Perfume has been used for centuries to enhance personal fragrance. In this blog post, we’ll explore different aspects of perfume including types, notes, brands and using perfume effectively.

Types of Perfume

There are a few main types of perfume categorized by concentration.

Eau de Parfum

Eau de Parfum (EdP) has a medium concentration, usually around 15-20% fragrance content. It provides bold scent that lasts several hours. EdP offers good value as it is long-lasting but more affordable than other concentrations.

Eau de Toilette

Eau de Toilette (EdT) has 10-15% fragrance content making the scent lighter and shorter lasting than EdP, around 3-5 hours. However, the tone is fresher suited for daytime wear. EdT is generally more affordable than other types.

Eau de Cologne

Eau de Cologne (EdC) is the lightest with 2-5% fragrance content, producing a cleaner scent that only lasts 1-3 hours. EdC’s crisp tones make it a popular choice for subtle daytime wear.

Parfum Extrait

Parfum Extrait has the highest concentration at 15-30% for an extremely rich and long-lasting scent, often 10+ hours. Due to the high fragrance content, it is longer-lasting than other types but also more expensive.

Fragrance Notes

Perfumes contain top, middle and base notes that create layered scents over time.

Top Notes

Top notes are very light and evaporating quickly to be the initial scent detected. Examples include citrus, floral and herbal notes like bergamot, lavender or rose.

Middle Notes

As top notes fade, middle notes emerge to create the heart of the fragrance 1-2 hours after application. Examples are florals, resin and spices like jasmine, frankincense or nutmeg.

Base Notes

The deeper, grounded base notes provide anchorage and are detectable longest after application. Woodsy, musky and sweet notes like sandalwood, patchouli or vanilla linger in the base.

Popular Fragrance Houses

Some top perfume brands globally include:

Chanel

Famous for refined, feminine scents including No.5, Coco Mademoiselle and Chance Eau Tendre.

Dior

Creative, glamorous scents like Miss Dior, J’adore and Poison Girl

Gucci

Youthful Italian-style scents in Bloom, Guilty and Flora Gorgeous Gardenia.

Yves Saint Laurent

Sophisticated oriental scents Black Opium, Libre and Mon Paris.

Viktor & Rolf

Unique gourmand scents Flowerbomb, Spicebomb and Bonbon.

Factors When Choosing Perfume

Several factors influence what fragrance is best:

Scent Preferences

Do you prefer floral, fruity, oriental or fresh scents? Consider note types you naturally like.

Climate & Season

Heavier scents work best in cooler months. Lighter, fresher scents suit warmer seasons.

Occasion

Office-appropriate vs evening-going scents have different intensity levels.

Personality

Let your individual style shine through with scents that reflect your essence.

Chemistry

Test scents on yourself, as chemistry affects longevity and development on skin.

Tips for Wearing Perfume

For the best scent experience:

Spray Strategically

Back of ears, neck, wrists and behind knees maximize sillage without over-applying.

Spritz Before Getting Dressed

Allow the scent to develop with your body heat rather than clothing interfering.

Go Light in Summer

One spray is plenty when it’s hot out to avoid being overpowering.

Layer For Impact

Pair a rich scent with a lighter mist for multiplying effects.

Reapply As Needed

Touch up fragrance as your natural oils break it down over the day.

With an understanding of types, notes, brands and application, finding perfect perfume palatable to any situation or mood becomes attaining. A signature scent elevates one’s personal style.