You may think that perfume impressions are something you just hear about, but you can make them too! Perfume impressions are fragrances created using extracts from the plants and herbs used to create perfumes, colognes, and other scented products.
This doesn’t mean that you’ll end up smelling like the perfume itself, but it’s still an exciting way to get a whiff of the scents in perfumes, even if you don’t have any handy! Find out more about perfume impressions with our guide below.
Why you should use perfume impressions
There are many reasons for smelling perfumes. For one, it’s fun. But, more important, you can use perfume impressions when making your choices about which perfumes to buy and wear.
A perfume impression is a quick way of figuring out how a fragrance smells on your skin or in a sample vial compared with how it smells on a blotter (or swab).
Perfume impressions may be all you need before deciding if you want to buy that new scent—and save money by avoiding buying fragrances that aren’t right for you or buying too much of something that is!
An overview of the different types of perfumes
Just like wine, the perfume comes in many different types with varying prices. Some perfumes are said to be heavy while others are described as light. However, they are generally classified by concentration or by their scent profile (i.e., fresh, floral, oriental).
Popular concentrations include eau de parfum, eau de toilette and eau de cologne. Less concentrated (and less expensive) scents include body spray and aftershave. Generally speaking, higher concentrations last longer on your skin while lighter fragrances fade more quickly—but everyone is different so experiment with what works best for you!
The role that fragrance chemicals play in creating an impression
So what exactly is an impression? When we smell a fragrance, there are three main things that happen. First, molecules travel up into our nasal cavity.
(1) and they’re detected by our olfactory receptor cells
(2). Then, these receptor cells relay information about these odor molecules to our brain
(3), which in turn makes sense of them. The brain associates particular molecular patterns with specific smells or smells rather than particular aromas or fragrances. So even though you may not realize it when you’re smelling something, your brain is making thousands of tiny guesses about what it might be before determining what that smell is.
Tips for getting started on your own
At first, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all of your options. When you’re starting out, you might want to consider using top notes, middle notes, and base notes that blend together easily.
This technique is used frequently in perfumes so you can smell them together as a whole instead of having one note dominate another.
Additionally, it’s helpful to consider whether your perfume will smell floral or fruity; if so, decide on a color scheme that works with that concept. For example, if your perfume has a citrus aroma with a yellow tinge, use gold or orange packaging for an eye-catching look!