What to look for in a perfume? by Radhika

Well, you all would have figured out how I absolutely love perfumes and keep updating my stock with new brands and trying fragrances out of my comfort zone.

I get this habit and love for perfumes from my family. My father has an amazing collection of Perfumes and ‘Itars’ which is also known as ‘Attar’ in India which is a Fragrant essential Oil typically made from rose petals and were used by Mughals and kings in India back in those days and my Mother who has an amazing collection and perfumes as old as 20 years which were passed on to her from her mother.

I mostly like Fruity/ Floral fragrances but totally love anything strong which would last long enough as well.

That’s confusing I know 😛

Here are a few tips on what to look for before you buy a new perfume –

  1. Make sure the Fragrance fits your lifestyle/Environment and Season

There are Winter and Summer fragrances , winter fragrances comprise of Woody , Rich , musky undertones of Vanilla , Cassie, Rose etc.

Summer on the other hand has more of Fruity /Citrus/Floral more natural fragrances.

  1. Fragrances turn up different on everyone’s body , I suggest you try out a sample on your wrist and Leave it on for a few minutes before you decide to buy it.

  2. Sniff the perfume from the bottle and compare it with the tested sample on your wrist or on the blotter sheet.

  3. Make sure you know the difference between EDP, EDT ,EDC and Parfum and choose accordingly.

EDP is EAU DE PARFUM which is a French word and means that the concentration level is between 8-15% and can last from 3-5 hours. EDT is EAU DE TOILETTE is lighter than EDP with a 4-8% concentration of the essence and usually lasts for 2-4 hours and then is EDC which is EAU DE COLOGNE with a concentration of 2-4% and lasts up to 2 hours.

Parfum on the other hand has the highest concentration and lasts the longest out of all the above and are also expensive compared to EDP, EDT and EDC.

Please keep the points above in mind and pick up ‘the one’ you like

Here is a picture of the latest addition to my collection, hope this article helps you in your perfume Shopping 😊

Happy Shopping Everyone !!

– Radhika

About Radhika – she is an influencer & has begun to contribute actively on our blog. Catch all her amazing activity on her Instagram page – http://www.instagram.com/techiecurls 

Wine etiquette


With all wine festivals happening around these days, here is a bit of stuff you must know about Wine & its drinking etiquette!
A general understanding of the art of drinking, serving and tasting wine will help you appreciate it more. Bring a bottle and a cheese platter, throw on some red lipstick and dance the night away.

There are subtle differences between the glasses that you use for white and red wine. A traditional red wine glass has a large bowl, which is also wide enough so you can swirl the liquid with ease, making the aromas of the wine reach the tip of the glass.
White wine glasses have a longer stem and a more slender globe, to ensure that your fingers are away from the bowl and it stays as cool as possible.
Champagne and other sparkling wines are served in “flutes” which are long and narrow, to help preserve the bubbles.
Whatever the wine, ensure that the glass has a clear bowl, so that you can get a good look at the wines color and intensity.

Serving wine:
Filling facts- fill the red wine glass to 1/3rd full, white wine glass ½ full and sparkling wine 3/4th full.
Proper placement- on the table, your wine glass goes to right of your water glass.
Toasting- it is polite to maintain eye contact when clinking glasses to a toast. Otherwise, you risk seven years of bad luck (read: bad sex) according to French superstition.
Sequence- If you’re serving more than one wine, remember this golden rule: white before red, light before dark, dry before sweet, simple before complex. This ensures that the boldest sweetest wines don’t overwhelm the more delicate subtle ones you are to sip first.
“Twist and pour”- to prevent dripping when filling your glass, twist the bottle at the end of pouring. It also looks fancy!

Drink it up-
Once the wine is poured in appropriately, its time to enjoy and evaluate the wine. This has four basic steps: looking, swirling, smelling and tasting.
Looking- At this stage you will be evaluating the wine by its appearance and color. Hold it up to the light and observe all the hues. Red wine must not be brown or flat looking. White wines have shades of golden and amber. You may even notice greens sometimes!
Smelling- Swirl the wine gently in the glass to aerate the wines myriad aromas. Swirling lifts the scents up to the rim of the glass. Inhale deeply with your mouth open. Your smell will determine your perception of taste greatly.
Tasting- next, take a small sip and let it linger in your mouth before you swallow. This helps you take in all the flavors the wine has to offer. Now that you have full prepared yourself to enjoy the glass, drink up and have fun!


A helpful tip if you have lipstick on and don’t want to stain the glass, (which removes colour and looks a bit icky) simply lick the edge of the glass discretely right before you take a sip. Now you’re ready!

Happy Wine drinking!

Content contributor : Saumya Chawla