Blog 1 – The basics of perfumes that every user must know

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The notes. You might be a casual user of perfumes or someone with a preference for a certain perfume brand, or taste for certain fragrance. Has it ever occurred to you what might go into the making of a perfume or have you ever pondered how long a perfume will last on your body? Here is a prelude to this. Typically, perfumes are made of three notes, top note or head note, middle note or heart note, and base note. Top notes are very light and last just a few minutes, about 5 to 10 minutes. This is the first scent that you get when you apply a perfume. The middle notes become apparent in about 15-20 minutes after application of the perfume. The middle notes can last up to an hour or more. The base notes are composed of heavier ingredients and last the longest, usually for several hours.

The scents. For someone who was raised in a small time city in the southern part of India, access to perfumes was limited and it was only when a relative or a family friend came from abroad and gifted, I could get hold of a good bottle of scent. During childhood, I hardly noticed that perfumes were classified as eau de toilette, eau de parfum, or eau de cologne, it was all Greek and Latin to me. It was later, during the teens that I started taking interest in perfumes and the verbosity surrounding it. In French, Eau literally means water or watery solution. The difference between Eau de toilette vs Eau de parfum vs Eau de Cologne is subtle and it is the amount or concentration of oils in the fragrance that categorizes a scent into perfume or cologne. Eau de parfum has a higher concentration than eau de toilette, and hence Eau de parfum has a stronger fragrance than Eau de toilette. Eau de cologne or simply cologne as some of us call it has the lowest concentration of oils in the fragrance.


The application points: Has these thoughts ever occurred to you! is this the right place to apply a perfume? Or is this the right way to apply a perfume. While perfumes can be applied anywhere on your body, usually they are applied at pulse points or points of heat source. Typically, these are areas where your veins sit closest to your skin, for example, the areas inside your wrists, inner elbows, and behind your ear lobes. These are warm spots in your body and when a perfume is applied, the heat at these points make the perfume blend into your body’s natural skin-oils smoothly and diffuse the notes into the air more efficiently. You could mist the spray onto a comb and run it through your hair as hair can contain the perfume for long duration. There is no harm in applying perfumes on clothes if they are not made of materials that can stain. With so many options as where to apply a perfume, I prefer applying on to the inside of wrists and behind ear lobes. Just make sure that when you apply you do not rub the perfume on to your skin, as rubbing any perfume heats up the scent quickly and causes the notes to evaporate before they settle on the skin. The most common way to apply perfume is to spray onto your skin directly or you could spray in front of you and walk right through it and back.

The above basics on perfumes should be a good start for you. Happy Perfuming!!


2 thoughts on “A walk through lavender fields”

  1. BK says:

    It is so relatable. My childhood memories about scent is also dads old spice and musk. Even now if that scent is in the air anywhere I can only think of a freshly shaved and showered dad.

    1. scentwards says:

      Glad you could bring back those memories. The old spice after shave was so popular those days, especially because of the TV commercial.

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