Why do perfumes cost so much?

There are many reasons for the high cost of perfume. Advertising, packaging, and the type of distribution channels used by perfume manufacturers account for most of the cost. Fragrance companies advertise perfumes in monthly publications. It costs about $32,000.00 for a one page ad in Vogue magazine. Industry sources say that Calvin Klein spent approximately $6 million to advertise their fragrance Eternity. Manufacturers pay premium prices for designer bottles, boxes, and display cartons. Some of the world’s finest bottle designers charge more than $100,000.00. Department stores typically mark perfume 60% to 100%. Customers pay for these costs.

How can Perfume Originals fragrances be so reasonable?

By eliminating the fancy packaging, the high cost of advertising, and marketing our fragrances directly to the customers.

How do I find the right fragrance for me?

The best way to find your perfume is by testing the fragrance on your skin and living with the fragrance awhile. Only then will you know if the fragrance is right for the occasion. Perfume Originals gives you the freedom to chose from 26 women’s perfumes and 13 men’s colognes. We have fragrances to meet all of your fragrance demands. The Guide to Fine Perfumes is an excellent source of fragrance information.

How do I test a fragrance?

Every skin reacts differently so it is best to test a fragrance on your own skin rather than on a sales assistant or a spray card. Do not rub the fragrance, as this will only bruise or smudge their effect. Let the fragrance settle and dry a little before you smell each one. Three fragrances will be about as many as you can take without confusing your nose and getting mixed up in your mind.

Can a fragrance smell differently on different people?

Yes, fragrances can smell differently on different people. Everyone has their own body chemistry and individual smell. A fragrance scent depends on both the condition of the skin and the individual’s diet. Whether you have dry or oily skin will determine how long a fragrance will last. As well as the traditional places; behind the ears and on the neck, try a light spray in your hair or applying the fragrance lower on your body so it rises. Another idea is to layer your fragrance by using a bath or shower gel, moisturizer or powder and then your fragrance to give a longer lasting effect. There is also the old trick of spraying the fragrance and walking through it to give that all over envelopment!

Why does fragrance contain alcohol?

The fragrance needs a certain amount of alcohol for it to emanate from the skin. Without it no one would be able to smell the fragrance.

Can spicy food affect the scent of a perfume?

No, the scent of a perfume does not change. Spicy food can change the odor of the skin, thereby effecting the overall odor effect of a perfume

Why am I not aware of my fragrance after I have worn it for a while?

The sense of smell becomes quickly fatigued. After a period of smelling a fragrance you become used to it and may not be able to smell the scent. The scent is still there and is very strong for others.

Can a perfume influence moods?

Yes, various studies show that fragrances can influence moods. Some studies show the impact scents have on moods may come partly from memories they invoke. Therefore, a mood change may vary from person to person or at different times. A pleasant fragrance can both soothe and stimulate.

Are natural substances better than synthetics?

Not necessarily; synthetics are of equal value to the perfumer. There are extremely expensive natural components and reasonable synthetics and vice versa. Some natural synthetic odor components are more stable than the natural ingredients. Therefore, they are more desirable to the perfumer.

Does Perfume Originals use synthetic ingredients in their products?

Yes, Perfume Originals uses synthetic aromatic ingredients in the composition of their fragrance items.

Does Perfume Originals use natural animalic substances in their products?

No, Perfume Originals uses synthetic animalic ingredients in the production of the fragrance items that contain animalic notes.

What are fragrance notes?

Fragrances are made up of different notes and can be composed of a thousand different ingredients to make every fragrance creation an individual one. There are three different notes. Top notes, the first ones you smell are very volatile and strong, but will shortly fade and give way to the middle notes and the heart of the fragrance. Later, the bottom notes will emerge to give an indication of a depth and strength of the fragrance.

How can you choose a fragrance for someone else?

A good rule of thumb is to stay with a classic fragrance. A fragrance that has been on the market for decades is not as risky as new fragrances on the market. The age of the recipient can also influence your choice. If you are purchasing for a women of college age, Potion, Eternal, or Desire may be appropriate. If you are purchasing for a more mature woman, Amber, Opoponax, or Innocence may be a good choice. Lighter floral fragrances are acceptable to almost everyone. Heavier perfumes with oriental notes are more risky. To guarantee the correct fragrance, give a gift certificate and sample the fragrances at a later time.

How long does a perfume keep?

This depends on their storage. The ideal storage conditions are room temperature out of direct sunlight. Do not place near extreme heat or light. Extreme heat may cause a fragrance to oxidize or change its odor. When stored properly a perfume will last almost indefinitely. Product note: When transporting your fragrances, keep them in a cooler to prevent excessive heat. Heat builds quickly inside a vehicle. Liquids expand and contract with temperature changes. Excessive heat may cause the bottles to break.

Is there any benefit to storing perfumes in a refrigerator?

No, the ideal storage condition for perfume is room temperature.

Should a perfume be dabbed or sprayed?

This depends on your personal preference. Spraying gives a more even distribution. When dabbed, drops of perfume can go to waste.

How many substances does a perfume contain?

Perfumes may be composed of fifty, one hundred, or one thousand ingredients; the sky is the limit. There are no set amounts. The number if ingredients used does not determine the quality or cost of a perfume.

Can perfume leave stains on clothes?

Normally, they don’t because most of the ingredients evaporate without leaving a trace. We do not recommend the spraying of perfumes directly on clothes because some fabrics may stain. If stains occur, they can usually come out when washed. Always apply your fragrance items before dressing.

Can perfume spoil?

Yes. When a perfume becomes thick, its color changes drastically, and there is a sour smell upon opening, this means the perfume has deteriorated.

How much, and what type of perfume should I wear?

A good rule of thumb is less is best. Your perfume should never dominate your surroundings. We suggest a light fresh floral fragrance for the warmer months. Increased body temperature causes perfumes to expand and the scent becomes stronger. During winter the opposite holds true. Build your fragrance wardrobe. Choose perfumes to meet your moods and the occasions.

How should a fragrance be applied?

Apply directly to pulse points–inside the wrist, behind the ears, at the temples, behind the knees, the back of the neck, the cleavage area, between the toes, ankles, and thighs.

Does a fragrance last longer on moist or dry skin?

Perfumes cling to moist skin; they thrive when worn on emollient skin. The warmth of a body enables the fragrance to warm thereby releasing its true beauty. Dry skin lacks the necessary oils to hold fragrances and can even distort the scent. If you have dry skin, use a cap full of Perfume Originals Perfumed Body Oil after your shower. Product tip–put the body oil in a plastic spray bottle and spray or mist on. Then gently pat your skin dry. Do not rub your skin with a towel. Rubbing robs your skin of moisture and precious oils. Seal moisture into your skin with the hand and body lotion. Now apply your perfume.

What type of alcohol does Perfume Originals use in their perfumes and colognes?

Perfume Originals uses SD 40 (standard–denatured) alcohol.

What does the term layering mean?

Layering is the process of applying fragrance items with the same scent.

Why should fragrances be layered?

To avoid fragrance clash, that is the wearing of several different scents together. Shampoo, cream rinse, deodorant, etc. all have their own fragrance. Depending upon what you use, the conflicting scents can detract from the one scent you want to stress, that of your perfume. In one day you may come in contact with as few as 10 or as many as 30 different scents. Therefore layer your fragrances using Perfume Originals products to compliment your overall fragrance wardrobe. Use our essence oils to scent all of your beauty products and fragrance items. Perfume Originals essence oils and matching fragrance products are the key to your overall fragrance wardrobe.

How do I layer my fragrances?

First choose the fragrance you want to wear. Next scent your fragrance items, shampoo, cream rinse, hair spray, deodorant, etc. with the essence oil of your choice. Once you scent the items, begin your day with a fragrance bath or shower using our bubble bath/shower gel. If your skin needs additional moisture add body oil to your bath water, or apply after showering. Product note–put the body oil in a plastic spray bottle and apply after baths or showers. Seal the moisture into your skin with the hand and body lotion. Next, apply perfume to your pulse points. These areas include the inside of your wrists, elbow area, shoulders, behind your knees, cleavage area, below the adam’s apple, behind the ear, and your torso. Fragrances rise, so don’t overlook your legs and feet.

What does the term “fragrance life” mean?

The composition of a fragrance is of many different ingredients, each of which varies in scent and staying power. Different ingredients come to life at different stages. The industry refers to the stages as notes. The top note is the initial impact of a scent on the sense of smell. The middle note, or heart, develops a few minutes later. The base note, or foundation provides the most lasting effects of a fragrance.

Can you grade perfume according to strength?

Fragrances vary in strength, a factor that directly influences its price. The main ingredient is an alcoholic water solution. It is the percentage of perfume relative to the water that determines its strength.

For Women…

Parfum is the strongest concentration and is compiled to provide exceptionally long-lasting fragrance from very little liquid. Parfum is the most expensive variant of the fragrance range.
Eau de Parfum (Edp) is the next strongest version and is intended to give a more enduring scent for a more reasonable price
Eau de Toilette (Edt) is the most popular and affordable concentration. Containing a higher percentage of water and fewer essential oils, Edt is nearly always presented in a spray
Eau de Cologne is weaker than Edt with a lower concentration of essential oils
Eau Fraiche has a very low fragrance content and is sometimes called ‘Perfumed Mist’. Often alcohol free, this concentration proves popular in the summer months

For Men…

Edt Spray is generally the strongest concentration available and can be used on the body and on clothing but should not be used as an aftershave as it may cause irritation.
Aftershave is weaker than Edt so that it can be used on the face
Aftershave Balm is a perfumed lotion or cream of similar concentration