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Find out more about perfume - a short guide
Is it possible that perfume smells different on certain days or on different people?
Perfume combines to a new fragrance with the natural scents of people. For this reason, it is possible that a perfume smells different on two people and is perceived differently. The scent impression of a perfume also strongly depends on its environment. In an olfactory charged atmosphere such as in a perfumery or near a noisy, busy street in downtown, a perfume might give a complete different impression, compared to a calm, relaxing environment with plenty of fresh and clean air. Different temperatures and air moisture also have a great influence. In addition, the scent of a perfume changes over time after the application, as some components are perceptible only for a few minutes, others for hours and still others even for several days. The effect of the individual “day form” of a person wearing the perfume might also be important sometimes.
A Perfume is a perfume, right?
Unfortunately, the term "perfume" is often misunderstood by many consumers. Many buy decisions are based primarily on price and the size of the perfume bottle. Recently, we had to read in a email that one of our Extrait Perfumes were twice as expensive as a perfume of a wellknown global brand. When we analysed the comparison, we quickly found that the supposedly favorable world brand product was a socalled Eau de Toilette (EdT), which firstly only has about one quarter of the fragrance content as an Extrait Perfume, and, secondly, the bottle had also only half of the content, although it looked very much bigger. For this reason, we are keen to introduce and describe some commonly used perfume concentrations and their abbreviations in the next section.
The different perfume concentrations and their names - Extrait Perfume, EdP, EdT, EdC
Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a mandatory global standard. Therefore we focus in this area on the recommendations of the perfume book by H & R.
Extrait Perfume: contains a proportion of 15% to 30% fragrance oil; the balance being a mixture of alcohol and water.
Eau de Parfum (EdP): contains a proportion of 10% to 14% fragrance oil; the balance being a mixture of alcohol and water.
Eau de Toilette (EdT): contains a proportion of 6% to 9% fragrance oil; the balance being a mixture of alcohol and water.
Eau de Cologne (EdC): contains a proportion of 3 to 5% fragrance oil; the balance being a mixture of alcohol and water.
It is obvious that the high perfume concentrations are much more expensive than the low ones. However, usually the Extrait Perfumes offer the most for the money. Which perfume concentrations are preferable, is ultimately a question of the available budget. Another factor could be the question of whether you prefer the bigger and less expensive bottles of Eau de Toilette in order to be able to indulge in big splashs, or if you like the obvious advantages of the smaller but higher priced bottles of highly concentrated Extrait Perfume.
Does it make sense to test many perfumes during a short time frame?
Perfumes are mostly composed of dozens of different fragrance materials. If you want to test a variety of perfumes in a short time, this usually might not end in great satisfaction as our nose is not amused with scent overkills. More than three perfumes with similar scents can hardly be tested successively in a short time frame, and more than 6 perfumes with very different scents might also be difficult.
How to use perfume?
Perfumes live from the evaporation of its ingredients. The warmer the skin, on which the perfume is applied, the faster it can evaporate, and the stronger is the scent impression. Warm spots on the body exist, for example, behind the ear, on the pulse surfaces, or on the inside of the elbows. If you want to be surrounded by an applied perfume as long as possible, rather cooler places might be chosen, e.g. the hair.
Is it possible that a perfume can be too pushy?
Yes, of course, too much of a perfume is often perceived by others as unpleasant. When a perfume is applied, the smell constantly reaches your own nose, which in turn gets used to it and notices it less and less with the progress of time. Usually it would be a great mistake to think that this would be the ideal reason for applying some more perfume, because usually people around will perceive the scent for a long time, even if you don´t smell anything.
Natural fragrances or artificial fragrances - which is better?
There is no right or wrong answer, and everybody should answer this question privately. Artificial fragrances are generally one-dimensional, they embody a certain scent that can always be produced in the same quality. This property is of course extremely important for large-scale industrial production, as it allows the manufacture of perfumes with absolutely the same quality. On the other hand, the individual natural fragrances are composed by mother nature from many individual substances. For vanilla absolute for example, the gas chromatograph is able to detect at least 50 different materials, all of which contribute to the unique aroma bouquet of natural vanilla. Not always, but often, natural scents have a huge variety, balance and depth in itself, which can not be achieved with artificial fragrances. Large companies are mainly interested in having their perfumes smell exactly the same in every year, and so they sometimes have big problems with the fact that, for example, the smell of lavender oil or rose oil may vary from crop to crop. However, exactly this feature may just be a very interesting charm of nature for smaller companies. We at Heymountain try to use the best of both worlds: we use with pleasure a large number of pure natural fragrances, and we are delighted with the combination of natural scents with interestng ynthetic scents to achieve fragrances compositions that would not be possible with pure natural materials.