Different Types of Fragrances
There are several different types of fragrance products, and the kind you prefer largely depends on your own preferences. Aftershave lotions, gels, and balms are frequently infused with fragrances, but they are also popular because they can help soothe and disinfect skin that has become irritated by your razor. Body sprays frequently have a high alcohol content, and they can be used to provide short, concentrated bursts of fragrance (when you are about to go out, for example).
Colognes, perfumes, and eau de toilette are more complex products that get their scents from natural oils. These products have a layered fragrance profile that changes throughout the day, and they will interact with the wearer's body chemistry to ensure that they smell slightly different on every person who uses them.
Fragrance Profiles of Perfumes and Colognes
The fragrance profiles of perfumes and colognes are divided into three layers, also known as notes. Top notes represent the scents that are most prominent when the product is first applied. They are frequently bold and fresh, and they are designed to evaporate relatively quickly. The second scent layer is the fragrance's middle or heart notes. These oils are softer and more complex, and they are usually the scents that most clearly define a certain product. When the middle notes evaporate, they leave behind the base notes that linger until the fragrance is washed off in the shower. It's important to analyze the entire fragrance profile when choosing a cologne or perfume.
Specialty Products to Consider
You can choose certain fragrances based on their specialty categories. Products are typically divided into options for men
--though there are some fragrances that cross over between genders. Other categories include products branded by celebrities or fashion designers, as well as scents that are specifically made to smell woodsy, floral, or citrus-oriented. Many fragrances can be bought in gift sets
that include products like body wash, lotion, shampoo, and more.
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