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Perfumes: Understanding Fragrance Notes

Perfumes hold layers of scents to create a unique fragrance. The noted points are called notes, and rather than judging only one type of scent, you'll pick up several notes that become more prominent over time, as you grow used to it. So, how you smell at a perfume counter, after spraying a fragrance, will change by the time you get home.

Here are the major notes:
  • Top notes: This is what you smell instantly upon applying your perfume. It's the scent that first strikes your nose, but then fizzles quickly.
  • Middle notes: The middle notes emerge when the top notes are evaporating and make up most of the scent.
  • Base notes: These are richer and are not often detected. You have to wear it for at least 20 - 30 minutes to feel it. These give depth and back up the middle notes to create the intervening theme of the whole flavour.

Guide to Men’s Perfumes

Shopping for new men’s perfume is an exciting activity, with an array of scents available in the market. Not only is there a variety of scents available, there are also different fragrance concentrations which we often are unaware of. You can find the fragrance concentration mentioned on the label and direction of use sticker on the bottle.

A fragrance concentration indicates the strength or intensity of the fragrance. Perfumes coming with an advanced fragrance attention contain more perfume oils and less alcohol.


Parfum, also known as extract parfum or pure perfume, has the highest fragrance concentration notably. It contains 15% - 40% fragrance and the concentration is generally between 20% - 30% for most of them. Against all others, parfums lasts six to eight hours. They also command the highest price amongst all fragrance types due to the high concentration of fragrance and its quality. If you have sensitive skin, you will feel better with parfums as they have far less alcohol making it less likely to dry your skin. A patch test is advised though.

Eau de Parfum

After parfum, EDP has the next highest concentration of fragrance. Eau de parfum comprises of a fragrance concentration of between 15% and 20%. On regular terms, eau de parfum stands for four to five hours and is also noted to be less expensive that parfum and while it does have a higher amount of alcohol than parfum. It is one of the most common fragrance types and is suitable for everyday wear for any occasion.

Eau de Toilette

EDT has a fragrance attention of 5 - 15 percent. It costs less than eau de parfum. EDT fragrance will normally last for two to three hours.

Eau de Cologne

EDC is depicted to have much lower level of fragrance than the above-mentioned types of perfume. Consisting of 2% to 4% percent concentration of fragrance and a high concentration of alcohol, it costs lesser than other types of fragrance. EDC generally arrives in bigger bottles and needs to be sprayed in larger proportions. Originally this perfume, referred to a traditional recipe that used herb and citrus notes with little base notes available.

Eau Fraiche

Eau fraiche has an even lower concentration, normally around 1% to 3%. It does not contain a high amount of alcohol, which is great for your skin. Along with the smell and vigour, the remaining quantity of eau fraiche is mostly water.

Higher end fragrances can cost a significant amount so doing research beforehand will make sure that you get the right type of fragrance you are looking for. With the entire type and scents available under one roof, shopping for perfume is an easy task at Paytm Mall. You can browse through the website of Paytm Mall and pick the fragrance of your choice and also avail offers rolled out time to time.

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