Your beginner’s guide to fragrance

Author: Oriflame

The world of fragrance is jam-packed with jargon. Have you ever read the back of a perfume box and felt, well… confused? If you don’t know your “parfums” from your “toilettes”, don’t worry – we’re here to help!

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Types of fragrance

Eau de Cologne: An Eau de Cologne is the lightest of the fragrances, made up of a solution of about 3 per cent perfume. It’s an ideal choice for hot, summer days.
Eau de Toilette: Made up of 3 to 8 per cent perfume compound, an Eau de Toilette is ideal for warm spring and summer weather. They tend to be refreshing fragrances that fade quite quickly.
Eau de Parfum: Eau de Parfums demonstrate top, middle and base notes. Perfect for spraying on hair and clothes (although avoid delicate fabrics), it’s a less intense version of parfum.
Parfum: A parfum (or perfume) has the densest concentration of the perfume compound. It’s top, middle and base notes slowly release over time, changing throughout its wear. It’s the strongest of the fragrances and should be applied to the skin at pulse spots.

The makeup of scent

Accord: A scent that’s made up of several perfume notes or ingredients to create a distinct fragrance.
Top notes: Your initial reaction to a fragrance is formed on its top notes. These tend to be strong scents that evaporate quickly.
Middle notes: Middle notes, or heart notes, sit between the base and top notes in their longevity. They are usually floral or herbal scents like rose and lavender.
Base note: This refers to the heaviest ingredients in a perfume. The base and middle notes create a scent’s main theme, but you might not smell a base note until 30 minutes after application. Musk is a popular base note.

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Fragrance families

Floral: Fragrances that capture the scent of a bouquet. The floral family often combine notes of orange blossom, peonies, neroli and freesias. Alternatively, a single floral fragrance is dominated by one particular flower, such as the rose.
We recommend: Giordani Gold Essenza Blossom Parfum
Citrus: Exotic and mysterious, with whispers of feminine allure
We recommend: Amber Elixir Mystery Eau de Parfum
Oriental: Amber is the cornerstone of the Oriental fragrance family. A sweet and warm smell, it’s one of the perfume world’s most legendary scents. Tonka bean and vanilla are often found in Oriental fragrances.
We recommend: All or Nothing Parfum
Chypre: It’s characterized by the contrast between fresh top notes, e.g. citrus, lavender, and a rich woody, oakmoss base.
We recommend: Possess Absolute Eau de Parfum
Essenza Blossom Parfum
Giordani Gold

Essenza Blossom Parfum


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