All you need to know before buying a perfume

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Finding a perfume or cologne isn’t a simple task. Apart from the knowledge about various assortments of scents and their aroma notes, one additionally must act naturally mindful of their inclination altogether as signature fragrances would you be able to give a character that would leave an enduring impression. Here is the thing that you should remember before getting yourself a scent.

  • Perfume Concentration

The concentration of perfume oil in any fragrance decides how long a perfume would last on the skin. While different brands add this concentrate as per their own standards, most products can be categorized as-

Parfum, also called pure perfume, has the highest fragrance concentration of up to 20%-30%. This concentrate can last up to 6-8 hours on skin and is generally the most expensive category in fragrances.

Eau De Parfum’s concentration ranges from 15% to 20% making it last for a good 5 hours. Most brands offers Eau De Parfum concentration, and while is priced lower than Parfum, this concentration is best suited for evenings and special occasions.

Eau De Toilette is one of the most common concentrate available and is suitable for everyday wear .The EDT’s concentrate percentage is at 5% to 15% and lasts for 2-3 hours. Almost every perfume company invests in the manufacturing of this in-between concentrate as it also comes a reasonable price.

Eau De Cologne has a fragrance concentrate of up to 2% to 4% and can last for 2 hours.

Body mists and After Shaves contain the least concentrate of fragrance. Suitable for use for a short while as they last for very few hours, the light formula can be reapplied and sprayed all over the body post a gym session or when you have stepped outside for a short time period.

  • Fragrance Notes

Any perfume you purchase comes with three specific notes namely top notes, middle notes and base notes. A mix of these notes gives you a fragrance that’s unique to the perfume. There are number of notes that are mixed and matched to create enticing scents.All three notes leave a different impression on wearer, with the top note leading you to smell the deep middle note and the base note that is the last stage of scent appearing. The notes are technically and carefully created based on their evaporation time to gel perfectly together.

Top notes:

Top note is perceived immediately as you spray the perfume. Top notes consist of a light formula that evaporates quickly.Top notes form the person’s initial impression of a perfume and make for the major selling point. Citrus, light floral and ginger scents are common top notes.

Middle notes:

Middle notes emerge after the top notes and last for about 10 to 60 minutes. The middle note forms the main body of a perfume fragrance and is usually soft and mellow. Middle notes typically contain heavier floral notes such as Lavender and rose scents or spices.

Base notes:

Base note is the scent of a perfume that appears after the evaporation of the middle note. The base and middle notes form the main theme of the perfume and bring depth and formulated to evaporate gradually.

  • Different varieties of fragrance notes

Citrus are the fresh fragrances that come from lemon,orange and other fruits. These are a great choice in case you are looking for spring or summer time fragrance.

Floral fragrance is one of the most popular note as it is romantic and gives a sweet and light smell. Perfumes are generally made with a blend of fragrances from rose, lily, jasmine and lavender. A lot of scents for men have orange blossom as their middle notes.

Oriental notes originate from spices such as cinnamon, vanilla, cloves etc making for warm and sensual fragrance.The oriental note also gives a lasting depth to the perfume.

Woody notes are largely favored by men, with a light top note and a musky middle note.These notes are made from sandalwood, cedar wood, oak and patchouli. The musky note gives a sophisticated essence to the perfumes. Woody notes are apt for women for evenings.

For any perfume selection, take into account the scents you are most attracted to as well as its utility for you. A day perfume that can be worn everyday that has a citrus or floral note while woody and oriental notes can sprayed for dates and evening affairs.

  • How to Make the Scent Last Longer

While every perfume evaporates after few hours, few hacks can help you to retain the smell longer.

-Applying petroleum jelly to areas where you will apply the perfume. The jelly base makes you the perfume cling to your skin.

-Spray perfume immediately after your bath, as your body will absorb the fragrance with its open pores and warm skin.

-Rub the scented area to reactive the scent after a few hours

-Perfume last the longest when applied to the pulse points such as wrists, navel and collarbones.

  • How to Store Perfume

Extreme heat and direct sunlight can break down the components of your perfume so store your perfume bottles in a cool dry area and away from direct light. On an average, the shelf life for a fragrance is 3 to 5 years.

DISCLAIMER: The Times of India’s journalists were not involved in the production of this article.

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