A correctly selected perfume not only complements the image of its owner but also emphasizes his taste. Accompanying throughout the day, the scent lifts the mood and increases the self-confidence of vanilla perfume.
Initially, aromatic compositions were used for religious purposes and on holidays. Scented flower oils were first used by the Greeks, including for massage and bathing. They were believed to have a healing effect. Already by the 16-17th century, due to the low level of hygiene, intensified, persistent aromas became popular, with which the nobility was “poured from head to toe.” And of course, almost until the very end of the XIX century, all perfumes were created only on a natural basis.
If you are puzzled by the choice of a new perfume composition but do not yet know which way to move – let’s look together what types of fragrances there are, how to properly distinguish and use them.
Professional perfumers divide all compositions into several large groups:
- C-class – synthetic fragrances without disclosure, gradation or division into notes, which are not worn on the skin for a long time and are used to produce low-quality replicas of perfumes, washing conditioners or soaps.
- B-class – are made on the basis of semi-synthetic and synthetic components, differ in a fairly low price and medium-quality disclosure, most often they are added to popular cosmetics.
- A-class – consist of natural ingredients by 90% or more, to increase durability, fixers are added to the composition.
- Lux – produced to order and cost more than all other categories, as they are made only from natural ingredients, by hand.
When choosing a fragrance, you should rely on how it should unfold and how much it should stick to the skin.
The form of funds on the market is varied:
- in the form of powder or dust.
Perfume compositions include alcohol-based and oil-based shaving lotions containing aromatic oils in the composition. In addition to them, deodorants containing a small amount of alcohol and up to 5% of the composition in the composition also fall under this definition. Among the perfume compositions, there are means for air freshening or for aromatizing linen, which not only maintain a pleasant smell in the room, but also kill pathogens.
Selective perfumery is a name, vintage and outrageous subcompact perfume. Sometimes they have an unusual aroma – for example, air after rain, fire, fresh sheets, and so on.
“Eau de Cologne”, or colognes – differ from perfumes and eau de toilette by a low content of aromatic components. Sometimes the word “cologne” is used as a synonym for men’s perfumery.
It contains 70% alcohol and up to 5% essential oils. Subtle, light aroma lasts up to two hours.
Eau de Toilette
Sold in containers up to 100 ml with a convenient spray. Eau de toilette is less durable than regular perfumes, but will retain its scent for up to three hours. It contains 85% alcohol and 8-10% essential oils.
Due to its low saturation, eau de toilette is good for everyday wear to work or school, but not suitable for going out. It is difficult to “overdo it” with such perfumery.
Eau de parfum
Alcohol in them can be up to 90%. The bottle is equipped with a spray bottle, which allows you to control the flow of liquid. The containers themselves are comfortable enough to carry in a bag or transport when traveling.
The average duration of the action of such a composition allows you to use several types of eau de parfum in one day. For example, apply a light fruity scent before work, and a rich chypre scent when preparing to go to a restaurant in the evening. The smells won’t mix.
Classic perfumes are available in small bottles of seven or fifteen milliliters. Lasts up to 12 hours allows you to apply just a couple of drops to create a scent all day long. At the same time, the notes smoothly change among themselves, creating a deep and multifaceted taste. Essential oils dissolve in pure 96% alcohol, the fragrances themselves are usually at least 18%, but not more than 30%.
These are the most expensive perfumery products, but due to the low consumption, one bottle can serve you for several years.
Raw materials used
In addition, perfume compositions differ in the type of raw materials from which they are prepared. Perfumers use more than three hundred different components, including those of animal or vegetable origin, as well as synthetic ones.
For example, in ether-bearing plants, stems, roots, petals, fruits and inflorescences are used. The essential oil obtained from these parts makes it possible to increase the durability of the perfume, fixing the scent of the heart and trail for a long time.
Almost all perfumes are based on aromatic concentrate containing species and alcohol. Such additives do not have any effect on the smell of the perfume itself.
Perfume Application Zones
In order for the fragrance to fully develop and retain its sound for a long time, it is important to apply it correctly to the skin. Most often, perfume is puffed on:
- hollow between the collarbones;
- the area behind the ears;
- heart rate zone.
This is what will allow you to reveal the aroma. If you use the fragrance immediately after a bath or shower, the pleasant scent will last as long as possible.
What are the families of fragrances and how they differ
The perfume composition consists of head, core and base notes. The head note creates the initial impression of the perfume. Then the key aroma is revealed – the heart note. The main note is the trail that envelops its wearer.
Perfume companies use their own classification of odors. Let’s take a look at the most popular scent groups.
This group is the most common. Floral perfumery embodies the extraordinary aroma of freshly cut flowers. These can be the smells of rose, lily of the valley, jasmine, lilac, lily, peony, mimosa, carnation, violet, magnolia, chrysanthemum, daffodil, etc. The perfumery of the floral group creates a feeling of purity, freshness, tenderness and sophistication. Surrounding yourself with this light, delicate aroma, your attribute should certainly be a good mood. Floral scents are great for cheerful, cheerful and romantic women.
Oriental (oriental) flavors
These include the smells of oriental resins, musk, vanilla, patchouli and sandalwood. The perfumery of the eastern group embodies a passionate, mysterious, burning, deep aroma. Oriental scents are great for evening celebrations. For a woman who wants to envelop herself in mystery, this fragrance is perfect.
Marine (oceanic) flavors
Marine scents give a feeling of freshness and coolness. They carry the smell of the sea surf, the morning breeze. Light, clean, tonic aroma – an irreplaceable assistant for a business meeting.
These include the scents of sandalwood, rose bush and patchouli, dry cedar, myrtle, musk and blue iris. Such aromas create a sense of austerity, warmth and velvety.
Fresh (vegetable) aromas
These include the smells of leaves, grass cuttings, citrus plants, the first spring flowers, green vegetables. Fresh scents include lavender, rosemary, juniper, hyacinth, etc. They go well with summer heat and light-colored clothes.
Chypre notes bring a feeling of freshness and coolness. These include sage, patchouli, resin, oakmoss, etc. Chypre fragrances are suitable for elegant, independent, self-confident women. The best time of the year for chypre notes is winter.