The Only Perfume Cheat Sheet the Clueless Girl Needs to Smell Fresh All Day

Brush up on these fancy French terms.
by Katherine Tsang   |  Jan 30, 2017
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Every girl has a go-to fragrance, be it an expensive designer perfume or a trusty drugstore fave. Apart from instantly perking you up and making you smell fresh all day, fragrances are generally a treat for the senses and great to have around in your purse, too. Despite its common use a.k.a. making you smell good, maneuvering through the different kinds and types can leave any girl confused. Eau de parfum? Eau de toilette? All these fancy French terms turning your brain into mush? Don't worry, Candy Girls, because we're here to school you on the basics of fragrances and how you can make the most out of yours, too!

But first, how is it made?

According to an article in Telegraph UK, fragrances are mainly composed of ethanol (a type of alcohol) and an essential oil. The higher the concentration of oils, the more potent, long-lasting, and expensive a fragrance will be. With that in mind, this general concept explains the differences between all the fancy fragrance terms that we've been encountering. (Telegraph UK)

  1. Perfume/Parfum- This is the most expensive type of fragrance because it has the highest concentration of oils. Get this: the scent of a parfum can last for up to a whole day!
  1. Eau de parfum- This has the second strongest scent and will last a good 5-8 hours.
  1. Eau de toilette- This has a mid-range concentration of oils and will last for up to 2-3 hours.
  1. Cologne/Eau de cologne- This has the weakest and most fleeting scent because it has the least concentration of oils, so it's normally the most affordable in a fragrance line. While a cologne's scent may only be temporary, this serves as a great refresher throughout the day.

Solid vs. Liquid Fragrances

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Liquid Fragrances are the most accessible to everyone. These normally come in sprays, drip bottles, tubes, or roller ball bottles. Because of its liquid form, fragrances of these type don't last as long as solid fragrances do, although they're definitely much easier to apply!

Solid fragrances normally come in a waxy, balm-like form, and has a longer staying power than liquid fragrances do. Solid fragrances take more effort to apply as you have to rub it onto your skin (almost like an ointment) in select areas to make sure the scent stays longer. They're more portable than liquid fragrances, too! Some people might not like the waxy consistency of the solid fragrance, but for those who prioritize longer staying power, then this type is the best bet!


Where do we apply our fragrance?

Although the quick spray-and-shimmy is really fun to do, whether you are using a liquid or a solid fragrance, there are select areas on your body that you can target to make your scent last longer. Fragrances stick to clothes very well, so you can still wear your favorite scent even while you're covered up! However, these areas on our body are places where the scent will linger longer, really maximizing the staying potential of your fragrance.

  1. Wear your fragrance in places that heat up, a.k.a your pulse points such as behind the ears, your wrists, and the back of your knees to get your fragrance staying and smelling better.
  1. Spray some of your fragrance onto your hair brush and run it through your The scent will delicately envelope each strand for a subtle but long-lasting scent.
  1. Applying some on your collarbones—especially if they're exposed—will also help in making the scent stay since it acts as a receptacle for the fragrance.

What's your go-to scent? Let's talk fragrance!

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