I’m feeling these beauty and lifestyle features! Let’s chat perfume this week.
I have a daily perfume – Glam Jasmine by Michael Kors which I sometimes replace with Sexy Amber also by Michael Kors. I like the freshness of Jimmy Choo Flash for meetings, and some special events, and I also love a little Jimmy Choo Rose Gold. I’m not a sweet perfume girl, I love “fresh” aromas!
Finding your signature scent, that you never tire of and that instantly makes you feel delicious, might be a challenge. But there are a few rules you can follow to help find that perfect perfume…
EDP and EDT? What does that even mean?
Hitting the perfume counter is daunting. The spritzer people spraying you, the jargon, the endless lists of “must have” perfumes this season… it can all be a bit overwhelming. It’s actually not as complicated as you believe. Here’s what you need to know: ranked from the strongest, longer-lasting to the lightest and most evanescent, perfumes can be divided in many dimensions.
Parfum– the most expensive as the richest in terms of fragrant oils. It’s also the most beautiful because of the whole symphony of top, heart and base notes released over a period of time. This is due to the high concentration of essences – as much as 40% by volume. Only a tiny amount is needed, hence the smaller size.
Eau de Parfum – The concentration of oils is over 15%, sometimes reaching as high as 20%. Since it is less intense than perfume extract, it is also cheaper, but it usually lasts well and is sold in small sizes.
Eau de Toilette – the most commonly worn type of perfume, lasting 3 to 4 hours. It’s a lightly scented cologne used as a skin freshener. It is also referred to as “aromatic waters” and has a high alcohol content. It is usually applied directly to the skin after bathing or shaving.
Eau de Cologne – 7% essence dissolved in alcohol of 60º or 70º. Delightfully refreshing in hot weather and because it doesn’t last long, it can be frequently reapplied directly to the skin. It tends to be marketed in large sizes of up to 200 ml and is often applied by spray.
Okay… so now that we know what the different types of perfume are… how do you choose a scent that works for you?
Look in your wardrobe – your scent should match your style. Create a scent wardrobe to match your outfits!
Elegant: Classic, sophistication complete with all the details will feel polished wearing white floral scents. Mimosa, iris, jasmine and lily are all in your scent style. Chloé Eau de Parfum, Chanel Chance Eau Vive, Gucci Bamboo.
Flirty: Looking for fun with your girly side can come out to play? Spritz on a sweet, sugary scent. Pum, passion fruit, pear, sugarcane, coffee bean, and caramel are in your wheelhouse. Bulgari Omnia Paraiba, Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Fireworks, Prada Candy Kiss.
Bold: Rocking a chic pantsuit needs a balance of feminine and masculine. Lush, full florals like rose and jasmine peppered with deep, clean woods like sandalwood and cedarwood. Soft amber helps anchor the duality. Narciso Rodriguez Narciso Eau de Toilette, Byredo Parfums Rose of No Man’s Land, Bottega Veneta Knot Eau Florale.
Sexy: Bring on the spices! Black pepper, saffron, incense, and leather notes all leave a lasting impression. Giorgio Armani Sì Huile de Parfum, Dior J’Adore Touche de Parfum, Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Exotic Leather.
So… now you know I’m head over heels for perfume! What’s your must have scent? I’d love to hear all about it on Facebook Twitter and Instagram.
Let’s talk about it!