Beauty & Fashion
Scent of a woman
Smell is probably our most powerful sense. Certain scents can instantly transport you to a specific time and place. The smell of freshly baked cookies takes you back to your grandma’s farm kitchen, and the smell of jasmine reminds you of long summer evenings underneath the stars with your first love.
Just like we attribute certain smells to certain moments, we also attribute specific scents to people. You know the women in your life not only by the way they dress, talk and act but also by the way they smell.
Elaine Whelan, head of the Fragrance and Cosmetics Department for all four Mopani Pharmacy stores, says there’s nothing more intimate and alluring than a good perfume.
“This invisible part of a woman’s style influences how those around her comprehend who she is. It’s worth finding the best perfume to suit your character. Although the tradition of a woman having a signature scent is still very much the norm for some women, the new trend is more likely to treat perfume like an accessory, changing it to suit your mood and needs.”
Choosing a new perfume to try out can, however, be a daunting affair. To help you select your next scent, Get it has compiled a brief guide to the major categories with suggestions of when to wear what.
Infused with the tangy essence of citrus fruits, these perfumes are lively and energetic. The smell can be linked to the colours of the fruits they represent: Happy yellows, warm oranges and zesty green.
Citrus perfume makes you feel happy, alive and vibrant. These types of perfumes will serve as an instant pick-me-up during cold winter months or on rainy, grey days.
When to wear? For a brunch with your girlfriends or when you are feeling a little down.
Perfumes: Clinique Happy, Jo Malone Grapefruit, Calvin Klein CK One, Victoria’s Secret Lemon Escape, DKNY, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue and Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gioia.
Just hearing the word floral conjures up images of fragrant roses, sweet-smelling violets or the divine freshness of a bunch of lavender. Floral perfumes are typically light, fresh and youthful and are perfect for springtime. Some are single note, but most combine the scent of various flowers to create the classic sweet smell we associate with these fragrances.
When to wear? Wear these if you want to complete your pretty-in-pink look, or for your best friend’s wedding.
Perfumes: Chanel No 5, Karl Lagerfeld Chloe, Anaïs Anaïs by Cacherel, Estée Lauder’s Beautiful, Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Eau de Toilette, Estée Lauder Pleasures and Elizabeth Arden 5th Avenue.
Do you want to play up your bad girl vibes? Then put on some fruity perfume! They are fresh and spicy and give a bit more edge than floral. These perfumes are infused with the bright and familiar smell of your favourite fruits, think strawberry, cherry, apple, peach and mango.
When to wear? If you want to be the girl who stands out from the crowd. Fruity perfumes are also perfect for first dates.
Perfumes: Liz Claiborne by Liz Claiborne, Ralph Lauren Ralph Wild, Marc Jacobs Splash: Apple 2010, My Burberry, Giorgio Armani Si Passione, Fantasy Britney Spears and La Vie Est Belle Lancome.
Going green with perfumes means that you will smell natural and energetic. Think freshly mown grass, peppermint or the smell of your garden after the first leaves start to appear in springtime.
When to wear? On the sporting field or when you want to stay fresh.
Perfumes: Chanel No. 19, Ralph Lauren Safari, Escada Sport Country Weekend, Escada Magnetism, Adidas Adrenaline Woman, Chanel Chance and Cologne Mugler.
These perfumes are sexy, think red lingerie, sky-high stilettos and cocktails in a five-star restaurant bar. Oriental perfumes are distinctly feminine and sensual and feature an earthy, spicy scent such as ambergris often combined with warm notes of patchouli and amber.
When combined with florals, these scents are known as “florientals”. Vanilla, the ultimate comfort scent, is also often present.
When to wear? Date night with hubby… Do we need to say more?
Perfumes: Elizabeth Taylor Black Pearls, Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium, Guerlain Shalimar, Givenchy Organza, Versace Crystal Noir, Paco Rabanne Olympea, Tom Ford Velvet Orchid (Oriental Floral) Dolce & Gabbana The One (Oriental/Floral), Elie Saab Le Parfum (Oriental/Floral) and Chanel Coco Mademoiselle (Oriental/Floral).
Woody perfumes have more of a unisex vibe and are the most masculine type. These scents are based on notes of bark and moss and evoke a particular brand of no-nonsense femininity.
When to wear? Perfect for the working or corporate environment.
Perfumes: Estée Lauder Knowing, Chanel No. 19, Britney Spears Believe, Gucci Envy Me, Versace Crystal Noir, Estée Lauder Knowing, Valentino Donna Noir Absolu, Narciso Rodrigues For Her, Elizabeth Arden White Tea, Estée Lauder Modern Muse and Narciso Poudree Narciso Rodriguez.
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*Oops! There was a gremlin in the system with our September print edition. Elaine Whelan was referred to as a perfume sales assistant when she is actually head of the Fragrance and Cosmetics Department for all four Mopani Pharmacy stores. We regret any inconvenience caused.