Choose the right women’s scent for your personality.

•September 18, 2010 • Leave a Comment

here are several ways to select a women’s fragrance. You will want to think about the type of scent that you enjoy. A fragrance can be musky. The perfume can smell fruity. Or, the fragrance can smell more flowery.

In some cases, the perfume can even smell clean and crisp. Some perfume choices can smell very light while other perfumes will be much stronger. In any of these cases, perfumes are all very distinct. Just because you enjoy one perfume in vanilla does not mean another fragrance in vanilla will smell the same.

If you are looking for a designer perfume, the costs will be higher. If you are unsure of the scent that the perfume can provide you, stop by a perfume store to smell them. But, beware of purchasing women’s or men’s perfumes there as it can be quite costly for a small bottle of perfume.

You can also request small samples of perfume to go with your choice so that next time you can find the amazing perfume that you enjoy.

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Perfume to the Masses

•September 15, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Throughout the 1960s ordinary people began to buy perfume in quantity.  People who had never been abroad before began to spend time browsing in perfume stores and buy perfume in duty free shops.  They came home with bottles of Madame Rochas, Worth’s Je Reviens, Carven’s Ma Griffe, Arpège by Lanvin, Houbigant’s Chantilly, Guerlain’s Mitsouko and L’Heure Bleu, Calèche by Hermes, Sortilege, Ecusson and Estee Lauder’s Youth Dew.

Yves St. Laurent launched Y in 1964, Rive Gauche in 1968. Guy Laroche presented Fidji in 1966.  Those old favourites Chanel No.5 and Miss Dior were still best sellers with considerable competition from products like Avon’s perfume’s such as Topaze, Coty’s Imprevu and in total contrast, Faberge’s earthy daytime Woodhue

Right – The hypnotic scent of roses

•September 15, 2010 • Leave a Comment

One of my favourites is Guerlain’s Shalimar launched first in 1925 and relaunched in 2001.  It’s a refined oriental feminine fragrance with iris, vanilla, and rose.  It has the wonderful Guerlain quality that never dates and always gets compliments.  I still think it’s one of the very best Guerlain perfumes.  They are all particularly wonderful and each seems to develop with the individual. Maybe it really is because the secret ingredient called Guerlinade the X factor that is added to every new perfume bearing the Guerlain name, makes it smell like a truly sense hitting perfume unlike later unisex creations.

In 1932 Dana made the exotic Tabu, Worth made the memorable Je Reviens which remained popular in the 50s and 60s and in 1934 Elizabeth Arden developed Blue Grass. All are still sold today.  Later Molyneux and Schiaparelli and other designers produced exotic perfumes in direct competition with Chanel. Jean Patou launched Joy in 1935 and it was voted Scent of the 20th Century at the Fragrance Foundation FiFi awards 2000.

1944 saw the introduction of Femme by Rochas.  After the war lighter fresher perfumes by Dior and Balmain which could be worn easily by day became more and more popular with the middle classes. In 1947 Dior launched the ever popular Miss Dior.  I still love these older perfumes such as Miss Dior and th

Tips for Wearing Perfume

•September 15, 2010 • Leave a Comment

When you apply perfumes apply them to pulse points such as the folds in the crook of your elbow and back of knees, wrist, neck and cleavage.  Make sure you do not rub wrists together as this crushes the smell.  Spraying a little into the air is also good if you walk straight into the perfume.  This helps to diffuse it over your body.  Do not simply apply to the neck always work up the body as the scent rises.  Also consider wearing in your bra a small ball of perfume impregnated cotton wool.

Consider layering perfumes. Use all the same perfume in various products.  Begin with shower or bath gel and then rub in body lotion or spray with a matching after bath spray.  Finally apply the scent preferably as perfume or EDP.  I find that the use of body lotion makes you feel really scented and it is probably to do with starting at the feet and applying the scent all over allowing the scent to rise.  It also makes you feel extra special and very pampered.

Keep bottles tightly stopped, away from direct heat and out of sunlight.  You will certainly know when they have gone off as you’ll notice that you do not get that lovely boost of heavenly scent when you spray or dab and the fragrance will look darker in the bottle.  Some perfumes come in blue or opaque bottles and these store perfume well.

Try to choose perfumes that suit you, not your friends or family.  Test a perfume in a store and then walk around for a minimum of ten minutes.  Some perfumes take more like half an hour or an hour to truly develop.  For example, Boudoir by Vivienne Westwood, Jicky by Guerlain and Must de Cartier are all ones I love after an hour, but am not convinced on first sniff.

Put a few drops of perfume onto an oil burner to scent your bedroom.  At Christmas use musky oriental room fragrances in the form of perfumed incense sticks, candle or sprays to enhance the familiar associated yuletide seasonal smells of cinnamon, orange oil, pine, frankincense and myrrh.

What Is Perfume Made From?

•September 15, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Perfume is made from about 78% to 95% of specially denatured ethyl alcohol and a remainder of essential oils.

Perfume is the costliest form of fragrance with 22% of essential oils.

Eau de Parfum (EDP), comes next with between 15 and 22% essential oils.

That’s followed by Eau de Toilette (EDT) with 8 to 15% oils.

The weaker Eau de Cologne has just 4% essential oils.

For those who crave super subtlety Eau Fraiche with 1 to 3% essential oils, is the lightest dilution of fragrance.

Many new perfumes are promoted as EDPs and an EDT is not always produced as there has been a vogue for Eau de Parfum as individuals want a more lasting signature.

There are major fragrance categories – Floral, Oriental, Floriental, Chypre, Green Marine and Fruit.  Typical plant products include anise, bay leaf, bergamot, cardamom, cedar wood, eucalyptus, frankincense, gardenia, geranium, iris, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lilac, lily, lily of the valley, magnolia, moss, neroli, orange, orris, patchouli, pine, raspberry, rose, sage, sandalwood, tuberose, vanilla, violet and ylang-ylang.

Chemical Advances in Perfumery

•September 15, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The late 19th century was the first real era of perfume as we know it when new scents were created because of advances in organic chemistry knowledge.  Synthetic perfume products were used in place of certain hard to find or expensive ingredients.  At the same time a similar chemical knowledge development happened in textile printing dyes.

Grasse in Provence, France became a centre for flower and herb growing for the perfume industry.  The men who treated leathers in the same area found the smells so bad they perfumed themselves and the leathers.  They were knowledgeable about making the botanical essences and were the early perfume noses.  But it was only in the C20th that scents and designer perfumes were really mass produced.  Before that, the few trade names that existed were Coty and Yardley who made fairly light scents with familiar smells.

New Perfumez!

•September 15, 2010 • Leave a Comment