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Fragrance Buying Guide

We strive to help our customers pick themselves the most suitable scent. Let us briefly examine the fragrance markers and explain what they mean.

1. Fragrance strength

Perfumes are usually made from oils, dissolved in a solvent (usually alcohol). Higher oil concentration means lower alcohol presence and therefore stronger scent. Scent concentrations are usually marked by special abbreviations (in French). Let's look at the visual concentration comparison:

Fragrance strength

2. EDT or EDP?

The most common question from our customers is the following: what should I choose better — perfumed or toilet water? Here are the real differences:

EDP (Eau de Parfum or perfumed water) — longer adheres to your skin and since the fragrance is containing less alcohol - less irritating/drying for your skin. Perfumed water is more suitable for special occasions, dates and when it is important to keep the scent for a longer time.

EDT (Eau de Toilette or toilette water) — usually the cheaper and more popular perfume version. It has lower fragrance concentration and therefore the scent lasts for less longer than the perfumed water. Toilet water is the most suitable for an everyday use.

3. Fragrance notes

Since all the perfumes are created in accordance with the strict rules, their scent (which consists out of notes) is divided into three stages: the upper, heart and base notes of the scent.

The traditional proportion has 30% of the upper notes, 50% of the heart and 20% of the base notes. However the distribution could vary and in making it possible to create lighter or heavier fragrances.

Fragrance notes

Top notes: the original perfume scent (also known as the first chord), which is felt up to 8—15 minutes. Top note example: citrus or light floral scent.

Heart notes: the key element of the smell. You can feel them right after the top notes dissolve and they could last up to 30 minutes. Heart notes are usually composed out of heavier flowers scents.

Base notes: are triggered in the end when the scent adjusts to your skin. Base notes are referred to as the culmination of the scent as their presence is the longest one. The aroma begins to emerge after 30—40 min. and can be felt up to 24 hours. Base fragrance notes are sandalwood, musk, vanilla, cedar, incense, ginger.

Tip: the fragrance reveals different notes at different stages. It is worth to try out the fragrance before buying — wear it in the morning and examine the smell in the evening. This way you will be able to evaluate each stage of the smell and feel the composition of fragrance notes.

4. Fragrance categories

Main scent and fragrance ingredients used in fragrance creation describe different perfumes.

Fragrance categories

Tip: If your friend recommends a scent — keep in mind that identical fragrances could "feel" different on your skin because of individual human skin chemical balance.

5. Perfume bottle

With spray: a good choice as the perfume is nicely applied on your skin or clothing. EDT and EDP bottle is usually with spray.

Without spray: perfume is applied by hand or by touching your skin with the bottle itself. These are usually aftershaves, cologne or perfume (EDT or EDP) testers.

Tip: Where can I store fragrances?
It is better keep the bottle out of reach of direct sunrays or heat so the windowsill is a bad idea :) The bathroom is also bad because of a permanent change in temperature and humidity — it can drastically affect and weaken the scent. Therefore, we recommend storing your fragrances in a drawer or a cabinet.
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