Are you in the market for a new fragrance to wear this spring? You might have your own preferences for scents to wear but it is also good to experiment with other types of scents from time to time. If you feel the need to change up your fragrances, it can be a bit confusing though trying to figure out scent descriptions on various perfume brands. Hence, we have put together this quick guide to help you decipher common terms used for describing scents and how you can choose according to your preference.
To decipher the most common perfume terms you’d encounter while shopping, below are some of notes about them:
Absolute – They are comparable to essences from a plant or flower and is the most potent formula that can be extracted from them.
Accord – This is what happens when you combine two or more fragrances for a new blend of scent.
Base Note – As the name implies, this is the heaviest ingredient added into a fragrance formula.
Eau de Cologne – This has the lowest perfume oil-to-alcohol ratio (approximately 2-5% perfume oil).
Eau de Parfum – On the flip side to Eau de Cologne, this features the heaviest percentage of perfume oil in a fragrance formula: 10-15%.
Middle Note – This note represents the body of the perfume blend and is used to determine in which scent family a fragrance belongs in.
Top Note – This is the first scent you experience upon testing a fragrance. With that said, it is the most volatile layer of the perfume formula and evaporates quickly.
Additional Perfume Shopping Tips:
Ready to start your perfume shopping? Here are more shopping guidelines to think about:
* Did you know that there is a perfect time of day to go shopping for a new fragrance? According to experts, the best time to do so is early afternoon because this is when your olfactory senses are at its peak. When shopping, avoid wearing any other fragrance. This will keep your sense of smell from being accustomed to a particular scent and better able to absorb scents you are trying to test at the store.
* Use coffee beans. No, this isn’t a myth. Sniffing onto coffee beans has been proven to clear your nasal palette. When you are sniffing onto a variety of perfumes and fragrances, it can be hard to distinguish the scent from each other. Sniff onto coffee beans in between sniffing to avoid nasal fatigue.
* Do not test them all. Choose only a few specific scents that you are considering (this is where previous preference and research can come into play). This will save you time and effort at the store.
What is your favorite scent for spring?