Hi, finally after few days of “coming soon”, here is my article on how to choose a suitable fragrance for yourself or maybe for your friends and family too!
I personally very into fragrances. It maybe because I love to smell great and I love branded stuffs *Don’t judge me*. However, I think fragrance is something very personal and unique. So, just go ahead to buy or make your own signature perfumes. You can make your own by using essential oils.
I used to work in a branded fragrances shop after form 6 for around six months while waiting for results and enter university. That is why I know many brands and I have my personal favourite brands.
Before I introduce the types of notes, here is a little information on common types of fragrances you may find in market. Please bear with my fragrances-most of them are flowery scents, because I like flowers.
A) Eau de Cologne/Body Mist
The fragrance concentration is about 2%~4% and it lasts for 1~2 hours depending on the concentration and also your body chemistry with it.
B) Eau de Toilette
More concentrated than Eau de Cologne, which is around 5% to 15% of fragrance. It can last around 2~3 hours. However, a good quality EDT can last up to 5 hours, this is my personal experience with my Gucci Envy Me (Refer to picture below). I love to smell sexy. Hahahaha! Gucci Envy Me contains Peony and Roses scents, which are my top favourite.
C) Eau de Parfum
There were customers requested for EDP once they stepped in the shop. Why is that so? Because it is the long lasting one (I do not say longest). In other words, it is the typical fragrance which can last longer and easy to find in the market.EDP has 15%~20% of fragrance with common lasting power for 4~5 hours.
I used Chloé EDP and It last two days on my skin. Yes! Your eyes are good, I said 2 days! That is why I always look for good quality fragrances even though they are pricey.
*Chloé EDP 75ml costs around RM500~RM600 in Malaysia in this moment and the price will increases every single year! OMG!*
Honestly I did not like Chloé EDP because it is strong and fairy-tale-like-scent. Ya, I describe this scent as a fairy tale because when you inhale it, the imagination goes wild. If you never smell Chloé EDP before, just imagine you pass by the teddy bear shop with heavy roses scent *I forget the shop name*.
But after few years, I start to glow my love to rose because rose is elegant yet with thorns, which resembles my personality. *Please don’t make the readers vomit, hahaha!*
After the introduction of types of fragrance, I go straight to the important part – Fragrance family.
What is fragrance family? It is the scents you want – Floral? Oriental? Woody? Fresh or Fougère. It is hard to find pure fragrance from only one fragrance family. That is why we have floral-fruity, floral-oriental, floral-fresh, oriental-woody and etc. It is very important for you to try the scents first before you buy. Please do not feel cheated because you bought the fragrance after your first spray and when you were at home, you found out the fragrance smell differently!
That is because fragrances has three notes.
A) Top note – The first impression you get when you spray/roll on the fragrance on your skin. It will evaporate very soon.
B) Middle/Heart note – The main scent of the fragrances. It normally appear stronger after the top note evaporated. The popular heart note includes rose and jasmine.
C) Base Note – The base scent of the fragrance. It is richer and deep in scent. One of the most popular base note scent is musk. The chemistry between middle note scent and base note scent is the main scents of the fragrance.
The information below (fragrance house) is from theperfumedcourt.com. You can read the articles from the website if you want further information.
A) Floral – It is straight to the point – Flower scents (lily, rose, lavender, peony, orchid, jasmine and etc).
In this group, it is divided into 3 sub-groups, which are (i) Floral; (ii) Soft Floral; (iii) Floral Oriental.
B) Oriental- Normally it has spices such as pepper, coriander, cinnamon and etc. *Smell like curry, lol*
The sub-groups are (i) Soft oriental; (ii) Oriental; (iii) Woody Oriental
C) Woody- Smell like wood such as patchouli, amber, sandalwood and oakmoss. I think someone really suitable to wear it *You know who you are* , hahaha!
The sub-groups are (i) Wood; (ii) Mossy Wood; (iii) Dry Wood.
I personally do not enjoy much the woody scent as the main scent, but if it is a base note with floral middle note, I will love the scent.
D) Fresh- Fresh air and water. Super suitable for morning! You can find most of the summer edition fragrance are under this categories.
The sub-groups are (i) Citrus; (ii) Green; (iii) Water
E) Fougère- This one I hardy understand but Chanel No. 5 is under this catagories. Maybe you just have to try it yourself. It is described as the mixtures of many scents, mostly oriental and woody.
So, hopefully my article helps you to find your favourite fragrances. Please remember to ask the help from the counter lady or fragrance consultant if you have any doubts. If you are my close friends, just find me for guidance.