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Updated on May 22, 2013

Things about perfumes

How to choose your perfume - When people are buying their perfumes, and I mean the various "classes" of perfumes on the market (Parfum, Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette, Eau de Cologne (Water of Cologne)), many of them ignore this kind of differentiation and they are not aware of the great difference between the various types and classes. Obviously, and due to this ignorance they can be easily misled and what initially seemed to be a good deal at the end may not be the case.

One of the most common distinctions is the classification based on the concentration of essence, that is, according to the amount of essential oils (essence) that are diluted in a particular solvent (usually ethanol and water).

Based on this we can differentiate the perfumery in 4 main classes:
- Parfum (perfume extract) is the most concentrated form, containing between 20 and 35% of essence. More than 12 hours of fixation.
- Eau de Parfum: the concentration of substance varies between 12 and 18%. 6 to 8 hours of fixation.
- Eau de Toilette, contains 8 to 10% of aromatics (essential oils). 4 to 6 hours of fixation.
- Eau de Cologne (Water of Cologne): low concentration of substance, 3 to 5%. Ephemeral.

The most expensive constituent of a perfume is the essence (essential oils, aromatic compounds). Therefore, one can easily see that the higher the concentration of essence more expensive must be the product. However, in the fragrance industry there are many other factors that affect the final price, such as the brand, packaging, where it is sold, etc.
But taking in 2 products from the same brand, for example an Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum "Y" - brand "X” - it makes no sense if the Eau de Toilette is sold at the same price or a higher price than the Eau de Parfum.

At the time of purchase, sometimes people are so excited to experience the "valuable" brand they want so much that they don´t even notice what they are buying. What matters is that bottle and that brand they you love so much ... and then they can be deceived.

Usually when we buy a good perfume, the one we like so much, we are able to spend a little bit more and take home the one we really want.

Obviously, then we have to know how to use the perfume correctly in order to take the most of it, so that it becomes an asset and not something negative - such as those who buy a good perfume but then exaggerate on the quantity and it becomes unpleasant and unbearable.

To not take that risk, I offer a few tips on how to use your perfume.

You should put the perfume in places (of the body) where there is more blood flow and where the heat is greater. The temperature causes the flavors to "let go" more easily. Thus, it is advisable to put in places like the neck, behind the ears, behind the knees, between the arm and forearm, ie on the inside of the elbow, etc. The range of application has great influence and you should not give more than three sprinkles in each location.
Sometimes, after putting the perfume may seem to you or you can get the idea that smells little or nothing. This is due to the fact that your “nose” is already accustomed to the scent that you normally use and therefore is not as sensitive to this aroma. However, do not be tempted to put more and do not overdo it, because other people will notice your scent, and an excessive quantity of perfume becomes unpleasant.

It is also not recommended to use perfume when you´re going to the beach or if you´re going t be exposed to the sun, because of inflammatory reactions of photo-sensitivity.

To take advantage of your perfumes during a longer time (ie who has several perfumes at home) you should keep them in a fresh and light protected place. If not properly stored and preserved the scent may be changed due to oxidation and the perfume will be ruined.
If you take the necessary precautions when it comes to preservation, its flavors can keep the quality intact and can be used for 2 or 3 years.


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      Carlos Vieira 8 years ago from Portugal

      Hi, thanks for your comment.

      I think perfumes are a weakness for women in general :)

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 8 years ago from Hawaii

      I enjoyed this hub, it smells good. Kidding aside, perfumes is a weakness for the women in our family. I esp liked Fiji until it became unavailable for some reason. I now experiment with everything new in the market.