Did you know that smell can evoke feelings and bring back memories that we forgot we had? Perfumes in particular are the smells that most of us commonly remember and with DeXandra Malaysia you might just find the scent that brings you back to good times. Read below to learn more about perfumes.

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What you need to know about perfumes

There are countless scents available in the market that it may be overwhelming when it comes to shopping for a new perfume. Many factors are involved when you pick a scent, such as the type of concentration of the perfume, the type of fragrances and much more. For example, the concentration of the perfume can be split into a few categories which include parfum, eau de parfum, eau de toilette, eau de cologne, and eaufraiche. Here are a few essentials you need to know about perfumes.

Types of perfume strength

The concentration of the perfume can be typically found underneath the name of the perfume on a bottle which denotes the strength of its fragrance. For the perfumes with a higher fragrance concentration, it usually contains a higher percentage of perfume oils and smaller percentage of alcohol.

Parfum

This category of perfume is also known as Extrait de parfum or pure perfume. It has the highest concentration of fragrance where it can contain anywhere from between 15 to 40 percent of fragrance, but for most parfums the concentration is typically between 20 to 30 percent. If you prefer a longer lasting scent without having to re-apply after a few hours, parfum is your best bet. This is because; parfums last the longest among all the other types of perfumes. It usually can last between 6 to 8 hours and because of this, it can command the highest price among all the other fragrances. Parfum is best used for those who suffer from sensitive skin as the alcohol content is far lesser than other fragrances and would not dry out the skin.

Eau de Parfum

Having the second highest concentration of fragrance, Eau de parfum (EDP) is a cheaper alternative for parfums where it contains anywhere between 15 and 20 percent of fragrance concentration. Normally, eau de parfum can last roughly 4 to 5 hours and is suitable to be worn daily. While it has a higher concentration of alcohol compared to parfums, it still can be used on sensitive skin.

Eau de Toilette

The term Eau de Toilette is derived from the French term ā€œfairesa toiletteā€, which stands for getting ready. Eau de Toilette is one of the most popular and commonly bought perfumes available. It has a concentration of roughly between 5 to 15 percent. The reason it is so popular is because the price is usually mid-range and available in most stores. EDT can last from 2 to 3 hours and is considered a daytime type of perfume.

Eau de Cologne

Compared to the other types of fragrances as mentioned above, Eau de Cologne or EDC, has a much lower concentration of fragrance that only makes up 2 to 4 percent combined with a high concentration of alcohol. Although it is cheaper than the other types of fragrances, it can only last a maximum of 2 hours. Generally, EDC is sold in bigger bottles as you need to spray more of it in order for the smell to be obvious. Back in the days, only a traditional recipe that used herbs and citrus notes with slight base notes were used to make eau de cologne.

Eau Fraiche

Eau fraiche has the lightest scent among all the other types of fragrances and will generally last up to two hours as it is very diluted. The percentage of the fragrance concentrations is usually between 1 to 3 percent only. Even though it has a low fragrance concentration, it does not contain a high amount of alcohol. This is because; it is mainly made up of water.

Fragrance types

Citrus

Made up of tangy essence of citrus fruits, these perfumes are light, fresh, lively, energetic, you name it. Perfumes with citrusy notes are best worn during daytime as it refreshes your senses and perfect for waking you up in the morning.

Floral

Considerably the most popular type of perfume, this scent is usually sweet and romantic which usually is a combination of various flowers such as rose, violet, lily, jasmine, and lavender to create that classic feminine appeal. On the other hand, the floral scents for men contain orange blossoms as the core note, giving it an appealing tone.

Oriental

Oriental perfumes contain an exotic blend from various parts of the world. The perfumes are usually made from spices with strong scents such as pepper, cloves, cinnamon, and vanilla. This scent is favourable among those who are adventurous as it gives a warm and sensual feel to it.

Woody

Fragrances based off of woody notes are typically popular with men but that does not mean these scents are masculine. It is a combination of light top notes with a muskier core which is made from sandalwood, patchouli, and oakmoss.

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