Savvy womens Magazine

Choosing the Right Scent for the Right Occasion

by Pooja Valeja

The scent of a great fragrance can allure, seduce, excite, and refresh, but a “smell” can also irritate, puzzle, and annoy. So deciding to wear the right fragrance for the right occasion is essential. It creates an impression about your personality and can set you apart from the crowd. But deciding on the right fragrance can be daunting. Here are some things you should keep in mind during the selection process:

- Try the perfume/ fragrance on your pulse points.
- Wear the fragrance on the skin, not your clothes; it could leave stains.
- Do not smell the fragrance on someone else’s hand and buy it for you.
- Wear the fragrance for about 20 minutes before you decide to buy it.
- The smell you get immediately upon spraying is not what it will smell like after a few minutes.
- The cost depends upon the percentage of extract in the perfume.

A fragrance is like ”music.’’ Where music has many notes, a fragrance has three, namely the Top Note, Heart Note, and the Base Note.

-Top Note: The smell aroused on immediate spraying of the perfume
- Heart Note: The smell produced after touching your skin
- Base Note: The smell after the fragrance settles down and mixes with your skin oils

A perfume can have combinations of fruity, floral, spicy, woody, aquatic, citrus, and herb extracts. Important deciding factors on the fragrance you select are timing and the occasion. Mornings and afternoons are best suited for citrus, lemony, and refreshing smells while evenings and nights could be followed by floral and oriental. Besides a fruity fragrance for a romantic date, an aquatic fragrance may be best suited for a meeting. Interestingly, lip balms, glosses, lipsticks, and other cosmetics can also come with fruity and floral smells to match your fragrance. So you could smell fruity and wear a strawberry, pineapple, or grape flavoured lip balm as a complement.

Now, with all this in mind, one essential point to remember is that a fragrance does not smell the same on all of us. Everyone has a different skin type, like dry or oily. Everyone also has a different body temperature as well as skin oils. Because of this, a fragrance that smells great on you may not be so great for a friend. This can make gift giving difficult. But all is not lost. An easy way out is to know what she wore previously or what fragrance family they normally wear, like floral, fruity, or musky.

Fragrances are certainly not a new invention. In recent times they have created a value for themselves in the hearts of consumers. Some say they were invented in Egypt and were used during holy rituals and the wrapping of mummies. However, some are of the opinion that they were first manufactured and sold in South East Asian countries. They were known by different names (like “ittar”) and procured in different parts of the world. But no matter what you call them, you can show a different side of your personality every day if you like by simply changing the fragrance you wear which can definitely set you apart from the crowd.

About the Author:
Pooja Valeja is a 23 year old Indian girl with a Masters Degree. She’s also a Training Manager with a Multinational, but a dreamer with a belief that her dreams will come true.