“Nothing is more memorable than smell. A scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains.” – Diane Ackerman
Our sense of smell is a powerful instrument. As with most other parts of human anatomy, the things the nose is exposed to can affect both mind and body. Certain scents change demeanour and mood, and studies have shown that our sense of smell can impact our way of life and our relationships.
Since there is a dizzying array of cosmetic fragrances, they are categorised according to elements – floral, woody, green, aquatic, citrus and oriental. These categories are based on the head note of the fragrance, the most prominent scent noticed on initial spray.
• Floral Fragrances- As the name suggests, have a scent from a single flower or a combination thereof. Soft floral fragrances create a sense of relation.
We recommend: Beautiful by Estée Lauder, Café Rose by Tom Ford, Inflorescence by Byredo, and Jour d’Hermes by Hermes.
• Green Perfume- A green perfume is light and earthy, with a leafy, fresh, almost cucumber-like feel. Green tea fragrances are a good example. Many green scents blur the line with citrus, and provide a sense of energy and contentment.
You should try: Aliage by Estée Lauder, Eternity by Calvin Klein, and Amazing Green by Comme des Garcons.
• Aquatic or Oceanic Fragrances- Smell very clean and fresh. This comparatively new classification has an appealing “sea breeze” factor.
We suggest: Cool Water by Davidoff (a classic), Dune by Christian Dior, Acqua Di Giò by Armani, and Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana.
• Woodiness-Several barks and woods – sandalwood, cedar and moss – can be and are used to create woody scents.
You’ll like: Miss Dior by Dior, The One by Dolce & Gabbana, Crystal Noir by Versace, Veneta Eau Legere by Bottega, and Rive Gauche by Yves Saint Laurent.
• Citrus-More often than not, the fresh fragrances have citrus notes. Whether it’s in a car freshener or a cosmetic perfume, citrus fragrances are loved by one and all. As the name suggests, they are based on fruits like lemons and oranges.
We enjoy: Eau Sauvage by Dior, Colonia by Acqua di Parma, and Bleinheim Bouquet by Penhaligon.
• Fruity Fragrances- An all-time favourite with women. Unlike citrus, these scents have a distinct sweetness to them. Fruity perfumes use head notes resembling the likes of mango and passion fruit.
You’d love: Cherry in the Air by Escada, Be Delicious by DKNY, and Apple Splash by Marc Jacobs.
• Gourmand Fragrances The classification of fragrances is a debatable subject. Some believe there should be more categories; others want fewer. The gourmand classification of scents encompasses some very popular fragrances like vanilla, chocolate and cinnamon. Most gourmand fragrances have a delicious, dessert-like scent. Though most might be on the sweeter side, there are some that contain sharper notes like ginger, cumin and tobacco.
We’d go with: Angel by Thierry Mugler, Dinner by BoBo, Tobacco Vanille by Tom Ford, and Délices de Cartier by Cartier.
“A good fragrance is a powerful cocktail of memories and emotion.” – Jeffrey Stepakoff
Boxes and Blurbs:
Did you know that cosmetic scents and fragrances have been around for over 3,000 years?
The essence of a scent is not derived from real flowers due to mass production.
The first alcohol-based perfume was made for the queen of Britain. Known as Hungary Water, or The Queen of Hungary’s Water, it was believed that one must drink and apply the substance to get the most out of it.
Certain points on the body are most effective in maximising the effect of a scent. These hotspots are the chest, neck and wrists, and behind the ears.
It is believed that Paul Poiret was the first to introduce perfume to the world of fashion, claiming it to be something that adds a fraction of glamour to a woman.
Not many perfumes last more than a generation. If you find a brand your mother or grandmother once used still available for sale, you know it’s a classic! Some timeless fragrances include Diorissimo by Christian Dior, Chanel No. 5 by Chanel, and Blue Grass by Elizabeth Arden for women. For men, there’s Gentleman by Givenchy and Pour Homme by Paco Rabanne.