Women’s perfumes come in different concentrations, each with a different name. The higher the concentration, the stronger and longer-lasting the scent.
Aftershave/Splash – This usually contains 0 to 1% concentration and will last for up to an hour.
Eau Fraiche – This usually contains 1 to 3% concentration and will last for up to 3 hours.
Eau de Cologne – This usually contains 2 to 4% concentration and will last for up to 3 or 4 hours.
Eau de Toilette – This usually contains 5 to 15% concentration and will last up to 6 hours.
Eau de Parfum – This usually contains 15 to 20% concentration and will last up to 8 hours.
Perfume Extrait – This usually contains 20 to 30% concentration and will last up to 12 hours and beyond.
When going shopping for perfume, here are a few tips to help you make the right choice:
Be patient – It takes time to find the right perfume. Give yourself at least an hour so you have plenty of time to test each perfume—not just the short-lasting top notes, but the deeper base notes that take time to mature.
Use blotters – Don’t spray directly onto your skin. First test on a blotter, spraying from 5 inches away and giving about 30 seconds for the perfume to dry. This will give the alcohol time to evaporate and the middle notes to come out. Spraying on your skin is the final test to narrow down your last two or three options.
Sniff gently – Don’t put the blotter right up against your nose, but sniff it gently from a distance. Any contact with your skin could deposit scent molecules that could interfere with your ability to smell other perfumes.
Be open-minded – You may not have liked certain floral, spice, or citrus scents in the past, but don’t be closed to anything. Give your sense of smell a chance to try new things and you may just be surprised by the combinations of scents that work.
Take a break between scents – Always sniff coffee beans between testing various perfumes. This is a “palate cleanser” that will neutralize other perfume odor molecules. Having a sip of water between sniffs can also help to restore your sense of smell.
Don’t buy a fragrance based on the top notes. Instead, spray the cologne and give it a few minutes for the middle notes to come out. You need to give the cologne time to “settle in” so you can smell the actual fragrance, not just the initial scents.