THE EVO­LU­TION OF A SCENT

Women's Health (South Africa) - - SEX DISCUSS -

“The first bloom of scent from a freshly ap­plied fra­grance is dom­i­nated by ‘top notes’,” says Will An­drews, di­rec­tor and tech­ni­cal ex­pert of fra­grance com­mu­ni­ca­tion at Coty. “Light­weight and volatile, these are usu­ally fresh and cit­rusy or sweeter flo­ral notes – they set the scene. When the weather is hot, they are gone after 30 min­utes. Once evap­o­rated, the ‘dry­down’ phase of the fra­grance comes through, which is a com­bi­na­tion of the heart and base notes. This is the true scent pro­file you will live with from day to day and you can there­fore make a re­li­able se­lec­tion based on this.” Scents fall into three camps – and whether you’re a fan of chypre (we’re talk­ing warm, dry and woody), ori­en­tal (spicy and musky) or flo­ral (does what it says on the tin), high tem­per­a­tures will make your fra­grance de­velop more quickly and could change your scent of choice.

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