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An Exclusive Fragrance Guide

An Exclusive Fragrance Guide

A fragrance is an extension of your personality, so finding the right one is incredibly important in helping you to feel confident when you wear it.

Whether you like light, floral scents, or something a little headier and with richer depth, we have put together this exclusive guide to help you select your next favourite fragrance.

What type of Fragrance is for me?

There are 4 main scent categories: Citrus, Woody, Floral and Fruity. Each one is perfect for a different occasion, mood and person, so we have it easy to help you find your next new purchase.

Citrus and Green

Citrus Fragrances are very refreshing, uplifting and energising thanks to their sharp and tangy notes. They usually contain ingredients such as Lemon, Orange, Bergamot and Juniper, which, thanks to their herbal properties can revive your mood.

They are great to use if you feel a little low, stressed or emotional as their uplifting properties can really help to make a difference in giving you a happy boost.

  • Light Fragrance: Caudalie’s Fleur de Vigne is like a little burst of essential oils on the skin, helping to lift your mood and give you a much needed boost of energy. It has notes of Grapefruit, Bergamot and Mandarin, which are offset with woody Blackcurrant; it’s a truly beautiful little lift for the autumn.
  • Moderate Fragrance: The Calvin Klein CK One contains citrusy top notes of Mandarin, Papaya and Pineapple, which then settle onto the skin into a lovely refreshing scent. It was one of the very first fragrances to use citrus notes at its heart; making it revolutionary at its time, and a cult favourite today.
  • Intense Fragrance: Chloé’s L’Eau De Chloé opens with gorgeously refreshing notes of Citrus Accords, Bergamot and Grapefruit which invigorate your mood and leave you feeling energised. It’s the perfect fragrance to keep in your bag for when you’re working on the move, to give an essential mood boost when you need it the most.

Woody

Woody fragrances tend to be comforting and warm on the senses, thanks to their blend of earthy notes. They are also considered to be more sophisticated than other scents as they are not overpowering and quite neutral. They usually contain ingredients such as Sandalwood, Amber and Patchouli which leave you feeling calm and relaxed.

  • Light Fragrance: The Chloé Love Story Parfum might open on sparkling citrus notes, but it rests on a woody base of Patchouli, Cedar and Musk, giving the perfume a sweet and earthy scent.
  • Moderate Fragrance: The original Marc Jacobs Daisy Fragrance has floral middle notes which settle onto the skin into Birch, Musk and Cedarwood, making it an ideal perfume if you want a mix between a feminine and fresh scent.
  • Intense Fragrance: The Esteé Lauder Sensuous Perfume has a comforting scent to it thanks to its blend of Pepper, Sandalwood and Amber, which lingers on the skin and envelops into a warm fragrance.

Floral

This tends to be the most popular category of fragrance for women as its blend of feminine and sweet floral scents appeal to most noses. They usually contain notes of Rose, Violet, Lily and Jasmine, which can either be used quite lightly to give a delicate fragrance, or a little heavier for a headier scent.

  • Light Fragrance: Lancôme’s original La Vie Est Belle fragrance has floral notes to it, but their new Florale addition to the family has a much richer base. It contains Pear, Freesia, Orange Blossom, Rose and Violet to give a sparkling floral scent that lingers on the skin all day.
  • Moderate Fragrance: Michael Kors’ Wonderlust Eau de Parfum opens with notes of Bergamot and Mandarin, before settling into Jasmine and Heliotrope, which evokes the feeling of walking down the Italian Riviera. With what feels like winter weather now in front of us, this is such a dream scent for hanging onto summer for as long as possible.
  • Intense Fragrance: The Emporio Armani Diamonds Rose contains Lily of the Valley, Freesia and Rose, which give this perfume a heady floral scent. Although it does settle into a base of Patchouli, it leaves a lingering girly scent behind.

Fruity

Fruity fragrances also tend to be quite sweet in nature thanks to their blend of Red Berries, Peach, Raspberry and Vanilla. They are perfect when you are looking for a scent which is a little lighter than most as they tend to not be as heady and intense as floral and citrus fragrances.

  • Light Fragrance: Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream opens with Blackberry, Grapefruit and Pear, before settling into Lychee and Coconut Water for a gorgeously fruity yet creamy scent. Its sparkling finish lingers on the skin for a light scent that captivates and endears.
  • Moderate Fragrance: Vera Wang Princess has become a cult classic in the beauty industry, and even though it’s now a little older than most, we think it’s time to revisit and get it out again. It has notes of Apricot, Mandarin and Apple which leave a delicately fruity scent lingering on the skin.
  • Intense Fragrance: The DKNY Be Tempted Eau de Parfum is everything you could want in a bottle and a perfume. It smells absolutely divine thanks to its unique notes of Red Apple, Liquourice and Blackcurrant Cassis, and will last on the skin all day.


Amelia

Amelia

Skincare Specialist

I am a big believer in the idea that beautiful Make Up begins with a superb skincare regime. I like to enhance my natural beauty rather than cover up and I am always on the lookout for great products which really work. When I am not writing about all things beauty, I like to do Yoga and I make an amazing brownie. It is all about balance!