Perfume and colognes are an essential part of livelihoods. When we go to work, we often think about what scents are gentle and pleasing. During a night out, a striking scent can help make the evening more romantic. Let’s take a look at what goes into choosing the best high end perfume.
Know What the “Notes” Are
Perfume or cologne has different “notes.” Notes are the different layers that make up the overall scent. These three different notes are called the “head,” “heart,” and the “base.” Notes are the individual scents that contribute to the overall scent of the perfume. Some perfumes may be fruitier and have scents in them like citrus. More exotic perfumes and colognes will have scents in them that are based off of anise or cinnamon. Overall, the notes are going to determine the type of scent that the perfume is. Once you know the “notes” of your favorite scents, you will be able to pick different types of perfumes based upon the brands and scents that you like.
Choose a Concentration (and Price)
Perfumes and fragrances come in different concentrations. For example, some are of a higher concentration and will typically last longer. Here is a quick overview of how the different concentrations of perfume work and how long they last:
Perfume has the highest concentration (15% to 40%) and will last for anywhere from 4 to 8 hours.
Eau de Parfum has a fairly high concentration of scents (15% to 20%) and will last for 5 to 6 hours.
Eau de Toilette will be a mid-range concentration (5% to 15%) and will last for around 4 to 5 hours.
Eau de Colognes and Eau Fraîche (2% to 5%) will last for a couple of hours and is one of the lowest concentrations of scents.
Perfumes that are more concentrated will generally tend to be a bit pricier. You will also probably buy colognes and perfumes based upon the occasion that you are looking to celebrate. A more formal occasion will likely warrant a higher concentration of scents.
Test the Fragrance Out on Your Skin
A perfume connoisseur will likely sample different scents, whether it is a scent strip in the magazine or a sample bottle in the store. Our skin has its own biological makeup that will determine the scent’s unique smell as we wear it. This will help determine whether or not the scent is a good fit for you.
How Much Should You Be Willing To Pay For Good Perfume?
The average price for perfume will depend upon the brand, scent, and its concentration. If you have sensitive skin, you might want to consider only expensive perfumes, as these will not be made with many synthetic fragrances. On average you might want to budget around 1000 DH for a luxury perfume that you will be able to enjoy on your special occasions.