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Perfumes: Scent per scent

Fragrances come in four different levels of concentration which dictate the price

Perfumes worn by men and women to enhance their appearance and announce their presence are often an indication of their personality. While perfumes help in elevating moods and inducing a general feeling of wellbeing, they also play a decisive role in making the right impressions.

The market in Oman is flooded with thousands of different perfumes which reflect not just varied choices but also cultural nuances as well as intricate details of every era. You can indicate the generation you belong to by the perfume you wear as well as disclose finer details of your persona without actually knowing it.

Experts say, perfumes are a multi-billion-dollar business. And while scores of scents abound on store racks in every city in the world, there are just a few which indicate a level of sophistication and class that are universal and which speak volumes about the wearer’’s status. Oman, too, is home to a range of scents, from common colognes to the most prestigious international brands. Popular perfume notes include Arabian oud, rose, jasmine as well as blends of a range of floral and fruity notes. What’s important, however, is choosing what suits you and your pocket the best.

Making a choice

Each perfume or cologne consists of different notes which determine the overall scent – base, top and middle notes, which work toge-ther to create the ultimate fragrance and spell. From floral tones to fruity notes, there is much to choose from while exotic perfumes even contain spicy notes like star anise or cinnamon.

Men’s scents, too, have various notes. Musk scents have a heavier, more masculine tone, while others may have smells like pine or leather-based notes. It is always a good idea to determine which types of cologne or perfume you prefer and then see which base notes they contain before making a purchase decision.

Four concentrations

Fragrances come in four different levels of concentration. As the concentration gets higher, the price too, gets higher. Typically, colognes or perfumes with high concentration last longer. They can be a bit pricey, but some people feel the higher price is absolutely worth it. The highest concentration is called perfume or parfum, which lasts all day. The next is eau de parfum, which can last for about six hours, the third is called eau de toilette and is usually fairly affordable while the fourth and lowest fragrance concentration is eau de cologne which only lasts about two hours.

Test the fragrance

Before you decide to purchase any fragrance, you should definitely do a few simple tests to make sure that it is something you will want to wear and that you will enjoy.

Do a simple sniff test of the bottle first to get the main idea of what it smells like. The key, however, is to try a bit of the fragrance on your skin. This is why most department and cosmetics stores offer testers for people. It is a good idea to spray a small amount on your wrists, wait a few moments, and then smell the scent on your skin.

Top perfume trends in 2019

Savoury gourmands

Gourmands (fragrances with food notes) emerged in 1992 but are still a hit. When Mugler launched his chocolate-infused flagship, ‘Angel’, it gave rise to a flood of similar fragrances, besides other foody fragrances from caramel to caviar. Paco Rabanne’s ‘Pure XS for Her’ has a sweet and salty popcorn note which brings wonderful balance to a contemporary gourmand.


Sandalwood fragrances are cool again in a way that they haven’t been in a long time. But these new, modern sandalwoods are of a different ilk to the ones of history. They are smooth, lightweight, transparent, refreshing and clean. A good example of this is the crystal clear ‘Century’ by Dunhill. For a warmer, more unusual interpretation, try Miller Harris’ ‘Peau Santal’.


In 2019, the house to watch is Givenchy. They have relaunched one of their classic colognes, but the star relaunch is of ‘L’Interdit’. Created by a trio of genius perfumers (Dominique Ropion, Anne Flip and Fanny Bal) this reinterpretation of the 1957 fragrance is a frivolous floral awash with a bubblegum dose of tuberose and lots of fizzy patchouli.

Label-free perfumery

Unisex fragrances are nothing new today and are preferred by many. It does appear that they are on the rise and many designer brands are moving away from ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ labels and are using terms such as ‘unisex’ and ‘genderless’. They are considered fragrances without labels for people without labels. The year 2019 has seen a maximum of label-free perfumes in stores.