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Fragrance TYPES for beginners

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There are thousands of fragrances, perfumes, eau de toilette, etc. to choose from. But did you know that there are only two types of fragrances? I'm talking about actual composition here, not the more common varieties such as eau de parfum vs eau de toilette, which refer only to concentration. Of course, you don't need to understand everything about fragrances to enjoy them, but having a bit of extra knowledge can help you select the fragrance that is best for you. For the most part, fragrances use a three stage formulation, often referred to as notes. Here is what you need to know:

Top Notes - This can be considered the so-called "first impression" given by a fragrance. It is typically made up of lighter ingredients which can make a fragrance come off with a sense of freshness. Common top notes include citrus (lemon, grapefruit, etc), green notes (pine, mint, etc) and aldehyde.
Middle Notes

Middle Notes - Following a few minutes, the top notes will start to mix in with something called middle notes. Sometimes, the middle notes would be called the heart of the fragrance. The middle notes are what best characterizes a fragrance and are used to classify it into a fragrance family such as woody, oriental of floral. There are a great variuety of ingredients that can be used to create the scents of the middle notes.

Base Notes - As the name may imply, top notes make up the underlying tones. Base notes are what gives a fragrance its long-term appeal. These notes are constructed from less volatile ingredients. Common base note ingredients are vanilla, amber, and other rare woods.

You can buy fragrances with all of these notes by going to

Despite having three different notes, the transition from top to bottom should be seamless, creating a harmonious aroma from the blend of notes. More recently, there has emerged another fragrance type where there is no noticeable gransition from the top notes to the base notes. Such fragrances utilize a vertical formulation that has a tendency to emphasize one predominant note.

Finding Your Ideal Match Can Be A Numbers Game


All young people are have many dreams, such as what career to pursue and of course, finding love and getting married. It is a basic human need to seek a lifelong companion. And while the methods we use to find a potential mate have changed quite a bit over the years, the need to find a true match has remained constant over human history.

A friend of mine once said that finding a match is just a numbers game. You have to put yourself out there and meet and interact with a lot of people to find someone to date. And even when you find someone to date, you usually have to go through quite a few boyfriends or girlfriends before you find someone you want to spend the rest of your life with. This can of course be frustrating, but it need not be. If you actually utilize many of the modern tools available to you, it's perfectly reasonable to expect that you can avoid this long and winding road to finding love.

One tool almost everyone should be using in the present age is online dating. It's easy to join dating sites and they are all pretty reasonably priced. A site as famous and high-quality as, for instance, can only cost about $30 a month. If you select a long-term membership and use a free trial or coupon, the cost can be way less, even under $20 in some cases.

But joining dating sites would not make sense, no matter how affordable, if they didn't deliver results. In the beginning, many people had some not unreasonable doubts about how effective dating sites could be. Decades later, however, such doubts have dissipated. Thanks to studies, we now know that online dating works. Some studies have even shown the people who find each other have a lower divorce rate and are generally happier than people who meet through other methods.

As we progress further into the future, it would not surprise me if we begin to rely more and more on technology to assist us in finding people to date or marry. I believe online dating is just the tip of the iceberg. But for now, everyone who is serious about finding love should give sites like some serious consideration.

E-cigarette facts you should consider


E-cigarettes were rather obscure 10 years ago, but in the intervening years they have exploded in popularity in the United States. Today, you can not only just buy e-cigarettes and their accessories online, but you can also find dozens of local e-cigarette stores in your local neighborhood. This makes it very easy for e-cigarettes users to get what they need.

Despite this, some people remain ignorant about certain e-cigarette facts, so I will try to provide some clarification.

1. E-cigarettes are just as bad as tobacco smoking. This used to be a prevalent misconception, but many experts have weighed in, and there seems to be a consensus that e-cigarettes aren't great for your health, but they are much better than regular smoking. You could say it is the much lesser of two evils.

2. E-cigarettes don't contain nicotine. In most cases, this is simply untrue. The vast majority of e-liquids you purchase will contain some amount of nicotine. The good news, however, is that you can customize the amount of nicotine that is put in your e-liquid. In some instances you can even buy e-liquids with zero nicotine content.

3. E-cigarette explosions are a common risk. While explosions do occur, the chances of something like that happening to you is very, very slim. Moreover, if you stick to trusted brands like Halo Cigs and avoid the complicated batteries called mods, the chance of any explosion happening is virtually eliminated. (Make sure you use Halo Cigs coupons and promo codes.)

Granted, if you want to buy the most reputable brands of e-cigarettes such as Halo Cigs, it can often cost you a bit more money than buying cheap batteries from Chinese sellers. But in the end, I have found that it is worthwhile to spend the extra money. And if money is a concern, you can always use online coupons and promo codes to bring down the cost. Another option is to buy a lot of products at once, since this often results in you getting free shipping offer and extra discounts.

Consumers: Beware of Ink Costs

Anyone buying a new inkjet printer has much to think about. For example, they need to ask themselves if they are getting a quality printer. This is easy enough to determine by printing out some sample pages at the computer or office store you are shopping at. Other things to keep in mind are how fast the printer prints its pages, which is usually represented by something called PPM, or pages per minute. Once again, you can either observe the speed of the printer as you print documents at the store, or you can simply google this information for your printer brand.

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But there are also quite a few things you need to keep in mind, which aren't immediately obvious. Things like printer reliability and longevity come to mind. For information about thngs like this, your best resource is often the web. Reading review on Amazon and CNET, for example, can save you a lot of hassle down the road if they help you avoid the more poorly rated printers. And lastly, there is the matter of ink. It's often frustrating to buy a good printer, then discover that even if you got a good price on the printer, you will end up paying quite a bit for ink costs. It's best, therefore, to know what the potential ink costs for a printer will be before you make a purchase. But if you have already purchased the printer, the best option is to buy ink from cheap ink stores like Inkfarm, for which you can frequently get Ink farm promo codes and coupons. Even then, you will still end up spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on ink throughout the life of your printer. That's why I recommend all people who are thinking of buying a printer to determine how costly ink cartridges will be for your printer model when they are doing their initial shopping.

Using Checks The Right Way

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It's easy for businesses to overlook the importance of using the right kind of business checks. For many people, checks are similar to stationery and other office supplies. They think it is simply something that is a basic need, and having standard checks would be more than sufficient. And they also believe it probably won't make or break a company's business either way. Depending on the type of business you run, this may or may not be true. But for some businesses, it is indispensable to pay a lot of attention to the type of checks they use, and to purchase them from reputable vendors such as Deluxe Checks, which I will discuss further in this article.

A closer examination of the many nuances of business checks would suggest that there is much more than meets the eye. Checks can extend beyond serving just a utilitarian purpose. An unprofessional check, for instance, can affect your business in a negative fashion, just as a bad logo or badly produced brochure might do the same. For only a small investment, you can go from using a generic and uninspiring check to a product you can be much more proud of. You may not think of it this way, but using high quality checks is a type of brand marketing. As such, it's not something you want to skimp on, even if your budget is tight. That's why I myself like to purchase my checks from Deluxe Checks Company. You may have heard of this name, as they are quite well-known in the industry. I like them because of their stellar product lines. As for pricing, I will be completely honest. They are not the cheapest vendors out there. However, I always save a good amount of money by using Deluxe Checks Coupons and by ordering my products online, where the prices tend to be a bit better.

The other issue that all business owners should take into account is that checks can be compromised. While rare, it does happen and the consequences can be quite burdensome to deal with. The best protection against this sort of thing is to use a high security check. Once again, this costs more so it is understandable that many businesses will refrain from using one. But in the long run, it becomes a good choice, especially if you own a business that uses a lot of checks. The chances of something going wrong in these cases go up substantially, given that each check you write opens up the possiblity to potential fraud. A little bit of prudence at the outset can end up saving you a lot of trouble down the road. There are many different levels of security you can ask for in a high-security check. To some extent, you should let your financial situation determine how secure you decide to go. The important thing is to simply go behind ordinary checks and make a security upgrade so that you have some sort of protection. Anyone who has watched the news recently knows that there are many security breaches. It's become part of the cost of doing business in the modern world. Business owners must therefore exercise good judgement and make the necessary purchases to make sure their business runs smoothly.

Free Games Online, Anyone?


Just about anyone I know likes to get things for free. Free samples, free trials, free food... it's all good. But one caveat that a lot of people don't always consider is that most of the time, you get what you pay for. Just think about it: If something had true value, why would anyone give it away for free? And even if a free item does have something to offer, we tend to value them less precisely because we got it for free. This causes us to not take care of it or let it fall into disuse. Therefore, while the concept of getting something for free is attractive, it doesn't always work out the way we first imagine.

The one big exception to this general rule are online games. I must admit, I was first skeptical of games you can play for free, but since then, I have become a true believer. There are quite a few quality games you can play for free. They range for MMORPGs to simple games like poker. But across the board, I have found they are quite fun to play. Even when you're playing a game that is based on a real-life game, such as chess or slots, the online experience adds a bit more, such as sound effects and oftentimes a beautiful interface.

Are these games as good as games you pay money for? In some cases they are, but this is not always true. This is why people who play free games should still consider playing paid games as well. For this, I have a Gamefly account, which you can get as well by clicking this free trial link here. This membership site allows me to rent games out and they are sent to me via mail. I can then play them as long as I like and return the game when I'm done. I've used Gamely for years and recommend the service to all serious games of all stripes.

Some ideas for a first date

Even if you use dating sites like, you cannot stay online forever. At a certain point, you are going to have to go on a real, live date. Hopefully you still remember how to do that! You can often rely on the other person to come up with ideas for a date, but it's not always as easy as it may sound. So it doesn't hurt to have a handful of suggestions ready to go if the two of you have trouble deciding on what to do.

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But first things first. If you met the person online, then your first date should be relatively short (an hour or less) and in a public spot, such as a cafe or casual restaurant. This is what is recommended by dating experts with your safety in mind. Once you are beyond the "getting to know you" stage, you can move on to a longer date. Here are some ideas that may suit you:

1) Go to a museum. This is a great option if your interests align about a certain subject. Fortunately, there are museums for just about everything, such as science, history, and even music. Therefore, chances are high that you will be able to find a museum that both of you are interested in. As an added bonus, going to a museum affords you plenty of opportunities to talk and have a meaningful conversation.

2) Have a picnic. If you are both interested in the outdoors, what would be better than a picnic. Regardless of where you live, there will be numerous picnic spots to choose from. As with a museum, this type of date allows you the chance to have an uninterrupted conversation and as such, can be an ideal first date.

3) Dinner and Movie. This one sounds boring, but there is a reason it's so popular. Everyone loves a good movie, and dinner can be both romantic and a great way to connect. But I encourage you to try something different, and go to the movie first. This way, you'll have yet another thing to talk about during dinner, eliminating the possibility that you won't have anything to discuss.

If you are still at the stage where you are looking for someone to meet, consider using I talked about this site in a previous post, but to recap, it is an excellent general dating site that has a huge membership and can work well for just about anyone. Using a free trial is a terrific way to try this site without any kind of risk to you. In my opinion, the free trial is the best way to find love. There are other dating sites you can try as well, but my advice is to start first with a major site like


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