What is the first thing you will consider when you decide to buy a perfume? The fragrance, perfume types or the bottle design? Choosing a perfume that suits best for you is never easy. Especially when you are testing many kinds of fragrance in the shop and become overwhelmed.
How do you know which type of scent matches your personality and lifestyle? Here, we’ve put together a handy guide to help you know better the “Perfume” before choosing the fragrance that’s right for you.
1. Perfume Types
Parfum (Perfume), also known as extrait de parfum or pure perfume, has the highest fragrance concentration and the longest lasting among all the perfume types. It contains around 15%-30% fragrance and last around 6 – 8 hours. Due to the high concentration of fragrance, the price of Parfume also the highest compared to other types. It is suitable to wear at formal events, banquets or night out. Common bottle size: 7.5ml, 10ml, 15ml.
– Eau de Parfum
Eau de Parfum (EDP), one of the most common types of perfume for daily use. It contains around 10% – 15% fragrance concentration and lasts around 5 hours, which is very close to Parfum but less expensive. Eau de Parfum is suitable for everyday wear, also applicable to hair or clothing. Common bottle size: 30ml, 50ml.
– Eau de Toilette
Eau de Toilette (EDT) is the most popular form in which fragrance is sold, which fragrance concentration is between 5% – 10% and lasts for 3 to 4 hours. Eau de Toilette is perfect for beginners due to the soft and fresh scent. It is also appropriate for the summer and daily wears. Common bottle size: 30ml, 50ml, 75ml, 100ml.
– Eau de Cologne
Eau de Cologne (EDC) contains about 3% – 5% concentration of fragrance and last for about 1 to 2 hours. This is a common perfume type that used by man and typically composed of a small percentage of perfume oil in a mixture of alcohol and water. Eau de Cologne is suitable to wear before or after sport or after a shower.
– Eau Fraiche
Eau Fraiche, the most diluted version of scent with just 1% – 3% fragrance concentration. Along with the fragrance, the remainder of Eau Fraiche is mostly water. It lasts less than 1 hour. Some people may refer it to summer scent, body mist or perfumed mist.
2. Fragrance Type
Floral, the largest fragrance family and most popular type among all. Roses, lilies and jasmine are common to find in this family. This assortment of natural sweetness creates an ultra-feminine appeal for women. The flowery scents combine fresh, feminine and sensual all at the same time.
Personality: Romantic, Feminine, Passionate
Fresh, known as citrus or green notes.This family typically consists of lemon, orange and bergamot which scents are zingy and refreshing.
Personality: youthful, outdoorsy, dynamic.
Woodsy. Largely favored by men and associated with sandalwood, birchwood and cedar. Outstanding in fragrance long-lasting.
Personality: Free-spirited, Affectionate, Sophisticated
Oriental is the most exotic scent in all the fragrance types. It is mainly made of vanilla, exotic flowers, musk or mint. Usually smelling spicy, sexy and rich in layers.
Personality: Sensual, Exquisite, Strong
3. Fragrance Tips
Spray on pulse points and warm areas of your body: on your wrists, behind your ear lobes, nape of the neck, inside your elbows, below your midriff, behind your knees, hair.
Be careful not to spray perfume directly to your hair. It is better to apply on the brush first, then wait 10 seconds to let the alcohol evaporate before brushing.
Oily complexions retain fragrances longer, apply an unscented moisturizer first to help lock in the scent.
Rubbing your wrists together after you apply your perfume will distort the scent. So dab, don’t rub.
The best time to apply perfume is directly after the shower. Your hydrated skin will lock the scent and make it stay longer.