Welcome to the designer perfume section – your online reference point for information, reviews and product details of your favourite designer fragrances, from Armani, DKNY and Calvin Klein to the Tiffany and Vera Wang perfume ranges.
Today’s consumers are spoilt for choice when it comes to luxury perfumes and colognes, and it is possible to feel overwhelmed by the amazing and vast array of products on offer. To help you find the right type of perfume, ask yourself the following two questions when you try a new one out: do I like it and does it suit me? Sometimes a perfume can smell fantastic on somebody else, but when we actually spray it on ourselves, the scent reacts with out own body’s chemicals and changes dramatically. Another thing to bear in mind is: does the scent suit my lifestyle? You may find a rich, musky fragrance extremely pleasant, but if you only ever wear perfume during the day you may prefer to go for something a little softer and fresher and more suited to casual wear.
Have you ever wondered why some people love certain scents whilst others find them too sweet or too strong? A leading Austrian perfume maker by the name of Stephen Jellinek put forward the theory that the type of scent a human is attracted to correlates directly with the colour of his or her hair. For instance, the hypothesis suggests that blonds prefer clean, fresh, green fragrances like thyme and basil, whilst brunettes opt for spicy and woody tones such as sandalwood and vetivert. In contrast, red heads are believed to be drawn to floral, fruity and citrus-based scents, but those with very dark, raven hair prefer the heady honey-like and oriental fragrances of ylang ylang and patchouli.
Another theory, this time introduced by a perfume expert named R.W. Moncrieff, was that there is a definite link between perfume tastes and personality traits. Moncrieff proposed that individuals with an introverted nature were much more aware of scents and smells than those with outgoing and extroverted personalities, and were much likelier to opt for strong oriental fragrances as opposed to light, fresh and fruity scents.
Scientists Mensing and Beck took this theory one step further by suggesting that in fact our perfume preferences are associated with our own tastes in colour. In this way, people who are drawn to dark colours like violet, red and green will be fond of warm, oriental scents whilst those who find light, bright colours like yellow, pink and orange pleasant will opt for fresh, fruity and floral aromas.