Eau de parfum contains a higher concentration of perfume oil and
last up to four hours without fading.
Perfume classics and perfume extracts contain the highest
concentration and last up to six hours.
2 Pick a perfume type appropriate for your setting. If you work in a small, enclosed space, for instance, you should
avoid strong, overpowering concentrations.
3 Test a perfume before wearing it. You can test it on a piece of paper, which is often supplied at
the store, if you’re buying the perfume in person. One thing to
keep in mind when testing a scent on a strip of paper is that it
will not smell exactly the same way on your body as it does on
paper. The key to determining if a perfume is the right match for
you is to allow it to mingle with your body’s chemistry before
making your final determination.
4 Choose a fragrance that’s right for you. Roughly 75 percent of perfumes contain some trace of rose and
jasmine extracts, but the amount present varies in each fragrance.
Moreover, perfumes usually contain thousands of other ingredients
and chemicals, many of which actively alter the scent. This is why
no two scents ever seem to smell exactly alike. That said, many
fragrances can be divided into one of four categories: fresh
greens, woody amber, floral fruity, and oriental spicy.
Fresh greens have scents reminiscent of grass, leaves, and herbs.
They tend to smell "clean" and suit women with vibrant, sporty
personalities. Women who like to vary their perfume by occasion
might consider a fresh green scent for outdoor daytime use.
Woody amber like fragrances encompass a wide variety of warm
scents. Most include traces of amber, sandalwood, cedar, and
various spices. The combination of spices is what gives this scent
family such versatility. Women wanting to wear a more sensual scent
might wish to consider a woody amber-y fragrance, especially as an
Floral fruity scents evoke a sense of playful innocence and
romance. Most scents developed around a specific flower or fruit
fall under this category. Some weigh heavier on the fruity side,
while others smell like the interior of a florist's shop. These
scents are also excellent for daytime use. Women wanting a fresh,
zesty fragrance would do well to seek out the former, while those
going for a classy romantic scent should look for the latter.
Oriental spicy scents are similar to woodsy ambry scents but
usually involve more of a floral element. Fragrances belonging to
this category often use rich scents like orchid, orange flowers,
vanilla, sweet spices, incense, and musk. These exotic perfumes can
be used at any time, but work especially well for evening. Women
wanting a warm, mysterious, and distinctly feminine scent should
look into this category further.