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Perfumes buying guide

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Introduction to Perfumes

Perfume can be a wonderful way to express yourself. Whether you are interested in purchasing the latest designer perfumes or an less expensive cologne, you can use perfumes to express your mood or to establish a signature fragrance. Price Inspector can help you find the perfect perfume, whatever you're looking for.

Important tips you should to consider when purchasing perfumes

  • Perfumes are available in a variety of bottle sizes, from 1.5 ml (a tester size) to 125 ml. Remember that perfumes do eventually expire. If you store the perfume in a cool place, away from direct sunlight, it should last about a year. If you will not use all of the perfume in that length of time, don't buy the largest size. Spray bottles do typically last a little longer than perfumes in stopper bottles.
  • Where and when are you going to wear the perfume? Lighter perfumes are best for daytime and summer wear, while heavier scents are better for special occasions and evenings.
  • Perfumes contain three difference layers of fragrance notes: The top layer is the first to be noticed, but it does not last long. Next is the middle or heart, followed by the base. The base notes of the perfume last the longest. If you particularly like a scent, you'll want to make sure the perfume has it in the base note, while if you dislike one, make sure it is not included.
  • Perfume categories include aquatic, chypre, citrus, floral, leather, oriental, and woody. You may have a few categories that you like, so when buying new perfumes, you can see what categories it contains.
  • If you layer the perfume scent, it will last longer. Perfumes can be layered by using a matching shower gel, body lotion, or body powder. This adds depth to your scent, without just adding another heavy dosing of the perfume. These accessories are also typically less expensive than perfumes.

Types of Perfume

There are literally hundreds of brands of perfumes; while the number of fragrances available might be overwhelming, there are just four basic types of perfumes.

  • Eau de Cologne has the smallest concentration of fragrance. It's the least expensive choice, but the scent fades quickly.
  • Eau de Toilette is stronger than eau de cologne and longer lasting, but weaker and less expensive than eau de parfum.
  • Eau de Perfum is the second-strongest fragrance variety, both in durability and strength, and it's second-most expensive.
  • Perfume (or Parfum) is the strongest and most expensive perfume. While it is the most expensive, it's the longest-lasting and you won't need to use very much.

Summary and brands of perfume

Depending on the strength of the fragrance and the brand, perfumes will vary dramatically in price. For an small bottle of eau de cologne, you might spend as little as £6, while a designer brand of perfume could be more than £100. If you are trying a new fragrance, you might consider buying a small bottle or inexpensive tester, rather than spending a lot of money on something you're not sure about. If you're sure you like a particular perfume, you can buy larger quantities or stronger fragrances.

Popular brands include Christian Dior, Giorgio, Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein, Burberry, Ralph Lauren and Chanel, and there also are a number of celebrity endorsed scents such as Beckham, Britney Spears, Jade Goody to name a few. Your personal taste will probably be the determining factor rather than the brand.

Buying Guide to Perfumes
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