Since the beginning of recorded history, humans have attempted to mask or enhance their own smell by using perfume to emulate nature's pleasant smells. Many natural and man-made scents have been used to make perfume to apply to the skin and clothing, to put in cosmetics, or to scent the air.
The easiest way to describe a perfume is by the fragrance notes of the scent or the ‘family’ it belongs to. These notes affect the overall impression of a perfume from first application to the last lingering hint of scent.
Each perfume is made up of ‘olfactory notes’, which give it its unique smell. There are 4 main groups of the notes: floral, oriental, woody and fresh.
Buying perfume is a bit like buying clothes. After a while you get to know what suits you, what doesn’t and how to find the perfect match to suit your individual style.
Find out answers to most frequently asked questions about fragrances.