The Scent of a Woman


 

YOU SMELL A PERFUME…and memories come flooding back…

“I need to escape. Just had to get away”. Suddenly, I’m stopped by a fragrance which makes me remember him and my heart skips a beat. It builds up a castle of expectation and I turn around expecting to see him behind me….It’s being 19 years that smell and memories are living together. I try and search that fragrance endlessly in a hope to see him. I still don’t know what he wears and never asked for it.”

Even you would have met such people in your life whose scents have stayed same for so long time that it has become a part of their personality. It starts announcing their presence before your eyes can actually see them. Your mom, your first teacher, first crush or your boyfriend; those are your Signature scents. They are more than pretty. They’re like your personal Herald. As they are part of your essence it is always a comforting fragrance for the ones you love. Finding yours Signature Scent is our goal. I know it’s out there, and I’m going to break down the basics of perfume to help you sniff out the perfect scent for you.

So before you take a dip into the vast ocean of fragrances to find your essence let’s do some homework and get some focus about what you want amidst ever-spirit zing aromas.

Perfume Vocabulary

Absolutes

As the name suggest is the purest, natural extracts and oils from flowers and other vegetable materials. Very strong and Very expensive for a small amount. Example: pure rose oil, lavender oil or lilies

Note

As music has notes which are the soul of the song same are the notes in a perfume. An odoriferous element in the perfume or cologne. When we smell a composed fragrance, we smell different notes within it. When the first scent — or top note — dissipates, we smell the middle note, The Bouquet or The heart. As that fades, we are left with The Basic note, which is the third element of a composed fragrance. It’s like a symphony, right?

Rule One: Don’t decide for a scent until you smell the final note.

Splash and After Shave

Products sold as after shave or splashes have very little fragrance and it fades away quickly because of concentration of is only 1% to 3% oil in a solution of water and alcohol

Eau de Cologne

Eau de Cologne has 3 % to 5% oil in a solution of alcohol and water. It is generally light and refreshing, typically with a citrus oil component.

Eau de Toilette

Containing about 10% of perfume oil, Eau de Toilette is mixed with alcohol instead of water making it very refreshing light. It can be used for warmer climates.

Eau de Parfum

A higher percentage of perfume oil around 15% to 18% mixed with alcohol. It is more expensive than Eau de Cologne and Eau de Toilette. It can be used on hair and clothing.

Perfume

Perfume is 15 to 30 percent oil mixed with alcohol. Because it contains such a high percentage of perfume oil, it is far more expensive than Eau de Cologne, Eau de Toilette, or Eau de Parfum. It comes in small packaging in compare to the rest of the versions.

For a woman typically there is citrus, fresh, floral, oriental, sweet, spice, or wood fragrances. And for men they are more masculine scents like leather, tobacco, musk, and mosses.

Rule Two: Learn which scent family you enjoy the most. You’re going to be spending a lot of time together!

Perfume is considered the most beautiful form of fragrance because it releases the top, heart, and base notes over a period of time, as opposed to one faster than the other

Eau de Parfum, the heart become noticeable after the top notes have faded away.

Eau de Toilette, the top notes, the first scent released, are dominant. This makes it initially very refreshing, and it then evaporates rather quickly.

Fragrance Families for Women

Fragrance and women

Fragrances are classified according to predominant scent characteristics.

The fragrance family chart is being made by the experts of fragrance industry. Did you even know there was a fragrance family chart? Me, neither! — to include four basic fragrance families: Floral/Sweet, Citrus/Fruity/Fresh, Oriental/Spicy, and Woody/Chypre.

Rule Three: Keep a few different perfumes from different fragrance families.

It’s kind of lovely to switch up your signature scent according to season, occasion, or mood that day! Floral and Sweet for daytime, and perhaps an Oriental/Spicy scent for date night. In cooler weather, stronger scents can be worn without overwhelming everyone around you. Conversely, lighter scents are better in warmer weather. Think of how summer smells like fresh cut grass and scoops of vanilla ice cream. December smells like evergreens and gingerbread. You can evoke those same wonderful emotions and memories with your own aroma.

Floral

Try and imagine a bouquet of freshly cut flowers. Rose, carnation, lavender, orange blossom, violets, and every other seasonal bloom from your garden. Floral scent is most widely and favourite in feminine fragrances. They are very sweet and easily recognizable.

Citrus/Fruity/Fresh

Orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, and other citrus fruits. Apricot, apple, peach, etc. Clean, light, refreshing and invigorating.

Oriental/Spicy

Warm vanilla, spices and resins, ambery and musky. Kind of mysterious and sensuous

Woody/Chypre

Scents like bergamot, oak moss, leather, amber  and patchouli. Mossy, woody and very earthy smelling.

Choosing the Perfect Perfume

Perfumes and colognes are blends of many different accords to produce a perfect scent. Everybody has a different chemistry so same perfume can smell slightly different or completely different depending on the person who is wearing it. It will also smell different in bottle or if you test it on card or skin. Where a scent is placed on the body also effects how long it will last. And because fragrances are made up of those different notes or layers that wear away with minutes and hours, the scent you are wearing will change as time passes.

Rule Four: Spray it on a card first. After five or ten minutes, smell it again. See if it still speaks to you. Then and only then, spray it on your skin.

Rule Five: Take your skin type into account. Is your skin dry or oily, or in-between? If you’re drier then you should go for Eau de parfume or parfume as the scent will dissipate more quickly and a highly concentrated perfume will have more staying-power for you than an Eau de Toilette.

Rule Six: Our sense of smell is keener in the later half of the day and in warmer weather.

Rule Seven: Don’t try out a bunch of different perfumes or colognes at a time. That would surly confuse you.

How To Wear It

Rule Eight: Once you find your scent, choose complementary deodorants, lotions, or powders, it will interfere with perfume and alter its scent and lasting power.

Rule Nine: For optimum performance, perfume should be applied to your pulse points: center of the neck, behind the ear, inner wrists, and behind the knee. If you place perfume in one or more of these places, you won’t have to reapply it during the day. For a lighter scent, try spritzing the perfume into the air and walking through it. And try to only spray perfume on bare skin as there is a slight possibility of it staining clothing

Explore few more places like Under the breasts, behind your neck, inner thighs,  inner forearms, or lightly misting your hair.  Try it!(will work wonders when you meet someone intimately and will give you an aura of confidence)

Rule Ten: To keep perfume lasting longer on your skin, rub a bit of petroleum jelly on your skin where you place the perfume. Or apply it immediately after showering or bathing when skin pores are open and will be absorbed more intensely into the skin.

Rule  Eleven: Don’t overdo . You don’t want to be the one who walks in a room to be met with scrunched up noses. Or coughing.

Rule Twelve Do not try and gift somebody a perfume if you don’t know the person well. Else it would lie unattended  for years in back of their vanity.

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