Madame Coco Chanel once said “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” So to save you from a doomed future if you don’t wear perfume, let’s try and understand perfumes and fragrances.
The first misconception about perfume is that it is expensive. But to prove you wrong let’s do a little calculation. Many people settle for deodorants they buy from leading pharmacies and cosmetic shops that offer a variety of deodorants that range between R20- R35. If you spend an average of R26 on deodorant in a month and you use it daily ( I wouldn’t assume otherwise) you could buy at least one can a week which would add up to R104 a month. Ultimately, you could spend up to R1 248 in a year, of which an average perfume could cost you the same amount of money and potentially last for a longer time. With all the coughing and choking that you would endure in the morning, when using the deodorant, I don’t think it is worth it.
Now another misconception that people struggle with is the different types of perfumes out there. I have tried to explain it in a very simple manner:
1. Eau De Cologne is a perfume oil which is a mixture of water and alcohol resulting in it being lighter and refreshing,like Body Mists.
2. Eau De Toilette has more perfume oil than the cologne and is mixed with alcohol making it more fragrant and fancy.
3. Eau de Parfum has a higher percentage of perfume oil and is quite strong. Most fragrances can be purchased as EDP or EDT where your EDPs are slightly more expensive due to their fragrance strength.
4. Parfume is a highly concentrated perfume oil and alcohol mixture and is usually packaged in small bottles and it costs more.
Many people I’ve come across find it difficult to identify a scent that resonates with their aura and personality. There is no perfect guideline into choosing the perfect fragrance for you but there are factors to consider before purchasing one like being aware of the season you’re going to use the perfume. For instance Summer fragrances generally have a floral, fruity, citrus smell to them whilst winter fragrances are based heavily on cinnamon and are said to be musky.
People with oily skin generally retain the smell of a fragrance for a longer period since the moisture in their skin absorbs the fragrances more; therefore an EDT perfume would be ideal for oily skin so that your perfume isn’t overpowering . It is also important to first test a perfume, or even take a sample home with you to see if it compliments or irritates you (this is important for sensitive inhalers). Remember you have your natural scent so it’s important to see if a perfume infuses well with your natural smell. The undertones of a perfume also chemically react with your body, so what you smell after you’ve just applied the perfume might smell slightly different 5 minutes or even an hour later.
You must be comfortable with the perfume you buy and allow it compliment you not bother you.
I hope this post has helped you understand a little bit more about perfume and made you realize that the experience of purchasing a perfume is dependent and is dictated by your body and is not easy. However it can also be an extremely enjoyable and rewarding experience.
Join us next week in part two where we will discuss more tips and recommendations in scent sessions part 2.