Coco Chanel once said, “A woman that does not wear perfume has no future.”
— Though she actually said that, we are not supposed to depend on that.
Perfumes come in different scents and forms. From the most expensive brands up to the most common fragrances, perfumes are just one of the garbs a woman should possess. Different types of perfume can be named according to its aromatic compounds and fragrances. But here are some of the most commonly used perfumes: balm, eau de cologne, eau de toilette, eau de parfum, and parfum.
This type of perfume is composed of 1-5% aromatic compound, but not highly recommended for the reason that it takes away the fun of spraying the fragrance throughout the body. On the other hand, it is travel-friendly and easy to carry since it is placed in a small container. Aside from that, it tends to last longer since it is not as heat and light sensitive compared to others. Another thing, it is easy to apply in public without others noticing.
2. Eau de Cologne
This is usually found in men’s fragrance because of its bold scent though some women’s fragrance has eau de cologne too. It is probably the most lightweight perfume containing only 3-5% aromatic compounds. In using eau de cologne it is important to apply it in both sides of your neck, back of your neck, wrists, elbows, as well as behind your knees, especially when you are wearing skirts or shorts.
3. Eau de Toilette
This type of perfume contains 5-15% aromatic compounds and is considered to be slightly heavier than the previous one. This type of perfume might have variations of scents depending on the brand of eau de toilette you are using. When spraying eau de toilette, apply it in the sides of your neck, wrists, and at the back of your knees if you are wearing skirts or shorts. Usually, it needs to be reapplied every four hours depending on how long it lasts in your skin.
4. Eau de Parfum
This is one of the most common fragrances you can find in the market and contains 10-20% aromatic compounds. This typically lasts for about 6-8 hours, and sometimes the scent slightly changes after four hours. For example, the Chanel N’5 that contains jasmine, rose, aldehydes, and vanilla after four hours somehow changes its scent with jasmine overpowering the fragrance. Apply eau de parfum in both sides of your neck and on your wrists.
Parfum is the balm that usually contains 20-40% of aromatic compounds, almost half, which is why it is placed in a small bottle and considered to be luxurious. The perfect way to use parfum is to dab it behind the ears and on your wrists and it will last all day.
Tips and Common Faults in Applying Perfume
The best time to apply perfume is every after shower when your skin is hygienic and fresh, and all the dirt and oil from your body has washed away. Perfume lasts longer in a moisturized skin, so keep your skin conditioned by applying some moisturizer after coming out of the shower. This is to make sure that the fragrance has something to hold on to, otherwise, it will fall off with your fleeting skin.
Essentially, the best portion where to apply perfume is on your pulse points since these are the warmest parts of the body (e.g. neck, wrists). Keep distance in spraying the perfume for like 20-30 cm away and allow it to gently fall on your skin. A pool of perfume on your body destroys the aroma and you are wasting the product as well.
Avoid rubbing the parts where you applied the perfume. The portions where you applied it are warm enough and rubbing causes heating which changes the fragrance. Do not mix scents. If you are using different body products, make sure the fragrances are complementing with each other. If not, use odorless body products like cetaphil.