When it comes to selecting a scent, your preferences matter, but you should be able to understand the wide variety of notes and scents out there before you settle on any fragrance. The biggest mistake people make is to remain with the same fragrance they have had since childhood and believe that it’s the best they could ever get.
A fragrance, like clothes should be changed often. Versatility is great when it comes to fragrance choices and just like clothing you don’t want to smell the same everywhere you go. We can change who we are simply by the perfume choices we make. In this article, we tackle how to choose the right scent for you.
Choosing the Right Concentration
The perfume concentration matters a lot since it may be the difference between subtle and overwhelming. You don’t want to activate people’s allergies or sinuses using your perfume and therefore, understanding which women perfume to put on will help you choose the best fragrance for your event. You can choose between Eau de toilette, Eau de parfum, Eau de Cologne and Eau Fraiche.
For heavier concentrations, parfum and Eau de parfum are the most concentrated with 10-20% concentration. These last much longer and are ideal for outdoor events where you might need to interact with many people but not in close proximity to them.
Eau de toilette has lower concentrations and it lasts about 2-3 hours once applied. This choice is ideal for short interactions and allows you to top up your fragrance once in a while to keep the freshness intact. Cologne or Eau de Cologne follows with about 2 hours and 2-5% concentration.
Most people have not heard of Eau Fraiche since they are a niche perfume. They last only about 1-2 hours and have the least concentration. They are ideal for short stints of interactions and most are actually primed for romance and relaxation. You have probably seen them in the movies, where the lady is just about to slip into bed and dabs a bit of perfume on their wrists and neck. It is very subtle and calming.
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Choosing between Warm and Cool Fragrances
The terms ‘warm’ and ‘cool’ don’t refer to temperature, but rather refer to the fragrance’s characteristics. Warm scents are scents you would find in the tropics and feature scents such as sandalwood and musk, whereas cool fragrances such as pine are cold and ‘fresher’.
Since fragrances evoke memories, you can tell whether a fragrance is warm or cool by the memory or imagery it evokes. If a fragrance makes you feel homey and think of baked food then it is a warm fragrance, and if it makes you think of open air, wind or the ocean then it’s a cool fragrance.
Either way, you can simply look at the packaging and the ingredient list to know which essence to expect once you put it on. Remember to keep things simple and always seek assistance since the perfume may have a different scent from someone else.