comes to looking to buying the perfect fragrance, there a few things to know and take into consideration, besides your preference of scent. What you may not know about fragrance is that there are four different types of 'perfumes' you may choose from, each with a different concentration of scent. There's an eau de toilette, eau de parfum, eau de cologne, and then a spray. It all boils down to how much oil each of those fragrances have.

  1. Eau De Toilette. These are usually a weaker blend in comparison to an eau de pafume or spray, the concentration of these are usually between 5% and 15%.  This is ideal for  you if you want a great scent without it being too overpowering.  Keep in mind this will not last as long as a eau de parfum, so if you are looking for something to last all day long, continue on to eau de parfum.
  2. Eau De Parfum perfumes are the most common that you will come across. The concentration of t hese are between 15% and 20%, which means the concentration of the scent is going to stronger and linger for a longer period of time.
  3. Eeau De cologne, very commonly confused with eau de toilette because they share a similar concentration percentage.  Aromatically, however, an eau de cologne is weaker, with a concentration of around 3% to 8%.  This is perfect for someone looking for a hint of a scent rather than something strong and longer lasting.
  4. Sprays, which are the weakest fragrances in their category.  The compounds are typically 1% and 3% and because of this, you will find these are the most inexpensive.  Sprays are refreshing and do not last nearly as long as an eau de toilette or eau de parfum. 

Know Your Notes

Just as you wouldn't wear a pullover to a summer picnic, there are certain perfume notes that are best left to the colder seasons. In the heat of summer, fresh and natural - or at least nature-inspired - scent ingredients are the most welcome. These include citrus, fruity, oceanic, woody, and light floral notes.

Summerize Your Signature Scent

Do you have a signature perfume? Look for summer flankers to your favorite scent. Many brands - from designer fragrance houses to sportwear companies - release limited-edition summer versions of their most popular fragrances. Aside form making money, this is why so many upscale and midscale fashion stores sell frgrance, they compliment the style of clothes a given store carries.

Make Your Summer Scent Last

Just be careful not to overdo it - your perfume shouldn't enter a room before you do. If in doubt, ask a trusted friend if you need to take it down a notch - and see our helpful tips on how to remove fragrance from skin. To help make your fragrance last longer, you can also try layering products - such as soap and body lotion - from your chosen perfume line. Be mindful of your other grooming products, too. Use an unscented soap in the shower, and skip strongly-scented moisturizing products, so your fragrance doesn't have to compete with your various lotions and potions.

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