Apr
30
2013

Perfume – What’s Your Perfect Fragrance?

Perfume – What’s Your Perfect Fragrance?

The global perfume industry is worth around $25 billion, with hundreds of new scents launched every year. Striking it lucky with a perfume brand can be extremely profitable – a bottle of classic Chanel No.5 sells every 55 seconds around the world. So, it’s no wonder that celebrities are keen to join the perfume bandwagon as a lucrative sideline.

With such a huge range to choose from, picking your perfect perfume is no easy task! You could spend hours wandering the aisles of perfume stores, spraying different scents on to every part of bare skin you can find – only to end up even more confused than when you started! After smelling a few perfumes your brain will “switch off” and lose the ability to recognize new scents, so try not to go on a spritzing spree! Use the paper strips in store to sample several perfumes, only spraying on your skin once you have found one you like.

Don’t be too hasty with your decision – allow the perfume to develop on your skin for about an hour before making your decision. The initial top note of a scent only lasts a few minutes before the middle and base notes develop with the heat of your skin, altering the overall fragrance that will last for the rest of the day.

Perfume is subjective – what one person loves, another may detest. Don’t forget, fragrances will also smell different on different people, due to your individual body chemistry. It’s more important to find a scent you truly love, rather than be influenced by its designer label or celebrity endorsement. Don’t feel obliged to find a signature scent and stick to it – with such a diverse range of perfumes out there, why limit yourself to just one?

What’s Your Type?

Perfumes are generally classified into four categories. You will probably find yourself more drawn to certain types more than others – everyone is different and has their own personal preferences.

Floral/Fruity

These are the most popular scents – fresh, feminine and with universal appeal. Try:

Red Door by Elizabeth Arden

Vera Wang for Women

Energizing/Zesty

Great for daytime, these light, fresh and airy scents are easy to wear, such as:

CK One Calvin Klein

Chloe for Women

Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana

Spicy/Oriental

These are sensual, warming fragrances that can be rich, heady and exotic. Ideal for evening wear:

Hugo Boss Intense for Women

Calvin Klein Euphoria

Woody/Musk

These deep, earthy fragrances are rich and intoxicating, with musky base notes. Examples include:

CK Be

Samsara by Guerlain

Top Tips

  • Don’t be tempted by imitation designer brands – they are often poor quality without long-lasting fragrance. Cheap perfumes are also more likely to irritate the skin or cause a reaction.
  • Perfume can sometimes cause skin reactions when exposed to the sun, so spray your perfume on your hair or clothes instead.
  • For a fragrance that lasts all day, layer up with a body lotion in the same range as your perfume.

Perfume makes such a perfect gift for any MOM, and right now you can save an additional 20% using coupon code: MOM20

 

 

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