The perfume has existed since the time of the ancient Egyptians, from 5000 years ago. Since then, the use of aromatic fragrances has been used for makeup products. The perfume itself is nothing more than a mixture based on oily substances or, in most cases, alcohol together with the perfumed ones. But, how to choose the perfect perfume? Which fragrance is able to enhance the natural smell of our skin? When we enter the perfumery it is far too easy to get lost among so many proposals. Furthermore, between eau de parfum, eau de toilette and cologne there are differences that it is good to know before proceeding with a purchase rather than another.
How to choose the perfect perfume: the 3 essential tips
Basically the only way to find out how to choose the perfect perfume with the ideal fragrance for us is to try many. The best choice will always be the most personal and instinctive. The fragrance that will be able to make us feel a positive emotion will be the right one. She will choose us and not the other way around, exactly as it happens for the wedding dress. Understand this advice to proceed following these 3 steps:
1. Select the type of fragrance
First we need to know if we prefer a fragrance with a flowery aroma rather than citrus, chypre or spicy. In this way we can eliminate all other fragrances by concentrating on a specific taste. In the past, one chose a perfume and never abandoned it using it for life. Today things have changed a little. Often it is the perfumes we are fond of that are transformed over time into the composition and therefore we change them. Or we are the ones who tend to get bored and ask for new ones. For this reason, I recommend having a maximum of three. In case boredom rises or on one particular occasion you need something else. Three perfumes that talk about us and who we are by selecting them based on their main olfactory notes:
- Floral perfumes. Delicate and basically sweet are preferred by romantic and dreamy people.
- Fruity and citrus scents. Energetic, sparkling and vital are the main choice of cheerful and positive people.
- Woody or powdery. Very intense but with a sweetish “taste” back preferred by original and whimsical personalities.
- Spicy perfumes. Strong and often pungent are the favorites of determined people who do not like to go unnoticed.
2. Decide the intensity of the perfume
At this point we have to decide whether we want a pure perfume, the eau de parfum, the eau de toilette or a cologne. Keep in mind that in routine contexts a light fragrance is recommended while for social occasions something stronger is fine. Same thing for the climate. In the heat it is preferable to opt for something lighter, vice versa in the cold.
3. Try the perfume on our skin
Having decided on the type and intensity, it is time to choose the perfect perfume by trying it on our skin. We only have three tasting options. In fact, after three attempts our nose can no longer correctly perceive other odors at the same time. So don’t rush, let’s take time and if necessary maybe try another three the next day. In my opinion, it is better to feel them immediately on the skin because depending on our ph the perfume is transformed. It should be sprayed on the right wrist and absolutely not rubbed with the left because this gesture alters the perception of smell. Finally, it would be better to wait at least an hour in order to properly evaluate the evolution of the fragrance on us and then decide. It must be a fragrance capable of positively stimulating us every time we feel it.
Differences between pure perfume, eau de parfum, eau de toilette and cologne
The perfume arouses sensations in us and affects moods, emotions and memories. For this reason it is one of the most powerful accessories available to us. To understand well how to choose the perfect perfume it is therefore essential to know the differences between the various formulations. It all lies in the concentration of essential oils. The higher it is, the more the product, besides being expensive, is persistent and long lasting on our skin.
- Pure perfume has an essence percentage of 20-50%.
- Eeau de parfum 10-15%.
- Eau de toilette 3-8%.
- Colony only 3%.
To find the ideal perfume we can go to the intensity we prefer without ever forgetting that the smell emanating on us must stimulate the senses without overwhelming. The classy woman leaves no aromatic trail behind her but only in her passage.
How to wear perfume
The points to best enhance the fragrance we have chosen always remain the neck, behind the ears, the wrists, behind the knees and between the breasts. However, let’s remember never to exceed the intensity of the splashes. One per side is enough. Even just one extra touch is not tolerable. Also I want to clarify that perfumes do not cover odors so no, they are not to be used instead of a nice hot bath.
To conclude, perfumes are not eternal. Let me explain better, the perceived general fragrance remains unchanged, but the fragrances per se tend to fade. They should be stored in dry places, without humidity and away from heat sources. Having said that what is your favorite perfume? Have you already found it? For now I continue with Miss Dior, Signorina by Ferragamo and Chance bi Chanel.