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Fragrance is an invisible part of your personal style, and it has a powerful effect on how people see and remember you.
Perfumes and colognes are scents that men and women wear to enhance their beauty or even attract a potential mate. They can lift a mood, evoke fond memories, or just simply help you smell really good. There are literally millions of different perfumes and colognes available in the market today. Thanks to new marketing, new brands, and designer lines, more people than ever are choosing and wearing different types of perfume and cologne.
There’s a lot more to finding the right fragrance than simply wafting it under your nose. While it may not be as immediately apparent, the way someone smells lingers far longer in the senses than the outfit they wore or the hairstyle they chose, and getting it just right can leave a powerful impression on those people you encounter each day. And believe me when I say that fragrance has a long lasting impression than any other, from personal experience.
Ask any woman for her most desirable trait in a man. She might say a kind heart, a charming smile, good looks and what not. Dig a little deeper and you’ll hear women admitting that a man’s scent makes them weak in their knees. A man’s-scent has been proven through experiments to be the most essential factor for women when it comes to selecting a potential partner.
You cannot let someone choose your perfume for you. In order to truly reap the benefits of a perfume, you must wear it and determine whether you like it yourself. This means men should find a perfume that enhances their own personal scent, rather than one that simply covers it up. Your nose “knows” what scents will enhance your own body’s odor and which scents won’t.
Difference Between Fragrance, Cologne, Toilette, and Perfume
- Eau Fraiche
Eau fraiche has lowest concentration of fragrance, normally only 1% to 3%. While eau fraiche has a low fragrance concentration, it does not contain a high amount of alcohol. Along with the fragrance, the remainder of eau fraiche is mostly water. And it usually lasts for less than an hour.
- Eau de Cologne
Eau de cologne, or EDC generally has a 2% to 4% percent concentration of fragrance and a high concentration of alcohol. It is cheaper than other types of fragrance however the scent generally only lasts for up to two hours. EDC generally comes in bigger bottles and more of the fragrance needs to be used. Originally eau de cologne referred to a traditional recipe that used herb and citrus notes with little anchoring with base notes and is tend to be used in fragrances for younger people.
- Eau de ToiletteEau de toilette (EDT) has a fragrance concentration of between 5% and 15%. It is cheaper than eau de parfum and is one of the most popular types of fragrance available. EDT fragrance will normally last for two to three hours. Eau de toilette is considered by some to be for daywear while eau de parfum is considered nightwear. The term eau de toilette came from the French term “faire sa toilette” which means getting ready.
- Eau de ParfumEau de parfum (EDP) has concentration of fragrance between 15% and 20%. On average, eau de parfum will last for four to five hours. It is also generally less expensive that parfum and while it does have a higher concentration of alcohol than parfum, it is better for sensitive skin than other fragrance types. Eau de parfum is one of the most common fragrance types and is suitable for everyday wear.
- ParfumParfum, also known as extrait de parfum or pure perfume, has the highest fragrance concentration. Parfum will contain anywhere from 15% to 40% fragrance however concentration is generally between 20% to 30% for most parfums. Of all scents, parfums last the longest; usually six to eight hours. Parfum generally also commands the highest price of all the fragrance types due to the high concentration of fragrance. People with sensitive skin may do better with parfums as they have far less alcohol than other fragrance types and therefore are not as likely to dry out the skin. A single application of perfume can last up to 24 hours.
Fragrance Notes (Life Cycle)
Much like musical notes make up a song and various shades of colors turn into a painting, fragrance notes are necessary to make a perfume. It’s no rocket science. Overall, there are three note scales that when blended together create the perfume’s fragrant accord. Each of these levels, however, has its own primary purpose.
Without the combination of the three levels of notes, a fragrance just wouldn’t be aromatically appealing. But together, they create beautiful scents.
- The Top Notes
The top notes of a fragrance represent the first impression. How many times have you tested a fragrance only to be turned off right away? Why? Because the top notes didn’t make a lasting impression on you. It is hugely important that the top notes not only succeed at luring you in, but also smoothly transition into the heart of the fragrance. The top note lasts around 15 minutes – 2 hours.
- The Middle Notes
The middle notes, or the heart notes, make an appearance once the top notes evaporate. The middle notes are considered the heart of the fragrance. They last longer than the top notes and have a strong influence on the base notes to come. A perfume’s heart is generally pleasant and well-rounded. These notes develop after around 30 minutes and can last 3-5 hours after being sprayed.
- The Base Notes
The base notes are the final fragrance notes that appear once the top notes are completely evaporated. The base notes mingle with the heart notes to create the full body of the fragrance, but are typically associated with the dry-down period. The job of the base notes is to provide the lasting impression. These often rich notes linger on the skin for hours after the top notes have dissipated.
How to test fragrances:
- Spray one on each wrist and each inner elbow (if you’re trying four different scents together)
- Smell all the notes. Avoid using the paper strips provided for testing the fragrance. The initial top note smell isn’t necessarily the one that lingers for the rest of the day.
- After spraying the fragrance on your wrists, walk around the store, and smell the colognes at various intervals up to an hour. (I know it sounds way too consuming, but trust me, it’ll help you)
Rules for Application
Fragrance should be discovered, not announced
Spray perfume on dry skin, preferably right after a shower on a towel dry skin. Hold the spray nozzle 5-15 cms from your skin and focus on these rules for applying perfume.
- Pulse points – Your body heat will push the scent through out the day, creating a nice scent trail commonly called sillage. Spray at the pulse points, or the points where your body release heat (not your arm pit or anywhere that also releases body odor). This is the back and the front of the wrists (and I add the center of a bare chest, for good measure.) This allows the fragrance to have a slower release.
- Don’t kill the note – Whatever you do, however, don’t rub your skin after applying perfume to “activate” the scent. All you are doing is heating it up prematurely and eliminating the top notes, effectively reducing its longevity and removing an entire facet of its overall accord.
- Don’t spray and walk – This is one of the oldest, weirdest practice and should be stopped right away. Spraying a fragrance in the air and walking through the mist is worthless. Most of it the fragrances drops straight to the floor.
- Don’t splash too much
- Less Is More – People should be close to smell the perfume but not overpowered by it.
- Then, spray once towards the front of your shirt after you’re dressed as you
head out the door. Done.
Lastly, I’ll suggest you to check this out as it will probably answer all your questions related as to why even use them?
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Stay Tuned for more. Goodluck!