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A perfume for a man or a woman should be selected according to the individual’s
personality and style. Therefore, you should identify the lifestyle, the kind of
activity performed when wearing the perfume and specific applications such as a
perfume for a special event, a perfume to be worn every day, etc.
For men, there are basically two kinds of scents. The first are the
sporty scents, which are strong and quite dominant. The ideal ones have a light
floral fragrance. The second kind is more romantic. These are a little
sweet but should not be too strong.
For women, the description is much
broader. Here too, the romantic scents are prevalent. They include delicate and
strong scents, mostly with a dominant sweetness. Lighter, more refreshing scents
project coolness and mild sourness and are sportier.
There are also
unisex perfumes. These tend to be more refreshing, more transparent and lighter
to suit both sexes.
When choosing a perfume for yourself, it’s preferable
to select two or three perfumes and match the scent with the kind of activity
performed. Generally speaking, in the evening it’s best to wear perfume with a
deep, sweet and sensual scent. In the daytime, wear a perfume with a lighter
scent that is invigorating and airy in terms of the cloud of fragrance it
It’s important to select a perfume according to the season. In
the winter, eau de parfum is usually favored over eau de toilette or eau de
cologne. The parfum is the perfume’s extract; therefore, it enables us to
connect to the deep scent, which is more concentrated than that of
In the summer we tend to use perfume on areas of the body that
are not too exposed to the sun’s rays, since in the sun, perfume on the skin
causes skin pigmentation. In winter we cover up our whole body, so we can create
a cloud of perfume and enter it without worrying about exposure. Therefore, in
the winter the perfume can be distributed more generously.
The design of
a perfume bottle plays a significant role in the selection
process. Although the scent won’t change if a bottle is blue or red,
linear or in the shape of a woman’s body, you’ll feel the difference when you
use the perfume in a designed bottle that you like. Usually, the bottle’s design
and shade of color will reflect the scent of the perfume itself.
of men’s perfume is usually rougher, in shades of black, silver or other dark
colors. A bottle of women’s perfume, in contrast, will be softer and more
sculpted, transparent if the scent is delicate, greenish if the scent is
refreshing, and red if the scent is sweet.
Standing at a perfume counter
can make your head spin with the abundance of scents and colorful bottles in
front of you. It isn’t easy to know how to choose from all those
To start the selection process, decide on up to six
perfumes and sniff the bottles. You can take two or three days to make
the decision, going into the store every day to smell a few different perfumes
until you narrow it down to two or three. Then choose one.
a method that contributes to the success of this process. Start by spraying the
perfumes on yourself, applying each scent to a different part, never parallel or
close to each other, so that the scents will remain distinct. Spray the perfume
on pulse points, such as the wrist and the crook of the elbow. After spraying,
wait a minute or two before taking a whiff. Let the scent disperse in the air
and blend in with your skin, then smell it. Sniff your skin between perfume
applications, and you will discover your favorite scent.Proud in Prada
Model and actress Lea Seydoux is the spokesperson for Prada’s new
perfume, Candy. In this interview, she describes the experience of representing
an international perfume.How would you describe Prada Candy in three
Femininity. Glory. Vivacity.You star in the commercial for Candy
directed by Jean-Paul Goude. Who is your character in the ad?
I play a girl who
wants to be in control of her own life.The commercial is based on a
dramatic dance sequence, where your character is always leading, instead of the
man. What was it like filming the dance?
Dance is one of my passions. It’s
amazing how the body can express emotions. I have the feeling that my body
becomes a musical instrument when it comes to dance.Did you watch any
film clips that inspired the film?
I’ve seen all of Jean-Paul’s videos. He has
many inspirations, and I feel that we have the same taste. Maybe because of our
cultural background, even though we’re not from the same generation.What
was it like to work with Jean-Paul Goude?
A dream. Jean-Paul is a great artist.
I learned a lot with him.If Prada Candy were a film, what kind of film
would it be?
Certainly a musical comedy!