I guess you could call me a bit of a fragrance junkie! I was eight years old when I bought my first perfume with my birthday money. It was a Mary-Kate and Ashley fragrance called New York Chic (I was an Olsen fan back in the day). I was slightly sophisticated for my age, so each birthday or Christmas from that day forward, I was gifted with a scent.
I now have a perfume collection boasting over 50 fragrances, and counting. I coordinate my scents with my outfits, my mood and the occasion. For instance, for a routine workday, I would most probably wear an inexpensive, demure Revlon scent, whereas I would opt for a heavier, sexy fragrance such as Narciso Rodriguez on date night.
Each of my fragrances has a memory or a feeling attached. Matric dance: Roberto Cavalli. The day I met my significant other: Intimately Beckham. My 21st birthday: DKNY Pink Macaron.
For my partner, the smell of the original Joop! Cologne will forever bless him with fond memories of his late father. With scent being one of the five senses, it is no surprise that a simple fragrance can transport you to a certain time or a place, or evoke a certain feeling.
With the provocative power of scent, it’s easy to become an enthusiast. Worn right, your scent can be that je ne sais quoi your friends, colleagues and even the ordinary passerby may attach to you. Understanding perfume can help you get the very best out of that new Marc Jacobs purchase.
Much like the various shades of colours on a canvas turn into a painting, fragrance notes make up a perfume. A fragrance has three note levels, so keep sniffing your tester wrist throughout the day before deciding whether or not the scent is for you.
The three fragrance notes and their purpose:
Top Notes: This is what you would smell when testing out a perfume in the store. These are the lightest notes and fade the fastest – these provide the first impression of the scent and are often the deciding factor in the purchase.
Middle Notes: This is the heart of the perfume and makes its appearance after the top notes disappear. These notes are well rounded and last longer than the top notes and provide a strong indication of the base notes to come.
Base Notes: Base notes appear once the top notes have completely evaporated and occur in the dry down period. They typically last for a few hours and are the elements of the fragrance that create the lasting impression. Common base notes include cedarwood, sandalwood, vanilla, amber, patchouli, oakmoss and musk.
Perfume composition should also be a deciding factor. Ever looked at those fancy French words, eau de toilette or eau de parfum on your perfume bottle and wondered what they meant? These terms refer to the percentage of aromatic oils within the fragrance, with parfum having a higher concentration than toilette. If you are looking for a fragrance that will last all day, opt for a parfum, whereas a toilette will suffice for a brunch date.
Whether you opt for an eau de parfum or an eau de toilette, putting a dot of Vaseline over your pulse points prior to spritzing the perfume on them will ensure that your fragrance is experienced in its purest form and can extend its life on your skin.
You don’t need a special occasion to treat yourself with a beautiful bottle of perfume. So go on, get spritzing!
By Lauren Matthews. Image: Pixabay