Perfume is the mixture of essential oils, water and alcohol that create a beautiful fragrance. Finding the perfect perfume for men or women can be challenging; the process involving much trial and error. However, these days the best scents are highly coveted and reviewed online, so it is easy to know what people widely believe to be the best fragrances. Often popular brands include Ariana Grande Perfume, Chanel perfume, and Si perfume.
Perfume is made at different strength, the most concentrated being perfume oils. Parfum is at least 25% perfume oil, eau de parfum is 15% to 18% perfume oil and eau de toilette is 10% perfume oil.
Perfume also has different scent categories:
- Floral: smells like flowers
- Fruity: smells like fruit, including citrus
- Green: fresh grass or leaves
- Herbaceous: like any variety of herbs
- Woody: like different types of wood
- Amber: like tree resin
- Animalic: bodily smells
- Musk: like a substance made by the musk deer
- Oriental: amber and spice
When shopping online for perfume Cosmetic Capital offers a wide range of best-selling brands. As an online store we recommend shopping by experience, choosing scents that you have tried before and enjoyed. If you are looking for a new fragrance then we also suggest reading reviews as well as reading the notes about the scent of the perfume, however these can sometimes be difficult to image.
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How to make perfume?
Finding your signature scent can take what feels like an eternity. But there is nothing more quintessentially you than researching and crafting your own perfume. And you can do it from the comfort of your own home – no expensive laboratory equipment needed!
Here’s how you can make your own perfume using essential oils.
- Research, research, research
Research your ingredients before starting on your perfume journey. Some natural ingredients can still be harmful to your skin, so the more research you undertake, the better.
You will also want to find the best essential oils for the ‘head, heart and base notes’. Head notes are those that you first smell and are usually dominant for around 15 minutes. Heart notes carry the perfume the most. They are most obvious for roughly 15 to 45 minutes. Base notes are the notes that give your scent it’s longevity. Base notes can last for hours, so are the essential part of creating a lasting scent.
- Choose your perfume oils
Finding the right mix of perfume oils is a truly personal choice. But there are some good tips to remember:
- Citrus notes are the most common head notes, as they’re assertive and potent.
- Floral notes are most common heart notes, as they’re lighter and airy.
- Woodsy notes are most common base notes.
- Get the right materials
To create your own perfume, you will need the following materials. This will flow into an easy recipe to create your signature scent.
- 1x 5ml rollerball bottle
- 3x essential oils (head, heart and base)
- 4x glass droppers or pipettes (one for each essential oil and one for the carrier oil)
- Unscented carrier oil, such as Jojoba Oil or Almond Oil.
When making your perfume, you want to use no more than 20% concentration of essential oils, to be safe from a potential reaction. This is why you use the unscented carrier oil to fill in the remaining 80%.
To make your perfume using the materials in Step 3, follow this recipe:
- Add 80 drops of carrier oil to the perfume bottle.
- With a dropper, add in 10 drops of the essential oil base notes.
- Then, add five drops of the essential oil head notes.
- Then, add five drops of the essential oil heart notes.
- Seal the bottle and shake well.
- Label your bottle and get ready to turn heads with your unique signature scent!
Don’t forget to shake your perfume before using each time and to make a note of what essential oils you have used (so you can recreate when you run out!)
Does perfume expire?
Perfume and cologne does expire, although certain perfumes can last longer than others. Most perfumes don’t have a set expiration date, but between three to five years is the average shelf life.
Fragrances with heavier base notes, such as oriental scents with patchouli and amber, can last up to 10 years, whereas perfumes with lighter base notes, such as citrus, floral or green scents, often don’t last as long.
If you are worried your perfume may be expired, the best test is to smell the fragrance. If the scent smells significantly different from how it used to smell, is less potent or has an odour of vinegar, there is a good chance your perfume is expired.
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Where to spray perfume
Spraying perfume is a simple spritz of the bottle and away we go, right? Wrong. There is quite a bit of technique needed to perfect the perfect perfume regime, so here are a few handy tips to keep you on the right track.
- Don’t rub your wrists. We are guilty of this little habit - spray perfume onto left wrist and rub onto right wrist. However, the experts advise that this creates friction and heat, which can change the enzymes of the perfume and alter the scent.
- Be careful of your environment. Perfume doesn’t like to be moved into extremes. If it is in the bathroom and heating up from your morning shower, there is a good chance it can change and lose its scent. The recommended advice is to keep it stored at room temperature, and even store in its original box to help with this.
- The smaller the better. If you have a large bottle of perfume on the shelf and its half empty for a long time, it is mixing with the oxygen and over time its composition changes at a faster pace. Why not consider buying a smaller bottle, where you are guaranteed to finish it quicker and ensure the scent remains consistent throughout its lifetime.
- Don’t hate synthetic perfume. Although there is a push to go natural, the experts advise that the synthetic ingredients used in perfume are tested for safety and are more potent and longer lasting than natural equivalents.
- Where to apply perfume - the pulse points of the neck and the wrists or inner elbows. In hotter climates, it’s even suggested to lightly mist one’s hair!