Posted by Perfume Trader on 2/4/2013 to PERFUME KNOWLEDGE
1. Why do fragrances smell different on different people?
Everyone’s body chemistry affects how different fragrance notes react on their skin. Anything that affects the natural scent of the skin, such as stress, hormonal changes, food diet or medications, might change how a perfume smells.
2. How can I make my perfume last longer?
Perfumes normally evaporate more rapidly from dry skin than oily skin. The best way to your fragrance last longer is to use an unscented body lotion or cream as a base before applying the perfume. You can use unscented creams such as petroleum jelly or jojoba oil. You might also want to try a light mist to your hair, which is said to hold scent longer than the skin.
3. Explain the difference between Eau De Toilette, Eau De Parfum, Cologne, etc?
These terms refer to the strength of the fragrance and how much high grade alcohol and water has been added to the essential oils. Parfum, generally the most concentrated form, has 15-25% perfume oil dissolved in alcohol. Any mixture with a lower proportion of oil to alcohol is classified as an eau fragrance (eau meaning water in French).
Here’s the breakdown:
Eau Fraiche (Usually 3% or less perfume oil)
Eau de Cologne (2 – 5% perfume oil)
Eau de Toilette (4 – 10% perfume oil)
Eau de Parfum (8 – 15% perfume oil)
Soie de Parfum (15 – 18% perfume oil)
PARFUM or Perfume (15 – 25% — also sometimes referred to as extract or extrait)
Perfume oil (15-30% perfume oil in an oil rather than alcohol base)
You may also see the term Parfum de Toilette. Most companies use this term to describe a concentration that is either the same as Eau De Parfum, or between Eau De Parfum and Parfum. Other companies use the term to describe an Eau De Toilette concentration.
To further confuse matters, some companies use different notes, or different proportions of notes, in the different forms of fragrance they offer. In addition, some companies reserve costly fragrance oils for their parfum, and use synthetic substitutes in lighter concentrations.
4. Explain top, middle, and base notes?
The fragrance top notes provide the first scent impression of a fragrance once it has been applied to the skin. They are usually lighter, more volatile aromas that evaporate readily. Their scent usually lingers for between 5 and 30 minutes. Middle notes, sometimes referred to as “heart notes”, make up the body of the blend. They may be evident from the start, but will usually take 10-30 minutes to fully develop on the skin. They are the notes that classify the fragrance family (floral, oriental, chypre, etc, see below). Base Notes are those with the greatest molecular weight. They last the longest, and are also important as fixatives, that is, they help slow down the evaporation rates of the lighter notes, giving the fragrance holding power. Common base notes include oakmoss, patchouli, woods, musk and vanilla.
A fragrance which does not have traditional top, middle and base notes is usually described as “linear”.
5. What are the different Fragrance Families?
These are “aroma groupings” of related scents. There is more than one classification system in use, but many list 7 major families: Greens, Florals, Aldehydics, Chypre, Oriental, Fougère & Tobacco/Leather.
6. How long can I keep my perfume before it turns rancid”?
Some perfume experts say that perfume should be replaced every year, but properly stored, perfumes should last much longer. Most perfumes will keep several years, some will keep many more years than that. If stored well, some perfumes may last over 10 years!
To store perfume properly, keep it away from heat and light. A dark closet or a covered box is best. Also avoid direct exposure to air. Splash bottles, which expose the fragrance to air every time they are opened, are problematic. Consider decanting into a smaller atomizer for regular use. If you apply perfume directly from a bottle stopper, wipe the stopper with a clean, lint free cloth before replacing it in the bottle.
7. How many milliliters are there in one ounce of perfume?
Here is a quick conversion chart:
100 ml = 3.3 or 3.4 oz
50 ml = 1.6 or 1.7 oz
30 ml = 1 oz
15 ml = 1/2 oz
10 ml = 1/3 oz
7.5 ml = 1/4 oz
5 ml = 1/6 oz
3.7 ml = 1/8 oz = 1 dram
Note that all of these are approximate; strictly speaking, 1/2 oz is 14.787 ml. A standard perfume sample is in a 1/32 oz (1 ml) vial.
8. What is the difference between essential oils and perfume oils?
Essential oils are volatile, fragrant liquids extracted from plant leaves, bark, wood, stems, flowers, seeds, buds, roots, resins and petals, usually through steam distillation. In other words, they are raw materials that can be used to create perfumes. They are highly concentrated and apart from a few exceptions, should not be used directly on the skin, although they can be diluted in a carrier oil, such as jojoba, for such use.
Perfume oils are fragrance components, natural or synthetic, in an oily base rather than an alcohol base, and can be used directly on the skin.
9. What is a perfume tester bottle and why do you sell them?
A perfume tester bottle is the same authentic bottle as the original fragrance brand but without the normal retail packaging. Tester bottles are typically the same size as the packaged version with the exact same fragrance. Savvy customers save a lot of money by purchasing testers of their favorite fragrance at a much lower price than the packaged fragrance.
10. Why do you sell your fragrances so cheap?
Our company specializes in the global procurement of brand fragrances and this allows us to carry perfumes at great discount prices to our client base. We mainly cater to small businesses and the individual consumer. Unlike our competitors, we don't mark up fragrances for large profits. Our business model is to offer quality fragrances at low prices and concentrate on volume selling.
11. Why do you charge for shipping when other sellers offer free shipping?
Perfume Trader charges you exactly what the carrier charges us, plus insurance cost. Beware of online stores offering you "Free Shipping" on perfume orders. These stores usually include the shipping cost in the product price with the hope that you will not notice the price hike. Others also offer you free shipping on old, returned or used merchandise they got at a bargain liquidation price. Further, many stores will not buy shipping insurance and will hold you accountable if the product is damaged in transit and will not give you a refund for damages. Lastly, many online merchants are in the practice of selling counterfeit fragrances, most of them counterfeited in China, and thus can afford offering you the free shipping.
12. Why is the fragrance I'm looking for not available or out of stock?
Perfume Trader inventory stock moves very quickly. Some products are sold within 5 minutes after it's post it. Also keep in mind that we only carry stock that we can offer at a great bargain price. Check out site daily for new stock arrivals to make sure you get the latest deals on fragrances before it is sold out.