A Guide to Perfume Types


Shopping for a new perfume can be overwhelming with all of the scents available. Not only are the varieties endless, there are also different fragrance concentrations. Underneath the name of the perfume on a bottle you will normally be able to identify the type of fragrance concentration it is made with. A fragrance concentration refers to the strength that a fragrance has. Perfumes with a higher fragrance concentration contain more perfume oils and less alcohol. These concentrations are broken into categories including parfum, eau de parum, eau de toilette, eau de cologne and more.

Parfum-has the highest fragrance concentration between 20% to 30%

Of all scents, parfums last the longest; usually six to eight hours.

Eau de Parfum between 15% and 20%. Will last for four to five hours.

Eau de Toilette between 5% and 15% it will last for two to three hours.

Eau de cologne has a 2% to 4% concentration of fragrance and a high concentration of alcohol.

If you want your perfume to turn necks when you walk into a room, you’d choose the fragrance with the highest concentration, am I right? Doing so will not only give you a lovely smell, its strong oils will actually last longer so that your aroma can linger on for hours. When it comes to our skincare, shouldn’t we be on the lookout for something similar? Think about it, a product that contains the highest concentration of natural activating ingredients? Yes, please! But where can we find such a high concentrated product that's long lasting and meant to boost healing properties?

 

Skincare industries advance day by day, there are a variety of products to target specific problems, the one I am fond of are the “serums! “

You might be wondering what a serum is if you haven’t heard of it already. Serums are to skincare what parfum is to fragrances. It is the highest concentration of your main ingredient plus other complementary ingredients that target their specific use.

A good serum should be filled with antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients that should be fast absorbing due to its light consistency gel that is meant to replenish and heal your skin. 

I want to make sure you don’t fall into purchasing a bad quality serum.  Whether you want to achieve younger skin or balance your skin tone, the right serum for you should ideally be filled with polysaccharides. You’re probably thinking what in the world is a poly-what!? No worries, I can explain! Polysaccharides (Poly-sak-ah-rides) are sugar-like molecules that are naturally found in our skin. They are responsible for the skin’s ability to hydrate and retain water, which prevent dry skin along with the prevention of wrinkles, lines, loss of elasticity etc. Over the years, we sadly start losing our own natural polysaccharides but luckily, we can find them in the Mexican Blue Agave whose salve is filled with those poly-whats!  Serums with Blue Agave as its highest concentrated main ingredient are critical for skin repair and skin renewal and will also combat unwanted sunspots! 

Depending on the type of serum, it will also have added ingredients, for anti-aging such as hyaluronic acid, and argilerine to lessen the appearance of wrinkles. A brightening serum for balanced and glowing skin tone will have hyaluronic acid, rice and peppermint oil. Like many things, the more you apply serums, the antioxidant healing properties will revive and encourage younger looking skin. Make a habit of it! Apply a serum in the day and evening to achieve a great new feel. The best is yet to come baby!

 Now that you have a bit of a background with what serums are, it is time to seal in its moisture and polysaccharides with a rich moisturizer to really get those anti-aging boosting properties going! According to Reneerouleau, when using a serum, it’s important to use a moisturizer over the serum to seal it into the skin. While most serums are meant to hydrate the skin, their main goal is to deliver active ingredients deeper within the skin and they don’t provide a protective shield between your skin and the environment like moisturizers will do.” My products of preference are from Agavespa skincare. Their products use the Blue Agave as their main ingredient and to me, that unique plant is the key to anti-aging. You can choose a serum that is right for you; Agave Spa offers a Brightening Serum to glow wherever you go, and my favorite, the Anti-Aging serum.  After I apply my AgaveSpa Anti-Age serum and it has absorbed, I apply their Anti-Aging cream to lock in moisture and boy does my skin feel younger!

At one point, we all need to start thinking about adding natural anti-aging products into our skincare regimen. No matter how young you may be, it never hurts to start early. I can assure you the time you spend preventing these skin insecurities are definitely worth it in the long run.

 



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