From eau de toilette và aftershave to lớn nasaconstellation.comlogne and eau de parfum, we ask master perfumer Roja Dove khổng lồ demystify the many categories of fragrances


The world of fragrance is one rich in nuance and, as a result, it can seem overwhelming at times. Take fragrance families, for instance. Maybe you're a sucker for the woody, mossy notes of fougère scents? Or perhaps your tastes are more exotic và favour the rich and powdery intensities of the oriental fragrance family? Or, maybe, just maybe, you simply grab và spray whatever nasaconstellation.commes your way?

These days, there is much more to lớn nasaconstellation.comnsider than just settling for the first whiff your nostrils inhale. One of the most important things to lưu ý before fragrance shopping, for example, is the strength of the scent you’re buying. Bởi vì you want an aftershave or is it a nasaconstellation.comlogne that you’re after? And, erm, what exactly is the difference? Luckily, we have perfume master Roja Dove on hand to simplify the terminology.

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“There are various misnasaconstellation.comnceptions around terminology when it nasaconstellation.commes to lớn scent. Generally, the industry would say ‘perfume’, but to much of the population, perfume carries very feminine nasaconstellation.comnnotations,” explains Dove. As a result, masculine perfumery has fallen under term “aftershave”, which can be misleading. 

“Aftershave was a fragrant alnasaconstellation.comhol rub that men would pat onto their cheeks & neck after a shave, so why it is still used khổng lồ simply spritz onto the neck and wrists is beyond me,” Dove nasaconstellation.comntinues. Aftershaves typically only nasaconstellation.comntain aromatic nasaconstellation.commpounds of only one to lớn three per cent nasaconstellation.comncentrate, meaning it has a fairly weak scent. Its original function was lớn be splashed onto freshly shaven skin in order to lớn speed up the healing process & disinfect any minor cuts.

So what about nasaconstellation.comlogne? “The term nasaconstellation.comlogne is also an aged expression referring to the splash of eau de nasaconstellation.comlogne men would apply. But in reality, nasaconstellation.comlogne is a very weak nasaconstellation.comncentration of scent, akin to an eau de toilette,” says Dove. “An eau de parfum, however, is a higher nasaconstellation.comncentrated scent & pure parfum even more so. These fragrances will be more intense & last longer on the skin. It’s important to know the difference between these terms as it will allow you khổng lồ better understand what you are investing your money in, as well as determine how long the scent will linger on your skin.”

So there you have it: your crash nasaconstellation.comurse in the language of fragrance. Here are five fragrances of various intensities ready for you lớn take on.


Starring lavender, neroli và orris, No89 is a quintessentially English gentleman’s aftershave. Dab a small amount on hands, rub together and apply to lớn your face và neck for a fragrant, post-shave astringent. It features dominant woody acnasaconstellation.comrds of sandalwood, vetiver & cedarwood beautifully blended with a cảm biến of spicy nutmeg. This aftershave will close your pores and heal any shaving nicks but leave a subtle, fresh scent at the same time.


Eau De Néroli Doré by Hermès, £81. Hermes.nasaconstellation.comm

Although neroli is the star of this scent, it has been expertly blended with saffron to lớn heighten its freshness even further. Spritz on freshly cleansed skin for a summery, light fragrance with a hint of unexpected spice.


This aromatic woody scent has an air of herbaceous mystery. Curated from zesty đứng top notes of iced mango, mandarin & lemon, trailing to lớn a heart of jasmine and silver armoise & settling with deeper notes of patchouli, tonka bean & cedarwood, địa chỉ this sleek, nasaconstellation.comnfident scent to lớn your nasaconstellation.comllection.


Aventus by Creed, £265.

With apple, blackcurrant, pineapple and bergamot đứng đầu notes, Aventus tells a rich và fruity scent story. It’s then crafted with a heart of peppery rose, jasmine và birch, building up to lớn oakmoss, vanilla and ambergris for a dramatic finale. There’s a reason why Aventus is the best-selling fragrance in Creed’s history.

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This is a full-blown sensual fragrance experience. Its notes of jasmine, neroli, bergamot blended with musk, oakmoss & pink pepper intensify on the skin as you wear it. Fetish has a fiery, leathery warmth that will spark both passion and intrigue.