What you need to now before purchasing perfume

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Perfume Talk - What you need to know about perfume before purchasing from anywhere.

Perfumes come in a variety of strengths these strengths are indicated on the bottle and packaging however not every body understands just what it means and how to read it.

Here are the basics

You will always see abbreviations in the titles such as EDT, EDP, etc. These terms refer to the strength of the fragrance and it is important to understand these terms before placing an order.

Aftershaves: - 0.5 - 2% perfume oil not recommended unless this is what you are after.

Eau de cologne: - 2 - 5% perfume oil the lowest concentration available in fragrances and will usually only last around 2 - 4 hours.

Eau de Toilette: - 4 - 10% perfume oil usually they standard in concentration and widely available - will last around 3 - 6 hours

Eau de parfum: - 8 - 15% perfume oil some manufactures make this available as part of their range will last around 4 - 8 hours.

Parfum or Perfume: - 15 - 30% perfume oil (the most concentrated) rarely available but will last 5 - 12 hours.

The more perfume oil used in a fragrance, the stronger it is and the longer it will last on your skin. This will also mean the more expensive it is.


Certain factors will determine how long a fragrance will last. For example users with dry skin will find that their fragrances will not last as long as others as they are unable to absorb the fragrance oils as well as others into their skin. To help make your fragrance last longer you can use the matching products such as bath and shower gels, along with the body lotions prior to applying your fragrance. This is what is commonly known as the layering technique.


Perfume should be applied to your pulse points. Your pulse points give off more heat than other parts of the body due to the blood vessels being so close to the skin. These points include the wrists, neck, behind your ears, crease of your arm, the back of your knees and your cleavage area. A light spray on the hair can last all day.

How long can I keep my fragrance stored?

Fragrances don't last forever. There are certain precautions though that will ensure the quality of the fragrance. Keep the bottle in a dry, dark place. Heat can also destroy a fragrance so keep it from extreme temperatures. Fragrances usually last 3 years from the date they were manufactured.

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