When it comes to perfume, each skin and nose has its own habits and olfactory preferences. While some like to rely on the power of an intense and opulent perfume, others prefer to rely on the sobriety and comfort of a discreet fragrance. Between intense essences and delicate juices, our nose dives according to our desires and the seasons. In this article, we’ll explore the different aspects that differentiate light and intense fragrances, and help you choose the formula that best suits your preferences and personality.
Intense or light: it’s all in the bottle
The concentration of the perfume
The world of perfume is complex and fascinating. Fragrances are often classified according to their concentration, which can vary from light to intense. Concentration is the first factor that differentiates a light fragrance from an intense one. It is measured as the percentage of perfume concentrate in the overall composition of the product. Light fragrances, such as eau de toilette or cologne, contain a lower concentration of the fragrance, usually between 1% and 3%. Eaux de parfum or essences extracts (called pure perfume at Carrément Belle) can contain up to 30% of perfume concentrate.
This difference in concentration directly affects the longevity of the fragrance and its intensity. Light fragrances tend to evaporate more quickly and do not last as long as intense compositions. Powerful formulas, on the other hand, have a longer wear time and a higher projection. This means that the perfume is stronger and more noticeable to those around you. You will leave a wake behind, an olfactory imprint. However, the difference between a light and an intense perfume goes far beyond the concentration of the fragrance.
The complexity of the composition
The second factor that differentiates a light fragrance from an intense one is the complexity of the composition. Discrete perfumes tend to be simpler in terms of formulation. They contain lighter, lesser notes. They are often composed of fresh, fruity ingredients, such as citrus, berries and light florals. Intense scents, on the other hand, tend to be more complex, with a more advanced combination in terms of their olfactory pyramid. Their ingredients will be more numerous, and perfumers usually incorporate fragrance compounds that will bind the materials together for a longer duration.
Powerful compositions can have a richer and more diverse olfactory palette, with woody, spicy and oriental notes. These heavier nuances can give the fragrance a depth and complexity that may not be found in lighter fragrances.
How to choose between an intense and a discreet fragrance?
What is the purpose of the fragrance?
The third differentiating factor is ultimately based on the purpose of the fragrance. Why do you want to wear perfume? For yourself, for others? To make a statement or feel confident? Light fragrances are often used for more casual occasions or for more introverted personalities who aren’t necessarily looking to make a statement. They are also more popular during the warmer summer months, when fresh, light notes are more appropriate for the environment.
Intense scents, on the other hand, are often associated with more precious and sophisticated occasions, like parties or special events. They are also more appropriate during the cold, gray months of winter. Their warm and spicy notes can take you on a journey and warm you up at the same time!
What are you wearing?
Choosing between a light and an intense perfume depends on your personal preferences, the occasion you plan to wear the perfume, your lifestyle and your overall personality. Here are some tips to help you choose between a light and an intense perfume:
- Consider the occasion: if you are planning to wear the fragrance for a special event, an intense perfume may be more appropriate. If you are looking for a scent for a casual day, a light smell would be more appropriate.
- Try different scents: the best way to find out if a light or heavy perfume is right for you is to simply try them on. Test, wear and smell different types of fragrances and note which ones you prefer based on intensity, longevity and complexity.
- Ask your friends and family for their opinion: if you are still undecided, ask your friends and family for their opinion. They can help you find the perfume that best suits your personality!
Perfumes for all noses at Carrément Belle
We have thought of all the personalities that may be hiding behind your inspiring noses! That’s why we decided to offer you different types of perfumes, as intense and powerful as more discreet and intimate compositions. Among our collection of scents, you can wrap yourself in the powdery softness of musc. This light eau de parfum is designed to be placed as close to your skin as possible. Its wake will not be noticed by everyone, but it will envelop you all day to comfort you. On the other hand, we also offer more intense fragrances, notably thanks to oriental scents built around amber, like SO, or patchouli with kilim and ippi patchouli.
Also, you can go for the pure perfume. This formula diffuses the same scent as eau de parfum, in a composition even more concentrated in fragrance. Its perfume will be more intense and its smell will cling to your skin and never leave it! There is something for every taste, for every occasion and for every season! It’s up to your nose…
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