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LOVE POTIONS - Find your perfume personality

Posted: 07.10.10

Fragrances fall into one of three families; these are floral, chyrpe and oriental – go for the one that best suits your personality.

CHYPRE
These are known to be the most elegant, sophisticated and seductive scents; they tend to be warm, but not sweet with elements of spice. Fragrance expert Roja Dove says: ‘Women have worn them at momentous times and those that opt for these are self assured and like everything that is elegant and tailored.’
Notes to look out for: Sandalwood, ylang ylang and cedar.
Try:
• Ombre Rose by Jean Charles Brosseau (£28; 01730 813 419) a powdery scent with rosewood, geranium, cedarwood and ylang ylang.
• D&G Number 3 L'Imperatrice, (£35) is a seductive fruity floral with a musky woody base.

• Estee Lauder Sensuous (£55) has a warm inviting and soft sensuality.

FLORAL
These fragrances are soft, sweet and utterly feminine. ‘Women who like florals are usually carefree and spontaneous,’ explains Roja. 
Notes to look out for:  Orange blossom, jasmine and lily.
Try:
• Givenchy Organza Eau de Parfum 2009 Harvest, (£66) is made with sambac jasmine from India.
• Houbigant Quelques Fleur, (£180; 020 7893 8797) is the first true multi-floral fragrance and one of the best-kept secrets in perfumery. 

• Gucci Flora (£35) is a sparkling floral with rose and patchouli.

ORIENTAL
Orientals include blends that are warm, rich, exotic, intense, spicy and dramatic.
According to Roja: ‘Orientals are rich and very soft, the women who like them love to be at the centre of attention.’
Notes to look out for: Amber and vanilla.
Try:
• Penhaligons Love Potion No.9 (£70) is infused with vanilla and geranium.
• Loewe Aire Loco, (£41) is spicy and exotic with cardamom, vanilla and patchouli.
• Kate Moss velvet Hour (£51) includes freesia mingled with pepper.

HOW TO SELECT YOUR SCENT
• Go fragrance shopping on your own because the last thing you need is your mother or a friend forcing their views on you.
• When at a department store, avoid spraying the fragrance on yourself, as it is impossible to make a decision when you have already spritzed your skin with ten other perfumes. 
• Ask for sample papers, spritz them with your favourite scents and take them home before making a decision.
• Don’t make a quick decision, as fragrances will change aroma dramatically after 20 minutes - their potency may diminish or settle to something even better. 
• ‘When you have found a scent you think feels right, spray it all over and leave the store – a good scent is like a lover, you only know if the relationship will work once you've spent the night together’, says Dove.
• Sometimes opposites attract, so if you’re a floral girl, pick something without flowers, or if you’re into sweet scents, try something musky.

THE ART OF APPLICATION
Once you’ve found ‘the one’ it’s important to know how to wear it. Coco Chanel once said a woman should wear fragrance wherever she expects to be kissed – if only it were as simple as that. To keep perfume in place, many women mistakenly over spritz their skin, but all this does is flood the surrounding air and leaves passers by feeling nauseous. 
Fragrance experts have a special layering technique, which ensures the scent stays put all day. Here’s how to get it right.
• If you’re really serious about it staying put, Carven suggests laying the foundation with a parfum strength and then to top it up with an eau de toilette during the day.
• Hair is an excellent scent carrier, so spray  perfume on your hairbrush before running through your locks. As strange as it may sound, some perfumers recommend applying a touch to the eyebrows too.

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