How much do you know about perfume? It smells great? Yes. It can increase your confidence? Yes, of course! The Perfume Shop stock over 130 brands of perfume? Okay you may not know that, but now you do! With all the good facts about perfume, there are a lot of non-truths floating around the internet. So, we're here to separate fact from fiction so you can get the most out of your fragrance.
MYTH 1: Fragrances can smell different on different people - FACT
This, is in fact true! The way a scent can smell on one person can be totally different on another. This is because we all have different skin types and the quantity of oil in our skin can make the fragrance react differently. Even if you love a scent on your friend, you may find you don’t like it as much on yourself. To find the best scent for your skin why not head into a store near you and speak to our experts who will help you find the perfect perfume for you.
MYTH 2: If you rub fragrance into the skin it will last longer - FICTION
One of the most common perfume myths is that you should rub perfume directly into your skin, for example, when you rub your wrists together. Applying perfume this way can actually dull down the top notes in the scent and break up the molecules of the perfume making the scent fade faster. If you want to make your fragrance last and smell longer, which of course you do, then simply dab it on to your skin and let it dry down.
MYTH 3: Perfume expires - FACT
We're sorry to break it to you, but perfume can expire! Many perfumes last around 3-5 years, if you give them the love they require! No two perfumes are the same, which means one perfume on your dressing table may go bad before another one. To make your fragrance last as possible keep it away from direct sunlight and heat as this can damage the scent and you'll be replacing it sooner than you'll want to! Expired perfume won't do you any harm, however you probably won't be too keen on the scent!
MYTH 4: EDTs, EDPs and Parfum are the same - FICTION
Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette and Parfum... they’re all the same thing right? Not quite. They are actually very different due to the level of fragrance concentration in each.
Parfum has the highest concentration with most containing 20-30% and will last around up to 8 hours on your skin. Eau de Parfum has the next highest concentration at 15-20% and can last up to 6 hours. Whereas, an Eau de Toilette usually lasts for around 4 hours and has a much lower concentration at 5-15%.
If you want a scent to keep up with you throughout the day, then go for a Parfum but if you want something lighter for a date night, for example, then an EDT or EDP will be your best option.
MYTH 5: Spraying perfume in the air and walking through it will help it last longer - FICTION
We’re calling fake news on this one! The bottom line is, it’s not necessary and it’s also a waste of your fragrance. Perfume actually works best when sprayed directly onto your skin as it reacts well with body heat - check out our post on the best pulse points to apply perfume to make the most of your scent!
Now you know your fact from fiction...
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