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Perfumes have been in fashion all through history.

Earlier, people were using natural scents and

perfumes that were products of flowers and other substances

found in nature. With the advent of technologies the procedures of preparing perfume took a new shape
and these days, many renowned perfume manufacturers are

entering the market with their brand names. Such as Dolce and Gabbana perfume, and many others.

Perfumes are trend of the day and consumers are looking for reputed makes even while choosing their
unique perfume. It is said to be the secret of staying

fresh. Hence, choosing it needs careful decision.

Many people pick a perfume hastily. But it is important to note that the one that suits one person may
not be the perfect one for other. There are some

imperative facts involved with selecting it.

The fragrance should be mild enough so that it doesn`t enter anyone else`s personal space. Again, the
fragrance should enhance your personality by being

pleasant. Don`t choose a perfume just because it smells nice on someone else. The most favorable way
is to choose your perfume according to your skin type.

The fragrance of the it should mingle with the aroma of your body.

Your skin type is the most important factor that decides the type of perfume that you should wear. The
presence or lack of oil is responsible for enhancing

or reducing the effect of the fragrance. Oily skin can keep the fragrance intact for longer. An extra
amount of perfume is necessary for dry skin.

Cold weather weakens the scent of perfume. Again, dry skin tends to lose the scent earlier. Hence, try
to use extra amount of it during winter. It is

pleasure to do some experiments on perfume. Instead of wearing the same one round the year, you can
check out various types during different seasons. Mild
perfumes are best choice for summer. Some also smell different during day and night. One example of
such perfumes is Dolce and Gabbana Light blue.

Applying perfume after taking bath makes it stay longer as the pores of your skin are open after having
a shower and they soak up the fragrance of the

perfume easily. However, care should be taken of not applying deodorizing soaps on the area where
you apply perfumes; the mixture of the fragrances may not

be pleasant.

Now there are mainly seven types of categories of perfumes. Each suites a different type of personality.
And different type of beauty.

Single Floral: Fragrances that are dominated by a scent from one particular flower; in French called a
soliflore. (e.g. Serge Lutens' Sa Majeste La Rose,

which is dominated by rose.)

Floral Bouquet: Containing the combination of several flowers in a scent.

Amber: A large fragrance class featuring the sweet slightly animalic scents of ambergris or laudanum,
often combined with vanilla, flowers and woods. Can be

enhanced by camphorous oils and incense resins, which bring to mind Victorian era imagery of the
Middle East and Far East.

Wood: Fragrances that are dominated by woody scents, typically of agar-wood, sandalwood and cedar.
Patchouli, with its camphoraceous smell, is commonly found

in these perfumes.
Leather: A family of fragrances which features the scents of honey, tobacco, wood and wood tars in its
middle or base notes and a scent that alludes to


Chypre: Meaning Cyprus in French, this includes fragrances built on a similar accord consisting of
bergamot, oak-moss, patchouli, and labdanum. This family of

fragrances is named after a perfume by François Coty. A notable example is Mitsouko (a popular name
for girls in Japanese) by Guerlain.

Fougère: Meaning Fern in French, built on a base of lavender, coumarin and oakmoss. Houbigant's
Fougère Royale pioneered the use of this base. Many men's

fragrances belong to this family of fragrances, which is characterized by its sharp herbaceous and
woody scent.

Perfume is described in a musical metaphor as having three sets of 'notes', making the harmonious
scent accord. The notes unfold over time, with the

immediate impression of the top note leading to the deeper middle notes, and the base notes gradually
appearing as the final stage. These notes are created

carefully with knowledge of the evaporation process of the perfume.

Top notes: The scents that are perceived immediately on application of a perfume. Top notes consist of
small, light molecules that evaporate quickly. They

form a person's initial impression of a perfume and thus are very important in the selling of a perfume.
Also called the head notes.
Middle notes: The scent of a perfume that emerges just prior to when the top notes dissipate. The
middle note compounds form the "heart" or main body of a

perfume and act to mask the often unpleasant initial impression of base notes, which become more
pleasant with time. They are also called the "heart notes".

Base notes: The scent of a perfume that appears close to the departure of the middle notes. The base
and middle notes together are the main theme of a

perfume. Base notes bring depth and solidity to a perfume. Compounds of this class of scents are
typically rich and "deep" and are usually not perceived

until 30 minutes after application.

The scents in the top and middle notes are influenced by the base notes, as well the scents of the base
notes will be altered by the type of fragrance

materials used as middle notes. Manufacturers of perfumes usually publish perfume notes and typically
they present it as fragrance pyramid, with the

components listed in imaginative and abstract terms.

Olfactory families

It is said that perfume reflects the personality of a person who sports it. Hence, don`t compromise
while picking one for your use. It is advisable to take

opinion of your friends and family members while trying out a new perfume.