Friday, December 13, 2013

Phaedon Candles Make the Best Stocking Stuffers

Stocking Stuffers at The Perfume Shoppe

While visiting The Perfume Shoppe to choose gifts for family and friends, pick up some stocking stuffers as well. Save yourself a second shopping expedition.

A scented natural wax candle is at the top of the wish list for everyone. It can be enjoyed on a romantic evening, during a nice long bubble bath, or brought on a trip to enjoy in a hotel room.

Phaedon Paris Scented Candle's are available in a variety of delicious scents.

Sit back and relax now that you're done with your shopping!Daim Phaedon Paris Scented Candle

Santal Noble Fragrance for Men Review

Jean-Francois Laporte, the master perfumer behind Maitre Parfumeur Et Gantier, created Santal Noble- a luxurious and sexy scent for men. Santal Noble has top notes of sandalwood that present as woody, bitter and slightly astringent. The first impression is of strong and pure sandalwood which slowly settle into a pale and truly masculine scent. This perfume is perfect for a man who exudes sophistication and insists on only the finest things in life. It is a scent that when worn, invokes confidence as well as romance. Santal Noble is gentle yet powerful allowing it to transition easily from a day at the office to a night out on the town.

santal noble perfume for men

Santal Noble’s sandalwood base is perfectly complimented with notes of:
  • Coffee beans
  • Spice oils
  • Incense
  • Patchouli
  • Vanilla
  • Vetiver
  • Ambergris
  • Oak moss

Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier’s Santal Noble presents a classic masculine fragrance that any man can carry. Santal Noble’s incredible scent arrives in an equally stunning 100 ml red and gold glass bottle making it an excellent gift that doesn’t require any extra adornment.  Santal Noble EDT SP 100ml is available at The Perfume Shoppe for purchase.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Puredistance Black - A Gift for Yourself


Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and focus on yourself today. 


Puredistance Black

Our new arrival is perfect for your stocking. Puredistance Black for distinguished men and women. Presented in a classic black box, this delicious fragrance is the perfect gift for yourself.

The scent opens with resinous smoky incense intermingled with cinnamon, myrhh and black pepper. Middle floral notes with tonka and patchouli sweeten and surround the scent. The fragrance closes with leather, amber, oud, cedar and musk notes.

Puredistance Black 17.5 ml
Puredistance Black 60 ml
Puredistance Black 100 ml

Saturday, December 7, 2013

5 Best Perfumes as Christmas Gifts for Men

The smell of a man resonates with women. It’s that lingering scent that stays after he has passed by on the street, that tantalizing smell that makes women’s smiles widen. But not all colognes are created equal. Every scent isn’t for every man. The cologne a man chooses should embody his personality, his essence: him. A woman should be able to know a little about him once she smells the scent and the decadent way it mingles with his own natural spice. Choosing the proper cologne is serious business and not one that men should take lightly.
5 Best Perfumes as Christmas Gifts for Men

If you are looking for a scent that captures his essence for Christmas, here are five best men’s perfumes to choose from:

Amouage Interlude Man Eau De Parfum

A luxury fragrance like no other, Amouage's Interlude Man is a great scent for the unique man in your life. From the packaging, which resembles a piece of abstract art, to the layered contents, this fragrance is dynamic. Powerful and chaotic, this fragrance from Amouage combines many ingredients to create a wild ride of a scent. With notes like oregano, frankincense, myrrh, bergamot, pimento berry oil and amber, this fragrance starts out hot and smoky, but then evens out to a leather note that is appealing. The texture of this scent suits a rugged man who enjoys the outdoors, but dresses up well.
amouage interlude man perfume

Truefitt and Hill Sandalwood Cologne

Sandalwood Cologne by Truefitt and Hill comes in an attractive bottle and sets the stage for an invigorating experience. Their crafty combination of citrus favorites like lemon, bergamot and lime bring a zing to the scent that keeps you aware of its presence. By mixing the bright flash of citrus with subtler undertones of sandalwood, cedarwood, and tonka, Sandalwood evens out the fragrance, giving it a sophisticated air. This fragrance works for a man who prides himself on a crisp appearance. This balance between earthy and citrusy will compliment straight lines and colorful accents.
Truefitt and Hill Sandalwood Cologne for Men

Santal Noble by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Perfume

Santa Noble fragrance boasts a combination of woody and spicy. You’ll find amber, sandalwood, vanilla and musk, which combine for the most striking scent. A hint of sweetness exists under the woody hint, further enhancing the fragrance. This long-lasting scent is memorable. This fragrance is perfect for the man who dresses for work in a suit or relishes tuxedo-clad events.
Maître Parfumeur et Gantier's Santa Noble for Men

Amouage Fate for Man

New from Amouage, Fate for Men offers a sharp first note that settles in with dry down. The tart woody composition is brisk from the first notes. Saffron, wormwood, cumin, ginger and mandarin, as well as floral and woody notes combine to make this scent memorable. A complex man will be served well by this scent, as its intricacies will interweave with his.
amouage fate for man perfume

Garrigue by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Perfume

Aromatic and unique, Garrigue scent is an herbal explosion. Lemon and bergamot combine to add the fresh citrus base. Combined with herb notes like thyme, rosemary and sage, Garrigue is a treat to the senses. A nature-lover with a penchant for the outdoors is paired well with this scent.
Maître Parfumeur et Gantier's Garrigue for Men

This Christmas, try to find the scent that best complements the special man in your life. Which cologne do you think sounds best? Let us know in the comments!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Cooking Up Scents

The aroma of freshly baked Christmas goods wafts throughout the house on Christmas Day. You've taken great care with your appearance, decked head to toe in your best jewellery and freshly pressed clothes. Don't forget to wear a fine fragrance, something scrumptious that won't conflict with the yummy scents of the season.

Gingerbread cookies, real butter shortbread and fruity Christmas cake are all on the menu. Here's some delicious fragrances that are almost good enough to eat but won't conflict with your holiday dinner. Please click on the photos to visit each perfume.

Fougere Bengale by Parfum d'Empire
 Fougere Bengale

A mouthwatering blend of tonka bean, lavender and gingerbread, with tobacco notes to enjoy with the after-dinner apertif.

Coco Figue by Comptoir Sud Pacifique
Coco Figue
A delightfully sweet confection. Contains edible ingredients of fig, vanilla, coconut and almonds. 

Bois et Fruits by Serge Lutens
Bois et Fruits

A rich sweet concoction full of fruit and spices. Filled with fig, plum, apricot and cedarwood.

Friday, November 29, 2013

New Arrivals Just in Time for Christmas: Parfums MDCI Paris

MDCI

The new Parfums MDCI Paris line has just arrived! We have two spectacular scents for you to try for the holiday season.



Cuir Garamante


A spice chest of tantalizing vanilla, saffron and papyrus scents, intermingled with twists of rich leather. This sexy fragrance wafts tendrils of oud-like incense through the air as it shimmers its way through the evening, releasing notes of rose and sandalwood. This is a  perfect choice for gentlemen attending a special event at a fine restaurant.


Cuir Garamante 75 ml

Nuit Andalouse


A strikingly sweet floral scent opening in a colorful and fragrant bouquet of orange and violets. Gardenias, ylang-ylang, roses and orange blossoms round out scent placing the wearer's nose in paradise. This scent closes with edible base notes of vanilla and orange. A fine choice for your company Christmas party.

Nuit Andalouse 


MDCIMDCI

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Cire Trudon Perfumed Candles Review


Cire Trudon Perfumed Candles are thoughtfully and beautifully crafted from the enticing fragrances to the luxurious hand blown glass they are presented in. Cire Trudon Candles have a rich history dating back to the 1600’s when they became the official wax manufacturer of the French royal family. Centuries later, these candles continue to remain to be the most prestigious in the world and have been referred to as the “Rolls Royce” of candles.

Cire Trudon Perfumed Candles


Cire Trudon Perfumed Candles are traditionally produced with the highest quality ingredients and are made from pure vegetable wax. Offered in a variety of sophisticated scents, you can choose the one that speaks especially to you. The Abd El Kader Classic Candle is one the bestselling candle. It belongs to the herbal scent family with wonderfully finished top notes of spearmint, lemon, apple, and ginger and with hints of jasmine and vanilla. Cire Trudon produce their splendid candles in a variety of scent families including:
  • Pine
  • Earthy
  • Citrus
  • Floral
  • Herbal
  • Spicy
  • Woody
  • Holiday

Celebrate Christmas with Cire Trudon Candles

Bring the smell of Christmas to your home this holiday season with The Nazareth Classic Candle. Elegantly presented in red glass, this candle has top notes of cinnamon and sour orange with compliments of cloves, cardamom, and bourbon vanilla. This candle makes an excellent gift that anyone would be thrilled to receive. Complete the gift by including a box of Abd El Kader Matches. These giant matches are 22cm long, have a distinguishing green tip, and are a must accessory to every candle.

Cire Trudon Candles has:
  • Burn time of 80 hours
  • Weighs 9.5 oz
  • 4.25” tall x 3.5” wide

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

5 Best Perfumes as Christmas Gifts for Women

When you are in the market for the perfect Christmas gift for your wife, girlfriend, mom and or any special women in your life, there is no need to look any further than perfumes. To make the best impression, you need to choose the right type that fits her personality and taste. It is wise to choose a unique perfume that was specially picked for her rather than one of the typical fragrances her friends probably already have. With Christmas around the corner, we have put together a list of best fragrances for women that are bound to make her happy and fall in love with her new scent.

5 Best Perfumes as Christmas Gifts for Women

Montale’s Vanilla Extasy

Montale Vanilla Extasy is an oriental vanilla fragrance. It is a sensual blend of vanilla, fruits, flowers and resin. Vanilla blended with jasmine and ylang ylang creates a sweet, seductive flowery scent, and a hint of apricot adds a playful touch. This fragrance has woody, resinous base notes of mahogany and sandalwood, resulting in a complex, sexy fragrance that is ideal for the sweet-loving seductress in your life.
Available in 100 ml and

Cuir Ottoman perfume by Parfum d'Empire

For an erotic and mysterious fragrance inspired by the East, look no further than Parfum d'Empire Cuir Ottoman. Its top notes are Egyptian jasmine, labdanum and iris. Middle notes include leather, salsam, styrax and benzoin, and base notes of vanilla, tonka bean and incense round out this intoxicating fragrance. It is a warm, unique scent with an animalistic touch. It is perfect for the wild child with a touch of feminine softness.

Teint de Neige by Lorenzo Villoresi Perfumes

Lorenzo Villoresi's Teint de Neige is a soft, floral scent with top notes of rose, jasmine and ylang ylang. Middle notes add tonka and jasmine, and the fragrance is rounded out by base notes of musk and heliotrope. The overall scent is floral, musky and powdery. It is a fresh, light scent that is ideal for daytime wear. Teint de Neige is an excellent Christmas gift for the sophisticated, elegant and feminine woman in your life.

Amouage Fate for Women

Amouage Fate for Women is a spicy floral perfume that opens with top notes of bergamot, cinnamon pepper and chilli. The heart of the fragrance is made of up jasmine, rose and daffodil. The base notes include an oriental blend of incense, leather, benzoin, patchouli and vanilla. This perfume is not for the faint of heart. Instead, it is a good choice for bold, outgoing women.

Highness Rose by Montale Perfume

Montale's Highness Rose is a pure rose fragrance made from the richest rose absolute. It does not smell like a bouquet of picked roses. Instead, it is reminiscent of a rose garden with hints of green leaves and rose petals. It is one of the best and purest rose perfumes on the market. Highness Rose is the ideal choice for a feminine, romantic woman.

Perfume makes the perfect gift for any woman. When you choose one of these stunning high-end European perfumes, you are sure to make a lasting impression with a Christmas gift that will make the woman in your life think of you every time she wears it.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Brand Spotlight: Truefitt & Hill Grooming Products for Men

Truefitt & Hill has a rich history dating back to 1805- the year they became the barbers of British Royalty- and remains today a brand that is synonymous with luxury gentleman’s grooming. Each product is thoughtfully designed and produced to offer the very best experience in men’s grooming from the perfectly blended masculine fragrances to the handsome packaging that truly completes the Truefitt & Hill experience.


Truefitt & Hill offers a variety of men’s luxury grooming products that will make putting your best face forward each day a joy and something you look forward to. The 1805 Shaving Cream is the #1 favorite of men around the world because the rich, creamy lather prepares the skin for the ultimate close shave. Its fresh fragrance is divine- a musk base with top notes of Bergamot, Mandarin, and Cardamom combined with Lavender, Geranium, and Cedar Wood- created from the best ingredients available. Truefitt & Hill’s shaving creams are available in tubs, which are perfect for dipping a brush into or convenient travel size tubes for the gentleman on the go.

truefitt & hill shaving cream for men

Designed to beautifully compliment the 1805 Shaving Cream is the Truefitt & Hill 1805 Aftershave Balm. It is a non-oily, rich, and soothing moisturizer that works well on all skin types but is essential for gentlemen with a more sensitive skin type. Lanolin and Aloe Vera Extract work to calm and soothe skin that is easily irritated by shaving.

truefitt & hill after shave for men

The line of Classic Silvertip Badger Brush is handmade exclusively for Truefitt & Hill in the UK by one of the most prestigious brush makers. Available in 3 different sizes (small, medium and large), these shave brushes are an absolute necessity when it comes to a completely luxurious shave experience. The densely-packed brushes hold water to enhance the quality of the lather while exfoliating the skin and propping up whiskers prior to shaving.

truefitt & hill shaving brush

Truefitt & Hill also offers cologne spray for men, bath and shower gel from their 1805 series for complete grooming experience.

Friday, October 11, 2013

The Perfect Guide on Grooming For Men

Men often need a helping hand when it comes to grooming, between shaving to dressing the part of a masculine and modern man who is confident in himself. Although men naturally feel inclined to forget about taking care of their appearance, it can be easy with a few simple steps that are considered much easier than what women have to endure.


Styled Hair

Whether going for the long-haired surfer look or wanting a buzz-cut for the hipsters, it's important to choose a style and stick with it as each require different types of maintenance. Using a hair gel is recommended to keep your style intact for the whole day.

Depending on how fast your hair grows, visit a barber every four to six weeks to keep it the hair style looking polished. For longer styles, brush it once or twice during the day and try to keep it out of your eyes.

Shaving

The amount of facial hair a man has will ultimately determine his overall appearance for either a polished or scruffy look. Depending on the man's profession, it's important to look professional if it's required for their career so he can look sophisticated and clean-cut.

Using Almond Shaving Cream when removing scruff will prevent a rash from occurring, as well as make for a close shave that won't leave a five o'clock shadow. The rich and creamy lather will soften the skin and make it less irritable for a comfortable shave to avoid nicks and cuts prevented.

Truefitt & Hill 1805 AfterShave Balm leaves a masculine scent that is strong, but not too overpowering for a product that works to cool the skin's surface when applied in small amounts. The balm also works to be absorbed into the skin for optimum moisture for even skin tones and a soothing effect that is often needed after a razor is used on the facial skin.


Beards should be kept trimmed and combed with all of the the hair going in the same direction. The hair next to the nose on the cheeks should also be shaved every few days, as well as under the beard on the front of the neck, for facial hair that is tamed and still clean.

Men’s Cologne

A man's cologne will work to define his personal style and the signature scent that he's known by without feeling feminine. Cologne should be applied to the pulse points on both the wrists and the neck for areas that will keep the scent throughout the day and will not rub easily onto other surfaces. It should only be applied to one or two spots on the body to prevent too strong of a scent from developing. Avoid applying it under the arms or in areas where you're prone to sweat, as the sweat can easily mix with the cologne for an unappealing mixture. Spray it several inches away from the skin, and avoid rubbing it, which will only suppress the smell and wipe it away. The different types of men’s cologne you can buy include citrus, aquatic, gourmand, musky and woody.

Body Hair

Body hair is an unsightly look on most men when it grows in certain areas that include the back, shoulders, and even in thick amounts on the chest. It's important to remove it with either waxing or shaving tools. For hard to reach areas, visit a salon every four to six weeks to maintain the smooth surface with professional waxing services that will make it easy to stay groomed and spend time outdoors without feeling embarrassed.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Ramon Monegal


Enjoy Ramon Monegal Perfumes at The Perfume Shoppe
http://www.theperfumeshoppe.com/Ramon-Monegal-Fragrances-s/90.htm

Ramón Monegal comes from a long and distinguished line of the most important perfumers in Barcelona and Spain. He represents the fourth generation of the founders of the house of Myrurgia, which was the official purveyor of the Spanish Royal Family, and the most important international perfumer in Spain.

The realization of a dream

After 30 years in his profession, having become a master perfumer and authentic nez, the challenge of Ramón Monegal is now to reach excellence and transfer his knowledge to the fifth generation. Perfume can only rise to the level of art when accompanied by the absolute freedom of the mind and spirit. To be able to use formulas containing necessary ingredients and proportions without being coerced by the costs or other restraining factors is the path to recovering the true and ancient craft —a path that is these days seen as the cutting edge. Ramón Monegal recognized early on this emerging tendency towards more crafted perfumes and in 2009 began to grow his much desired project in all of its characteristics: to offer a fragrance collection of a master perfumer, to claim his own identity like the perfumers of the golden era before mass production, to have his own workshop that specializes in the mixing, maceration, production and control, and to work with absolute artistic freedom. 

Monegal seeks to use the most noble and delicate essences that exist in the world, creating fragrances that induce feelings and emotions, fragrances that evoke a timeless Mediterranean passion and whose elaboration restores the natural language of the craft —to excite, entice, surprise, create desire, pleasure and magic. 

The true nez, in addition to composing perfumes, are specially trained to select from all of these materials to reach the level of necessary excellence, no matter the cost. Because in the end, a good perfume is the balanced blend of natural scents and chemical molecules of the highest quality, which together turn the imagined poetry of a particular fragrance into a reality.

Yosh Trompeur Perfume Oil

This is the Pure Parfum Oil Splash bottle. Hand Signed by Yosh.






This is INTOXICATING!
An elegant vanilla sandalwood musk with a hint of the earth and a bit of coconutty sweetness from the fig. It's insane.

Trompeur Perfume Oil Notes: Bay Rum, Massoia, Pavarti Sandalwood, Sheer Musk, Vanilla, & Fig

Trompeur, meaning "deceit" in French, is what the ORIGINAL J.T. Le Roy ( ***Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things) blend smelled like.

It's a lush, exotic scent with notes of fig, bay rum, massoia, sandalwood and vanilla.
This is a nice fragrance for fall and winter, as it has a cozy gourmand note, like a rich Indian desert.

An exotic fragrance, it captures one's inner beauty. 


http://www.theperfumeshoppe.com/Trompeur-Pure-Parfum-Oil-8ml-p/yo-7.htm


Such an interesting substory to today's SOD- (excerpt from Nathan Branch)"...Yosh Han’s Trompeur, a fragrance with a provocative connection to the world of contemporary literature — namely, literary fraud JT Leroy and his/her once critically acclaimed but now thoroughly disgraced novel, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things. The story goes that indie perfumer Yosh Han was contacted via telephone by the woman masquerading as JT Leroy and commissioned to create a perfume to accompany the release of the upcoming film of his/her allegedly autobiographical novel. The fragrance was designed to be “earthy and overtly sexual by blending bay rum, vanilla and fig oils” as a testament to the struggles of the novel’s protaganist (allegedly, JT Leroy).

The whole JT Leroy hoax fell apart soon after, the film was considered an abysmal failure, lawsuits started flying and Yosh Han quietly withdrew her support from the project, but then along came the fragrance ‘Trompeur’ (French for misleading, betrayer, deceiver), which Yosh Han fans claim is a near carbon copy of the perfume Han created for Leroy, though now renamed, mixed, bottled and distributed personally by Yosh Han herself.

Apparently, Ms. Han didn’t take kindly to getting roped into a fraud, and this seemed her way of regaining ownership of her own work. Besides, who’s going to fault her for taking back the forumla for a fragrance that was commissioned in a blizzard of lies?

For while the JT Leroy persona was a cruel ruse, Ms. Han’s creation is the real deal — gentle, persuasive, sweet with a twist. The fragrance is so obviously a labor of love, made all the more poignant that it was Yosh Han who was deceived. Because the formulation is a pure perfume oil rather than mixed into an alcohol base (Han creates all her fragrances as oils), the end result is exceptionally smooth and clings to the body rather than distinctly projecting from the wearer. I’ve experimented with varying applications, and Trompeur appears to do best when applied over the entire body (from shoulders to ankles) rather than merely dabbed on the wrist. The scent is not a powerhouse by any stretch of the imagination, and a few dabs on the wrist simply can’t hold up to the onslaught of the real world once you step out into the day."..."Trompeur does, however, have excellent longevity, and its vanilla-sandalwood-musk trinity at the finish beautifully complements intimate conversations and close proximities. Massoia is said to be one of Ms. Han’s favorite scents, and it’s utilized here with great skill, like a slight breeze through the coconut grove, a hint of an island paradise waiting at the end of a long, hard road."
BTW- Your Trompeur box is hand signed By Yosh!


http://www.nathanbranch.com/2009/10/photos-yosh-han-trompeur.html

The Perfume Shoppe~ Welcome Video

A Visit to The Perfume Shoppe Scottsdale Video

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Frankincense Perfume Note

Perfume History: Frankincense
Frankincense / Olibanum
Frankincense provides one of the most evocative scents in the long history of aromatics. Its fresh, fruity, pine-lemon bouquet with delicately sweet, resinous and woody undertones, slows and deepens breathing and has been used since ancient times to awaken higher consciousness, and enhance spirituality, meditation and prayer. 







The name "Frankincense" is widely known as an historic biblical ingredient, and to many as one of three gifts from the visiting Magi to the newborn Jesus and as an ingredient in the Old Testament's Exodus incense mixture. Few have experienced its aroma though or know of its rich history and how the world has treasured and used it since long before recorded time.

Frankincense has been one of the world's most treasured commodities since the beginning of written history. At its peak its value rivaled that of gold, the rarest silks, and the most precious of gems. Ironically, it is but a milky-white resin produced by a scrubby, unlikely looking tree, genus Boswellia. There are twenty-five known species of Boswellia, each creating a water-soluble gum-resin with its own distinctive fragrance and medicinal properties.

Frankincense resin is distilled by steam or CO2 to extract its precious essential oil, which is used extensively in modern aromatherapy. This oil is rejuvenating to the skin, treating acne, bacterial and fungal infections, and to treat wounds and scars. Thus, it is used in cosmetics, soaps, and perfumes.

Frankincense in summary, is one of nature's most cherished gifts. Whether you desire the pleasure of its pure resin for incense or its precious essential oil for aromatherapy or perfume, you can find a diverse line of high quality frankincense oils here at our online store.  www.theperfumeshoppe.com.

Did you know that EVERY Amouage Perfume contains Frankincense?
Check it out:

http://www.theperfumeshoppe.com/Amouage-Fragrances-s/53.htm

Frankincense: Could it be a cure for cancer?
see link below

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8505251.stm

At the Beach with Sandflowers by Montale



At the beach with Sandflowers by Montale~ "Oceanic. Smells as "open" as a fragrance can get. Starts out breezy, airy, and spacious. A nice marine note (in the opinion of a person who is picky about marine notes.) Smart pairing of juniper berries and oakmoss create a dry, woody accord that is the best part of this fragrance. As the sandalwood warms, it provides a pleasant sweetness which never overwhelms the salty underpinnings.Juniper berries are rarely found in a women's fragrance, neither are marine fragrances without florals or fruits. That, in particular, is a good reason to try this."




Note of the day: Juniper Berry ~ Baies de Genièvre: French for juniper berry. Juniper berries pink peppercorns arefrom the tree schinus molle, also known as the Peruvian or California pepper tree. These are actually dried berries and not “true” peppercorns, and you will sometimes see them listed as “pink berries”.





A Review: Montale - Sandflowers

http://ismellthereforeiam.blogspot.com/2008/07/montale-sandflowers-review.html







Perfume Ancient History





Did You know? Fragrance History


During the civilizations of antiquity, perfume was presented as an offering to the gods. It was believed to sublimate the body and make it more god-like.

In the civilizations of antiquity, from Egypt to Greece, fragrance did not exist as such. Flowers, scented plants, gums and resins were raw materials to be used during the ceremonies dedicated to the gods. As the years went by, the interest in fragrant substances intensified and the ways in which they were used multiplied : fumigations, oils, balms, fermented liquors ... Both rich and poor used them in an attempt to get closer to the gods, in the belief that fragrance glorified their beauty and their power. It was believed that fragrance made the body more perfect and healed its ailments.


A Godly Scent : Tribute by Amouage at The Perfume Shoppe


Inspired by a musical sojourn of emotions, Tribute opens with a graceful accord of frankincense and the subtle majesty of saffron which herald the transition to the elaborate and powerful floral heart notes, chief among which are Jasmine and the rarest and the most precious of the Rose called the Rose Taifi and a whole field is used in the bottle of Tribute.




Egyptian Perfume History


Today in Perfume History: Ancient Egypt
Perfume was at the center of aesthetics and therapeutics for both men and women in Ancient Egypt. Although the techniques used are mostly unrecorded, historians look to the literature of Greek and Roman writers and relief paintings and artifacts to determine the production, fashions and uses of perfume in this fascinating era.

The act of making perfume was considered an art form in Ancient Egypt. The crafts person was considered to be an artist and the profession was open to women as well as men. The perfume making process of extraction can be determined by reliefs on the walls of tombs in Petosiris. These show that perfume making had an overseer, workers who completed the extraction and a professional tester who completed rigorous testing using the sense of smell.

However, the Egyptians had typically exotic tastes, and in addition to home grown essences, they also imported aromatics such as ladanum from Arabia and East Africa, galbanum from Persia, and the coveted frankincense due to unsuccessful attempts to grow it in Egyptian climes. The fact that ingredients were imported even in ancient times shows the importance of perfume. The imported varieties were expensive and initially reserved for the use of the gods or export only.


Egyptian perfumes were usually named after the town of production or the main ingredient. Storage was in glass or stone vessels, with alabaster being the most coveted. The decoration was ornate and often bejeweled, with packaging reflecting modern day requirements of functionality and attractiveness. Perfume was burnt as incense, as named in documents from the reign of Thutmose III which detail different varieties such as green incense and white incense. Perfume was worn for aesthetic reasons, in the form of oil based liquid infusions, or wax and fat for creams and salves. This suggests there was also a medicinal purpose recognized.

Perfume was mainly for the elite classes until the golden age. It was used by kings who were believed to be of divine descent as it was believed that the gods favored perfume. High officials were anointed with perfume when they were appointed to office to call the favor of the gods.

Incense was used to hide the smell of animal sacrifice during ceremonies. Balms were seen as medicinal as perfume was thought to repel demons and win the favor of the gods. Perfume was also an important part of death and burial rites. Bodies were perfumed during mummification as it was believed the soul would visit the gods and so perfume would repel demons. Interestingly, 3300 years after Tutankhamen death, scent could still be detected in his tomb.
(pictured above is of a frankincense tree)

Scents to Bring Comfort & Joy





Scents to Bring Comfort & Joy

Winter is coming and what better way to celebrate the season than with a whiff of scented joy for the twelve days of Christmas. Here’s several fragrant selections to help you choose tantalizing scents for everyone on your list, while saving a few for yourself.

Dashing Through the Snow - The month of December can be hectic with shopping, baking, decorating, and parties. As you rush around doing your errands, stop and take a breather. Why not head outdoors for an hour or two to get some fresh air? Many people don't think of taking a walk during winter time, but it can be a great time to clear the senses, especially the olfactory ones and get ready for the chaos of the season.

Cuddle up with a soft white velvet cloak with hood and dab on a bit of Teint de Neige by Villoresi Firenze: "The color of snow". This scent is musky with a soft undertone of heliotrope, very soft and feminine.

Enjoy the festive outdoors with Zagorsk, Comme des Garcons. This fragrance opens with a sharp burst of citrus. If you can't be in a Florida lemon grove, then experience it through a fragrance that smells like a chilly walk through the snow in the park, wearing comfy winter boots. As you stroll around various scents open up; pine needles, crushed leaves underfoot, and tree bark. Relax on the park bench with a spicy mushroom afterglow.

Shopping all through the Night – Wear a fresh scent to revitalize you after work with Visa de Robert Piguet. Visa fits the bill for an evening of Christmas shopping with its sweet fruity notes, orange flowers, and vanilla bean soft notes with a bright aqua base. Now you can shop all through the night!

After a hectic evening at the shopping mall you'll want to curl up in your robe and dab on some Fougere Bengale with it's calming lavendar and tobacco notes. Sit back and relax knowing that your shopping is all done after a visit to The Perfume Shoppe.

Baking Treats to Go – Delicious perfumes reminscent of holiday baking are what to wear on Christmas Eve as you bake holiday treats.

Rousse by Serge Lutens opens with an enticing cinnamon note with middle notes of a pear upside down cake baking in the kitchen, intermingled with Grandpa's fine after-dinner cigar.

If you're heading off to the tropics for a holiday vacation, bring a bottle of Vanille Coco by Compton Sud Pacifique with you. This fragrance has easily recognizable notes of vanilla and coconut. This is a must for a holiday vacation in Hawaii! If you can't go, buy Vanille Coco as a vacation substitute.

If you're looking for a perfume that smells like a dessert buffet take a whiff of Vanille Abricot by Compton Sud Pacifique. This perfume smells of a delicious dessert. Perhaps a fruit cake or plum pudding, maybe a fruit tart, drizzled in orange and apricot liquers. Try not to drink the bottle!

Vanille Absolue by Montale: This gently scented perfume starts with a soft cotton candy top note, with middle notes of sweet sugar cookies, topped with soft fruit filling perhaps apple or apricot jam. Grandma's baking is definitely on the menu.

Making Spirits Bright – Make your loved ones sparkle with delight as they unwrap beautifully packaged bottles filled with delicious scents.

Have them try Crime Exotique by Parfumerie Generale: A distinctive cinnamon top note with middle and base notes of green, earthy soil.

Amouage Interlude Woman is perfect for that special lady on your list.
Top notes of myrrh for a traditional Christmas offering, with a sweet centre, and a mix of frankincense and a sharp ending of black olive.


Now that you've shown how much you care with a scent chosen for each person on your list, you can relax and enjoy the holidays!

By Mel Dawn



A Fragrance Exploration with Dad

Do you remember the fun times you had with Dad back when you were a small child? I remember mine would bring me to the train yard to meet the train conductors and visit the communications room where the train departures were managed. I learned about fiber optics which would become a key component of internet communications two decades later, enabling people to order perfume through the Internet from The Perfume Shoppe.

Nowadays we don't give enough time to our Dad, especially when we're caught up in school or work, living away from home raising our own families. TIme gets away from us and soon we realize that we may have been too busy to call Dad.

Winter holidays, birthdays, Valentine's Day have all passed and you may be despair of buying yet another gift for your Dad for Father's Day. Sending socks, chocolate, and golfing accessories in the mail all seem like stale ideas. What better time to surprise him in person than with a visit and a token of your affection to show that you frequently think of him!

Here's a new twist on an old gift. Obtain a Perfume Shoppe Gift Certificate for your Dad, enclosed within a treasure chest with a promise for a fragrance exploration. Make a date with Dad to visit The Perfume Shoppe and help him select some fine gifts for his treasure chest! 

Maybe Dad can't get away to the mountains like in his earlier years but you can give him fragrant memories of day's long past. When he was younger he told you stories about his youth, perhaps a helicopter flight up north, canoeing on the river, or a ride in a hand car on the tracks. Embark on a fragrance exploration at The Perfume Shoppe and help your Dad relive these memories.

Here's a few choices from The Perfume Shoppe to help Dad get started on his treasure chest:

1. Cedre Eau De Parfum Spray for the Park ranger Dad who spends free time with his family exploring the parks and camping. Christopher Sheldrake designed this warm woody oriental cedar fragrance also suitable for women.
Cedre Eau De Parfum Spray 50ml 

2. Airborne Eau De Toilette Spray for the Dad who enjoys piloting planes. The perfume rebel Rei Kawakubo from Comme des Garçons & Hussein Chalayan designed this fragrance to exude a variety of man made and natural substances that can be sniffed on the wind. 
Airborne by Chalayan Eau De Toilette Spray 50ml

3. 1805 After Shave Balm for the ocean captain Dad. Blended by Truefitt & Hills during the reign of King George III. Your Dad can give a nod to the king while he's on his high-seas adventure. 
Truefitt & Hill 1805 A/S Balm  100ml  / 3.4oz 

By Mel Dawn
http://royalcitymel.blogspot.ca

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Don’t Write Off the Rose



Many of us associate the scent of a rose with something very specific, or think that a floral rose is not the scent for them because it is too deep of a scent, because of other perfumes, or for many other reasons. The rose however, is an intricate scent with a plethora of smells. In the past, many have thought that the rose was a very mature scent, but the one small rose has over 400 distinct sides to it. The rose can be sweet, spicy, flowery, powdery, and overall carries a beautiful aroma. So the next time you smell a fragrance with rose notes, make sure to take time and smell all of its scintillating flavors, because you may just find the one you love. 

Friday, April 26, 2013

The Sultry, Soft, and Sweet Ylang Ylang


Now I know that most of us like different scents and fragrances, but fragrances have so many notes that we sometimes get lost in the ones that we really love. I know that I do, and that being said... I want to take a look at specific notes and see what they smell like and where they come from. SO starting now as I do my notes research you can get some info on notes too!

So this first one that I always hear about in fragrance is Ylang Ylang, this is such a pretty deep floral that I think is  great for a mature woman. It just brings so many notes together and combines them with this deep floral that I personally think is beautiful for the evening time! I would describe it as sweet and elegant, but soft and sultry!

Here is a definition that I found for it: 
Ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) has a sweet, soft, flowery fragrance that has made it a romantic favorite. In Indonesia, the petals are often strewn across a marriage bed. Ylang ylang is extremely effective in calming and bringing about a sense of relaxation, and it may help with releasing feelings of anger, tension, and nervous irritability.


I this is such a fun scent! It is mature and fun loving all at the same time! 

There are many scents with this one so it's time to try some out! Here is a search that I did, just click on a line and you can see which ones have ylang ylang notes in them! 

Until the next note... Safia :) 

Monday, April 15, 2013


Fragrant Adventures in Paris, the Land of Love





Paris is known for her visually stunning parks. Parc Floral occupies over 31 hectares of fragrant green lands, just east of Paris; the perfect spot to take a stroll with your honey. This park was created within the Bois de Vincennes during 1969 to host a flower show, but was too precious to tear down after the event. Today the annual dahlia contest is hosted there. The park has the unique feature of allowing people to sit or meander within the floral gardens, rather than merely circumnavigating a pathway from the exterior like most public gardens.
Couples are welcome to bring a picnic basket to the Pinede (pine
forest) and spend the entire day in romantic splendour, sniffing the flowers or studying the modern sculptures. These two fragrances are perfect to wear to your picnic, neither overpowering, but both giving a subtle but tantalizing whiff of scent. Is it the garden, or is it you? Keep him guessing! Phaedon Paris: Rue des Lilas is a delicate lilac fragrance with minty and spicy/woodsy notes that aren't too overpowering for strolling in the park. Montale Paris: Crystal Flowers is the perfect choice for a fresh spring morning walk through the woods with its sour citrus notes intermingling with Lily of the Valley, roses and musk tones.

No trip to Paris would be complete without a shopping trip to the Avenues des Champs-Élyssés! The guys may want to stay at home, but perhaps they will find enough to entertain themselves while you shop.
A shopping trip to the fine boutique shops calls for something a bit more exotic. There's Nicolai: Eau d'Ete. A scent that smells like a fruity bubbly soda drink in the summer time! Notes of jasmine, lime, grapefruit, blood orange and cinnamon will make you smell so divine that the holder of your heart won't deny you "one last purchase". If this fragrance isn't enough to get your heart's desire, try a few dabs of Nicolai: Maharanih. This spicy delectable fragrance will make you hungry for more with complex notes of orange groves, dark chocolate, herbs, spices, and much more. Now you are ready to stroll down the fashionably famous street, delighting in the window displays, browsing shops for that perfect gift, and visiting monuments such as Arc de Triomphe, the Obelisk of Luxor, and Place de la Concorde. When people think Paris, they think fashion, fragrance, and sparkling crystal decanters. People of all ages and walks of life will find something to love in Paris.

At the end of the day you want to take a break from the tourist activities. Buy tickets for two and take in a fine performance at the opera house. The Palais Garnier took several years to build to house the Paris Opera, from 1861 to 1875. If your partner isn't fond of opera, no worries, the Opera has moved to another building, the Place de la Bastille and Palais Garnier is home to the local ballet group.
It's time to glamourize yourself, wear your fine suit, coif up the hair, polish the shoes, don your jewels and add a fine fragrance such as Montale: Aoud Queen Roses. A fine rose scent fit for a queen, with hibiscus, oud (agarwood), and leather. Very special fragrances are called for during this special occasion. Robert Piguet: Mademoiselle Piguet with its tangy top notes enveloped in spicy cinnamon and tonka bean, with a light base note of eucalyptus is a great second choice.
You may wish to return for a tour of the backstage of the theatre at another date. The Palais Garnier was the famous setting for Gaston Leroux's novel, the Phantom of the Opera, a classic in our time, as well as many successful adaptations of this romantic fairy tale.



By Mel Dawn February 2013

Friday, April 12, 2013

Do You Smell Manly?


                                       


SO maybe not all men look like David Beckham  but all men have their charm, and a scent that reminds us of them! Scents are not just for women. More often today we see that men are into scents that define their character as well. Fragrance for men can do many things for them and define them as a person. A citrus scent on a man such as Mark Birley, is a scent for a man that is just going out there into the world. He has a clean slate and is ready to go and conquer the world.

                                                    

Then we have the musk scents such as Musc by Lorzenzo. This is for that same man that is now in this world, and has some experience; he is working and playing, and truly finding himself in the process. But he is ready for the next level up.

                            


As time wears on there are scents that are more spicy, scents that have a confidence to them, and years of experience. Scents such as Interlude my Amouage for that more outgoing man, and a more spicy scent such as a Black Amber by Agonist for the more thought provoked individual.


                                                                       


Scents for a man just like a women, change over time and are selected not by just the name, but the experience that one has had in their lives.  Scents lead us to memories and thoughts and so when you chose a scent whether you are a man or a women it sometimes can show us where we are as a person, and even where we are headed in the future. Of course these are just a few of the scents that men wear, there are so many more out there to explore! 

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Scent memories




The other day, I was cleaning out my closet, and my daughter was looking on trying to see what treasures she could recover from my clutter. I found an old silver necklace of my mother’s that she had given to me several years before. My mom had been the last person to wear the necklace, and as I handed it to my daughter to survey, she smelled it…
“Hmmmm,” she said, “it smells like metal and Mimi.”
I hadn’t told my daughter that this was her grandmother’s necklace… I didn’t have to… her nose did all of the analysis.
 Connected to the limbic system in our brains, the sense of smell is an instant, uncensored conduit to both the realities and memories of any given moment. The limbic system is our mind’s memory storeroom, the regulator of our moods and emotions and the juncture where odors meet these two major components of our psyche.
One of the great wonders of the sense of smell is the unadulterated messages that it gives us. When a person witnesses a trauma of some kind, one might say to themselves, “I can’t believe my eyes”. When we have an argument with a loved one, the memory in which the words were heard and exchanged will not be exact, nor will either person recall identical details.
Scent is a purist…
Without filter, question or doubt, my daughter subconsciously knew who that necklace belonged to!
I smell the necklace, too, and like an unintended slide-show, memories of my mother begin to flash in my mind;
Her perfectly and impossibly straight teeth through her warm, easy smile…
The sound of her feet shuffling around outside my room at night after I was in bed and she was finishing her household tasks …
The weight of her hand on my back whenever I was ill…
The soft lilting cadence of her voice… her laughter…
The mad scientist inside of me chuckles. When I started making her perfume 20 years ago, I did it so as to delight her, but I also did it so that I may always recreate her likeness in this unfathomable liquid form after she was gone…
A feeling that brings me equal parts sadness and mirth…
My daughter has been wearing that necklace ever since…

By Paula


Celebrity Perfume, Dirty Secrets



                                           



The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics commissioned tests of 17 celebrity fragrances and the results make for some pretty shocking reading.  On average they contained: 
Fourteen secret chemicals not listed on labels
Ten sensitising chemicals associated with allergic reactions such as asthma, wheezing, headaches and contact dermatitis
Four hormone-disrupting chemicals linked to a range of health effects including sperm damage, thyroid disruption and cancer. 
The fragrances tested include:  Britney Spears’ Curious, Hannah Montana Secret Celebrity, Calvin Klein Eternity, Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce, American Eagle Seventy Seven, Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio, Halle by Halle Berry, Quicksilver and Jennifer Lopez J. Lo Glow
Anne C. Steinemann, Ph.D, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering said ”This monumental study reveals the hidden hazards of fragrances.  Secondhand scents are also a big concern. One person using a fragranced product can cause health problems for many others.”

Secret chemicals revealed in celebrity perfumes, teen body sprays

San Francisco – A new analysis reveals that top-selling fragrance products—from Britney Spears’ Curious and Hannah Montana Secret Celebrity to Calvin Klein Eternity and Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce —contain a dozen or more secret chemicals not listed on labels, multiple chemicals that can trigger allergic reactions or disrupt hormones, and many substances that have not been assessed for safety by the beauty industry’s self-policing review panels.
The study of hidden toxic chemicals in perfumes comes on the heels of last week’s report by the President’s Cancer Panel, which sounded the alarm over the understudied and largely unregulated toxic chemicals used by millions of Americans in their daily lives. The Cancer Panel report recommends that pregnant women and couples planning to become pregnant avoid exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals due to cancer concerns. Hormone disruptors that may play a role in cancer were found in many of the fragrances analyzed for this study.
“This monumental study reveals the hidden hazards of fragrances,” said Anne C. Steinemann, Ph.D, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Professor of Public Affairs, University of Washington. “Secondhand scents are also a big concern. One person using a fragranced product can cause health problems for many others.”
For this study, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a national coalition of health and environmental groups, commissioned tests of 17 fragranced products at an independent laboratory. Campaign partner Environmental Working Group assessed data from the tests and the product labels. The analysis reveals that the 17 products contained, on average:
  • Fourteen secret chemicals not listed on labels due to a loophole in federal law that allows companies to claim fragrances as trade secrets. American Eagle Seventy Sevencontained 24 hidden chemicals, the highest number of any product in the study.
  • Ten sensitizing chemicals associated with allergic reactions such as asthma, wheezing, headaches and contact dermatitis. Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio contained 19 different sensitizing chemicals, more than any other product in the study
  • Four hormone-disrupting chemicals linked to a range of health effects including sperm damage, thyroid disruption and cancer. Halle by Halle Berry, Quicksilver and Jennifer Lopez J. Lo Glow each contained seven different chemicals with the potential to disrupt the hormone system.
The majority of chemicals found in this report have never been assessed for safety by any publically accountable agency, or by the cosmetics industry’s self-policing review panels. Of the 91 ingredients identified in this study, only 19 have been reviewed by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR), and 27 have been assessed by International Fragrance Association (IFRA) and the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM), which develop voluntary standards for chemicals used in fragrance.
“Something doesn’t smell right—clearly the system is broken,” said Lisa Archer, national coordinator of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics at the Breast Cancer Fund. “We urgently need updated laws that require full disclosure of cosmetic ingredients so consumers can make informed choices about what they are being exposed to.”
“Fragrance chemicals are inhaled or absorbed through the skin, and many of them end up inside people’s bodies, including pregnant women and newborn babies,” said Jane Houlihan, senior vice president for research at Environmental Working Group.
A recent EWG study found synthetic musk chemicals Galaxolide and Tonalide in the umbilical cord blood of newborn infants. The musk chemicals were found in nearly every fragrance analyzed for this study. Twelve of the 17 products also contained diethyl phthalate (DEP), a chemical linked to sperm damage and behavioral problems that has been found in the bodies of nearly all Americans tested.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a national coalition of nonprofit women’s, environmental, public health, faith and worker safety organizations. Our mission is to protect the health of consumers and workers by securing the corporate, regulatory and legislative reforms necessary to eliminate dangerous chemicals from cosmetics and personal care products.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is working with endorsing organizations, responsible businesses and thousands of citizen activists to shift the cosmetics market toward safer products and to advocate for smarter laws that protect our health from toxic chemicals and encourage innovation of safer alternatives.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics coalition members include the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow (represented by Clean Water Action and Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition), the Breast Cancer Fund, Commonweal, Environmental Working Group, Friends of the Earth and Women’s Voices for the Earth. The Breast Cancer Fund, a national 501(c)(3) organization focused on preventing breast cancer by identifying and eliminating the environmental links to the disease, serves as the national coordinator for the Campaign.
Posted by the Environmental Working Group

Can Perfume Go Bad?


                                              


  1. Can perfume go bad?
Yes, but only when it doesn't get what it wants. Then it’s a real stinker. Like everything else, a perfume wants to be loved! :O)
Perfume can go bad, but it’s an uncommon occurrence when it does in a higher grade niche perfume. It does depend on the fragrance itself. Certain fragrances seem to be more fragile than others, hence will sour more easily.
     Expensive perfumes which are made from rare essential oils tend to last for a longer time than simple drug store scents. Also, most perfumes that you purchase in department stores contain only 33% pure perfume oil (vs. 60% in niche perfumes), and the rest is alcohol, water, butane and fillers. These “extras” can lend a hand in “turning” your perfume to the “Dark – Side” quicker.

  1. How do you know?
If you notice a smell change, than it is starting to go bad. If the original potent smell has diminished than it has gone bad as well.
b. By looking at it? Watch out for color change. The color can turn darker and look much thicker. When you open a bottle of perfume that you haven’t used for a while, wipe the opening of the bottle   with alcohol. If it smells bad, then discard the contents.
C. By smelling it? If you notice a vinegar /acidic smell than the contents have changed. If it doesn’t smell like it once did, it’s bad too. Rancid perfumes seem to all have the same acrid odor over the original notes.

  1. Are certain types of fragrances more likely to turn bad more so than others?
 It is unwritten fragrance lore that perfumes can be stored for around three to five years.  But we suggest just Forget the dates!  Store your perfume properly and let your nose decide!
A perfume made from natural flower or fruit extracts usually stand all tests of time. The more exotic / natural scents can still smell vibrant and fresh, even if they spend years properly stored. An herb based perfume like lavender can last indefinitely.
Kept in a cool, dark place, away from humidity (not stored in a bathroom) and at a consistent temperature (70 degrees) could enable your natural oil Cologne, Eau de Toilette, Eau de Parfum or Perfume oil extrait last up to 30 years or more! Woot!
  1. Are essential oils a better bet?
Just try a natural oil perfume and you will be “changed” for life. An essential oil perfume mixed with carrier oils are in question though. Carrier oils, including coconut, jojoba and almond oils are from the fatty part of the plant and are produced by cold pressing. They don’t lose their scent like essential oils do but they can become rancid. However carrier oils last indefinitely, so that is why they are used. Others, like evening primrose, grape seed and rose hip oils go rancid within six months to a year. The other carrier oils last between a year and two.

3. Why does perfume turn bad?
You can blame it on its upbringing.
The science: The natural oil in perfume comes from a long chain of substituted allyl aromatics. They are susceptible to decomposition through bacterial growth at a very low rate. These natural oils are mixed with fillers and alcohol. The alcohol is a biocide. No known bioform grows in alcohol. Also, since the vast majority of fragrances have saturated hydrocarbon chains, they are not susceptible to oxidation, which CAUSES RANCIDITY IN NATURAL OILS!
3a. Aside from the breakdown of the juice itself, does anything else further the process along?
I had a bottle of Claude Montana perfume from the late 1980’s. I had it a long time but didn’t take good care of it. I stored in it my medicine chest in my bathroom (without the original box), moved it to my dresser top in direct sunlight, and then left it in a box in my garage throughout the last 20 years. When I rediscovered it, to my dismay the perfume was “bad”.
The unwritten Perfume Lore says it you take good care of your bottles, your perfumes will last forever. I’m a believer and won’t flush that advice down the drain with my rancid perfume.
3b. Heat / Sunlight:
Remember the three enemies of “Good Perfume”: Sunlight, Heat and Air
Become a Heat Miser…
When perfume comes in contact with heat, the fragrance gets oxidized, which may result in loss of fragrance. You also need to take care of your perfumes while transporting them from one place to another. The heat inside a vehicle builds up quite fast. This leads to expansion and contraction of liquids due to the changes in temperature.

  1. What is the average shelf life of a fragrance?
Good quality perfumes made with essential oils will keep 6 years when kept in their boxes and a cool, dark place. Perfume bottles with stoppers won’t keep as long as a spray top because they easily become contaminated by coming into contact with skin and its bacteria. Pure Perfume extraits will last the longest due to the absence of fillers, alcohol and additives.
4a. How you extend the life of your fragrances to keep them from turning?
Don’t give them mouth to mouth when you think they are dying.  :O)
  1. Minimize Oxygen exposure: just as oxygen turns the flesh of a sliced apple brown, so does it destroy the scent and longevity of your perfume. Make sure the bottle cap it tight. Purchase spray bottles over roll ons or splash bottles because they lessen the perfume’s exposure to air.
  2. Banish sunlight:  Tans don’t look good on perfumes!
Don’t display your new, gorgeous bottle on your dresser top. Doing so can expose your perfume to sunlight. Sunlight will change the fragrance and darken the color. Store in a dark place, a drawer or your closet and save the original box. This will provide an extra layer of protection against harmful UV rays, as well as oxygen and heat.
3. Avoid Heat: Heat corrupts perfume so the steamy bathroom in not ideal. Some like the refrigerator, but due to evaporation, your perfume can scent the food inside. A dresser drawer is best.
5. Is there anything that can be done once a perfume turns bad?
If you worry about how long a perfume keeps, then it may mean that you don’t wear it that often. Get use of it before it goes bad. Put a few drops in a drugstore body lotion or your shampoo or conditioner. Water it down a little in a spray bottle and mist your sheets and even add a dab to your puppy’s dog Shampoo. That’s worth a pat on the head or two. Don’t give your fragrances time to sit. Don’t collect them. Like my fashions, hairstyle and makeup, my fragrances are special to me. Here at the Perfume Shoppe we specialize in Building Your Fragrance Wardrobe. Fragrances are made to enjoy so enjoy and have a Sensational Day!