Here at TJC, we have an incredible range of perfumes to choose from but choosing a fragrance in a store or from TV is done in two very different ways. It can be tricky to find one without actually trying it and hence today I will help you in selecting a perfect mate and give you specific tips for the same.
I understand that if you are watching and selecting from the TV, you don’t have the luxury of trying the fragrance. That’s when knowledge of the Fragrance “family” which your own personal favourite perfumes come from is a must. Typically, there are four fragrance families that are further divided into fourteen subgroups. Even though choosing a fragrance is an emotional experience of the senses, you will probably find that the ones you like fall into just one or two of the 14 families. Continue reading for a detailed guide to the families and notes:
Four fragrance families that a perfume will fall into:
Each of these then breaks down further into 14 in total, some of which overlap to an extent.
Glossary of Families:
- Floral – Largest family and often a one flower combination. It can be a true floral, soft floral or a floral oriental blend.
- Oriental – The Fragrance can be Sensual, sexy, demanding and heavy. The scent can also be a floral, soft or woody oriental blend.
- Woody- The essence here can be chypre, aromatic, and woody oriental, mossy or dry.
- Fresh– Mostly it is revitalising and energising, citrus marine with green notes.
Glossary of Strength:
The strength of a fragrance is determined by the amount of concentrate in the formation. The higher the fragrance oils versus the alcohol content, the stronger the strength will be. Consider the following percentage:
- Parfum: 20-25%
- Eau de Parfum: 8-20%
- Eau de Toilette: 5-8%
- Eau de Cologne: 3-5%
- Aftershave: under 3%
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My personal favourites are the floral Orientals, and I’ve learnt so much about them hosting the TJC beauty shows. So, it’s worth doing some research as to which families your favourites belong to either by asking in-store or looking them up online. You can always text in live to our shows when Perry or Peter are presenting, too. The presenters at TJC will always describe the top, middle and base notes so listen out for the familiar ingredients from your favourites!