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Perfume - How To Choose Sutiable For Your Body

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While choosing a good perfume for you, remember three points which distinguish any perfume -

1. Theme, 2. Notes and 3. Concentration

1. Theme

Theme, or accord, differentiates one fragrance from another. The theme depends on its base and there are four scent bases:


Citrus-based perfumes are light and fresh. They are made from citrus fruits like oranges, mandarins, lemons and bergamots.


Floral scents are based on flowers, either from a single flower or a mix of different kinds. Flowery perfumes are sweet and strong.


Perfumes with an earth base are made from minerals or from plants other than flowers. Sample earth bases are sandalwood, honey, cinnamon and vanilla. Earth-based scents are simple yet mysterious.


Musk bases are taken from the odorous sacs of animals, particularly the Asian musk deer and the civet. However, because of ethical issues, perfume companies now create musk scents synthetically. Musk fragrances are heavy and sexy.

2. Notes

Fragrance notes refer to the impressions left by the scent as it evaporates from the skin upon application. Each scent has three notes: the top note, the heart note, and the base note.

Top Note

The top note is the scent of the perfume that appears instantly upon application. It is the scent that creates the first impression for the perfume, the one designed to attract attention to the perfume.

Heart Note

The top note dissipates quickly and leaves behind it the heart note of the perfume. The heart note is the body of the perfume. It tells us what the perfume is all about. The heart note appears within one or two minutes after the top note evaporates.

Base Note

The base note, along with the heart note, is the main theme of the perfume. You can smell the base note around thirty minutes after applying the fragrance.

3. Concentration

A perfume's concentration, on the other hand, tells us how much perfume oil is there in a fragrance. Perfume oils in their purest form are very volatile and can cause allergies or injuries if applied directly to the skin. Thus, they are diluted in solvents such as ethanol, or a combination of ethanol and water.

Perfume extracts are the strongest and the most concentrated, and they are best used when applied only to the pulse points of the body. Next to perfume extracts come eau de parfum and eau de toilette. They are not as concentrated as perfume extracts, with eau de parfum being stronger than toilet water, but they are long lasting and can be sprayed all over the body. The eau de cologne is the lightest of the fragrances.

Important Points When Choosing Perfume

When buying a fragrance, there are a few important things to consider:

Do not buy a perfume just because you liked how it smelled on someone else. What works on someone else may not work for you.

Do not purchase perfume in a hurry. The notes of a perfume take time to come out. Also try not to test more than three scents at a time. Our noses can only sniff so much before it develops olfactory fatigue.

Store perfume away from direct sunlight and from extreme heat or cold.

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