On Getting A Signature

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How do I choose a signature scent? What makes a perfume my signature? How does this fragrance smell? Questions like these comes to mind when faced with the decision on what fragrance to buy and wear, most especially if the decision is to be made between two or more choices and also, sometimes the brands involved.

Nevertheless, can this quest for a signature scent be achieved (at least)? Yes it can!
Here’s a complication of things that could help in making this though choice fair.
                            Let’s go:

1. Trust Your Instincts. You’ve always got to trust your instinct when it comes to making any decision and perfume as we know should not be left out. This method  works out most of the time though.

2. Try Out Different Samples Before Choosing. This simply says ‘date perfumes before marrying them’ as the scentbird perfume slogan says. This is true because trying out samples gives an idea of what to expect from the main perfume bottle to avoid buying a flacon and dumping it later in regret of the content.
We ought to give fragrances time to settle in because our first impression about a fragrance might not be exactly the same when it is tried over and over (I realized this with Tuscan Leather by Tom Ford).
You could get over 10 samples of different perfumes of your choice from Scent Bird and more conveniently for those in Nigeria, 100 Percent Fragrance, which it comes in the oil version.

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3. Blind-Smell Fragrances. Often times, we get carried away by the popularity of a brand, not minding the fact that the particular product might not totally be suiting. I had this experience when I tried Chanel No.5 and it wasn’t quite appealing to me, but when my Grandma got a spritz on the back of her palm, she fell in love again 😂.
So when choosing a scent most especially from a store, it’s better to wrap up the tester vials and smell different accords of choice and pick out the one that’s really appealing to you so as not to be influenced by other brands.

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4. Try Being Seasonal. Yes. If you are a ‘perfumista’ (someone who loves to explore different perfumes) like me, you could try being seasonal. How? By using different perfumes for different seasons, like summer, winter and spring, and also could have perfumes for daytime and night hours.
Remember, wear mild perfumes in summer (so as not to choke own your own scent or give others around you a hard time breathing), wear a more intense fragrance in winter and then floral in spring.
So then, you’d have a fragrance library that perfectly blends in with any season as it comes.

5. Read Fragrance Reviews/Testimonials. It’s necessary to go through fragrance reviews for an authentic opinion about any fragrance and also to build attraction to it, bearing in mind that opinions may differ.
If it’s an online forum/community you can decide based on the number of persons that appraised a fragrance positively, compared to those who stood in the negative.

6. Get Complementing Scent(s). Depending on individuals, apart from the main perfume you have chosen to wear as your signature, you could try getting one or two that would complement it perfectly, like Insolence by Guerlain and Born in Paradise  by Roberto Cavalli; Green Irish Tweed by Creed and Terre D’Hermes by Hermes.

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I’d end with this quote by Marilyn Monroe, ‘There are no women who do not like perfume, there are women who have not found their scent’. This quote rightly applies to men too. Find your scent today!

So that’s it! I hope this post was very helpful to you.

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With Scentful Love,

The Perfumier 🌸

Floral Mind 04: Daisy

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Tell him, tell him not; tell him, tell him not; tell him! Shrek! This brings to mind a scene from the popular animated movie Shrek, where Princess Fiona simultaneously recited so, as she plucked petals of a flower, for each petal pulled off, to decide whether her knight who fought the mighty dragon to her rescue should know about the sun-setting curse. Like you’d guess, the flower being plucked here is Daisy.

MEANING & SIGNIFICANCE
In English history, the Daisy was referred to as Day’s Eye, and this name was a reference to the way the flower opened and closed with the sun. In French, Daisy means Marguerite and it interestingly comes from the Greek Margarite word meaning Pearl because millions of Daisies that covers the green fields looks like the Pearls.
A white Daisy represents shared feeling of affection, while a red one tells of beauty unknown to the possessor.
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ORIGIN
It is believed that daisies were among the flowers that grew in ancient Egyptian temple gardens 2,200 B.C. ago. Though in recent times, Colombia and Netherlands are said to be the largest producers of Daisies

MYTH &STORIES
During the Middle Ages, the daisy was often used to treat battle wounds. It was said that the plant could stop bleeding and relieve bruising and shock. Limbs and wounds were dressed with bandages containing crushed daisies to give relief and effect a cure.
King Henry VIII of England was said to have relied on eating daisies to stem serious stomach-ulcer pains, among many other ailments.
It was also believed to able to remove warts and turn grey hair back to black when mixed with oil

PERFUME

The Library of Fragrance- Daisy

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This floral fragrance has been described as a sheer, transparent and slightlty sweet scent tinged with green. It can be worn as a perfect, uplifting accompaniment to any morning.

Marc Jacobs- Daisy Dre

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Though the name of this fragrance is not contained in any of Marc Jacobs Daisy range, I decided to choose one, because of the month’s birth flower.

With a bottle decorated with Daisy motives and containing accords of jasmine and blackberries, this fruity aroma fragrance  is very easy to fall in love with, most especially during spring.

Availability
The can be gotten from Sephora and The Library of Fragrance

So now you know about Daisy, the birthflower of the month of April and though the month is almost gone, its not too late to gift any of these.

For more information on the history and origin of Daisy, you could check
garden guides.

With Scented Love,
The Perfumier 🌸

The Blessings

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It was the second Friday in December, 2014, I had just arrived home from the National Youth Service Corps program (NYSC) in Benue for the Christmas break. The sun shone brightly that afternoon and the people in the old city of Onitsha bubbled and hustled through the busy tarred roads as the Spirit of Christmas slowly crept in. At that moment, I wasn’t bothered at all by the environment, I was really excited to be home after being away for almost three months and I anticipated the warm welcome I’d get from my family and also the ‘Sunday rice’ 😁.

When I was done settling in, the gist began. Ears itched to know how my living experience in Aidogodo-Okpoga had been and all. Diversions came up in the conversation as we switched from one topic to another, then my mum asked, ‘ have you heard about the Nigerian lady that makes perfumes; and they even said her brand is high end as it sits with other luxury perfumes in top notch perfume galleries?’ ‘Huh!’ I retorted quickly . ‘Where is she, who is she’, I quizzed frantically. ‘She was recently featured in The Sun Newspaper Sunday’s edition’, she answered. With the speed of lightening, I ran upstairs immediately to the stack of newspapers packed at a corner. One after the other, I began to flip page to page each newspaper till I got to the exact page and ta-da, there she was, wearing subtle makeup, with a purple shirt and then a killer smile.

Belinda Brown is her name. She grew up in Nigeria, and her attraction to fragrance world started with a pot of Stella pomade, a body cream scented with jasmine and vanilla, which conceived an urge to have an ultimate fragrance, one specially created for her. She was eventually introduced to world renowned perfumer- Roja Dove, (professeur de parfum) and together with unequivocal efforts, a fragrance was created and the result turned out awesomely that she requested for bottles to be given to her friends, who loved it too. Thinking about how other women outside her circle of friends would benefit from this wonderful experience, the perfume line, Blessings was birthed.

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Blessings, which is feminine in nature comes in different packages-

Blessings Purple

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It projects femininity as it gives anyone a nostalgic aura of royalty and class. It carefully blends in jasmine absolute along with precious rose de mai, mandarin, vanilla and warm cedar.
A bottle of 100ml goes for £695 (yes convert it 😂).

Blessings Red

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The coolness and freshness if this perfume causes one word to come to mind- elegance! The main notes comprises of rose de mai, jasmine and ylang ylang.
A bottle of 100ml also goes for £695

Blessings Eau De Parfum

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Just like Purple, the fruity citrus note makes this one stand out. It screams exotic, vibrancy,  youthfulness. A bottle of 100ml goes for £175

Blessings Pour Elle Et Lui

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This one screams confidence. It seems ideal for older women, as it gracefully combines notes of cedarwood, vetiver, oakmoss, bergamot, lavender and pepper amongst others.
A bottle of 100ml goes for £275

Availability

All products can be gotten online from http://www.blessings-perfumes.com

With Scented Love,
The Perfumier 🌸

EDP, EDT, EDC… WHICH ONE?

In the previous post on Floral Mind, I said I was going to talk about this topic later. So here we are. We would be exploring the nature of Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette, Eau de Cologne and Perfume extract, also known as perfume. Perfume oil is the major component that distinguishes them.

Perfume oil is which is like a perfume in the raw form which is usually diluted with a solvent, commonly alcohol (sometimes alcohol and water) because undiluted oils are likely to contain high concentrations of components will likely result in allergic reactions and possibly injury when its applied directly to skin or clothing.

The concentration by percent of perfume oil is as follows:

Perfume extract or pure perfume or parfum contains 20%-40% of perfume oil. It is known as the strongest and one thing that makes it stand out is its level of tenacity, it lasts for over 8 hours with just a few spritz. This quality makes it really expensive.
Example
Guerlain – Shalimar

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Eau de Parfum is next in line. With concentration level of 10-30%, and being slightly below in its tenacious capacity, EDP stands out too. It lasts between 6- 8hours.
Example
Tom Ford – Neroli Portofino

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Eau de Toilette which has about 5-20% aromatic concentration of perfume oil it tends to be lighter in longevity and intensity than EDP and Perfume. It lasts between 4 – 6 hours.
Example
Oscar- Oscar Violet

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Eau de Cologne is a very light fragrance, with concentration of 2 – 5% generally simple and for both women and men, that we wear in summer or to make sport. It last generally for 2hours.
Example
Chanel – Eau de Cologne

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Most importantly, the basic truth about perfumes and its longevity varies from skin to skin, the quantity sprayed and even its components, that is, what it’s made of. Also, the price of each is determined by the percentage of aromatic concentration and not necessarily the size, and of course the brand, niche or designer. This helps to know which to use per time and season, like you mostly won’t be comfortable wearing Parfum in summer or dry season as it would create a really strong and choking effect.

I hope this was helpful to you, now the differnce is crystal clear. Which do you use? Which have you used?

With Scented Love,
The Perfumier 🌸

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