Perfume & Fine Fragrance
Guide - Perfume
Categories - Citrus
oils, known to perfumers as "Hesperidia", are the
key elements in this family that includes all "eaux fraîches",
popular amongst the more traditional fragrance houses such
as Annick Goutal, Guerlain and Acqua di Parma.
These perfumes contain predominant notes of citrus and fruit
oils, including lemon, orange, peach, apricot, lime and grapefruit.
They tend to be light, juicy and tangy fresh without the sharp
quality of a Fresh Green Fragrance. Fresh Citrus scents were
amongst some of the first Eau de Colognes to be created as
they contained some of the most potent and easy to extract
essential oils. Recently they have enjoyed a resurgence with
the ever popular, revolutionary and enduring CK One for men
and women and the reinvention of more traditional eau fraiches,
such as Guerlain Fleur de Cedrat.
Citrus perfumes have grown in number and depth for both men
and women and now include floral and spicy notes to add depth
and olfactory flavour, transforming these often linear fragrances
into full creations. The
light and fresh character of citrus notes such as bergamot,
orange, lemon, petit grain and tangerine is enriched by aromatic,
woody and spicy accords. These
include Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta, and Thierry Mulgler
Cologne, both wearable and unique choices that take citrus
scents to the next level.
is the extract or extrait of a fragrance and represents
the scent in its purest form. This often creates a smooth
and round texture, which is hard to achieve with the
dilution represented in the other concentrations of
de Parfum or EDP is one of the most popular forms of
fragrance. Eau de Parfum contains between seven to fourteen
per cent of fragrance oils and perfume elixirs and is
the second strongest, and longest lasting means of wearing
a fine fragrance.
de Toilette or EDT is fast becoming the most common
means of wearing a fragrance or perfume. EDT’s
are not as highly concentrated in oils and elixirs as
an EDP or Perfume would be and contain one to three
per cent of fragrance oils. This impacts the ability
of the fragrance to last and around eighty percent of
the oils in an EDT fragrance will evaporate within three
hours of application.
de Cologne’s or EDC’s were first popularised
by Napoleon. These fragrances are often constructed
in a different manner to the traditional French Model
and are formulated in one single burst. As a result
of this process, EDC’s or Eau de Colognes last
the least amount of time on the skin and can dissolve
within a couple of hours. EDC’s should be worn
as a invigorating spray.