Thursday, December 3, 2009

Hantaran Hunting: Perfume & Fragrances

Hello lovelies! Mood i berbunga-bunga since fiance back in town. We went for macam-macam hunting as if we're getting married next month! Dowh...

One of the hunting mission was perfume & fragrances.  I always waited for Cristmas sale for this purpose. Yela, for me it's cheaper and come with fabulous sets, and also gorgeous packing walaupun akan dirabakkan oleh si pendekor hantaran.

As for hantaran purpose, my aim is truly on the bottle. Next, bila dah jumpa bottle yang berkenan di hati, then only I looked for the perfect smell that suits me on my W day. This is a tough challenge for me as my body aroma ni pelik sket. It's very hard to find a perfume that match my odour.  So we walked, searched, and survey sampai fiance pun naik fed up with me, but not too long until I rasuah him with food ;p

In terms of smell, I opted for fresh and elegant scent. Yela, niatnya nak sembur banyak banyak during the recption nanti.  Some tips from The Knot:

Fragrance Glossary

  • Perfume (a.k.a. parfum): the most potent and usually the most expensive product in the fragrance family. Why it may be worth it to shell out the bucks: It has a higher concentration of oil, so a little goes a long way -- and you won't run out as quickly.
  • Eau de Parfum: falls next in the potency arena. It's not quite a perfume, but it goes that extra mile.
  • Eau de Toilette and Eau de Cologne: somewhat weaker and more watered down than perfume, both eau de toilette and eau de cologne are usually available in convenient spray bottles. Keep in mind, though, that while the bottles may be larger and priced similarly to smaller versions containing the same scent, the bigger bottles are less concentrated, so you're not necessarily getting more for your money.
  • Body Splash: has the lowest concentration of scented oil and disappears into the skin, offering a lighter scent.

Finding the One

  • If you're thinking about wearing a new scent on the big day, be sure to start experimenting at least a month before your wedding -- just in case your nose leads you to something that causes an allergic reaction.
  • Be sure to sniff a scent on your skin before you buy -- you can't judge a fragrance by how it smells in the bottle or on a scent card.
  • Test by spraying on the scent and letting it sit. Your body heat and oils will effect how it smells. Let the fragrance develop for a minute or two before putting it to a serious sniff test. Have your shopping buddy tell you what she thinks, too.
  • Once you've gotten your pal's approval, go home and let your honey take a whiff -- you don't want to wear a scent that makes him sniffle or wince -- or worse, one that reminds him of an ex.
  • Don't overwhelm your senses by sampling too many perfumes in one day. If you don't find "the one" the first day out, make another trip.

Wear It Well

  • For "scent-ual" staying power, apply fragrance in layers (different products, same scent). Start with a body wash, then slather on the scented moisturizer, and end with the perfume.
  • Put fragrance on your pulse points -- your wrists, behind your ears, in the bend of your elbows, on your ankles. These spots generate the most heat and will give off scent longer.
  • In warmer weather, wear lighter scents. Heat intensifies fragrance, so stay away from heavy perfumes on hot, humid days.
  • For a quick pick-me-up, keep fragrances in the refrigerator. Perfumes should not be exposed to extreme cold or heat, though -- adverse temperatures may change how a scent smells.
  • And, finally: Don't overdo it. People should see you before they smell you.

Eventually, I bought Perfume + after shave + pouch for him at a price that I can't resist. Also, he bought for me 2 perfumes at a price that won't burn a hole in his pocket :)

Moral of the story: If you can't buy fragrances from France, Aussie, or Amsterdam then buy it locally during Xmas sale!


dialicious said...

murah yerr perfume during christmas.xper beli slow2..x terasa sgt kan..hehe

zLa said...

yupe..tak terasa...
i bought perfume set for him tu, for RM 250. He bought 2 perfumes for me for RM 289. murah tak?

white purple flower said...

ai pegi metrojaya warehouse sale tadi..kecewe sbb sale die kali ni yg terhampeh skali lg2 bahagian fragrances & cosmetics..huh..sume brand tak penah dgr kecuali elizabeth arden yg tak bess tu je yg lain sume tah pape je..biase nye byk je perfume kat metrojaya nye warehouse sale..pastu heading to the garden sambung shopping kat robinson lagi puas hati.

zLa said...

o ek? mebe sbb sume yg best dah abis stock due to Xmas sale kot...

human pheromones said...

Oh well,in terms of smell, I opted for fresh and elegant scent. I was looking on the great perfume. :)