What is the difference between Perfume, Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette, and Eau de Cologne?
The difference between types of fragrance is the amount or concentration of the oils in it. These oils are commonly referred to as "juice". The higher the concentration of "juice" the longer your fragrance will last and the less you need to apply.
Perfume (or parfum) has the highest concentration of juice, causing the scent to be released over a longer period of time in a series of notes
The second highest concentration is found in Eau de Parfum which has a touch lighter smell to it than perfume.
Next is Eau de Toilette, whose scent is lighter still, so it is fit to apply liberally.
Lastly, Eau de Cologne is the subtlest version of fragrance; however, Eau de Toilette and Eau de Cologne are generally interchangeable, particularly in Men's fragrances. After Shave has the least amount of oils.
Why do some fragrances seem to last much longer than others?
If you find yourself asking "Why doesn't my perfume last?" the answer may be in your skin. People with dry skin usually find their perfume or fragrance fading faster than those with oily skin because oily skin has more natural moisture to hold in the fragrance.
PH levels (amount of acidity in our skin) vary slightly from person to person. Our individual levels of PH will determine how each ingredient in a fragrance will react and last.
Fragrance holding time can also be affected by the concentration of the scent. Those with higher concentrations will retain their aroma much longer.
Why do fragrances smell different on different people?
Body chemistry is unique. An individual's body chemistry will affect how different fragrance notes react to a person's skin. Skin has a natural smell and can be altered by things like hormonal changes, stress, mood, diet and medications.
How can I make my fragrance last longer?
Fragrance lasts longer on some people than on others because of differences in our skin (oily or dry) and in our PH levels. The easiest ways to achieve a longer effect are by moisturizing and/or layering your fragrance. Try using the fragrance bath gel, (if the company offers one), then the moisturizer or powder, and finish off with the Eau de Toilette, Eau de Parfum or Eau de Cologne.
Applying your fragrance after a shower can help it last longer, as well as spraying it low on the body, behind your ears and on your neck, so that the scent rises. A light spritz on the hair can last all day.
What is the difference between a splash and a spray?
There is absolutely no difference in fragrance between a splash and a spray. While a spray bottle may have a longer shelf life as it is ostensibly sealed, the only actual difference is in the application making the choice between splash and spray a matter of personal preference.
Why does fragrance contain alcohol?
Alcohol makes the fragrance emanate from your skin and brings out the notes. It helps keep the ingredients blended together, and as it evaporates it lifts the scents into the air. Without alcohol, you would be the only person who knew you were wearing any fragrance at all.
What is shower gel?
Shower gel is soap in a different form. It is made for use by both men and women, foams up well and leaves your chosen fragrance on the skin. The use of shower gel cleanses the body and enhances your cologne or perfume making the fragrance last much longer.
What is a fragrance note?
Fragrances are comprised of many different scents. These scents are called "notes."
You will immediately smell the top notes, which are very light and last just 5-10 minutes, dispersing to make way for the middle notes. Middle notes become apparent about 15 minutes after application and evaporate from your skin slowly, making them the most memorable smells of your Fragrance. Finally, the bottom notes are the heavier ingredients which stick to your skin for several hours leaving a long-lasting essence. To learn more about fragrance notes click here.
How can I keep my fragrance from going bad?
To avoid your fragrance going bad, keep all fragrance bottles in a cool, dry area, and away from windows as sunlight can unbalance the various ingredients - An opened bottle should be kept in its box to ensure a longer shelf life.