Perfume is part of the daily life of most women (and men!). Many of us can’t start a day at work or go out for a drink with friends without having a few drops of perfume on our skin! Perfume is like a garment: it envelops us with its invisible veil and expresses our personality. It becomes as indispensable as a cloth on your skin.
Perfume is an essential cosmetic product around which great names have made a name for themselves: Chanel, Guerlain, Jean-Paul Gaultier… It is present in our daily lives – whether on the shelves of our bathrooms or in advertisements on television and in the street. And perfume leaves behind a unique, recognizable trail that is an integral part of our personality.
It is for all these reasons that we ask ourselves many questions about perfume. In this article, you will find the 10 questions that everyone has already asked. Of course, you will also find some answers.
What perfume do the stars wear?
Some stars wear very famous perfumes that are accessible to the general public. When others prefer custom-made fragrances, that only they wear and that are not available for sale.
Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes or Grace Kelly are among those who wear a classic and mythical perfume: Chanel N°5. Monica Belucci also wears a very classic and ancient perfume: Shalimar by Guerlain.
On the contrary, Kate Middleton wears a less known fragrance: Fleurissimo by Creed.
How to choose your perfume?
Your perfume embodies your personality and reflects your image. It is therefore necessary to choose it with care and especially in agreement with yourself.
But is going into a perfumery and smelling all the juices until you find one you like a good method? Yes and no! First of all, you need to have some information in mind.
First, you need to know that the scent of a perfume will change depending on the skin on which it is worn. Thus, your smell mixes with that of the chosen perfume to create a unique fragrance.
You should also know that there are different families of perfumes and that you are inevitably attracted by one family rather than another:
- The hesperides: composition articulated around the citrus fruits.
- Floral: as their name indicates, these are perfumes with floral scents.
- Oriental : more spicy, these perfumes integrate tonka bean, vanilla and woody notes.
- The fruity: fresh and greedy, they are very fashionable in 2018.
- The woody: birch and cedar are often essential in their compositions. They express warmth and sophistication.
How to put perfume?
Everyone knows that perfume can be put on the neck. But that’s not the only place to get your fragrance!
Perfume is first applied to the skin. More precisely, on the pulse points. That is to say, the areas of your body where we can take your pulse. We think of the neck, the wrists, behind the ears or on the neckline.
The perfume can also be sprayed on the tips of your hair.
The last place to remember is your clothes. However, be sure to apply perfume only to natural materials, not synthetic ones. These may give off an altered scent.
When it comes to the amount of perfume, think light! It’s better to apply a few well-placed sprays than to spray yourself. Perfume is meant to make your presence pleasant. Too much perfume causes the opposite effect.
What is the best perfume for women?
Vast question! But if we had to give you our preference, we would quote without hesitation Gabrielle Chanel of the eponymous house.
The best perfumes are those which have a history. It is the case of Gabrielle Chanel which comes to pay homage to the creator of the fashion house.
The fragrance is based on a white floral accord surrounded by fruity and woody notes.
What is the best perfume for men?
Our preference is for Kenzo for men. The fragrance embodies all the natural elements and invites to an initiatory journey to the essential.
We find lemon, bergamot and sage for fresh and light top notes. The spices of nutmeg and clove are revealed in the heart notes. As for the base notes, they are more masculine with the presence of cedar wood and sandalwood.
How to make your perfume last longer?
We all have different skin types. Some will retain the fragrance better than others. And for those who are unlucky enough to have skin that doesn’t hold perfume very well, here are a few tips to make your fragrance last longer.
You can use concrete: a highly scented wax that is applied by heating it and spreading it on the skin.
Classic perfume can also be sprayed elsewhere if your skin doesn’t hold it well. Hair and clothing come to mind.
What is the difference between eau de parfum and eau de toilette?
You’ve probably noticed. Some bottles are labeled “eau de parfum” while others are labeled “eau de toilette”.
Why this difference?
It lies in the olfactory concentration of the cosmetic product. The eau de parfum is the stronger of the two. Its bottom notes are powerful and its behaviour will be longer.
The eau de toilette is fresher and lighter but also more volatile. It is preferred for the summer.
How to get free perfume samples?
To get perfume samples, two solutions:
- In a store
- On the internet
The in-store solution is the best known. You just have to go to a perfumery or a department store and kindly ask for one or more samples. Obviously, you increase your chances by accompanying your request with a small purchase.
Second solution: on the internet. There are specialized sites that send perfume samples regularly for a fee. The advantage: you can change your perfume as often as you like and the sample format can be easily slipped into a bag.
How long does a perfume last?
Like all cosmetic products, perfume expires. But it is very difficult to give an expiration date because it is very variable according to the conditions of conservation of the product.
Remember that to keep your perfume as long as possible, the product must avoid contact with air, light and heat. Where a perfume will keep the longest is closed and in the refrigerator. We agree, it is not the most practical place. At least think about putting your perfume away from the sun, in a cupboard for example.
In general, we talk about three years of conservation for a perfume. But this period can be much longer.