Choosing a perfume should not be an ordeal or a painful experience. Selecting your “signature scent” is dependent on personal preference. Understanding the composition of a perfume will make your choice easier. In this blog I will describe valuable information to make your selection process less painful.
Perfumes will contain several layers of scents creating a unique bouquet. These layers are described as their ‘notes’. These notes become more apparent over time and what you smell when you first selected it may change when you get it home.
Top notes: Consist of small, light molecules that evaporate quickly upon application. These form the initial impression and often are the selling points to a selection. Top notes may be described as fresh or clean smelling with the extreme being strong in odor and volatile. Although that is the first impression they usually evaporate quickly.
Middle notes: This emerges prior to when the top notes evaporate. It is the main body and emerges in the middle of the perfume’s distribution process. The purpose of middle notes is to mask the generally unpleasant initial impression of base notes which over time become more pleasant. Usually more mellow and rounded, these scents may emerge after two minutes to an hour after applying.
Base notes: This materializes close to the departure of the middle notes. The main theme of a perfume is the middle and base notes. While base notes bring depth and solidity, the compounds are usually bonds used to capture and promote the strength of the much lighter top and middle notes. The large heavy molecules evaporate slowly and are usually rich, deep bouquets that emerge 30 minutes after applying. Some base notes can still be evident twenty-five hours after application.
Consider the following things when selecting the right scent:
1. Think about the smells you enjoy most, listing out those that bring back memories or that are meaning full to you. If you are normally attracted to the outdoors then a perfume with a flowery or woody note would be appropriate.
2. Your personality is another factor to keep in mind. If you are the type of person that loves getting dressed up then choose a one that lingers. If you are the more casual, care-free person then select one that is fresh and clean. Another alternative are those that have a combination of scents that can bring out your personality. Choosing the right fragrance that represents who you are is best.
3. Test before you buy. No one likes getting a perfume home only to find out that it doesn’t smell the same as in the store. Inquiry about samples that can be tried out for a few days before committing yourself to a potential disastrous purchase.
4. Get opinions from friends and family. Ask if the fragrance is too strong, does it linger too long or do they like it. Ideally we want to select a one that we enjoy wearing and the people around us find it pleasing.
Upon understanding the base notes of a perfume and what scents you are attracted to, you also need to keep in mind that fragrances change when applied to the skin. So although it smells wonderful in the bottle does not mean it will on your skin. Apply a sample to your skin and allow it to sit for a few minutes. This will determine if the perfume brings out the overtones of the essence you want.
At Perfume Aromas we offer a great selection of fragrances that will give you that perfect “signature scent”. Let our team help you! Visit us today!