Most people assume that cologne is for men and perfume is for women, right? Wrong. These words have nothing to do with what gender the wearer is or what gender the fragrance is. In actuality, these words mean how strong of concentration the fragrance part of the liquid is because that is then mixed with ethanol and water.
Concentration of Perfume
- Perfume Extract: 15-40% aromatic compounds
- Eau de Parfum: 10-15% aromatic compounds
- Eau de Toilette: 5-15% aromatic compounds
- Eau de Cologne: 3-8% aromatic compounds
- Splash and After shave: 1-3% aromatic compounds
You most commonly will buy and use Eau de Toilette. I own over 10 different bottles of cologne and 9 of them all say Eau de Toilette on it. Because there are so many different kinds, the group together is commonly just known as perfume, so guys, don't think I am leaving you out.
Description of Perfume
Most perfumes are kept secret, but there are ways to define a scent that gives the consumer of the product a way to decide if he or she might like it or not. The best way to describe a perfume is to give it a fragrance note or a "family" it belongs to.
There are three main fragrance notes in a perfume. The notes appear over time starting with the top note, descending to the deeper middle note, and ending at the base notes in the final stage. This happens because of the evaporation of the perfume, so the creators carefully plan each note to compliment the next.
- Top note: These are the scents you smell when the perfume is first applied. They are light notes that evaporate quickly after applying, so it is very important for the selling of the product because most people don't know about the next two notes!
- Middle note: This is the next note that appears when the top note is leaving. This is the main body of the perfume. It can mask the sometimes unpleasant smell of the low note.
- Low note: This note appears close to the end of the middle note. The middle and low note together are the main theme of the entire perfume. They become rich and deep, and are usually smelled 30 minutes after the initial spray of the perfume.
It is very hard to break down the classifications because you can never be completely objective. This is a good starting point for a description of a perfume, but it cannot always be specific enough.
- Bright Floral: This smell has anything and everything to do with a flower or a number of flowers.
- Green: This is usually lighter with the smell of crushed leaves, cut grass, or anything of that sort.
- Aquatic, Oceanic, or Ozonic: This is a newer smell that has a very fresh, clean smell to it.
- Citrus: This is a smell that many, many, many colognes have! It is "freshening" many people say.
- Fruity: This is the smell of any fruit other than citrus. An example of this is peaches, mangos, and any other you can think of!
- Gourmand: These are scents that taste edible and usually have dessert like characteristics. An example of this is vanilla or tonka beans.
Most perfumes are mainly derived from plants, but a lot of them are also taken from animals. This comes as a surprise to most people, but if you have ever heard of musk it from a certain deer. Some sources are also synthetically made.
The bottom line is that there are many different types of perfume out there and each tailored to a different person's style. Maybe you want to go out and feel fresh and clean? Maybe you want to smell like you just walked through a forest? There are many unique scents and fragrances to try out. Maybe give some sexy perfumes for women a chance?