A good selection of perfumes is almost essential for many women. However, very few of these women stop and consider what makes up their perfume. If they did though, they would easily be able to choose a perfume and match it up to their favorite smells. That is exactly what we are going to take a little look at in this article. We will take a look at the different smells of perfumes that you can choose from.
To start with, it is worth knowing that perfumes are made up of three different layers. These layers each have their own distinct smells and should be easily identifiable when you are wearing perfume.
- The first part of the perfume that you are going to be able to smell is known as the ‘top note’. This is the initial blast of perfume which you get when you spray the perfume bottle. This tends to be a very sharp smell and it will fade after around twenty minutes. It is worth bearing this in mind as many women purchase perfumes from the shop based on the initial ‘top note’ however this generally will not be what people are smelling when you are out and about.
- The main part of the perfume scent is known as the ‘middle note’. This scent will be fairly ‘soft’ and can be comprised of a number of different scents. The most popular are those which come from flowers such as rose, lily and lavender. This scent will hang around for anywhere from one to six hours.
- The Base Note is what many people will smell when you are out and about. The fragrance here will be deep and full of character. This is where the main body of the scent can be found and the molecules that make this take a long time to evaporate. Therefore the scent will be hanging around for about twenty four hours. You will not get the full scent of the base note until the ‘middle note’ has started to fade.
As you are most likely aware, perfumes are formed of a number of different compounds. These help to give a unique scent to the perfume. However, all perfumes can be split into one of a number of different groups. Generally speaking, people stick to one ‘group’ of scents because it is something they have grown familiar with and something which works well with their body composition. Let’s take a little look at the various groups.
- Aldehydic Perfumes are made from chemicals which belong to a group known as ‘aldehyde’. These perfumes tend to have a very ‘fresh’ smell.
- Aromatic perfumes are generally made from a combination of herbs. Again you end up with a very ‘fresh’ smell although this is combined with overtones of the outdoors.
- Aquatic Perfumes are designed to invoke feelings of fresh air or the sea. They are often made with synthetic ingredients. The scent here can be described as very ‘fresh’ and ‘clean’
- Citrus perfumes are made from various citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, grapefruits and watermelon
- Floral Perfumes are rich in middle notes. They are made from some of the most beautiful smelling flowers in the world such as rose, lavender or jasmine. The scent tends to ber very ‘sweet’
- Green Perfumes have a woody smell with small highlights of a floral scent. These are made from things such as labdanum, oak moss and bergamot.
- Gourmand perfumes tend to be very sweet. They are formed from edible food products such as vanilla, caramel and chocolate.
- Oriental Perfumes are made from a variety of different exotic plants. The scent has been described as being very sensual and warm. Amber often forms a big part of the sent here as well as hints of vanilla.
- Woody perfumes are generally aimed at a masculine audience. They tend to be made from a variety of different woods such as cedar and sandalwood.
If you want to choose the perfect perfume for you then you absolutely need to try it out over the period of a day. This allows all of the elements that make up the perfume to be unleashed. Only then will you be able to work out whether you like a perfume or not.