Sunday, April 8, 2007

Why You Should Know What Fragrance Category Your Perfume Is From

When thinking of your favorite fragrances, have you ever wondered exactly how they are categorized? Tradition states that every fragrance belongs to one specific group or family. Even though they have different names, there are six basic categories of perfumes.
The categories are:

Sweet or Floral
Clean or Sporty
Natural or Green
Oils and Musks
Woody and Chypre
Spicy and Oriental

Many people often find and stick with one specific fragrance, but others like to mix it up and base the fragrance they wear on the mood they are in that day, some even change it with the current season. Furthermore, age often is found to greatly affect the choice of fragrance. As a woman ages, the choice of fragrance matures at the same time.

Let us talk a little about the different families of fragrances.

The sweet or floral family is perhaps the most popular of them all and is derived from a variety of flowers. These types are generally view as youthful and are worn by young women or women who are playful. Some examples of fragrances within this family are Curious, Chanel no 22, Joy, Pleasures, Safari for Women, and L'Air Du Temps.

In the clean or sport family, this is generally the reminder of a smell when you first leave the shower and generally smells comparable to soap. Typically, these make perfect gifts for those that are athletic in nature. Some examples of this type include, Alliage, Cashmere Mist, Polo for Women, Lily Chic, and Tommy Girl.

The fragrance of natural or green is a down to earth and fresh type of scent, perfect for those who like to feel natural and real. A few examples include Escape for Women, London, Chanel No.5, Truth for Women, Poison, and White Diamonds.

Oils and musks are suggestive, sexy, and strong scents. Generally used when a person wants to communicate certain things to their lover. It is deemed the most powerful among oil perfumes. Some examples are Sun, Moon, and Stars, O Oui, Caleche, Shalimar, and L'Aminant.

In the chypre and woody family, it is generally compared to earthy things. It combines scents of earth and floral perfect for those that love being in nature and the outdoors. Some examples include Miss Doir, Envy, Chanel No. 19, and Romance.

Finally, in the family of spicy and oriental, this mixes the scents of vanilla, animals, woods, and flowers together. It is very exotic and enjoyed most by women who is bold, strong, and radiant. Some examples include, Youth Dew, Obsession, Organza, Opium, and Still.
How To Seduce A Man With Your Scent

Creating a Seduction Scent
"She left her scent all over the room So even in the dark I'd see" - Snowball in El Paso (Trace Adkins)
Choose a perfume or cologne that works well for you and stick with it. Your goal is to have a scent so familiar that your man would be able to pick you out in a crowded room with his eyes closed. An added benefit is that anytime he encounters another woman wearing your scent, he'll immediately think of you.The art of seducing anyone, anywhere, anytime. Choose your scent carefully. Maybe your favorite perfume isn't really the right one for you.The secret to choosing the right scent lies in understanding how your body chemistry interacts with the scented oils that are used to make perfume.Your body chemistry has a profound affect on how a perfume smells. That's why a scent that's perfect for one woman may be a total flop for another.Believe it or not, your diet, medications that you are taking and how dry or oily your skin is also affects the scent.As a rule, women who have fair skin and light hair tend to have the driest skin and should wear stronger fragrances that will not be absorbed as quickly.As the hair color and skin tone gets darker, the perfume should get progressively lighter.Realize that your perfume is in competition with other products that you use. For best results, try to choose a brand that also offers skin and body lotion in the same fragrance, or use products with a neutral fragrance.That way you will not confuse his senses with a collision of different scents. Choose an unscented deodorant as well as shampoo and conditioner that are lightly scented with a fragrance that does not compete with your perfume.Perfume works best when it is used sparingly and applied to your body's pulse points including your wrists, behind your ears, in the bend of your elbow, behind your knees and on the inside of your ankles.Always apply your perfume before getting dressed so you don't end up with perfume stains on your clothing.Wear your perfume whenever you plan to see your man. He needs to have your scent imprinted in his mind.
How To Easily Choose The Right Perfume For Your Lady
Choosing the right perfume can be difficult and because it is also considered an intimate gift buying the wrong perfume can backfire on you and get you the opposite result of that which you hoped for.The first thing you need to do is do some homework, meaning research. Look at your lady's perfume bottles, the ones that are nearly empty will be her favorites. If there is one there that is nearly full chances are she doesn't wear it often or doesn't like it. Hint around and ask her what types of fragrances she likes and dislikes.Humans are very sensory oriented and our sense of smell is no different. Certain perfumes can elicit strong reactions in both the wearer and the person reacting to the scent. Perfumes are made not only to attract but to also relax someone. If you aren't totally sure what kind of perfume to buy you can always play it safe and get something in the aromatherapy line. If you go this route, bear in mind that vanilla scents are considered to relax and a peppermint or lemon scent will be more stimulating.Buying a woman's perfume for your wife or girlfriend is serious business. They expect you to know what they like, so you better know. This is your chance to show that you really do pay attention and that you know what she likes and doesn't like. If you get it right you will get rewarded way beyond the small bottle of perfume, get it wrong and you'll be accused of buying something your old girlfriend liked!Other than the snooping I already mentioned, if you are buying the gift for a special occasion such as Christmas or Valentines Day you can be a little more upfront about asking than if you were just trying to surprise her. Take a look at her wish list, if she has perfume on the list ask her what types she likes. As soon as you can go write it down so you don't forget, you know how we men are.You should be very sure of your selection when you buy the perfume for your lady so make sure you have done your research so that you don't end up upsetting her instead of thrilling her. Remember, this is just like buying lingerie it isn't about what you like it is about what she likes! She is the one that will be wearing it to school or work and therefore it's for her not you. But, if you get it right she will think of you every time someone compliments her on her fragrance and that my friend, is priceless.
Selecting The Right Perfume

If you have decided to purchase perfume for yourself or for someone else as a gift, you will find that it may be difficult to decide which perfume to choose. With so many different varieties of perfumes on the market, just how are you supposed to select the right one? Below, you will find the answer.First, if cost is a big consideration when you are purchasing perfume, then you may want to predetermine how much you are going to spend before you start shopping. Some brands can be pretty pricey and if you are on a budget, you will want to remain within the confines of your spending limit.Next, you will need to determine if you want to purchase a perfume that has a light or a heavy scent. If you are buying for yourself, this task is far easier than if you are purchasing perfume for someone else. Therefore, finding out in advance what perfume a person prefers is your best option. For instance, if your friend likes wearing musk, then look for musk when you are purchasing perfume and if your friend or loved one likes earthy scents, then look for an earthy scent when you shop.Next, there is actually a trick to smelling perfume. Have you ever noticed that when you smell perfume from the bottle and then you smell it on your wrist it does not ever smell the same? That's because perfumes react with your body chemicals. So, you will want to purchase a perfume that is not only pleasing to the nose when you open the bottle, but one that is pleasing when it reacts to skin contact. Also, once you have applied the perfume to your wrist, wait a few seconds as the strong odor will dissipate and will leave you with the scent that the perfume is meant to provide.It is not a wise idea to purchase perfume just because the bottle is pretty. Unless you truly do not care what is inside the bottle and you only want the bottle, you really should take a few moments to test out what's inside. You may find that the perfume inside your gorgeous bottle smells absolutely atrocious or that it does not suit your personality at all.
Perfume - Easy Tips to Applying Your Favorite Fragrance
The appealing fragrance of a perfume has been described as being like gathering an armful of luscious rose petals at the height of their bloom. Fragrances today last longer on the skin than ever before. To use an example, Revlons Lasting is truly that- it has lasting power for up to ten hours. There are some easy tips to applying your favorite fragrance that everyone should be privy to. Before buying a fragrance always try it out on your own skin first. A fragrance sprayed on a cardboard piece of paper will give you an inkling of how it smells but not how it will smell on YOU. And keep in mind that not all fragrances smell the exact same on everybody as no two body chemistries are the exact same. Spray the scent on the inside of your wrist and then allow it to warm and absorb into your skin. Your own personal body oils will determine how the scent will smell on you. Do not be hasty in deciding whether or not a scent is suitable for you or not. Instead, after applying it, give it twenty minutes to an hour to make a proper determination. Or better yet, every couple of hours let your nose have a whiff of it and see if the original scent retains its fragrance. Longevity of a scent is important. Remember that not all scents have the same effect on everyone and some agree with some people skin better than others. Once applied to your inner wrist never rub it on your other wrist as this can alter the scent of the fragrance tremendously. The best places to apply fragrance are between your breasts, around the ankles, the sides of the neck, and behind your knees as these are your pulse points. If you wear a watch or bracelet(s), be careful when spraying scents. The fragrance you apply could react to the leather or plastic strap or the gold or silver of the bracelet and dull the material so keep this point in mind when you apply your favorite fragrance. For those with skin on the dry side you will need to reapply your fragrance often but for oily or combination skin it is less often. Dry skin doesn’t retain scent as well as skin higher in oil content. It is best to test new scents one at a time. Do not overdue a good thing when it comes to perfume. If you sample too many at once you will confuse your nose and wont know how to choose between fragrances. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither do you need to make a snap decision about which perfumes suit you best and which don’t. A good rule of thumb for applying your favorite fragrance is that less is more. This is particularly important to keep in mind if you are attending a social or business related event where there will be lots of people. A spritz of a fragrance applied with a light hand to a pulse point is all that is really needed. And remember, big events equal lots of women (and men) wearing lots of other fragrances. In this case too much competition between fragrances may not be what you are striving for! A tip that is not well known but is perfect for the social event scenario is to spray the outside of your hand instead of your wrist. This works because it allows the scent to defuse in an outward direction. It is airy and oh so subtle which is what you want. Another option is spraying the air (in much the same way as you would spray air freshener in a room) and then simply walking through the scent as it falls around you. This is a subtle but effective way of perfuming yourself. If you are concerned about your outfit then don’t worry, as it will not affect your clothing in any adverse manner. Less is more is also wise to keep in mind as you age in relation to applying your favorite fragrance. Our sense of smell is not as sharp as we get older and the dulling effect means we cannot always accurately gauge whether we are wearing too much, as opposed to enough, fragrance. We might automatically assume that if we cannot smell our fragrance on our own skin that no one else can either. Never assume this is the case!
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