A fragrance is ‘one which gives us a shock: a sensory one followed by a psychological one.”
- Edmond Roudnitska, creator of memorable scents, notably several for Christian Dior.
When choosing a fragrance, one must consider that the perfect scent can mirror the essence of a person’s character and will in future spark particular memories. A scent is something that travels with us, which is why many holiday-goers rightly associate choosing a new fragrance with overseas travel. Both indulgent as a gift to self, a new fragrance also make an ideal gift — it you get it right. Fragrances can be widely categorized into four types: ‘Floral’, ‘Oriental’, ‘Fresh & Clean’ and ‘Woody’. Here is a quick guide to help you find the perfect perfume gift or holiday travel companion.
Known as the quintessential feminine fragrance, floral perfumes are the most popular of the four and loved for the light but complex romantic scent composition. Unmistakable as a floral scent, Viktor and Rolf’s Flowerbomb offers a full-bodied fragrant blend of Centrifolia rose with Orchid, Jasmines and Indian Osmanthus. Handpicked by Harper’s Bazaar as a top scent in 2013, followed by a more ready to wear styled Daisy by Marc Jacobs and Ralph By Ralph Lauren.
Oriental scents can be described as a richer floral smell with overtones of spice. One of the best examples of an oriental perfume is Flower by Kenzo which has an added white musk and opoapanax to which further brings out its vibrancy. Balenciaga by Balenciaga Paris is another popular favorite in the Oriental category touted for its more metallic notes combining violet, patchouli, cedar and carnation.
Fresh and Clean
Some associate freshness with the scent of crisp linen sheets and citrus fruits and are more drawn to fragrances that embody these olfactory nuances. Those in the fresh and clean category have elements of the ocean and lemon peel and ideal in the warmer climates where skin both breathes and perspires. If this is your scent category when choosing a fragrance try Davidoff Cool Water.
Personifying the rugged outdoors, many men’s fragrances lean towards earthier tones that have aromas of cedar, sandalwood or pine. Within this category, Armani’s Armani Code with leathery wood, citrusy tones of lemon and bergamot notes is amongst the most popular paired with stylish jeans and buttery loafer for an evening out. For those who prefer something a bit bolder, Hermes’ unforgettable woody fragrance Voyage D’Hermes stands out with hints of juniper and cardamom bearing a delightfully woody yet fresh scent.
With so many beautiful bottles to choose from, it’s easy to confuse the sense when choosing a fragrance. Here are few tips from the experts to make selection more simplified:
- Rub and sniff coffee beans in between test smelling the fragrances to clear the scent palate.
- Ask the opinions of people around as to their reaction of the fragrance with your organic chemistry.
- Think about the smells you like in everyday life – from the food you eat to the smell of laundry and other ambient olfactory interferences like fresh flowers, the outdoors, and the ocean.
- Consider where and when you will wear the fragrance – day or evening, or in a warm or colder climate.
When choosing a fragrance, selection can be quite a challenge. Travel is the perfect opportunity to create a memory response around a new scent. If you are unsure of which category is right for you or which fragrance suits your preferences, ask one of our talented associates. The can make choosing a fragrance both fun and memorable.
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The post was written by Eileen Cai