What You Need To Know About Different Types Of Fragrance

If you are new to the world of fragrances, then you might be a little confused as to what the term “fragrance“ actually refers to. Fragrance is a broad term that covers a few different products in the beauty world. When we talk about fragrance we could mean any number of different items for both men and women. So it can all get a bit confusing to some! If you are unsure of what all of those products are, then read on for an explanation.

Perfumes for women

This is the highest selling fragrance product. Women’s perfume is big business, with hundreds of brands out there all vying for a slice of the market. If you visit a perfume retailer or the perfume section of a department store, then you will see just how many brands and products are out there for sale. Historically, women have loved perfumes for centuries, so it is no surprise that in our modern world there is a large demand for beautiful smelling perfumes. Especially popular are the perfumes released by the top designer fashion houses around the world. Think Gucci, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren and Hugo Boss. All of these houses and more have release luxury designer perfumes that sell for a high price, but sell extremely well! Customers might pay over a hundred dollars for just a small bottle of designer perfume, but they are generally happy to do so and the business is booming. It is very fashionable to have this type of luxury perfume, and so women who care about style and fashion are normally the first in line for a new designer perfume release. Designers even compete with each other over the design of the perfume bottle, which is becoming more and more extravagant over time.

However, there is more to women’s perfumes than just the luxury type! There is also big business in the area of discount perfumes, for those who do not have the money or the inclination to spend a small fortune on perfumes. Discount perfumes can normally be found in chemists, department stores, and other chain stores. They are significantly less in price than their designer counterparts, however the quality is often not quite as good. Because the ingredients used are less expensive the scent of the perfume tends to wear off in a shorter amount of time than those that use higher quality ingredients. Discount perfumes can still be lovely though, and sometimes you can even find a similar scent to a designer perfume, at a fraction of the price. Also worth noting is the complimentary products that can be purchased along with many fragrances, whether designer or discount. These include body washes and body lotions, and are very popular for those who want to make an extra impact with their fragrance.

Colognes for men

An industry that has seen a real boom in the last few years is the world of men’s cologne. In the past there has been little choice for men when they wanted to buy a nice cologne for themselves, but this has changed drastically. Men are much more fashion conscious now than they have ever been before, and cologne manufacturers have realized this and catered to this market of young, fashionable men – also known as metrosexuals. All of the top fragrance companies now release men’s cologne, such as Armani, Ralph Lauren and Dolce & Gabbana. Men are buying designer cologne by the bucket full! Many of the designers even release twin fragrances for men and women, so that couples can synchronize their scents!

What is fragrance oil?

“Fragrance oil(s), also known as aroma oils, aromatic oils, and flavor oils, are blended synthetic aroma compounds or natural essential oils that are diluted with a carrier like propylene glycol, vegetable oil, or mineral oil. Aromatic oils are used in perfumery, cosmetics, flavoring of food, and in aromatherapy.“ (www.wikipedia.org)
Fragrance oils are much different to the ready-to-wear fragrances you will find in a department store. A fragrance oil is an ingredient, something that is used to make products such as perfumes, scented candles and soaps. It can be easy to become confused between this and other fragrance products, but try to remember that the oil is an ingredient, not a product. This will hopefully stop you from ordering a fragrance oil, thinking that it is a perfume or cologne!

If you are not in the fragrance industry, or have had no exposure to the technical side of fragrances, then you would be excused for being unsure of what the distinction is between different types! Knowing the three types of fragrance listed above will definitely help you on your way, and when you are well educated about the topic, buying fragrance products will be much easier for you!