Perfume is ideal for giving people, objects and all living spaces a pleasant smell or fragrance. Fragrant essential oils, aroma compounds, fixatives and solvents make up its composition. For women it is considered the epitome of elegance as colognes have been commercialised. The fragrance of a beautiful woman is a definite embodiment of her womanliness.
Names like Chanel, Estee Lauder, Guerlain, Thierry Mugler or Lanvin make some very famous commercial women perfumes. True perfumes contain a greater amount of perfume oils and are more expensive than colognes and toilet waters. Most perfumes are made up of 10 to 20 percent perfume oils dissolved in alcohol.
The composition of a perfume depends largely on its intended use. Most expensive body perfumes contain rare flower oils from many parts of the world. Perfumes used in soap making come from low-cost materials. Many perfumes are blends of flower and plant oils, animal substances, synthetics, alcohol and water.
Some of the classic fragrances by Chanel are Chance, No. 5 and Allure. Besides that, there are featured celebrity perfumes like Unforgivable Woman Black by Sean John, Spirit by Antonio Banderas and Midnight Fantasy by Britney Spears.
Many of these popular perfumes are sold by the big houses and are priced between $100 and $200 an ounce. Of course there are special offers available for other brands during special seasons, but the true connoisseur of colognes will always buy her brand, because it has become a part of her personality.
The Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel is a 100ml Eau de Spray. It can truly be classified as a feminine and sexy fragrance, launched in 2001. The various fragrances available are mandarin, orange blossom, baroque flowers, Bulgarian rose, Indian jasmine and Tonka bean, all of which are light fragrances. Launched in 1921, Chanel No. 5 is one of the oldest formulas of Chanel. From that time until today it is considered one of the most feminine and yet modern floral fragrances. The fragrance notes include ylang-ylang, amber, iris, patchouli, neroli, grasse jasmine, may rose, sandalwood and vanilla.
An equally enticing fragrance is Euphoria by Calvin Klein. It can be classified as modern, sophisticated and feminine as it has a flowery fragrance. The various flower fragrances in which Euphoria is available are black violet, pomegranate, black orchid, mahogany wood, persimmon and lotus blossom.
The perfume launched by Viktor & Rolf called Flowerbomb also has a woody fresh fragrance and is known for its Asian influences. Asian favourites like patchouli, jasmine, freesia and bergamot are some of the fragrance notes used. DKNY Be Delicious is another sensual scent that is created by Donna Karan. It is definitely an exotic fragrance that is refreshing, fresh, sophisticated and crisp. Grapefruit, cucumber, apple and magnolia are the fragrances used, which are very much different from the other perfumes mentioned.
A woman’s own special fragrance lends her grace, style and elegance, whether Gucci, Armani, Christian Dior or even a less well-known maker makes it. It matches the flavour of her dress, the occasion and the personality of the person who uses it.
Wearing Perfume Properly.
The fragrance you use should be one that attracts people to you and not repel them. Therefore it is important that you use a perfume that complements your personality. If you use too strong scents or use inappropriate scents at the wrong times, you will be committing a mistake. You need to know how to select and wear the correct fragrances.
Making the Right Selection
You have to find a perfume that blends with your natural smell and enhances it. The fragrance should be such that it is subtle, but not overpowering. It should not keep people away from you, but near you. A good fragrance will add an extra dimension to your personality and give you confidence.
If you go to the perfume section of any store, you will be assailed by numerous scents. You will be able to use the testers on yourself to check them. You must test out the spray, but don’t use one scent on top of another. Try out not more than two at a time. Give the perfume some time to settle and then smell it on your skin. If you have time, go elsewhere, and smell again to see how different it smells then. Then you will be able make a more objective decision and buy the right one.
Use each fragrance on your skin, by dabbing or spraying it. It should complement your normal body smells as well as the odours from your washed clothes, and other products you may use like shampoo, deodorant and make-up, each of which will smell different.
Even if you like the smell emanating from you after you’ve tried it on and waited the some time to get the final smell, try and wait for one day before buying it. After 24 hours you will learn how long it lasts, how it changes during the course of the day and if it causes any reaction like headache or skin problem.
The Right Way of Using Fragrance
There are right and wrong ways to enhance your fragrance. If you have dry skin, you will need to use more. If your skin is oily you can get away by using less because natural skin oil helps in making perfume last. If the weather is cold, then you will need to wear more because cold weakens the power of the fragrance. If a perfume smells good on someone else, it may no smell the same on you, because everybody’s skin is different.
It is best to apply a fragrance just after bathing because that is when your skin will be soft and the pores will be open to absorb the smell. Try and use a bland or non-perfumed soap, because soaps and deodorants can affect the smell of the fragrance.
Apply perfume to pulse points where it will stay warm and also linger. These would be the inside of the elbow, of your wrist, neck, stomach, chest and the back of the knees.
The Wrong Way of Wearing Fragrance
Now that you how and when to use perfume, you should also know how not to use it. For example, many kinds of jewellery react to perfume and get discoloured or spoilt. Costume or junk jewellery, pearls and other beads, metal jewellery can all get damaged with the alcohol or oil in the fragrance. If you must wear such ornaments, make sure you don’t apply perfume over or around them.
Never stick to only one fragrance the whole year round. Try out different ones in different seasons. Hot weather calls for cooling fragrances while in cold weather you can use stronger fragrances. The intensity of the fragrance also varies with the weather temperature.
Contrary to popular belief, do not use perfume behind the ears where it can mix with natural skin secretions and not smell pleasant. And never spray or dab fragrance on clothes, especially light coloured ones because it can discolour the fabric.
If you buy perfume via the Internet, you really ought to have used it before, or at least tried it out in a store near you to see if it suits you or not. The online shops have a wide variety of fragrances and often they cost less than the suggested retail price available at shops in a mall.
If you use the information given above, you will be able to find the ideal fragrance for yourself and attract people with your lovely smell.