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Perfumes, Parfums, Colognes,& Eau de Toilettes

Updated on June 1, 2011
Roses have been inspiring perfumes for ages.
Roses have been inspiring perfumes for ages.


Perfumes and fragranced oils have been around probably as long as mankind has been. We find evidences for this even archaeological digs and see references to it in our most ancient of writings of ancient peoples. So its long been a topic of interest for some time. Now we see as much or more interest than ever, and an almost science behind the art of perfume making. There is much to learn in regards to the different notes in a perfume, acidity levels, the reasons behind why some strong perfumes fade quickly on some individuals rather than on others, etc. You will see many ideas about regarding the layering effects of perfumes and lotions and bath gels. The reasons behind why you can see some incredibly expensive perfumes versus some really cheap and inexpensive ones are very interesting. The concentration levels, and essential oils.

One great tip I learned is to spray or dab on a perfume on the back of your hand, or inside of your elbow, and smell the perfume right away.  Then, wait 3 minutes, and smell it again and then wait another 30 minutes and smell it again.  This way, you get the feel for how the different "notes of a perfume are going to work with your skin.  You may not like something at first, but then as it blends with your own chemistry get something you can't live without.  I will add to this, to smell it again hours later, to see if it has staying power with your chemistry.  If you find your favorite perfumes are fading too fast, you can try applying a bit of petroleum jelly to your wrist first or wherever you put your perfume.  It can help it to adhere and remain longer.  Try a good moisturizing creme and that may work also, though not as much.

I love a nice perfume that isn't overwhelming. I want to share what I find along the way and you can take the information or leave it as you like. If you care to share what kinds of perfumes you enjoy or even men's cologne, I would love to hear about it. (As would others very likely!) I will share my disappointments in ones that I thought I would love, but fade rather quickly.

They say that perfume or cologne should inspire one or two kinds of thoughts and feelings in a person. One is to recall a happier childhood memory, while another is to think of newer things in life that bring you joy and look ahead. Of course if there is a certain happy mood or thought it invokes that is always a good thing. The reverse is also true. I know a lady that doesn't like perfumes that have a rose base to them, because it makes her think of death and dying, like many roses at a funeral. Many other people would have the reverse thoughts, where they could recall happy childhood memories or recent memories in a rose garden for instance. You get the basic idea. What is special to you when it comes to fragrance, and why? There is a strong mental connection for some people when they smell certain perfumes. Whatever brings you joy is one to hold on to. I will be adding to this hub occasionally to share with you what I find and like or don't like.

Flower Bomb Perfume by Viktor and Rolf

Flower Bomb Perfume by Viktor and Rolf was something I heard about long before I ever experienced it. I have heard rave reviews for this perfume! It comes with great recommendation, and it is many people's very favorite perfume ever. This is no small claim to make. I was excited to finally try it, because of all the things I had heard. I know they carry it at Nordstrom and other high end stores.

I tried it on the back of my hand, and they say you ought to never dab perfume from one part of your body to another, like rubbing your wrists together. I mean its ok to do, but it can cause quicker evaporation, and this can cause you to waste some very expensive perfumes. I waited a while before smelling the back of my hand and while I like Flower Bomb, which is very sweet, I have to say that it isn't a #1 kind of fragrance for me. I am not saying that others won't love it, and I may even wear it on occasion, but it is probably just my personal chemistry that is getting in the way. Whatever you do, do try this at least one time, just for the sheer amount of die hard fans that love it!

Another one to try by Viktor and Rolf is "Eau Mega".  I liked the play on words with that one. 

Interesting video on Perfumes, & Perfumes worn by the Famous

Narciso Rodriguez, "Essence" Eau de Parfum

Narciso Rodriguez has a nice line of perfumes that came highly recommended to me. I found it interesting the different notes he uses and how he creates his perfumes. This perfume was the last one I tried of his called Essence, but I ended up liking it the most. I think it is somewhat of a woody deeper fragrance that is very nice, but you won't find the word woodsy in its original description like you will some of his others. This one, Essence is known for its rose petals, hints of amber, powdery notes of iris, and and other florals. The result is a somewhat musky fragrance (but don't let that put you off, try it first!) that is really different and refreshing to me. I can picture a nice night out (or in) where you are really enjoying the moment. I would highly recommend trying this one also, at least once.

Narciso Rodriguez has other another fragrance as well, that I know some love very much. Look into this other, called "For Her". It comes highly recommended.

Eternity Eau De Parfum  I purchased a set of smaller eau de parfumes in a Calvin Klein collection one year to try some different ones out.  For the second time, I am giving Eternity a good try, a good testing out to see if I might like it.  If I am honest, I just can't bring myself to enjoy this fragrance but I think it has more to do with my personal body chemistry or something than the actual fragrance.  So for you or others, it may be just wonderful.  To me, even after waiting 30 full minutes and more, its heavy, musty, almost smoldering to me.  Very rich, almost smokey if I can use such terminology.  Its like it is trying too hard, and I am sure that on another person, it may smell wonderful.  I like to recall what I like and don't like though, so I don't forget about it, and try again when I an just try it and pass it on if I don't like it.  Its a shame too, with the eau de parfum, and it is in such a cute little bottle.  Its very classy looking in its design.  I double checked with my husband, and he agreed with me on the fragrance on me.  So at least we are on the same page.  Try it though, many just love this one.

I love some of the bottles that perfume come in, they are just lovely. Some are works of art practically.
I love some of the bottles that perfume come in, they are just lovely. Some are works of art practically.

Tresor Perfume by Lancome

Tresor is a long time favorite of mine, but not an expected long time favorite.  I tried it fairly by accident at first, to be honest!  Over time though, its become a classic, a staple of mine and one of the few perfumes that I get compliments on time and again. 

This is one where I have the top, middle and base notes to share.  This is part of what I find fascinating about perfumes and their makers.  The intentions to create really, a work of art by creating the notes in the right arrangement until they get exactly what they are going for. For Tresor, the Top notes are Bergamot, Pineapple, Peach and Apricot, while the middle notes are Jasmine, Orris, Rose, and Heliotrope.  The Base Notes are Vanilla, Sandalwood, and Musk. 

So, this is another great one to try if you ever get the chance.  I have found that one of the neat things about learning about the top, middle and base notes of a perfume is that you can try to look for others that are different but similar to those you know you already like.  Likewise, you can find out about the notes you don't like, and avoid perfumes with those in them. 

Vetiver Essential Oil goes into many of the perfumes I like.  It comes from grasses in Ethiopia and Kenya among other places.
Vetiver Essential Oil goes into many of the perfumes I like. It comes from grasses in Ethiopia and Kenya among other places.
This is a tonka bean in its original form.  I have seen the dark dried "beans".  These are what go into many of the perfumes I like.
This is a tonka bean in its original form. I have seen the dark dried "beans". These are what go into many of the perfumes I like.

Eau de toilettes I have tried

Shalimar by Guerlain This is a wonderful classic fragrance that I just love on the right occasion. There is a neat story behind it as well. First let me describe the fragrance and its notes. Bergamot, Jasmine, Lemon, Rose, Iris, Incense, Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Opopanax are the notes that make up this amazing perfume. My mother wore this for a long time when I was growing up, but don't let this perfume cause you to think its necessarily just for more mature women. I think its a timeless fragrance and truly another work of art. It is actually very unique and all its own so a joy to have in that regard as well.

Shalimar was created by Jaques Guerlain of course. He created it when there was a great fascination with the Orient sweeping across Europe. He was inspired by the great love for the Indian Emperor for his wife, Mumtaz-Mahal. You may recognize the name and this was the person that helped inspire the building of the Taj Mahal. It is said their love grew in the Shalimar Gardens, thus the name given to this amazing perfume.

Curve Chill One of my very favorite eau de toilettes turned out to be a surprise that I hadn't expected to like so much. It is called Curve Chill, by Liz Claiborne perfumes. There are a few different "curves" in the line, and I have tried two. I found the special notes that make Curve Chill what it is, and wanted to share those here. Curve Chill has ginger, frosted citrus and green tea as the top notes. The middle notes are freesia, peony, and sweet pea. The base notes are woodsy, and include cedar, musk, and vetiver. This fragrance also stands out to me, because it is one of the ones that I have received comments on when out and about. That is one way to know that a perfume is good for your body chemistry. The other pleasant surprise, is that it lasts just about all day on me. Its rather complex on me, and changes throughout the day the way some fragrances are meant to do. So this is a keeper for me in that I like it more and more as the day goes on, and that it lasts on my skin. Many do not last very long, even expensive ones, so I have to make a special note for those times they really last.

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Dallas, thank you and that is right it is time to be thinking of the holidays. Its a great time to get good deals and sets on perfumes and colognes.

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you Pamela, and I love a light scent that has staying power. I know that may be a tall order though. If it can be pulled off, I am a fan though.

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Thanks for the research. Just in time for the buying season...

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Interesting article on perfumes. I like light scents also. That pink rose is gorgeous.