Fragrances and smells own the power to turn anyone’s mood on or off and as powerful as they may be in enhancing and defining the personality of the person wearing the smell, equally disastrous it can be if you are not aware of how to choose or select the right kind of fragrance for yourself. Many fragrance buying guides suggest various different types of smells based on personality, attire, gender, etc. Although pairing the right kind of fragrance with the right personality does go a long way, however the personal preference of a person matters a lot too and while many may suggest woody or leather based fragrances as being the most popular type of Men’s perfumes, however many may prefer floral based or blends of fragrances. Same is the case with women’s perfumes as well. The trick at the end is to know exactly how to find the right fragrance for you and how to find different variations of it.
How to Decipher Different Smells
First things first, identifying smells and perfumes based on noticeable layers of smell, allows anyone to find different variations of perfumes and fragrances that can be equally pleasant to wear. Fragrances are very intricate creations. They are built on layers of different smells, referred to as ’notes’ of the smell, that become noticeable as the fragrance starts to dry out.Although in perfumes there are many layers of smell, however the most noticeable ones are the top, middle and base notes. Colognes and perfumes are categorized based on the note that is most noticeable, the middle note layer. Owing to different layers of smells, categorizing fragrances and smells precisely in a single group is not possible, however they can be differentiated based on the general fragrance family they belong to. General fragrance groups include
- Floral Fragrance Family: this is the most popular fragrance family including a vast variety of floral smells from light to bright floral, often available in spiced up perfumes featuring gardenia, rose, lily, tuberose, and tulips scents. Considered mostly feminine and romantic, these smells are also preferred and used by men, though are more popular in women’s perfumes.
- Oriental Fragrance Family: also known as amber fragrances, perfumes belonging to this family of smells are based on warm smell that comes from ambergris, an old perfume ingredient. Combined commonly with wood and vanilla scents and spiced up, these fragrances are equally popular among both women’s and men’s perfumes.
- Woody Fragrance Family: these earthy fragrances offer a mystical wood or forest smell range available in spicy, dry, dark, warm, fresh, mossy and light sensory fragrances. Common scents offers fragrance base of agarwood (oudh) cedar, sandalwood, patchouli, ginger, lime, etc. Popular among both men and women fragrances, these are often considered as ever popular scents.
- Aquatic Fragrance Family: these ozonic or oceanic smells are defined as fresh and clean smell `that are offered combined with floral or citrus smells, this perfume family is also considered as being a unisex perfume range.
- Gourmand Fragrance Family: perfumes of this category impart scents of food, mimicking fragrances of vanilla, chocolate, citrus fruits, and other spicy flavors.
- Blends: perfumes and fragrances belonging to this family of smells, combine different notes belonging to different fragrance families. One example is of the chypre smells that carry a base of mossy oak or oriental smell and a top note of citrus smells. Another example popular in women’s perfumes is of the Fougere fragrances that come with a lavender top note and vanilla grass base note smells and a variation of different middle notes of smells. The same for men is offered with woody note base.
Strangeness of Fragrance
After deciphering the different fragrance families, it is also important to know what types of fragrances offer the strongest/lightest of smells. The strangeness of perfumes are based on the ingredients or concentrated content of aromatic compounds in a scent.
- Eau de Parfum/Perfume – the strongest of fragrances available in the market with about 20% or a bit more of concentrated aromatic compounds.
- Eau de Toilette – 10% concentrated aromatic compounds
- Eau de Cologne – 2% to 5% concentrated Aromatic compounds
- Scented Powders, Lotions and Aftershaves – less than 1% concentrated aromatic compounds.