What To Know When Picking Your Perfect Fragrance

Shop For Fragrances on HSN


Tune in to Beauty Report for more tips and tricks from Amy Morrison every Thursday from 7pm to 9pm, and join us on Twitter using #BeautyReport!


Certain scents can instantly transport us to another place and time; that’s why having the right perfume can be so empowering. As women we can play with different fragrances to make us feel more confident, energized, sexy, or relaxed. As Christian Dior says “A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting,” so I’ll help you find your signature scent to show the world.


Before dipping into some heady scents, here’s a breakdown on fragrance terms:


  • Eau de Cologne: Two to five percent perfume oil mixed with alcohol and water. It will include light essential oils.
  • Eau de Toilette: Five to fifteen percent perfume oil, mixed with alcohol instead of water. It’s stronger than Eau de Cologne as the water used is often geranium, lavender, lilac, or violet water.
  • Eau de Parfum: Fifteen to eighteen percent perfume oil, mixed with alcohol, this is a heavier fragrance that can have a variety of aromatic scents/oils in it.
  • Perfume: Fifteen to thirty percent perfume oil mixed with alcohol, it contain the highest percentage of essential oils making the most powerful fragrance.


Each different fragrance will also be built off of fresh, woody, floral, or spiced aromatic notes that will determine the mood of each scent.


1) Fresh

Flowery notes like rose, carnation, lavender, orange blossom, and violet


Shop For Fresh Fragrances on HSN


2) Woody

Earthy notes like bergamot, oakmoss, labdanum, and patchouli


Shop For Woody Fragrances on HSN


3) Floral

Clean and crisp notes like citrus, apricot, apple, peach or fresh grass


Shop For Floral Fragrances on HSN


4) Spiced

Warm notes like vanilla, incense resins, amber and musk


Shop For Spiced Fragrances on HSN


To show off your new knowledge of fragrances try out:



What is your favorite fragrance to wear?

No Comments Yet

Leave a Reply

Back to Top