CRA-YON's Guide to Finding Your Perfect Perfume

Looking for a new scent but not sure where to begin? Look no further.

In this guide, our friends over at CRA-YON take us through the key factors to understand when deciding on a perfume, to help you make a more informed decision, and choose a fragrance that compliments your personality.

Fragrances can be a reflection of your personal preferences and can convey different moods and emotions. For example, a floral fragrance can be associated with love, whilst a woody fragrance can give a more confident impression.

If you're unsure which category of fragrance to go for, start by identifying your favourite scents in other products, such as lotions or candles, and find fragrances that share similar notes.

Perfumes are composed of various notes that work together to create a particular scent. These notes are categorised into different families, each with its own unique characteristics. Understanding the different note families can help you choose a fragrance that suits your preferences...


Citrus Notes

Citrus notes are bright, fresh, and invigorating, typically made using essential oils extracted from the peel or fruit of citrus trees. Providing a refreshing and energising effect, they're often preferred in summer time.

The use of these essential oils as top notes in perfumes is common, as they create the initial scent impression that is immediately noticed upon application. These oils are known to evaporate quickly, which is why they are often blended with other ingredients to produce a more sophisticated and long-lasting aroma.
Art Life activates your senses, raises your energy and stimulates your creativity with a composition filled with Citrus, Neroli and Tonka.

Woody Notes

Woody notes are a popular and enduring fragrance family in the world of perfumery. These scents evoke the warm, earthy, and natural aromas of the forest, including the smell of fresh cut wood, moss, and leaves. Woody notes can add depth, warmth, and sophistication to perfumes, making them an essential element in many fragrance compositions.

The most common sources of woody notes include sandalwood, cedarwood, oakmoss, vetiver, and patchouli. These are often combined with ingredients such as citrus, floral, or spicy notes to create a well-rounded and harmonious fragrance.
Sand Service is considered woody, crispy green with notes such as violet leaves, cardamom, papyrus, orris, and base notes of cedarwood and sandalwood. The mood direction for this scent is that it attracts positivity, clarity and luminosity.
Passport Amour combines the delicate essence of a spicy woody rose with the earthy richness of agarwood, cedarwood and patchouli. The mood direction is self love, magnetism and evoking attraction.

Aromatic Notes

Aromatic notes are fresh and herbaceous, often associated with the scent of freshly cut grass or herbs, composed of ingredients such as basil, thyme, and mint.

Their freshness makes them popular with most, and a great choice for an all year round scent.
The High Road is a herbaceous and sensual scent with notes of cannabis, fig, sage, cedarwood, violet, and musk. It's a multilayered scent that enchants all senses and teases your mind.

Ambrée Notes

Fragrances in the ambrée family are often warm, voluptuous, and tend to have a warm, heavy, and diffusive richness. For this reason they are often associated with Autumn and Winter seasons.

These fragrances also linger sensually on the skin due to their heavy base notes, which tend to last longer. Popular notes in this family include amber, sandalwood, coumarin, orris, vanilla and cinnamon.
Continental belongs to the Ambrée family, with leather, incense and oud accord. Its mood direction is powering and grounding.
Vanilla CEO is known as the new 'power fragrance'. It has heart notes of warm vanilla orchid balanced with orange blossom, bergamot and mandarin top notes.

*Guest editorial, words and images by CRA-YON

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