We consider ourselves the perfume experts, so to back up this claim, we thought we would outline some important facts and information that we think you should know about our scented friends.


People have always wanted to smell nice

Perfumes can be traced back to the earliest cultures, indicating that although there may not have been the array of products we have on offer today, there was still experimentation with spices and herbs, to create wonderful aromas.


Different terminology for perfumes

If you’ve ever wondered why EDP, EDT, & EDC are splashed all over your perfume packaging, then look no further than this article for explanation:

EDP – Eau de Perfume

EDT – Eau de Toilette

EDC – Eau de Cologne

But what are the differences? Well, for independent perfume shops, it can vary from place to place. EDP tends to be more concentrated than EDT, meaning it lasts longer, the aroma staying on your skin for more hours, whereas EDT tends to cost less, as the scent isn’t as concentrated. However, some stores may have stronger EDTs than EDPs; it’s all about preference.


In your normal, high street perfume shops however, you’ll find that EDP will be a higher price and longer lasting, and your EDTs will be lower cost and less intense.


 Make sure you leave the scent on your skin

The aroma of a perfume can change once it’s settled on your skin, so it’s important when trying on scents to ensure that you leave them for a few moments to really get a grasp on how you’ll actually smell. You might really enjoy a fragrance on a tester stick, but it could be a completely different matter once it has developed on your skin.


This is because everyone has different hormones, different oils, different skin, so the ingredients in perfume can work inversely with separate skin types.


There are fragrance ‘families’

Your favourite perfume may fall under the fresh category, floral, floral & oriental, oriental, gourmand (smells edible, but not literally!), Chypre (woody, warm, dry scents), woody, and fougère (lavender mixed with oakmoss, herbs, wood, spice).


Can you work out which family your fragrance is home to? And if any of the above categories have made you think about changing your original scent?


Fragrance and perfume isn’t just limited to what you spray on your body

There are many things that can be perfumed and include a scent, such as candles, make up, body lotion, shaving foam, shower gel, toilet paper, writing ink, and even sometimes jigsaw puzzles! We certainly don’t mind living in a world full of fragrance anyway!


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