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Ladies, nothing completes a cute outfit than a great smelling perfume. I am a connoisseur of perfumes and as a single mom, it’s the little things that make me feel sexy and perfume is one of those things. However, choosing the right perfume doesn’t always come easy. In order to choose a fragrance, there are somethings that you need to know and at the top of that list is knowing yourself.
Some of you may be thinking, “Ty, what does “knowing” myself have to do with choosing a fragrance?” My response is, “EVERYTHING!” By knowing yourself, you want to stay true to what you like and what smells good on YOU. Many women will purchase a fragrance because it is the “newest” thing on the market without regard of how it smells on them. Don’t fall into that trap!
Secondly, you should know what types of scents you like and dislike, for instance, I don’t like a perfume that has strong floral notes. I love fresh, clean and fruity smells. Thus, my favorite perfumes are Be Delicious by DKNY and Cashmere Mist by Donna Karen. Be Delicious is fabulous fruity and a sexy daytime scent. The notes in Be Delicious are: a clean and fruity note of American Apple as its top note, balanced by notes of rose, cucumber, orchid, and white lily. The scent closes on soft, sensual base notes of sandalwood and amber. For me, the american apple, as the top note is the absolute best and above all else, my body chemistry works well with this fragrance and it smells…delicious.
Cashmere Mist is a great scent for the evening . It is not overwhelming at all but it is a very sexy scent. The notes in Cashmere Mist are tuberose, lemon, cassis, and honeysuckle followed by a rich mid note of vanilla and cashmeran. Top notes end with a base note blend of satinwood, sandalwood and amber.
I mentioned top notes, middle notes and base notes when I described my two favorite fragrances. Many of us have heard those terms but probably never knew their importance. The top notes, also known as the head, are what you smell when you first put on a fragrance. Based on the top notes, we choose a fragrance by what we initially smell and because of this top note we purchase an item. Per Wikipedia, “The scents of this note class are usually described as “fresh,” “assertive” or “sharp.” The compounds that contribute to top notes are strong in scent, very volatile, and evaporate quickly.”
The middle notes, also known as hearts, begin when the top notes starts to disappear. the scent of middle note compounds is usually more mellow and “rounded.” Scents from this note class appear anywhere from two minutes to one hour after the application of a perfume.”
The base notes, also known as drydown, “bring depth and solidity to a perfume. Compounds of this class are often the fixatives used to hold and boost the strength of the lighter top and middle notes.”
Now that we have the “scientific” details about a fragrance down, let’s touch on how to try a fragrance and surprisingly enough, it is not in the middle of a department store with a sales woman trying to spray different fragrances on your wrist. No Ma’am! Don’t do it! Ask for a sample to take home. When you try it in a store, you are smelling everything else that has been sprayed into the air. If you do try it in a store, make sure that you aren’t wearing any other fragrance and spray it both once on your wrist and the inside of your elbow. Don’t make the mistake of rubbing your wrist because you will be getting rid of the top notes and on;t forget to allow the alcohol to dry before smelling.
For more tips on choosing the perfect fragrance, check out Top Perfume Choices for Her. Not only do they break down the steps to choosing the right fragrance but they also give suggestions based on the different types of notes, i.e. fruity, woodsy, floral, etc. It is an excellent article to help you next time your in the market for a new perfume.
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