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Perfume buying tips!


  • Don’t buy a fragrance because your friend or relatives wears it, fragrances smell completely different on different people.
  • Spritz your perfume on the back of your neck for a long lasting scent, alternatively spray your favourite scarf with your signature perfume.
  • To make sure that your perfume lasts all day, use a body lotion in the same or complementing scent.
  • Always keep your perfume bottles out of sunlight, and avoid submitting them to extreme temperature.
  • Base notes fully release after thirty minutes of application, so don’t make snap decisions on a new perfume, it may smell completely different from first spritz.
  • Don’t judge a perfume on how it smells on a fragrance card, perfumes release notes as they warm on the skin, and you need to smell them on your skin, in order to fully appreciate the full scent.

Top Middle and Base Notes in Perfumes

Fragrances are specifically designed with top, middle, & base notes, which bring something different. A perfume smell is not only affected by your body chemistry, but by the evaporation process itself.

Learn more about this three Notes.

Top Note:

The initial, lighter smell of the fragrance which lasts around 8 to 15 minutes. Examples of these notes include citruses, powdery scents and light florals.

Examples: basil, lemon, orange, tea tree oil, bergamot, grapefruit.

Heart or Middle Note:

The main elements of the perfume, these notes develop after the top note clears, around 30 minutes after being sprayed. Heart notes most often include floral scents.

Examples: Lavender, pine, geranium, rosemary, juniper, black pepper.


Base Note :

The last to develop and helps fix the fragrance over the skin. This is where you will smell the notes of the perfume, such as smokes and leathers which become more noticeable when the fragrance has been on the skin for a while.

Examples: Sandalwood, rose, vetiver, jasmine, cedarwood, patchouli.

Perfume Concentrations – Perfume Strength

Perfumes consist of a concentration of perfume oils. The more perfume oil in a fragrance, the more ‘strength’ the fragrance has. The strengths are divided into the categories you see below:


EDP and EDT are simply different concentrations of the raw perfume—called “concentrate” or “oil” by the industry—in an alcohol solution.

Eau de Parfum (EDP):
Longer lasting as it is more concentrated and contains less alcohol which is good news for your skin – alcohol can have a dehydrating effect and act as an irritant for certain sensitive skin types.

Eau de Toilette (EDT):
A cheaper and generally more popular concentration and suitable as an everyday fragrance.

Find out your perfect EDP or EDT at