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How To Shop For The Best Perfumes

I found that there are five basic steps you need to consider when perfume shopping, so here they are for your perfume delight and delectation…

1) “This is going to take some time… “

Yes, perfume shopping is something that needs to be savoured, enjoyed and definitely not rushed. Set aside a good portion of time in the day for you to check out your local perfume department stores and smaller fragrance stores. Try to keep an open mind when you see a perfume that perhaps your friend has dismissed and don’t judge a perfume by its packaging. You’re going to have to rely on your nose for this shopping expedition, not your eyes.

2) Before you start perfume shopping, decide on your budget

Shopping for a fragrance can cost you as little as $50 or as much as $5000 (yes, there are perfumes with those kind of price tags!), so it is important to decide your budget before you even step foot in a perfume shop. Firstly, decide if your fragrance is going to be for everyday use, or just for special occasions? Are you looking for a celebrity name perfume, or simply a well-known brand? Which season is your perfume for? Sometimes it is nice to have a fresher and lighter perfume for the hotter summer months and perhaps a more subtle fragrance for autumn and winter.

3. Understand the different concentrations of perfume available

Perfumes come in three distinct categories which tell you about the concentration of the perfume oils in the bottle. The most concentrated, and therefore most expensive, perfume is known as ‘Parfum’ and you won’t need to use a lot of it, so it should last longer. Parfum has a concentration of between 15% and 22% of the fragrance oils. Next is ‘Eau de Parfum’ with a concentration of between 8% and 15% – quite a popular choice for many women. Lastly, and least expensive of the three concentrations, we have ‘Eau de Toilette’ or ‘Eau de Cologne’. With a concentration of between 3% and 8%, a spray of this perfume will give you and people around you just a hint of the scent to tantalize the nasal senses. Eau de Toilette is of course the least expensive option, but you many need to use more of it than the other more concentrated preparations.

4. Time to get your nose working

So you’re in the perfume store. It’s time to start smelling some fragrances by spraying some sampler bottles of each perfume onto those funny bits of white cardboard. They’re called ‘swatches’ – rather like colour swatches, but for smelling. Try to dry the perfume on the swatch before smelling (don’t touch), as the fragrance will change subtly as the minutes go by. After several minutes you will smell the ‘base notes’ rather than the initial ‘top notes’. Ah, now we’re getting technical. The fragrance’s base notes are the scents that will become more apparent as you wear perfume through the day. If you’re really up for being prepared, take a small container of coffee beans with you. Take a whiff of the beans to ‘reset’ your nose before smelling the next perfume – it’s a trick that works. Keep going and you should be able to narrow down your search to perhaps just three or four fragrances.

5. Time for some real skin

Hopefully you have now managed to select a handful of perfume candidates? Now is the time to spray a little on your wrist. Let it dry naturally without rubbing and have a whiff. Oh, by the way, top tip: Don’t wear any fragrance when you go perfume shopping for obvious reasons. It’s also wise to avoid eating spicy or hot food beforehand as your nose won’t be as sensitive as it usually is.

Hope you found some or all of these ‘perfume pointers’ enlightening. The best perfume for you is out there, and it will just take a little preparation and patience to find it! Happy perfume shopping!

Best Rated Perfumes for Women

Top notes, heart notes and base notes are the three most basic stages of fragrance. Take a walk with me and learn about fragrance with special reviews for five of the top rated perfumes in the world.

Top notes represent the first stage of fragrance and can be smelled the moment you apply the fragrance to your skin. These first notes will fade after 5 to 15 minutes making way for the next stage of fragrance.

Usually lasting over an hour, middle notes or heart notes ignite the second stage of fragrance and appear just before the top notes dissipate.

The last and final stage of fragrance is the strongest and longest, the base note. Base notes can last for several hours and they transpire according to your body’s chemistry.

1st Place – Juicy Couture Original by Juicy Couture:$19.00 to $95.00 per bottle

Juicy Couture’s Original perfume is known for being long lasting, fruity and flowery. Not everyone likes fruity and floral scents but a ton of people have been charmed by an encounter with Juicy Couture’s perfume and many more have received compliments for wearing it. Use this perfume on a warm and sunny day when you are ready for something tropical.

Top Notes: Watermelon, Mandarin, Passion Fruit, Marigold, Green Apple, Splash of Water Hyacinth and Crushed Leaves.

Middle & Heart Notes: Wild rose, Princess Lily and Creamy Tuberose Undertones.

Base notes: Caramel Creme Brulee, Vanilla Meld, Elegant Precious Woods and Patchouli.

2nd Place – No. 5: $25.00 to $125.00 per bottle

Officially launched by Coco C. in May of 1921, No. 5 has easily become one of the world’s most legendary and historic fragrances of all time. With a rich history of creating memories from generation to generation, No. 5 is a favorite perfume among mature women and sophisticated young adults. Wear this in the late afternoon and into the evening for a night of iconic elegance.

Top Notes: Aldehydes, Bergamot, Lemon and Neroli.

Middle & Heart Notes: Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, Irris and Rose.

Base Notes: Amber, Vetiver, Sandalwood, and Vanilla.

3rd Place – Tiffany Parfum by Tiffany & Co.:$75.00 to $140.00 per bottle

Tiffany Parfum is a classic 1980’s floral perfume recommended for day to evening wear. It can sometimes be a bit strong so use it sparingly (bottles last for a long time). This perfume fits nicely with Spring.

Top Notes: Mandarin Orange and Black Currant

Middle & Heart Notes: Violet Leaf, Taif Rose, Ylang Ylang, Lily of the Valley, Orange Blossom, Orris and Indian Jasmine

Base Note: Vanilla, Sandalwood, Amber and Vetiver

4th Place – Gucci Eau de Parfum II by Gucci:$60.00 to $85.00 per bottle

Fruity-floral, fresh and clean, this perfume represents femininity. It’s more safe than other fragrances and can be worn at office jobs or in schools if you teach a class. This soft sweetness is pleasant without overdoing it.

Top Notes: Bitter Orange, Black Currant, Mandarin and Cassia.

Middle & Heart Notes: Violet, Blackberry, Peony, Jasmine and Lily of the Valley.

Base Notes: Jasmine, Heliotrope, Cedar wood and Musks.

5th Place – Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana:$48.00 to $87.00 per bottle

Light Blue is a non-offensive, non-intrusive, light and happy scent recommended for day-time use. It’s fruity top notes can be sensed in the beginning, followed by some flowery notes, with woodsy, musky notes following thereafter. You can wear this on a regular basis so long as you know that the ending base notes are unisex.

Best Perfumes for Spring and Summer

Spring is here while summer is just around the corner. With temperatures rising, it is only right to make adjustments not only in the clothes you wear but also in the perfume you use. In general, the best selling perfumes for these seasons tend to be fresh and clean-smelling. Potential scents to choose from include light florals, citrus, fruity and ozonic smelling.

There are many popular perfume brands to choose from including Calvin Klein, Burberry and D&G, unless you prefer to make your own perfume. But if you are looking to buy one of the popular designer perfumes, then you might find it a bit challenging to make a choice from the wide variety of fragrances available on the market. To have an easier time, consider the following tips:

Tip #1: It is the Smell that Counts.

As a consumer, it is easy enough to buy one of the top perfumes just because the bottle looks gorgeous. At the end of the day, it’s what’s inside that really matters so don’t get swayed by the fancy packaging; let your nose be your guide.

Tip#2: Choose According to Your Personality

Buying a perfume is like buying clothes or shoes; you need to make sure it fits your personality. If you are bubbly and fun-loving, a citrus, fruity or light floral scent might just be the perfect choice as they are usually fresh and radiant. If your plan is to be mysterious, nothing beats a sensual oriental scent.

Tip #3: Make Yourself Memorable

When selecting a new perfume, you make sure to opt for one that make you memorable in a good way. Your perfume should actually be an extension of who you are. Having a signature perfume is a good way to achieve this aim, because being associated with a particular scent can make you stand out in some places.

Tip#4: Eau de Parfum vs Eau de Toilette

Perfumesare usually available in different concentrations and it would be best if you know which suits you and your lifestyle. If you prefer your perfume to last long on you, then eau de parfum is a better choice as it generally contains 10% to 15% fragrance essence. Meanwhile, eau de toilette usually contains only 5% to 10% fragrance essence so its scent does not last quite as long as the eau de parfum. Since it does tend to contain more essence, you can expect the eau de parfum to be a bit more expensive than the eau de toilette.

Tip#5: When to Buy and Where to Apply

If you are going shopping for new perfumes, the ideal time to do so is during the afternoon when the sense of smell is at its strongest. However, don’t leave home wearing a scent before going so your olfactory senses is not already overloaded.

The best spots to spray your perfume are on your pulse points, back of the neck and the back of your knees. A good way to trap the scent of your perfume to your body is to spray it on after your shower or bath, when your body is still a bit damp. The water slows down the evaporation rate of the perfume and help the fragrance linger longer on the body.

Knowing how to choose the right perfume no matter the season will stop you from making the costly mistake of buying perfumes that don’t work with your body chemistry. The five tips mentioned should help you make the right choices.

Best Perfume for Ladies

Perfume can be very well considered as a fashion accessory for women. With the right scent, you’ll be able exude elegance and luxury. That’s why most ladies do not leave out their signature fragrance when shopping for a whole new wardrobe.

Ladies use perfumes because they want to give off a certain scent that makes them happy and clean. It works the way scented candles amaze you. These fragrances imbue a pleasing vibe, setting a perfect mood for any occasion. And who wouldn’t to smell pleasing and enticing, right? All women should really stash away a bottle or two of this sweet-smelling fragrance, so you can just dab it on elusively when you need to smell great in an instant. But before you try and buy a perfume, you may want to know what is the best perfume for ladies. It’ll certainly save you the trouble of smelling various perfumes just so you’ll know what scent you’re looking for. So here are the best perfume for ladies you’d want to buy for yourself and your girl friends:

1. Euphoria by Calvin Klein Eau de Parfum Spray

The name speaks for itself. It would really leave you in high spirits after a few sprays on your nape and your wrists. A sensual scent that would ultimately make you feel sexy and alluring. With subtle hints of floral and fruits, this perfume can be used everyday. Its overall effect is definitely worth the price.

2. Burberry Brit Eau de Parfum

A sultry fragrance that would make people around you take a second sniff. Its notes of citrus and vanilla, would just make you feel and look great all day or all night long. Certainly one of the best perfumes ever concocted to perfection!

3. Romance by Ralph Lauren for Women, Eau De Parfum Natural Spray

This fragrance is truly feminine. It exudes flowers in full bloom, which would leave a subtle trace of floral scent wherever you go. If you’re in need to express your essence as a woman, just spray this perfume delicately and you’re good to go.