In English, you’ll see these
Perfume, the most concentrated form of a scent and the most
Cologne: about half as concentrated as perfume.
Toilette: (Oh-da-twah-let) about a quarter as concentrated as the
The traditional French categories are:
Parfum: the most
concentrated form of a scent, and thus the most expensive.
parfum: (Oh-da-par-fum) contains less of the parfum oils and is less
Eau de Toilette: (Oh-da-twah-let) a
light version of parfum, suitable for business environments.
Cologne: (Oh-da-ca-lone) the weakest version, best used as a body
How to test a
After you’ve read my
descriptions, go to a mall and sample the perfumes that interested you.
Apply a little to the inside of your wrist – you MUST test it on
skin – allow your skin to warm the
perfume, and inhale. Your
personal body oils will interact uniquely with perfumes so it will not
smell the same on every woman.
When you’re sampling fragrances,
don’t do too much at one time. Your olfactory receptors can
become congested after a few new sensations, making it difficult to
accurately assess more
than 3 or 4 scents at a
Make it last
1) Scent needs oil to cling to
your skin, so use more if you have dry skin.
2) Apply petroleum jelly
to the places where you’ll spray perfume. This gives the scent
something to adhere to.
3) Apply perfume right after you shower.
Your pores will be open and your skin will be warm,
combination to soak up the scent. However, don’t apply perfume where
used deodorant soap.
Other uses for
1) When hand-washing
delicates like stockings and lingerie, add a few drops of perfume to