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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 fragrances are heavier and heady. They bring to mind forests, moss and other earthy scenes. Popular ingredients are patchouli, vetiver, amber and oakmoss.
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 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 fragrances contain spices like cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and pepper. They’re a favourite among men.
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.
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.