Your Handy Fragrance Guide


You do not need to be a perfume expert to enjoy the best perfume in the world. It is indeed overwhelming to choose which perfumes are best because of the many choices here in Singapore however you can make an informed decision based on your needs and likes.


Choosing the right fragrance for you is important. After knowing the basic things about fragrances, you will surely find the perfect one for you. Here are some guidelines that you need to consider:


You have to know that there are different types of fragrances. There is floral. Floral is the most popular type of perfume in the market. It characterizes sweet scent, light and romantic. These perfumes are blended with flowers like jasmine, rose, lavender and lily. For men, they can have orange blossom. Then there is oriental. Oriental originated from the exotic parts of the world. It is made with cinnamon, vanilla and other spices. It characterizes sensuality and warmth. There is also woody. Woody is favoured by men. These perfumes have musky heart created from oakmoss, sandalwood and many more. It characterizes mystery and sophistication. Lastly, there are the fresh fragrances. Fresh fragrances are known for its green or citrus notes created from orange, lemon and the like.


You also need to know the intensity of the perfume so you will know how strong it is and how long it will last. The amount of solvent mixed in the perfume oils will define how strong it is. For perfumes, the fragrance is between 20 to 40%. Perfumes have the highest fragrance concentration and the most expensive of them all followed by Eau de Perfume (EDP). EDP has a fragrance concentration between 10 to 30% and Eau de Toilette (EDT) with fragrance concentration between 2 to 20%. The lowest fragrance concentration is Eau de Cologne (EDC). It has 2 to 3% of fragrance. Perfumes last longer than any other types.


Fragrances have notes. There are three notes – top, middle and base. Top notes refer to the initial scent you smell right after spraying it. Top notes fade quickly. The middle or heart notes are the scent that progresses after the top note. Finally, there is the base note. The base note refers to the heaviest scent that usually remains the longest.

Now you know the basics of fragrance. Next time, you can pick your own choice and not rely on a salesman’s words. With the guide mentioned above, you will surely ace fragrance shopping. Have fun!