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Fragrances Buyer Guide

Fragrances can lift your mood in a snap. If you’re looking for a pick-me-up or a great finishing touch for an outfit, take your pick from aromatic deos, perfumes and body mists. You’ll make an unforgettable impression!


Fragrances

Fragrances for Men

1) Deodorant



Men's Deodorant

Deodorants are light fragrances with about 6 to 15 percent fragrance oil. They’re ideal for day wear and if you don’t want to spend a small fortune on something stronger. However, since they contain less fragrance oil, they don’t last as long. Men’s deos popularly feature notes derived from fresh-smelling ingredients like basil, grass and cucumber. However, musky scents are a hit too, with ingredients like amber, suede and musk featuring frequently.

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Deodorant

2) Perfume



Men's Perfume

Perfume contains between 15 and 25 percent of fragrance oil. It lingers for a much longer time than deodorant, but it costs more. Perfume is also great for day wear although some prefer to save it for special occasions. For men’s perfumes, oceanic and woody scents are hugely popular as are spicy fragrances.

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Perfume

Fragrances for Women



1) Deodorant



Women's Deodorant

Women’s deos usually range from fresh to fruity and citrusy scents. Like men’s deodorants, frequent touch-ups are necessary to increase the staying power. If you want yours to last, look for a product that contains more fragrance oil.

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Deodorant

2) Perfume



Women's Perfume

Perfume for women spans a number of scents that range from oriental to fruity to floral and fresh. Vanilla is a popular ingredient as are lavender and bergamot. As with men’s perfume, women’s perfume has a greater concentration of fragrance oil to make it stronger and longer-lasting.

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Perfume

3) Body Mist



Body Mist

Body mists are light scents and have less staying power than deos. They contain more water, which is why they don’t last long. Frequent sprays in between are necessary. Despite the short staying power, however, body mists are popular for their ‘airy’ quality especially during summers where they don’t feel overpowering.

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Body Mist

Top, Heart and Base Notes


Fragrances are classified based on their scent or notes. There are 3 notes that affect how a fragrance smells. These are top or head note, middle or heart note, and base note.

  • Top: The top note is the scent that’s perceived immediately after applying a fragrance. It evaporates quickly yet has the power to influence whether a person likes a particular fragrance or not.
  • Middle: The middle note is the scent that’s perceived soon after the top note evaporates. It constitutes the main body or the heart of a fragrance. The scent is usually warm and mellow and paves the way for the base note to follow.
  • Base: The base note is the scent that lingers after the top and middle notes disappear. It’s heavy and solid and can last for over 24 hours. First impressions of the base note may not always be favourable, but it becomes more pleasant over time.


Top, Heart and Base Notes

Classification of Fragrance by Scent




Citrusy Scents

Citrusy

Citrusy fragrances are fresh and tangy. They’re one of the most popular scents for daytime as they wake up the senses. Common ingredients include lemon, mandarin orange and grapefruit.


Fruity Scents

Fruity

Fruity scents are sweet yet some retain fresh elements. They’re popular as women’s fragrances. They include non-citrusy ingredients like berry, apple, mango, peach and passion fruit.


Woody Scents

Woody

Woody fragrances are heavier and heady. They bring to mind forests, moss and other earthy scenes. Popular ingredients are patchouli, vetiver, amber and oakmoss.


Oriental Scents

Oriental

Oriental scent is also popular among women’s fragrances. It’s warm and sensual and derives its attributes from ingredients such as vanilla, frankincense, resin and musk.


Floral Scents

Floral

Floral scents are typically feminine and conjure images of aromatic flowers. They aren’t as sweet as fruity fragrances. Ingredients range from rose and marigold to orchid, jasmine and lily of the valley.


Spicy Scents

Spicy

Spicy fragrances contain spices like cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and pepper. They’re a favourite among men.


Oceanic Scents

Oceanic

Oceanic scents smell clean and crisp. They owe their fragrance to ingredients like melon, lotus, calone (synthetic perfume compound with a sea-breeze aroma), Brazilian rosewood and peony.


Picking a Fragrance


The world of fragrances is vast and making the right selection can be challenging if you don’t know what you want. These suggestions, however, will help fine-tune the process a little.

  • What’s your personality? Are you sporty and outgoing or prefer to spend your time indoors socialising? Use your personality as a deciding factor when narrowing down your choices.
  • Buy two fragrances if possible. You can use one during the day and the other at night. If you’d rather stick to a single purchase, choose a perfume that can help you go from day to night. Spicy, oriental and woody fragrances are ideal.
  • For casual daytime wear, deos and body mists are go-tos for many people. They’re lighter, airier and cheaper. You can always carry them and touch up every few hours. For night, perfumes are top picks as they’re headier.

Tips for Making Fragrance Last Longer



  • Concentrate fragrance on your pulse points, i.e. the wrists, inner elbows, base of the throat, behind earlobes, behind the knees, and on the cleavage. The heat from these spots diffuses fragrance better.
  • Moisturise your skin to absorb fragrance. Deos, perfumes and body mists don’t linger as long on dry skin.
  • If possible, layer fragrance by using shower gels and lotions that are from the same scent line as your fragrance.
  • Lightly spray freshly washed and dried hair to help fragrance last longer.
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