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Parfum A Nose Really Knows

Parfum. Cologne. Perfume. Eau de toilette. Mist. Spray. Vaporiser. Atomizer. There are so many words, yet so little known about the stuff we put on our body. What is it? How do we war it? Who can wear what type of what fragrance? There is an air of mystery around a product that is used by millions worldwide. Even though there is sure uncertainty, there is one thing we know: we like it and it smells really nice.

Parfum. What is it? Well, simply put…it is the French word for perfume. Perfume is a combination of essential oils, aroma compounds, fixatives and solvents. All these are jumbled together to produce the sweet-smelling compounds that we slather on our bodies. These compounds can be produced synthetically or derived from natural sources.

The idea of parfum has been around for a very long time. I mean, even the ancient girls wanted to smell good too! The world’s first chemist (and perfumer), a woman named Tapputi, was mentioned on an ancient cuneiform tablet from Mesopotamia dated from the 2nd millennium BC. The art of making parfum has been widely documented and talked about throughout the annals of history. In the 14th century, flowers began to be cultivated for their olfactory addition to flowers. Between the 16th and 17th century it was widely thought that parfum was used by the rich to mask body odors due to infrequent bathing. By the 18th century sweet-smelling plants were being grown across Europe which is still considered to be the center of parfum design.

Parfum is more than just plants and oils put together to smell pretty. There is a very human element to perfume making as well. This person, the perfumer, is often referred to as ‘the nez,‘ which is the French word for nose. They are called this because the greatest of perfumers are equipped with a keen and delicate sense of smell and an above average skill set in smell composition. The perfumer should be viewed as a skilled artist whose canvas is the elegant bottles of parfum we covet.

What Your Parfume Says About

A good sense of dress really can help you to make an impact. As well as wearing well fitting clothes which suit both the occasion and your personality, you should pick your accessories carefully and always pay particular attention to wearing the right parfume. There are not only your clothes which say something about you, but also your scent. You must wear parfume which complements both your personality and the occasion. Choose your cologne or parfume wisely, it really is as important as the shoes you wear, wearing the wrong type of scent can send out all the wrong messages so beware, you don’t want to spoil the overall effect do you?

There are many different brands of cologne or parfume which all specialize in creating different scents. This is something which you can use to your advantage. On a nice summers day, for example, you should wear a soft, mild scent for, say, lunch with the family. Flowery and citrus type scents are perfect for the summer; these scents not only conjure up images of summer but also smell clean and fresh. Alternatively, if you are going to an elaborate party in the evening you ought to choose a sweet and soft scent which will linger for the whole evening.

Many people are reminded about people that they know by their smell. Some women stick to one parfume for the whole year and the particular smell reminds people of them. This is fine but it’s good to remember that it’s often better to wear mild, soft scents during the summer and strong smelling parfumer in the winter. It’s important to choose a parfume which reflects your personality, and if you like a mild sweet scent then it’s perfectly acceptable to wear it throughout the year.

You can really make the most of your parfume by applying it immediately after a hot shower. The pores of the skin will be open and make it easier for the scent to really get into the depths of the skin. This way the scent will linger a little longer than usual. You should really dab your parfume or cologne behind the ears, on the wrists and inside knees and elbows for a longer lasting effect. Remember, too much can make an unpleasant smell so use sparingly.

Parfume should always be subtle and not over-powering. When choosing a parfume you should try it on in the store, seek the advice of a friend or of the sales person. An over powering scent can really spoil the overall effect and send out lots of wrong signals, so choose wisely. It’s always best to pick a parfume which you can wear at any time, night or day.

Parfume Fundamentals

Parfume, Parfum and Perfume are technically all one in the same, but the French seem to know how to make such a simple word sound so much better. Although all the names mean pretty much the same thing they are not all classified one in the same when it comes to quality. The secret to the differentiation all depends on whether or not a particular fragrance is considered an “eau de parfume” or as pure “parfume.”

OK so let’s clear this up, parfum is the most expensive and has the strongest aroma available. It can also be referred to as extrait, or “pure perfume”. Then next in line with the highest concentration of scent will be known as “eau de parfume.”

In order to be classified as an eau de parfume the scent must contain an 8 to15 percentage rate of fragrance or essential oil. All perfume strength comes from the percentage of scent element included in each ratio. The percentage of scent element is usually between fifteen and thirty. On average the concentration level is at fifteen percent for an eau de perfume and at a whopping twenty percent for parfum.

Now lets get down to the real nitty gritty. Scents tenacity is what’s most important to a consumer when purchasing a fragrance. As a perfume lover I tend to look for what scent most appeals to my sense of smell. How long an aroma stays on my skin is what makes me want to buy and how it blends with my natural body odor is what is most important. Perfumes tenacity has a range in hours up to approximately eight. Parfum however may last up to six hours at most.

Now it’s not surprising that when dealing with these different concentrations pricing plays a factor. I have found that the more intense the perfumes alcohol level is, the higher the price will be. High end perfumes such as Chanel No. 5 perfume can run you approximately $260 for 1 ounce at a high end retail establishment, where as its Coco eau de parfume goes for about $95 for a.25 ounce bottle.

The concentration of weak to strong in the scent category has a broad range. The category varies from the least concentrated eau fraiche which is a toilet water similar to cologne or splash; however it’s made with a higher grade of alcohol. Eau de toilette is a perfumed liquid containing a lower percentage of fragrance oils than normally contained in ordinary perfume or parfume, also called toilet water. Eau de cologne is often used interchangeably with the term toilette. However, the blend began as the name of a light and fresh fragrance mixed with citrus oils made popular by Napoleon. Eau de Parfume or perfume is the purest form of all scented products on the market; it is by far ranked the highest when it comes to concentration level.

About Parfum and Its Difference From Perfumes

There, hardly, is a place on earth where fragrances are not used, not even the most humble places in the world. Who can overlook France, the fashion capital of the world, when fragrances are under consideration? Yes, France takes the lead in fragrances as well. But, perfumes, upon entering into France, undergo a slight change in their nomenclature. The perfume is called “parfum” in French.

If defined broadly, the perfumes are same as “parfums”. However, there is a slight difference if one is to look closely into both names, especially from outside the French borders. When it comes to perfume-selling markets, the above mentioned alternative of perfumes indicates a relatively stronger and more concentrated version of any particular scent. However, the word ‘perfume’ is usually used to mean any aromatic solution which may or may not be strong. Perfumes, generally, are sold to customers in different versions including eau de parfum, eau de toilet, and eau de cologne. These versions of the perfume differ in concentration, price, and longevity.

As far as the concentration is of the perfumes is concerned, the ‘eau de¬†parfum’ contains 8 to 15 percent scented oil. The ‘eau de toilette’ version contains 4 to 10 percent of scented oil where as ‘eau de cologne’ contains 2 to 5 percent of the scented oil. However, the manufacturers may distance from these guidelines to introduce a new smell. The most notable factor about pricing of perfumes is the concentration of scented oil in these. So, the rule of thumb is that the more the concentration of scented oil a perfume has, the higher shall be its price. When the longevity of any perfume is concerned, it depends on the ingredients of the scented oil present in the perfume. Some floral ingredients last longer while some disappear relatively earlier. Whenever purchasing a perfume, always pay heed to the ingredients of the perfume. You should, in this respect, pay attention to the label of the perfume. The label contains all the necessary information, mostly.