The Perfume Guide: Do You Know The Six Basic Categories?

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Perfumes do much more than help us smell good; they evoke feelings and memories. Could be of the sea-side, a walk in the woods or of someone we once knew. Let us introduce you to the six basic categories of fragrances you ought to be familiar with before you choose what you want people to remember you by.

Citrus

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Think lemon tarts and marmalade stands. Infused with tangy energy of citrus fruits, this scent is summer in a bottle. The fragrance is characterised by the essence of orange, mandarin, lemon, bergamot and grapefruit, which are often intensified with herbal tones to create a wonderfully refreshing fragrance, just what you’d like to kickstart your day with or hit a brunch party in.

We recommend:
For men:
Skinn by Titan Mens Raw Eau de Parfum
For women:
Guess Women Eau de Toilette

Floral

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The classic sweet smell, a floral fragrance will remind you of your first crush. Florals scents are typically very light, which is why a perfume under this category will be an amalgamation of different flowers to maximise the delicate, sweet smell. Expect the blend of roses, jasmines, lilies, lavender and carnations amongst others for the ultimate feminine appeal.

We recommend:
For men:
The Man Company Genre EDT
For women:
Skinn by Titan Sheer Eau de Parfum

Spicy

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This family of scent will transport you to your mother’s kitchen. Expect warm notes of cardamom, pepper, cinnamon, ginger and clove that are comforting and inviting in an old-fashioned way. Spicy scents come with depth that helps in building mystery and sensuality around the user.

We recommend:
For men:
Jaguar Classic Black EDT
For women:
GUCCI Guilty EDT

Woody

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A strong evening fragrance that goes well for the work-place too is a woody scent that smells like you’ve just returned from the mountains. Made up of scented notes of a tree’s bark, moss and fresh pine cones, a woody fragrance is magnetic given their outdoor essence. Reminds us of the smell of woods after a heavy bout of rain. Earthy, all the way.

We recommend:
For men:
Jaguar Classic Gold EDT
For women:
Yardley London Royal Diamond Eau de Toilette

Fruity

Think juicy peaches and fresh watermelon on a hot summer day. Fruity fragrances are delightfully familiar given their core is derived from apples, berries, mangos and other juice-filled fruits that uplifts the senses. Playful and loud, but not overpowering – just like your favourite mocktail!

We recommend:
For men:
The Man Company Passion Perfume Eau de Toilette
For women:
Victoria’s Secret Coconut Body Mist

Oceanic

Evocative of a fresh ocean breeze is the oceanic or aquatic category of fragrances that smell light, crisp and fresh, conjuring scenes of Margaritas on the beachside. Expect the smell of marine elements, the likes of salt, algae and sea air.

We recommend:
For men:
Bvlgari Aqva Ph Marine Eau de Toilette
For women:
Davidoff Cool Water

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Garima Ghosh

When I'm not writing on cocktail dressing etiquette or why you need a popsocket in your life, I'm on the hunt for the latest board games in the market.
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When I'm not writing on cocktail dressing etiquette or why you need a popsocket in your life, I'm on the hunt for the latest board games in the market.