Perfume Classifications And Identities: Perfume Types and Discount Scents

Published: 15th October 2008
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The nose and the way we smell are one of the most potent of the human senses. As the stories tell, perfume and cologne alone can cause an apple to taste like an onion. Olfactory stimulus can conjure up images and bring back memories, even suppressed ones, linked to similar smells. We can assume that our smell sense,Therefore the sense of smell, especially when sniffing a perfume, is very closely tied to our emotional centers and by extension factors largely into our ideas of beauty and attraction. Such explains the appeal of perfumes and cologne fragrances, and justifies them as a critical element of a woman's or man's cosmetic wardrobe.

What is perfume and cologne? Of all the variety at the stores, how can you tell the differences? Also, with the seemingly infinite array of options available, how does a woman choose the right scent or scents for her, or perhaps as a gift? There are alot of factors and knowledge on must have to select the perfect smell and the image she is trying to convey to people, her mood, and distinct personality that makes her different. A great place for you to start and figure out which scent type is best for you is to know whats in all the different types of scents and how they vary with each of thier ingredients.

The first means of categorizing "perfume" is by breaking it down into several different classifications based on the concentration of the actual scent vs. the alcohol content. While many question the necessity for the inclusion of alcohol, without it the scent would evaporate too quickly rather than bonding with the body's natural oils and emanating from your skin. The percentage of perfume oil itself is what determines how well it holds its potency, and whether it does so for a worthwhile duration of most of the day, or whether it instead lasts for a matter of only an hour or so.

The classifications are as follows:


Perfume: 15-30% oil. The most expensive, perfume usually lasts up to 6 hours. It is packaged in small bottles, and should be used sparingly.

Eau de Parfum: 8-15% oil. Eau de Parfum contains a little higher concentration than an Eau de Toilette.

Eau de Toilette: 4-8% oil. This is the normal discount fragrance most people spend their money on. For everyday use and prices around ones budget. This typical combination lasts anywhere for 2-4 hours.

Eau de Cologne: 2-5% oil. This is the basic combination of alcohol and oil. Usually priced under the top 3 and lasts at most a couple hours. Usually comes in a spray bottle.

Splash Cologne: 1-3% oil. Depending on the type of splash cologne or perfume you are looking for, this is more old school than new. However, some still love to put the perfume or cologne on their hands and rub it on. Its what ever works for you!.

The perfumes and colognes themselves fall into five traditional fragrance categories, plus and additional category of more contemporary origin, some of which contain sub-classifications popular enough to almost constitute a separate category. The selection of the primary category of scent is a matter of personal preference, deciding what perfumes and colognes appeal to you, but how they actually smell when worn is something that only experience by trying a few and seeing how it reacts to you can tell you. Time of year, mood, and level of stress can all affect body chemistry, and thus determine how the perfume will smell on each person. Never select your own perfume based on how the same one smells on another person, as you can almost guarantee that it will smell different, sometimes significantly so, on you.

Here are the factors:


Floral: Usually containing a combination of different floral scents and intended to appeal to the true romantic, Floral also has a prominent subcategory known as Florential which is versatile enough for day or evening wear. Common ingredients include Rose, Lily, & Violey Carnation, while Florentials include more exotic flowers such as freesia, jasmine, orange flower, moon flower, and gardenia, with strong undertones of musk, sandalwood, amber, and apricot.

Fruity: Fruity scents are usually warmer and lighter aromas. Common ingredient include warmer fruits such as peach, apricot, apple, mandarin, papaya, pineapple, and passion fruit, which the Citrus subdivision adds elements like lemon, lime, grapefruit, and tangerine.

Chypre: Mossy & Woodsy perfumes and fragrances, Chypre is good for an outdoor type of person. Common ingredients include lavender, sage, patchouli, and oakmoss.

Fougere: Often used in men's fragrances, Fougeres are often referred to as Greens. Composed of grassy and herbal scents, and tend to be refreshing and crisp. Common ingredients include rosemary, juniper, pine, lavender, and hyacinth.

Orientals: High amount of fragrance (heavy) and best for cooler weather, special occasions, and evenings. Orientals contain scents that fall into subcategories of spicy, woodsy, exotic florals, and musky. Familiar ingredients are: amber, vanilla, woods, resins, cloves, vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger.

Oceanic: Composed of scents reminiscent of water, Oceanic perfumes include a more traditional addition, airy & light, and remind us of sniffs and smells which cannot be put into a bottle. Thus common ingredients are synthetic, but meant to simulate things like ocean spray, mountain air, or clean linen.

As already stated,As previously mentioned, selecting a perfume scent is an extremely personal process, and should be done carefully. When selecting a discount perfume for yourself, make sure to remember the following. Each designer perfume has several distinctive scents ("notes"), top (above), middle (or heart), and bottom notes, each of which distinguishes itself at different times subsequent to the first application. Take the opportunity when trying out perfumes to wait for each of the notes to become apparent rather than making your decision simply based on the top notes. Also, be certain to test the perfume on your skin rather than on a paper test strip to allow yourself proper evaluation of how it will react with your body chemistry.

When you decide to use a perfume fragrance as a gift, make sure you kind of know what the exact fragrance is that the other person wants. Its very hard to judge what scent will work well for a person. Therefore consider other things when buying gifts. Beautiful or interestingly shaped bottles can turn even a mismatched scent into a charming decorative piece or collectors' item. Buy perfume in lower concentration versions, or perhaps in home fragrances or shower gels, so that the chemical reaction will be eliminated or minimized. If the person ends up loving the designer fragrance, he or she can choose to purchase it, or request a more concentrated version of the perfume as a gift at a later date. Consider the individual's personality and lifestyle, and determine how those factors correspond with what you have learned about the different types of perfumes available. Lastly, you can choose to enlist the aid of a professional at a perfumery for suggestions, although avoid letting that person talk you into an expensive purchase without first making certain the gift will be a success.

An individual's scent can be one of the most potent (and primal) statements that he or she makes, therefore be in control of yours. Perfume can help you express your personality, so choose a small variety that compliments each of your moods. No more are the historic days of perfume as a compensation for poor hygiene, today's perfume constitutes a conscious statement to the rest of the world. Like seasoned wine connoisseurs, informed and practiced perfume shoppers can appreciate the subtleties of notes and categories, and use this knowledge to describe themselves to the rest of the world through an immensely powerful vehicle: the human sense of smell. Perfume and fragrance is almost like putting on your makeup.. The less, the better. You want people to just barely smell your scent or fragrance when you walk by, not make them fall over.
I love to write reviews and shine a little light on some of the questions most people have on fragrance I have been around perfume and cologne for over 20 years. A great site I've found and used many times to purchase discount perfume and cologne is YourNewFragrance.Com.

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