Day 4 - Perfume Day

Perfumes are a reflection of one’s personality. They can bring out the postive traits as well as the negative traits of the wearer. A good perfume can soothe the senses, add confidence, and sensuality, while a bad perfume can induce negative feelings about oneself, depress and bring out hidden frustrations and anger. So buying a perfume is a little more complicated than picking out the first one you see.

Rule 1
Every individual has a unique chemical make-up (pH balance). Perfumes react with the individual’s skin chemicals, and smell different on each individual. A perfume that makes one person smell great, can be repulsive on another. And they NEVER smell on the skin like they do out of the bottle.

Perfumes have three notes - Top Note that evaporates first, Middle Note that develops a little later and finally the Base which is the true scent. The Base is the closest to what the perfume will smell like on the wearer, so wait for about 10-15 minutes before re-sniffing the sprayed sample.

Note: Don’t try more than two scents at a time; you simply won’t be able to differentiate. If you must, keep a box of coffee beans handy.

Rule 2
Every person has their own individual preferences. Try sticking to the category of perfumes they generally wear. Confused?

Well here are the basic categories:

1. Floral Perfumes - These are the most popular perfumes. The ones with essences of gardenia and/or tuberose are a safe bet.
Best-sellers in this category: Chinatown by Bond No. 9, Envy Me by Gucci and Daisy by Marc Jacobs.

2. Fresh Perfumes - Essentially invoke a sense of freshness and calm. These scents can be likened to lime, sea breeze, freshly-cut grass, and/or morning dew. Best-sellers in this category: Light Blue By Dolce & Gabbana, White Tea by Bvlgari, and the Philosophy range of perfumes.

3. Oriental/Spicy Perfumes - These perfumes are heavy and complicated, that is, they are a blend of lot of fragrances. Meant for the mature and very sophisticated women. Best-sellers in this category: Shalimar by Guerlain, and Opium by Yves Saint Lauren.

4. Woody Perfumes - A blend of scents such as cedar, sandalwood, musk, cinnamon, with hints of tobacco and even leather. Best-sellers in this category: Cashmere Mist by Donna Karan and Hypnotic Poison by Dior.

Rule 3
Some people are allergic to certain smells. You do not want to induce an allergy attack because of your gift, so find out before you buy a perfume. In case, that isn’t possible, try buying something that is similar to the perfumes they generally wear. And if still in doubt, go for a vanilla-based light perfume.

Recommendations

Still confused? You can’t go wrong with the following best-sellers:

For Women

1. Royal Water by Creed - Expensive, but hey it was created for Princess Diana… and every woman is a princess at heart.

2. Chanel No. 5 - The most loved and coveted perfume since it was created.

3. Vera Wang Princess - Floral with a hint of vanilla. The perfect gift if you are not sure of the wearer’s preferences.

4. Romance by Ralph Lauren - The name says it all.

5. Beautiful by Estee Lauder - Simply Irresistible, and the perfect way to let her know how beautiful she is in your eyes.

For Men:

1. Eternity for Men by Calvin Klein - A classic perfume epitomizing the ideal man.

2. Romance for Men by Ralph Lauren - The perfect romantic gift.

3. Fahrenheit by Christian Dior - Personally, I think this should come with a warning attached. Certain to up the temperature.

4. Black by Kenneth Cole - Perfect for the sophisticated, reclusive (strong and silent) man.

5. Armani Code by Giorgio Armani - Winner of the best perfume award, this fresh, masculine perfume is a must-have.

On a Budget?
Go for moisturizers, colognes, body wash, soaps instead from the above brands. Alternatively, look for fragrance gift sets from or even fragrant candles. Give the deodorants a miss though - you don’t want to send the wrong message.