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Fragrance Guide

Perfumes History
Perfume is thousands of years old - the word "perfume" comes from the Latin per fume "through smoke". One of the oldest uses of perfumes comes form the burning of incense and aromatic herbs used in religious services. The Egyptians invented glass and perfume bottles were one of the first common uses for glass. From 7000 to 4000 bc, the fatty oils of olive and sesame are thought to have been combined with fragrant plants to create the original Neolithic ointments. In 3000 bc, when the Egyptians were learning to write and make bricks, they were already importing large quantities of myrrh. The earliest items of commerce were most likely spices, gums and other fragrant plants, mostly reserved for religious purposes. The spread of Islam helped to expand appreciation and knowledge of fragrance. Mohammed himself, whose life spanned the 6th and 7th centuries, is said to have loved children, women and fragrance above all else. His favorite scent was probably camphire (henna), but it was the rose that came to permeate Moslem culture. In the 19th century, two important changes occurred in the Western world of fragrance. France became the leader in reestablishing the therapeutic uses of fragrance. Today there are over 30,000 designer perfumes on the market and perfumes are no longer for the wealthy. The perfume industry has undergone several changes in technique, material and style. All of which have created the modern fragrance industry, one that still incorporates creativity, mystique and romance along with marketing to appeal to the masses.
About Perfumes
Blondes or people with light skin have a tendency towards dry skin, and fragrances are basically oils that will be absorbed by the skin like moisturizers. To help your Perfumes last longer use a matching body lotion or unscented body lotion to apply to pulse points before applying your fragrance. Body chemistry, diet and age affect fragrances on their skin. Also, fragrance consists of many essential oils. Certain essential oils have affinity to our skin, and they may be absorbed while other may not. This creates an imbalance on the skin and accounts for the difference. Perfumes contain a certain amount of natural ingredients, which are expensive. To make a pound of rose oil, it takes well over a ton of flower petals, and this cost can range from three to four thousand dollars. The same is true for most essential oils. Perfumes should be applied to pulse points. This is where the blood vessels are closest to the skin giving off more heat and acting like mini fragrance pumps. Pulse points are the wrist, behind the ear, crook of the arm and knee, base of the throat. Also, for long lasting Perfume spray at the ankles, it allows the fragrance to blossom up. Perfumes should be kept away from excessive heat or cold, and to avoid evaporation, the cap must be tightly closed to maintain Perfume fragrance integrity. Also, do not expose the Perfume for any length of time to sun light. You can put a few drops of your favorite Perfume in a bath or a few drops in the water when washing your lingerie or spray on artificial flowers.
Perfumes Tips
Fragrances can often reflect our mood and personality. A certain scent on a good friend may smell quite differently on you as each fragrance reacts differently according to our own chemical makeup. If you want to keep that favorite perfume as fresh as the day you bought it, keep the bottle in a cool, dark place. Go for lighter scents during the hotter weather and keep the stronger scents for the drier, cool weather. It should be keep in a in a cool dark area, away from the sun preferably in the box. These fragrances are designed all over the body. You can try spraying it on the air and walk into it, to have a head to toe experience. People with oily skin tend to have stronger fragrance as compared to those with dry skin. Apply perfume right after you shower. Your pores will be open and your skin will be warm. When hand-washing delicates like stockings and lingerie, add a few drops of perfume to the water.
Types of Perfume
For centuries, perfume has been an essential part of human culture: people have perfumed their hair and bodies with oils, resins, flowers, herb extracts and animal scents since earliest history. Wearing scent is pleasurable; it’s an expression of eccentricity. Perfumes, Colognes and scents are usually complex combinations of natural materials, such as essential oils from plants and synthetic products that increase the lasting power and heighten the smell. Alcohol is used as a liquid base for perfume, and basically this ratio of alcohol to scented perfume concentrates determine what the final concoction is labeled. Eau de Toilette, Eau de Parfum and Eau de Cologne are the most famous versions of scented luxury and are most commonly know as EDT, EDP and EDC.
Perfume or Extract
can include 15-40% perfume concentrates. This is the purest form of scented product and is the most expensive as a result. Perfume (or “parfum”) lasts longer than other scent types; typically around six hours.
Eau de Parfum (EDP)
contains about 10-20% perfume concentrates. This is the most popular and common form of perfume. It provides a long-lasting fragrance and generally doesn't cost as much as extract perfume.
Eau de Toilette (EDT)
has around 5-15% perfume concentrates. This makes for a light scent that doesn't linger as long as the more intense versions. It was originally intended to be a refreshing body splash to help people wake up in the morning.
Eau de Cologne (EDC)
contains about 3-8% perfume concentrates. Sometimes used interchangeably with the term eau de toilette. However, the concoction began as the name of a light; fresh fragrance mixed with citrus oils and was made popular by Napoleon. Some perfumers today have a version of this called Eau Fraiche.
Fragrance Families
Perfumes and scents are different but they may share common traits. They may be Aromatic, Chypre, Citrus, Floral, Leather, Oriental or Woody. Hence, each one of them can be treated as belonging to one Fragrance Family, grouping it with many similar fragrances. If a fragrance has mainly a scent of fresh notes, plus weaker scents of woody and citrus notes, we could say that this fragrance is fresh, but with citrus and woody undertones. The dominant part is normally the Heart of the Fragrance.
Aromatic Family
Aromatic notes are usually combined of sage, rosemary, cumin, lavender and other plants which possess a very intensive grass-spicy scent. They are often combined with citrusy and spicy notes. Aromatic compositions are typical of fragrances for men.
Chypre Family
This olfactive group was named after perfume Coty Chypre created in 1917. Chypre means Cyprus in French. This sharp scent is based on harmony of oak moss, labdanum, patchouli and bergamot.
Citrus Family
Citrus fragrances are old and abundant. Its compositions are based on lemon, orange, bergamot, grapefruit or mandarin, with other citrusy, aromatic and tart notes for men and floral notes for women.
Floral Family
This largest fragrant group encompasses numerous versions of compositions with a floral heart: freshly picked flowers, flowers with aquatic, green or powdery nuances, as well as floral-aldehyde, floral-fruity and gourmand compositions.
Leather Family
Leather scents in various nuances, from floral, velvety compositions to tart, smoky ones are placed in this group. Scenting leather products in order to mask unpleasant scent of leather itself, since urine and faeces of cattle, as well as blood and tar had been used in its traditional production, marked the beginning of perfumery.
Oriental Family
Oriental fragrances with dominant amber are placed in a separate group thanks to their accentuated warmth and sensuality. Their opulent bouquet includes intoxicating and intensive substances such as musk, vanilla, exotic resins and wood, often accompanied with exotic flowers and spices.
Woody Family
Opulent compositions of woody notes in a heart of perfume are accentuated with woody notes of a base. Warm, mysterious sandalwood, drier and sharper cedar and vetiver, resin-like and balmy exotic sorts are usually accompanied with aromatic and citrusy notes.
What is a Tester?
A tester is a fragrance that comes without the fancy retail packaging. Testers come in the same bottle as the retail fragrances and include the same amount and quality of fragrance. The testers you see on our website are direct from the manufacturer and have never been used. If you'd like to save money on a fragrance for yourself, consider purchasing the tester of your brand. Please be aware that not all brands have testers available.
What to Expect
In most cases, a tester fragrance will come in a plain white or cardboard box. However, some designers will reduce production costs by distributing their tester products unboxed and without caps. By cap we mean the decorative top, the spray nozzle comes with all spray fragrances (e.g. aftershave or splash fragrances don't come with sprayers).
Common Misconceptions about Testers
1. Testers are used or they don't come with the full amount of fragrance.
2. Testers are not the real fragrance.
3. Testers don't come with sprayers, so the liquid will leak out.
4. Testers are illegal to sell since most say "Not for Resale".

The above statements are all false. Our testers come full and unused, they are all 100% genuine, they come with the spray nozzle (if it is originally supposed to) and they are perfectly legal to sell. 

Our testers are 100% genuine, they've never been used and they come direct from the manufacturer. Your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed. 


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