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Shopping for fragrance can be confusing at best, or overwhelming at worst. Not only are there top notes, middle notes, and bottom notes, but whole classes of scents. What’s more, once you’ve decided on a scent, another decision must be made: perfume, eau de parfum, eau de toilette or cologne?
Fragrances are available in perfume, eau de parfum, eau de toilette, or cologne form. The main differentiating factor of these is the concentration of aromatic compounds in a solvent – that is, how much fragrance is in the formula’s composition. The more actual perfume concentrate it contains, the longer the scent will last on your skin, and the more expensive the product. Following is a breakdown of these categories.
Perfume, also referred to as perfume extract, is the most concentrated formulation, and is usually the most expensive. It contains 15-30% aromatic compounds. Due to its high amount of aromatic compounds, it also tends to last the longest when applied to the skin. It is usually sold in small bottles of 1 ounce or less.
Eau de Parfum
Eau de parfum, also called eau de perfume, is the next most concentrated formula, and one of the most popular purchases. It consists of 10-15% aromatic compounds.
Eau de Toilette
Eau de toilette is also a popular choice, and is less expensive than the perfume or parfum formulations, although its scent will not last as long when applied to the skin. Eau de toilette contains 5-20% aromatic compounds.
Cologne, or Eau de Cologne
Eau de Cologne originated in Cologne, Germany. Today, it is a generic term that defines a class of scented formulations by its typical concentration of about 2-5%. Cologne products are available for either men or women, and are sometimes mistaken for aftershave, which is actually a formula containing moisturizer, an antiseptic agent, and perfume. In addition, aftershave can be a gel, lotion, or liquid.
Testers are even more discounted than the fancy boxed versions and are great if you don't have a need for the fancy box. Testers are 100% authentic, fresh and completely full just like the original fragrance, however they are meant for the counter in a department store. Testers often come in a plain white box but sometimes they do not have a cap or a box. The savings on the packaging means you save even more!
For any perfume concentration, be sure to keep the bottle tightly sealed and stored in a cool, dry place away from windows or direct sunlight or heat sources to maximize its shelf life. For best results, store opened bottles inside their boxes. Fragrances usually last three years from the date they were manufactured.
Each season has its own feelings and emotions, and with them go different scents. While springtime is a time of rebirth, with flower blossoms and warming light, the summer season is warm and filled with flowers and green plants. Fall is more saturated, with deeper colors and scents of musk and patchouli. Winter’s cold whiteness is reflected in scents of citrus, vanilla and spice. Here are some helpful tips for choosing a fragrance for each of the four seasons.
Spring is a time of new beginnings, with the ground beginning to warm, and flower blossoms and tree buds beginning to form. Suddenly, the earth is green again, and colors begin to appear in outdoor gardens. For springtime, choose a fragrance that reflects this new awakening and feelings of joy, such as those that include notes of lily of the valley, peonies and violets.
During the long, warm days of summer, many people find themselves spending more time outdoors, celebrating holidays or just spending time with family. Choose a summer fragrance that mimics the happy, sweet, and sexy feelings of the summertime. Scents that contain sweet summer florals, such as roses and orange blossoms, mixed with fresh fruit scents like raspberry and peach can be a delightful summer fragrance. In addition, a tropical fragrance with notes of honeysuckle, island flowers, and sea salt can also be a pleasant reminder of sun-soaked days spent on the beach or vacation.
As the leaves begin to change colors and fall from the trees, the landscape turns deeper and more saturated with colors of deep reds, oranges, and browns. Fall is the time for deep, saturated and seductive fragrances, such as those containing spicy and musky notes. Look for a fragrance that contains hints of sandalwood, musk, amber, and jasmine.
Citrus and other fruity scents reflect the winter season and the holidays it brings, such as Christmas and Passover. Select a fragrance that is reminiscent of these holiday scents, such as pomegranate and vanilla bean, lemon, or orange. Spicy scents can be overpowering during the warm months but bring a warmth to the crisp winter air. Try a scent with notes of spicy cinnamon or cardamom. As the seasons change, select a fragrance that accompanies each one’s attributes.
As the seasons change, select a fragrance that accompanies each one’s attributes.
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If you’re looking for a sexy new fragrance to wear, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the options available at the perfume counter or beauty store. To choose the right fragrance for you, first consider which of the sexiest scents you are looking for: spicy and sweet, floral, vanilla, musk, or lavender. Following is a breakdown of each.
Spicy, sweet scents such as cinnamon, ginger, and frankincense evoke feelings of warmth and comfort. Try Calvin Klein Obsession or Opium by Yves Saint Laurent for a sweet, spicy, and sexy scent, or Ellen Tracy by Ellen Tracy, which has spicy cinnamon top notes.
Floral – a traditional perfume scent – isn’t just for grandmothers. Floral perfumes on the market now range from traditional flower scents to clean, crisp and modern fragrances with fruity or woody base notes. There are even “green” florals with sharp, grassy, or plant-like tones.
Chanel 5 is the quintessential floral perfume. For a fruitier floral, try Calyx by Prescriptives or Sunflowers by Elizabeth Arden. For a woody floral, consider Safari by Ralph Lauren or White Linen by Estee Lauder. Moreover, for a green floral, Fidji by Guy Laroche for Women and Givenchy III are nice options.
Vanilla is a sweet and sultry scent that evokes memories of freshly baked goods in the kitchen. The heavy, sweet scent works well in the wintertime, as it can be a warm contrast to the cold outdoor temperatures. It is considered part of the Oriental category of perfumes.
Try LAVANILA Pure Vanilla or Vanilla Cake Batter by Demeter. For a more exotic blend, consider Laurence Dumont’s Vanille Chocolat.
Also part of the Oriental family of scents, musk is spicy and exotic. Aviance Night Musk by Prince Matchavelli or Jovan White Musk Perfume by Jovan are two good choices for a musk fragrance.
Lavender has long been associated with love and romance. Cleopatra is said to have seduced both Mark Anthony and Julius Caesar using the scent of lavender. Studies have also shown lavender to be the most arousing scent to men and that it may help with impotence. In present times, lavender is sometimes placed under newlywed couples’ beds to ensure passion.
The calming, sweet scent of lavender is commonly used in perfumes as a top or middle note. Try it out in Lavender (Lavande) by Taylor of London or the Healing Garden Lavender Perfume by Coty.
Consider these choices the next time you’re shopping for a sexy new fragrance.
Scent is a powerful factor when it comes to attraction. Because women have a keener sense of smell than men, the way a man smells can have a great impact on how attractive a woman finds him. Here are the five masculine scents that can drive a woman wild.
Spicy notes in a fragrance, such as cinnamon, ginger, frankincense, and myrrh, can warm up even the coldest of nights. The scents evoke memories of baking – especially holiday baking – and warm memories for many women, which can be a powerful turn on. In fact, cinnamon, has long been thought to generate sexual arousal in both men and women.
Clean and invigorating, the tangy scent of citrus, such as lemon, lime, orange, lemongrass, and red grapefruit gives men that fresh-out-of-the-shower scent, a smell that many women find appealing. Just don’t overdo it, or you might smell like the produce department!
The clean smell of fresh laundry, soap, or shampoo can have a powerful impact on women who enjoy the fresh smell. Clean scents can be energizing and uplifting, giving women a sense of calm, which can then lead to an increase in sexual desire and attraction.
A staple for most men’s colognes, musk is a rich, sexy, and sensual scent that drives many women wild. The scent is masculine in every sense, and is one that many women choose for their men to wear, as well as a popular choice for men themselves. When musk oil was first discovered, it was said to have unusual powers of sexual attraction. Today’s musk colognes are based on this oil, which was originally derived from musk deer.
Earthy scents like sandalwood, patchouli, and rosewood are strong scents commonly associated with masculinity. The earthy aroma can warm the body and increase feelings of well-being, thereby increasing a woman’s desire for a sexual encounter. Sandalwood, in fact, resembles andosterone, which is a chemical that is secreted from the underarms of human males. Scientific studies have concluded that women subconsciously link the scent of sandalwood with andosterone, thus elevating attraction and sexual desire to men wearing that scent.
There are many ways to attract women; scent can be one of the most powerful due to women’s heightened sense of smell. Consider these five sexy scents the next time you’re shopping for a new fragrance.