Here at The Fragrance Shop we like to make sure our customers choose the fragrance that’s right for you, so we’ve put together a handy guide to help you make an informed decision on which is best for your needs.
By far the most popular type of perfume, the floral fragrance is a romantic, light and slightly sweet scent. These fabulous perfumes are a blend of flowers such as the rose, violet, lily, jasmine and lavender. Most mens floral scents have orange blossom at their heart, giving an alluring tone.
Largely favoured by men, the woody perfumes often have light top notes with a muskier heart. Made from sandalwood, patchouli and oakmoss, these warm, dry and musky notes provide an air of sophistication and mystery to all who wear them. Women prefer the woody notes for evenings.
Perfumes come in four different concentrations. Perfume Extract, Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette or Eau de Cologne. The amount of solvent mixed with perfume oils determines how strong your fragrance is.
Perfume Extract - Contains 20-40% of aromatic compounds and can last between 3-8 hours
Eau de Parfum - Contains 10-30% of aromatic compounds and can last between 4-6 hour
Eau de Toilette - Contains 5-20% of aromatic compounds and can last between 4-6 hours
Eau de Cologne - Contains 2-3% aromatic compounds and can last between 1-4 hours
There are many types of perfumes and fragrances, some of which are listed below.
Fragrances are commonly broken up into three kinds of notes. Top, middle/heart and base.
The initial, lighter smell of the fragrance which lasts around 8-15 minutes. Examples of these notes include citruses, powdery scents and light florals.
Heart or Middle Note
The main elements of the fragrance, these notes develop after the top note clears, usually around 30 minutes after being sprayed. Heart notes most often include heavier floral scents.
The last to develop and helps fix the fragrance to the skin. This is where you will smell the bolder notes of the scent, such as smokes and leathers which become more noticeable when the fragrance has been on the skin for a while.