Perfume is an important item that should be found in the wardrobe of every stylish man and woman. Here are 16 facts about perfume every stylish man and woman should know
1. Moisturise before applying perfume because perfume diffuses well when applied on moisturized skin, and hydrated skin will hold fragrance longer.
2. Your nose gets used to your perfume after a while and that’s why you can only smell it after its first applied or when you consciously pay attention to it.
3. Avoid rubbing your wrist against each other after spraying a perfume because it distorts the scent of the perfume.
4. Women have a stronger sense of smell than men thanks to the female brain having up to 50% more olfactory sensors.
5. Apply your perfume to pulse points and not all over your body. Pulse points are locations on the body where the blood vessels are closest to the skin. Your pulse points are the inner wrists, base of your neck, behind your earlobes, and your inner elbows.
6. The same perfume can smell differently on different people. This is because your body chemistry ‘pushes’ certain notes in the fragrance more strongly, thanks to genetics or your diet.
7. Your sense of smell is like a muscle–the more you use it, the stronger and more discerning your nose becomes.
8. Men’s perfumes are worn by women as well. About 30% of all women around the world use men’s fragrances.
9. Perfume (Parfum) is the strongest fragrance available and it consists of 15-30% concentration of perfume essence. Its fragrance last for up to 6 hours depending on skin type and you need to use just less.
10. Eau De Parfum (EDP) is lighter than Perfume, with an 8-15% concentration. EDP is less expensive than pure perfume and it last between 3 to 5 hours.
11. Eau De Toilette (EDT) is lighter than EDP. It has a 4-8% concentration of the essence and usually lasts for 2 to 4 hours.
12. Eau De Cologne (EDC) is lighter than EDT and it’s often referred to just as Cologne. It has just 3-5% concentration of perfume essence and usually lasts for 2 hours.
13. Notes in perfumery are descriptors of scents that can be sensed upon the application of a perfume. There are three classes of notes (top note, middle note and base note). These notes when blended together create the perfume’s fragrant accord.
14. The top notes also referred to as head notes are recognized immediately upon application of the perfume and they are also the first to fade away.
15. The middle notes also referred to as heart notes are considered the heart of the fragrance. It lasts longer than the top note and it makes an appearance once the top notes evaporate.
16. The base notes make an appearance once the top notes evaporates completely. The base and middle notes together are the main theme of a perfume. The base notes are usually not perceived until 30 minutes after the application of the perfume.