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A whiff of winter

india Updated: Oct 16, 2010 15:46 IST
Roma Arora

You may have spent all of the summer picking citrus or floral fragrances to feel fresh all throughout the day. But these fragrances won’t suffice in winters. So we bring to you a guide that will help you to differentiate between a summer perfume and a winter one.

Ratna M, of PCI Fragrances says, “Winter fragrances leave longer lasting silage (the trail of scent left behind when someone passes by) and they would generally be formulated to give a warm and more often, oriental type of scent. Scents inspired from woods, musks and gourmand notes are common for this season.”

Play the right notes
All perfumes comprise three sets of components called notes, which differ in their evaporation time. Neha Khanna of Avon says, “Top note is what we smell in the first few minutes soon after applying a perfume. Middle notes emerge approximately one hour after applying a perfume. These notes give personality to the perfume.

Base notes are responsible for the fragrance that remains in the skin. This smell emerges approximately three hours after applying. It has the lasting impression.”

Personal choice
Pop psychologists claim the fragrance you wear can, also suggest something about your personality. Abhisairka Sharma from L’Occitane says, “Citrus notes indicate light-heartedness and a cheerful personality. Aquatic fragrances indicate that the wearer is calm. Floral perfumes says that you’re bright and lively. Musky and woody are the choices for those who’re bold, sophisticated.”

Dab it, spray it

Wearing a perfume rightly is as important as buying one. Sharmili Rajput of Oriflame says, “Apply perfume to your pulse points — the wrist, crook of the elbow, back of the knees, cleavage and neck.

Be careful to dab or spray lightly. You can also add some perfume to a handkerchief or tissue for some extra scent.Whatever your choice is, just dab your fragrance and set out for those bonfire parties.

Fragrance wardrobe
Try out the precious wood and musk notes from Burberry London special limited edition for men and women.
Price: Women R4,240; Men R3,580 for 100ml

Armani Code for women has notes of of orange, ginger, jasmine, vanilla and woods — a must-have this season.
Price: R5,400 for 75ml

The fragrance of Avon’s Eternal Magic for women is all about rose, iris, velvety vanilla and woody nuances.
Price: R999 for 50 ml


Guide to perfume buying

EDP & EDT: Fragrances are marked as Eau De Parfum (EDP) and Eau De Toilette (EDT), the difference is the essential oils, which are defined as the extracts from plants and flowers that give off fragrance.

EDP is stronger and more expensive than EDT. EDP lasts for longer due to high oil content.

Three at a time: While buying a new perfume, limit yourself to three perfumes, as you will not be able to differentiate between the perfumes. Wait for 10 minutes after applying the perfume; it will give you the right smell after it reacts with your skin.

Skin test: Try the perfume on your own skin before buying one. This is because every perfume reacts a bit differently on different individuals.

Winter aroma: Fragrances that explore the essences of pine, musk and cedar wood, blended with notes of clove, rum and sandalwood and fragrances that are enriched with warm spices are the fragrances to look for in winters.