it into the top ten gifts for women. It's a favourite present for nearly
every woman but how to make sure you buy the right perfume.
If you can sneak a peak at their dressing table you might discover
their favourite perfume, or you can drop a subtle hint sometime by asking
carefully "You smell lovely, what perfume are you wearing"
and they'll tell you about the perfume. Carefully make a note of it
and then you can buy them some of it for their birthday or christmas.
If you've not managed to decide which one to buy - perhaps they love
two fragrances - then you'll need to decide which one you're going to
buy. Sometimes price plays an important part in the purchasing of presents.
Buying perfume is fairly easy - once you've tracked down the name of
the perfume they like it's just a case of visiting a site like CheapSmells.com
which sells a massive range of perfume at low prices. This makes it
easier to buy the right perfume - the bigger the range the more likely
they are to sell the perfume you're after.
If you're stuck for ideas or would like to buy them a new type of scent
then this site has plenty of options. They've got the popular best sellers,
special offers and bargains that make it easy to find new and exciting
Some people like to change the scent they use every so often, to re-invent
their own trademark scent to give them a new image. Sometimes people
stick with the same perfume for years and it's a smell that you associate
only with them.
Cheap smells have award winning perfumes and it's this category that
you're going to find some amazingly good scents in.
This site gives you a breakdown of the component smells in the perfume
- and this allows you to find other perfumes based on the ingredients
of one they love.
What is perfume? Perfume is a substance applied to the skin to give
off a scent.
Originally perfumes would have been intended to hide the wearers own
body scent but today it's worn to give a pleasant scent, and can be
seen as part of the attraction process.
True perfume - perfume extract or extrait - is the
highest proportion of aromatics to base (normally an alcohol base which
evaporates quickly) - can be 15-40% aromatics.
Eay du parfum is 10-20% aromatics.
Eau du Cologne contains 3-8% aromatics
Eau de Toilette - also known as Toilet water contains 5-15% aromatics.
Splash and After shave: 1-3% aromatic compounds
Perfume oils - have an oil base rather than alcohol and can vary from
solid perfume blocks when mixed with waxes
Perfumes are also used to scent many products including: totions, creams,
powders, body splashes, aftershaves, soaps, body scrubs.
Storing perfume - you should always store perfume away from extremes
of temperature and sunlight, keep it tightly capped and watch for the
label stating how long the perfume should last. (A number circles usually
something like 12M or 24M meaning 12 and 24 months respectively)
Where to apply perfume - it is believed that the pulse points are the
best places to apply perfume and these are found at the wrist, behind
the ear, crook of the arm and knee, base of the throat.
Adding a drop of perfume to your shower wash or hair when you shower
will add in a subtle scent to your body which helps give depth to the
Why are some perfumes so expensive? It can take over a tonne of rose
flower petals to make a single pound of rose oil and the processes take
care. This means the ingredients can be very expensive. Usually the
less aromatics in a product means it'll be cheaper.
It is possible for one perfume to smell very differently on different
people. People's skin chemistry can vary enormously and this makes perfumes
There are several main groups of perfume:
|oriental - spicy, warming and exotic
| greens - very fresh natural smells of cut grass and fresh leaves
|floral - of flowers
|woody - smokey, mossy - stronger deeper smells including oils
such as patchouli, pine and sandalwood
|fruity - fresh smells of fruits such as strawberries
|Water or marine - sea breeze and rainstorms - if you can imagine
the scent of the sea then this is the sort of scent you'd get in
a water group perfume
|Aldehydics are synthetis - chanel no. 5 was the first example
|Tobacco and Leather - strong masculine scents
|Fougère - masculine but also in perfumes, translates to
Fern from the french - built on a base of lavender, coumarin and
|Gourmand: scents with "edible" or "dessert"-like
qualities such as vanilla - anything which smells like you want
to eat it up
How a perfume smells
|Top note - the initial scent - predominant for the first ten to
|middle or heart notes that are most the obvious after about an
|The base notes which you can still smell at the end of the day.
Some scents are linear and are made up to smell the same all the day
with no layering of scents. This is a minority of perfumes though which
most following the three phase layering.