Have you ever walked into a shop knowing exactly what you want, only to buy something completely different there? Of course, you know what you want, but you need answers to the questions at the back of your mind first.
The same thing happens when you buy perfumes online. With this in mind, we're answering some of your most frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding perfumes.
How Do I Choose the Right Scent for Me?
We recommend buying your scents in-store first before you buy them online. That way, you know if the product works and smells good on you.
A blotter will be helpful to test and admire the scent so you know if it works for you. Perfume counters usually have these available.
When buying online, it is best to consult our sales representatives. We can give you the information you need if you let us know what you are looking for.
What is the Right Scent for Me?
There are certain descriptions given to a fragrance. For example, you may have heard of Eau de Parfum (EDP), Eau de Cologne (EDC), and Eau de Toilette (EDT).
The difference is the concentration of oil found in them. For EDP, the oil concentration is between 8% and 15%.
For EDC, on the other hand, the oil concentration is between 2% and 4%. In the case of EDT, the concentration is between 4% and 8%. Oil concentrations also vary for perfumes (15% to 25%) and aftershaves (2% to 4%).
What Are Notes in a Perfume?
You may have heard people referring to this when buying perfumes locally or online. Notes are a perfume's individual element. This can be lemon, sandalwood, rose, cedarwood, flowers, woods, spices, and herbs used in producing fragrances.
These can be combined to produce scents, thus creating harmonies in a fragrance. Perfumery-related terms are somewhat the same as those related to music.
These different notes are also where personalities and scents meet. If you’re daring and adventurous you might go for something with spices, whereas a soft natured person might be drawn to softer scents too.
How Do I Apply My Chosen Scent?
There are so-called "hot spots" when applying your perfume. The rule of thumb is to use your perfume on these spots.
Apply your perfume to the following spots:
- The temples
- Behind your ears
- The nape of your neck
- The crease of your elbows
- The small of your back
- The back of your knees
Women, in particular, can also apply perfume between their breasts or at the navel area if they wish. Applying perfume to these areas will make the scent more fragrant. Remember not to rub your wrists together after applying perfume.
How Long Does a Perfume Typically Last?
Like any other thing, perfumes are not meant to last forever. Storing them properly is one way to ensure they last until the expiry date. That way, you can enjoy your perfume before it expires.
Keep it away from heat and light, or it can become musty or sour. You can store your bottle in a dark cupboard or inside a drawer, ideally inside its box. Also, remember that citrussy and lighter scents tend to deteriorate faster when compared to florals.
How Should I Store My Perfume?
Keep your perfume away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures when storing it. It is essential to store it in a cool, dry place that is not too humid or damp.
It should also be stored away from any heat sources—including heating vents, radiators, and ovens. Additionally, you want to ensure the lid is firmly closed and keep the bottle away from any pungent odors to ensure your perfume's scent stays fresh and authentic.
How Can I Make My Fragrance Last Longer?
Applying it in the right places is essential to make your fragrance last longer. Generally speaking, you should apply perfume directly onto the pulse points - such as behind the ears, on the wrists, and inside of the elbows.
Using a light moisturizer before spraying can help keep your skin hydrated and help trap moisture so that it can hold onto the scent for longer. Additionally, touching up throughout the day can help make your fragrance last even longer.
Can Perfume Expire?
Yes, it can. Perfume typically has a shelf-life of between three and five years, although this varies depending on the specific product and its ingredients.
If your perfume has been open for longer than that time frame, it is best to discard it as the scent will not be effective anymore.
Take notice of the expiration date printed directly on the product packaging, or check the manufacturer's website for more information.
Can Perfume Freeze?
Yes, perfume can freeze if stored in temperatures lower than 20 degrees Fahrenheit because most fragrances are made of pure alcohol; when frozen, the molecules become clogged and may change consistency. Store it away from windows or near cold drafts to avoid damage to your perfume.
Why Does Perfume Smell Different on Everyone?
The main reason perfume can smell different on everyone is due to the natural chemicals in our skin. Everyone's body chemistry is unique and will interact differently with a fragrance, causing it to develop and change over time.
Other factors like humidity and temperature can also impact how a perfume smells on someone because they can affect the strength of the scent. Additionally, certain perfumes may react differently to skin types and age.
Does Perfume Change Color?
No, perfume does not change color. Perfume is an alcohol-based product, so it typically won't change its hue. Therefore, if you notice a color change, it is most likely because of a reaction between the perfume and other elements, such as air or sunlight. If this happens, it is best to discard the product as it may have gone off.
What Is the Difference Between Perfume and Fragrance?
The main difference between perfume and fragrance is the oil concentration in each product. Perfumes have a higher concentration, usually 15 to 30%, whereas fragrances have a lower oil concentration of around 8-15%.
Perfumes are generally more potent and will last longer than fragrances—and perfumes typically cost more than fragrances too. Lastly, fragrance refers to a single scent, whereas perfume can have multiple scents blended.
Should I Change Fragrances With the Seasons?
Changing fragrances with the seasons is unnecessary, but it can be a fun and exciting way to switch up your scent. Different scents evoke different feelings due to their ingredients; for instance, floral scents may feel more appropriate in warmer weather, while rich, spicy fragrances feel more suitable in cooler temperatures. A great way to experiment with different scents is to purchase sample sizes or perfume sets.