GLOSS Issue 3 ( September / October 2017 ) - Page 67

B E A U T Y can help you decide on which would be the best perfume that would suit you and your personality. A theme is what creates variation among fragrances. It is also called accord and is dependent on the base upon which the perfume is formulated, and there are four common bases used in formulating perfumes. Citrus: Created from fruits rich in citric acid, like oranges, bergamots and lemons, always light and fresh-smelling. clinging and sweet. The notes of a perfume known as the impressions of the fragrance. It is the lingering air left by the perfume as it evaporates from the skin. All scents have three notes, called the top, the heart and the base. Top Note: The instant Earth: Lends an air of mystery upon the wearer, impression created by the Musk: Always considered sexy and alluring, and fragrance. It is supposed to attract people to the scent, but it quickly dissipates. formulated from minerals or from non-flowering plants such as cinnamon, vanilla, honey and sandalwood. though previously made from the sacs of animals such as the civet and the Asian musk deer, they are now created synthetically. Floral: The most common theme among perfumes; as the name suggests, they are made from the essence of flowers and are often strong, are Heart Note: Called the body of the perfume, the perfume’s essence. It tells what the fragrance is supposed to be about. Base Note: The scent that lingers after the top note and the heart note evaporates. It is the main message of the perfume. The last element to be considered is the concentration of the perfume. Concentration indicates how pure the perfume is, or the amount of perfume oil added into the fragrance. The purest perfume is known to be extremely volatile and can cause irritation when applied right onto the skin. To prevent this and to allow users to fully enjoy the fragrance, perfume oils are mixed with ethanol, with water sometimes added in. Perfume extracts are the most concentrated among fragrances. They are meant to be used sparingly and only on the body’s pulse points. Coming after perfume extracts in terms of concentration is the eau de &gVBgFW"FBFRVRFRFWGFRFW6RGv&RgFV7&VBfW"FR&GFRV7B66VG&FVBbg&w&6W22FRVRFP6vRc