Understanding Different Types of Perfume
It can sometimes be really hard choosing a new perfume. How can you tell which type you should be buying? There are testers available in beauty stores, but it would still be a big help if you knew more about the different types of perfume before you went shopping. That way you can bypass all of the ones that you know won’t suit you and it will make your search a lot easier.
Different Perfume Concentration Types
On your search for a new perfume you’ll come across several terms that you may not understand. Have you ever seen ‘Eau de Parfum’ or ‘Eau de Toilette’? Many women mistakenly think that this is just another name for perfume. It isn’t. They are simply different concentration types and they are slightly different to actual perfume. The different concentrations you will come across include:
• Perfume – Also known as Perfume Extract, contains 15-40% aromatic compounds
• Eau de Toilette – Contains 5-15% aromatic compounds
• Eau de Parfum – Contains 10-20% aromatic compounds
• Esprit de Parfum – This is very rarely used and i contains 15-30% aromatic compounds
• Eau de Cologne – Citrus style perfumes. Contains 3-8% aromatic compounds
• Perfume Mist – Contains 3-8% aromatic compounds
The above are the main concentration types available. As you can see, perfume is the strongest type available. Most women tend to wear Eau de Parfum.
Understanding Perfume Notes
Now that you know more about the concentration of perfume, it’s time to learn more about the different notes. Whichever perfume you are interested in, you’ll see that it has a description which tells you about top notes, base notes and sometimes middle notes.
The top notes are what you mainly focus on. They basically include the scent that you smell immediately when you spray the perfume on your skin. The top notes will vary depending upon what type of perfume you are looking at. A fruity fragrance will likely have top notes of citrus, pear, blackcurrant or any other type of fruit. Top notes are important as they are what basically sell the perfume.
Middle notes start to appear when the top notes fade away. They are otherwise referred to as heart notes and they are designed to mask the base notes for a while.
Finally the base notes become apparent around 30 minutes after you have sprayed the perfume. It’s the scent that you are left with and therefore it’s the main fragrance of the perfume.
These are just some of the things that you need to keep in mind when looking out for new perfume. Once you understand it a little more, it makes choosing the right perfume for you a lot easier.