Choosing the right perfume is like choosing the perfect dress: until we find the one that seems suitable for us, we will never be fully satisfied. The fragrance we choose inevitably reflects our personality and character and says a lot about us: that’s why the perfume should be lived, explored and listened to, before deciding whether it is for us or not.So is there the perfect perfume? And how do you spot it?
How do you know when we found the perfect perfume? Is it just a matter of instinct?
One, nobody, one hundred thousand: these are the perfect perfumes for everyone. There are those who fall in love with a fragrance and wear it all their lives and those who change them based on the time of day, the type of activity or the season. The perfume is the final touch of our look and presents us to the world; it is there for every important to choose the right one, which is what makes us feel good about ourselves. For this reason, you have to try to wear it and “live” it a little before choosing it.
Is it true that perfume changes according to the skin? Can tanning also affect?
A perfume is a mixture of many raw materials with different olfactory notes, which together give the final bouquet. By wearing a perfume, our skin becomes part of that bouquet, as if it were an olfactory note too. Here each perfume is different on each one and also the characteristics of the skin can change it: it varies according to the ph and the food we eat, if we take drugs or according to hormone levels.
Tanned skin can be perfumed, but be careful: do not expose yourself to the sun wearing a perfume, because it can cause discoloration (spots on the skin). Better to wear it only in the evening or if you stay in the office during the day.
What are the rules to respect when trying a perfume? In which areas is it better to spray it?
First of all, let’s consider persistence: an Eau de Cologne is very fresh and gives us a boost of energy, but disappears in a few hours due to its structure and very volatile notes; an Eau de Toilette, on the other hand, lasts longer, while an Eau de Parfum even longer, given its great er concentration. The most persistent is the extract, which is very concentrated.
Secondly, we must choose the type of perfume we want: citrus fruits offer us fresh notes that lend themselves to any occasion and period, excellent for sporty, casual and energetic spirits. The flowery ones, on the other hand, are more romantic, feminine and classic.
Fougère and Chypre have a citrus beginning, a heart that ranges from aromatic hints for him or flowery for her, with a moist woody base of oak moss, accompanied by sweet notes of vanilla and coumarin: in class and elegance passe-part out.
Woody perfumes must be chosen and worn with caution because they have strong and persistent notes, for important and sophisticated bouquets.
The amber and sweet notes are characteristic of oriental perfumes: sensual, luxurious and warm, they are suitable for personalities that want to be felt.
Finally, leathery perfumes are the most difficult to wear and meet the tastes of a few connoisseurs who want to stand out.
Better to spray the perfume on bare and freshly washed skin: it will last longer and possible stains on fabrics will be avoided.
How do you perceive the olfactory notes when you smell a perfume?
When we smell a perfume we are led to judge it immediately. Mistaken! At that moment we only heard the first part of the perfume, the top notes, the more volatile ones that evaporate earlier. We have to wait a few minutes for the heart notes to arrive and then respect the evolution of the bouquet up to the heavier base notes, which arrive even after a quarter of an hour. Only then can we fully taste our perfume and understand if we like it on the skin.
What are the factors that should guide us in choosing one perfume over another?
Pleasantness. Let’snot be too conditioned by the raw materials that make up the fragrance or by the various descriptions: we close our eyes and let the perfume tell us its story, which makes us dream. If it makes us feel good, then it will be the fragrance for us!
How does the actual creative drive in the creation of a fragrance take place?
For me, creating an Eau de Parfum for a client means understanding for me how he wants to be perceived by the world, what is the story he wants to tell and translate this into a perfume.
It is a very deep and constructive introspective path that I travel with the client, placing myself as a guide and, indeed, a translator, but he is ultimately the creator of his fragrance.