Finding your scent
Finding your scent
Before you come in, avoid using any scented body washes, lotions, or perfumes before, so you can smell the scents on your skin without distraction.
A quick lesson on fragrance speak
Eau de Cologne: Eau de Cologne is three to five percent perfume oil in a mixture of alcohol and water. It tends to be lighter and refreshing, typically with a citrus oil component.
Eau de Toilette: Eau de Toilette contains a slightly higher percentage of perfume oil, and is mixed with alcohol instead of water, making it more fragrant.
Eau de Parfum: With a higher percentage of perfume oil (roughly 15 to 18 percent), mixed with alcohol, Eau de Parfum is heavier than Eau de Cologne and Eau de Toilette, but lighter than Perfume.
Perfume: With 15 to 30 percent perfume oil mixed with alcohol, perfume contains the highest percentage of oil, making it the most concentrated and potent. Perfume often comes in the smallest bottles, with the largest price tag.
Just as summer smells of fresh cut grass and grapefruit, and winter smells of cinnamon and evergreen, your scent may vary season to season. Scents last longer in warmer months than they do in cooler months because skin is usually more hydrated, and moisture will hold the fragrance. Opt for lighter scents in warmer months, and heavier ones during the winter.
Like a glass of wine or a well-styled outfit, scents boast a variety of layered notes. For instance, one perfume may give you an initial whiff of citrus, followed by a spicy undertone. To find your perfect perfume, identify the type of scent you connect with the most. Is it a rose bouquet? A fruity whiff of pomegranate? The sweet undertone of vanilla? Identifying a category will help you narrow down your choices and consider options that suit you. To guide you, here are some of our favorite scents, broken down into the four major categories of scents.