Choosing Your Favorite Fragrances
The most popular types of fragrances
you can choose among are perfumes for women
and colognes for men
. These products will occasionally be labeled with their French names like eau de parfum, eau de toilette, and eau de cologne. What makes these products unique when compared to other fragrance products like aftershave and body spray is the fact that they get their scents from natural oils -- which results in a multilayered fragrance profile.
Fragrances typically have three layers of scents: top notes, middle notes, and base notes. The bold top notes have the strongest aroma when the product is first applied, but they evaporate fairly quickly. Middle notes are the most distinctive and are often the scents most commonly associated with a certain product. This layer evaporates eventually as well, leaving behind the heavier base notes. The final set of fragrances lingers until you change your clothes or take a shower. The natural oils in colognes and perfumes interact with the body chemistry of the wearer, so they will smell slightly different depending on the person using them.
Products Available in Gift Sets
When shopping for fragrance gift sets, you can either go with a trusted product or analyze the scent profile of a new product for your loved one to try out. Most fragrance gift sets include at least one cologne or perfume. Many of these sets will contain several different colognes and/or perfumes made by the same brand. Often, the scents of these products will be fairly similar with slight variations, so they will likely all appeal to someone who likes at least one of them. Other gift sets offer multiple different types of products with the same fragrance. You might find gift sets that include aftershave, body spray, body wash, and/or lotion.
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