How to Choose Your Next Fragrance + My Top 5 Favorite
Hello beautiful people! Welcome back to my blog. I wanted to bring something to you that I’m very passionate about; and that’s smelling good. I mean come on … who doesn’t like to smell good? Smelling good makes you walk with confidence. I love things that cater to my senses, especially my sense of smell. Today, I will be sharing with you my top 5 favorite perfumes. This blog post is brought to you by ScentBeauty. Keep reading down below to figure out how to pick your next fragrance and learn more about which fragrances I gravitate towards.
I don’t know about you, but perfumes are one of the most difficult items for me to shop for because there are so many options available. Shopping online for perfumes can also be difficult because you can’t physically smell the scent, and the perfume description isn’t always that descriptive. Well I want to share a little tip with you for the next time you go perfume shopping.
In the fragrance world, olfactive families are a way to break down and classify how a perfume smells,” says Joan Tanis, national training director at Maison Francis Kurkdjian. “Simply put, there are eight olfactive families that are divided into two groups: in the Warm group, there is fougere, oriental, and leather. In the Fresh group, you have citrus, floral, and aromatic. Interestingly, the chypre and woody families are a cross between warm and fresh.” Furthermore, some fragrances are “linear” meaning they smell the same throughout the entirety of the wear. However, most fragrances do evolve on your skin.
All perfumes have a scent profile which make up their top, middle & bottom notes. The top note will attract your attention first because it is the scent that is instantly distinctive when the perfume is sprayed. However, the top note is the quickest to fade. As the top note wears off, eventually you’ll begin to smell the middle notes. The middle note is often times referred to as the “heart” of the fragrance since it brings the top & bottom notes together. Although, the body of the fragrance are in the bottom notes. The bottom notes are going to stick around the longest.
How to Choose Your Next Fragrance
Now that we’ve discussed scent profiles, I want you to do a little research. Look up your favorite fragrance and figure out which notes make up the scent profile. Taking note of your favorite fragrance’s scent profile will help you when you’re shopping for your next fragrance, especially online. For instance, I’ve learned my top two favorite fragrances are considered to be in the fresh family and they have citrus top notes, floral middle notes, & woody bottom notes. If you happen to come across a fragrance that you like in store, then wait a full 2-4 hours before buying. That way you will have time to experience each top, middle & bottom note to see if you really like the fragrance or not.
Another thing that you want to pay attention to when shopping for perfumes, is the fragrance strength. There are some fragrances that last longer than others.
Eau de Parfum is the strongest type of perfume. These fragrances contain between 10-20% of perfume oil, and will generally last around 8 hours.
Eau de Toilette (EDT) is next, containing around 5-15% of perfume oil. Eau de Toilette fragrances often have a quick burst of beautiful smells before fading; meaning they can make a great first impression. Generally, these fragrances will last somewhere between 4 and 7 hours.
Eau de Cologne is a much lighter choice than the previous two. Eau de Cologne has only around 2-4% of perfume oil, and is often used as a body splash to freshen up at regular intervals. As a rule, Eau de Cologne doesn’t last long; perhaps around 2-3 hours.
The lightest concentration we sell is Eau Fraiche. There is only 1-2% of perfume oil in this type of fragrance, and is incredibly light. This is perfect for those who don’t want a heavy scent. Eau Fraiche will only last a couple of hours at best.
My Top 5 favorite Perfumes:
1. “Oui Splash” Eau de Parfum by Juicy Couture
Perfume Description: The ultimate summer scent! Fresh floral and fruity notes infuse a sassy, feminine vibe to this sparkling fragrance.
Top: Lemon sorbet, fresh pineapple, crisp apple
Middle: Magnolia, Jasmine absolute, Orange flower infusion
Bottom: Ambrox, Cedar wood, White moss
2. “Acqua Di Gioia” Eau de Parfum by Giorgio Armani
Perfume Description: a singular blend of serenity and exhilaration. Opening up with the clean, fresh perfume of citrus, the eau de parfum reveals a heart of intoxicating jasmine fragrance and lingers with a scent of warm cedarwood.
Bottom: warm woods
3. “Good Girl” Eau de Parfum by Carolina Herrera