Did you Know About the Perfume Trend: Blending Fragrances ?

Take a look in your wardrobe closet and notice all the different manufacturer labels. A designer shirt (or blouse), a boutique tie (or scarf), a pair of gabardines (or leggings), and a dress pair of footwear. Rarely are all of them the same maker. Yet you enjoy each of them when blended together to create a style. Your style.

Another example of creating style is the recent, ever-increasing trend of blending fragrances. Tired of the same scent you wear every day? You know it’s your favorite and in some ways, it smells like “you.” But you can keep your mainstay and mix a new, fresh scent to compliment it.

I would attest there are eight main fragrance families: floral, sweet, fruity, oriental, spicy, woody, fresh, and citrusy. Most fragrances are a combination of at least two or more of these. Within each of these categories are the multiple notes (similar to “ingredients” as discussed in the previous blog) that compose the fragrance.

For example, in women’s fragrances, Gucci Bamboo by Gucci is fresh, woody and floral; Glam Jasmine by Michael Kors is oriental and floral, and Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana is citrusy and fresh.

As for the men, examples would be Sauvage by Christian Dior is spicy and woody; Acqua di Gio by Giorgio Armani is fresh and citrusy; and Invictus by Paco Rabanne is fresh, fruity, and woody.

The scents that mix the best are those that resonate with your body chemistry the best. There is no textbook of rules. It would be easy to say two fragrances can mix well. I think blending the fragrance families is a better plan. Experiment with them. Spray your pulse points (wrists and neck). Identifying the multiple scents while being blended is a good indication that it is favorable to your body. Your nose will tell you if it’s not.

So, what’s your new style for 2018? Maybe a new scent—incorporating your fav with a twist—a blended fragrance that’s your style. Explore and you might just be pleasantly surprised.

As always, remember Perfumes 4U is here for you. Designers, boutiques, classics, and new arrivals…we have them in-stock now. Come in and we’ll do some blending. We love to be on top of the style trends right with you!

By Eric Lundeen

Eric Lundeen is the store manager at Perfumes 4U store located at St. Louis Premium Outlets. He is an expert fragrance consultant

Fragrance is Like Food

In our first blog, we encouraged ways to love your fragrance and love it longer. This week, we’ll focus on WHY you love it. What captures your nose and what is repugnant? What draws your interest and what makes you run?

So, how is it that fragrance is like food? To prepare a meal is to compose a fragrance. Let me explain. A chef doesn’t just cook the entrée as it is; he adds ingredients to make the entrée flavorful. So, too, does a master perfumer add notes to make a fragrance creation.

There are three notes that compose a fragrance:

  • Top Notes (also known as Head Notes): The initial scent of the fragrance comes from these. The beginning impression may intrigue or repulse someone, even before it settles. They are light and aromatic, usually containing citrus and/or herbs. Although these are distinctive, they dissipate quickly and transition to the next notes.
  • Middle Notes (referred to as Heart Notes): The base, or “heart of the perfume”, will endear itself to you much longer than the top notes and form a pleasant scent that will also bond with the final notes.  Examples of these are florals (rose, jasmine, and lavender); fruits (mandarin oranges, pink grapefruit, and berries); and spices (cinnamon, pepper, and cardamom). Most often, these notes need 15-30 minutes to fully develop to your skin.
  • Base notes are the final and strongest of the three notes. They contain the fixation of up to eight hours and many times determine the overall quality of the body of the scent. In both women’s and men’s perfumes, these may include vanilla, musk, and cedarwood. Other common notes are oakmoss, tonka beans, and vetiver.

Each of these three notes is combined with water, alcohol, and oils to complete the composition of the fragrance.  My best suggestion when exploring a new fragrance is to allow it to “dry” and calm so you can appreciate the full scent.

A well-seasoned, perfectly cooked seafood entrée will have ingredients that are pleasing to our taste buds, while a fragrance has notes that stimulate our olfactory sense. So, in comparison, ingredients make food delicious while notes make a fragrance delightful! Enjoy!

By Eric Lundeen

Eric Lundeen is the store manager at Perfumes 4U store located at St. Louis Premium Outlets. He is an expert fragrance consultant