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Find your fragrance

Are you confused about buying a new fragrance? Choosing a fragrance can be a tricky affair with an array to choose from but here are some guidelines to begin with.

Fragrance Families

The first step to finding what fragrance suits you best is to understand the differences between the scent clusters that exist: woody, floral, oriental and fresh.

Warm and woody scents

include wood-based smells like cedarwood, sandalwood, vetiver and amber that are mysterious and captivating. They are further differentiated into mossy woods with earthy and sweet undertones and dry woods that emit smoky, leathery smells. This family is best worn in the evenings.

Floral fragrances

have sweet and flowery scents and use notes such as roses, jasmine, lilies and peonies. They can vary from being light and delicate to being intense and complex. They are very popular and are widely bought.

Oriental fragrances

are more luxurious in that they have notes that are warm, sweet and spicy at the same time. They range between floral, soft and woody orientals. Their luxury comes from their rich and sensual quality and they often use interesting notes such as cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla alongside other scents like jasmine, orchid and orange blossoms.

Fresh fragrances

smell refreshing, zesty and vibrant as they have in them citrus, water and green notes. They are further categorized into citrus-based fragrances that are created with lemon, mandarin and bergamot, while the other category of water fragrances are made with aquatic notes such as sea spray. A third category is fresh and green and reminds us of herbal and leafy scents that have a crisp, uplifting smell. They  are referred to as aromatic fougère fragrances as they are created with notes of lavender, rosemary or basil.

Understanding Fragrance Notes

A fragrance is defined by its top, middle and base notes. The top or opening notes create the first impression of a fragrance. They are what we smell immediately after the fragrance is sprayed. They evaporate quickly but will create the first impression. Next in line are the middle or heart notes. They last longer and are well – rounded constituting the main body of the fragrance. Last but not the least, the base notes come last, stay on for the longest period of time leaving us with the final impression. They mix with the middle notes to create the full body of the perfume or the aftershave.

Do you also know that the name of the perfume will indicate its strength and how long it will last? As a thumb rule, know that fragrances are created by mixing perfume oil with alcohol: the more perfume oil, the stronger the fragrance and the longer it will last.

Eau de Parfum (EDP) contains between 10-20% of perfume oil, and will generally last around 8 hours. Eau de Toilette (EDT) contains around 5-15% of perfume oil and will last somewhere between 4 and 7 hours. They will often pleasantly surprise us with a quick burst of beautiful smells before fading; a great first impression. Eau de Cologne is a much lighter choice. It has only around 2-4% of perfume oil, and is often used as a body splash to freshen up at regular intervals. Eau de Cologne isn’t made to last longer hours, it stays on for 2-3 hours at the max. The lightest concentration in the perfume category is the Eau Fraiche. It is very light with only 1-2% of perfume oil and suits those who don’t take well to heavy scents. They will only last a couple of hours at best, but are just right for creating a subtle, delicate fragrance

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Are automatic soap dispensers worth it? Yes, automatic soap dispensers are a great option for families who prioritize convenience. They are easy for all ages to use and help prevent the spread of bacteria and germs.


Soap Dispensers can use liquid dish soap, liquid hand soap, alcohol-based hand-sanitizer, and even typical hand lotions. Foaming soap will pump from the soap dispenser but it will not foam. Foaming soap dispensers have a chamber that mixes air into the soap.


Provided that the soap itself hasn’t run out, the most common reasons for this may be: If your dispenser has not been used in a long period of time it may become clogged. The sensor may be damaged, the batteries have run out or the wiring is faulty (in the case of automatic soap dispensers).


Bacteria from fecal matter & other sources can grow inside the dispenser. The sad truth is that soap from bulk soap dispensers is prone to becoming contaminated. According to recent studies, contaminated soap may actually do the opposite of what they’re supposed to do.


Touch-free soap dispensers are not only more hygienic than manual soap dispensers, but they also help reduce soap consumption. High soap consumption in public restrooms is a common problem.

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