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Common Fragrance Questions

eSavings Fresh Scents operating transparently and want our customers to have as much information as possible available prior to purchasing. Therefore we recommend reading this document as it answers many commonly asked question.


1. How do I making my fragrance last longer?

Perfumes are volatile liquids, having the normal characteristics of any liquid, including evaporation. This process is facilitated by the heat of the body with it warmest where there is good blood circulation closest to the surface of the skin. Therefore, the warmer the skin the more evaporation resulting in shorter fragrance life. To slow down this evaporation & make the scent last longer it is recommended to apply an unscented or scent matching body lotion/oil on your pulse points before applying the fragrance. Other factors which influence fragrance performance are body chemistry, skin PH, if the skin is oily or dry & hormones.

TIPS: Apply a thin layer of Vaseline or olive oil to your skin at your pulse points, and spray your perfume over it after a shower. Your pores are open and your body is fully moisturized. Let the perfume air dry. DO NOT rub your wrists together as this will break the aroma and lessen its longevity.

AREAS TO APPLY: Your temples, the base of your throat, navel, between your breasts (or shoulder for the men), your wrists, the bend of your elbow and back of your knees are all the pulse points which you should spray your perfume. DO NOT spray behind your ears as the gland can alter the scent.

Did you know Estee Lauder would spray a small amount of the fragrance into the air and then walk through it? Your whole body will be immersed in a light spray of scent. She also sprayed her hair and hair brush. This can work well for some hair types.

Always read the product labels for safety instructions.


2. What is the best way to store my fragrance?

A product once opened will start to deteriorate after 6 months. It’s a volatile liquid and industry experts recommend replacing after a year. The ideal storage conditions are at room temperature or below, not exposed to air, out of direct sunlight (dark closet or box) and not in the bathroom as water vapour will affect the perfume. Avoid direct contact with air like splash bottles & consider an atomizer. When using fragrance from a stopper ensure the stopper is cleaned with a lint free clean cloth before returning to the bottle.


3. How can I spot a stale fragrance?

Fragrance should be stored in air tight containers in dark temperature control environments. A fragrance may become stale if exposed to heat, light, moisture or air.

If a fragrance is stale the liquid may change colour or cause skin irritations. It may be thicker, too oily or the initial notes smell sour. If there aren’t any visual signs, a sniff-test may be conducted but is often considered unreliable due to how a scent develops its layers. To conduct a sniff-test spray the perfume on blotting paper or non scent test fabric, then wait 10-15 minutes. 

If there are no visual signs & no significant difference with sniff test ie. it does not smell sour, then the fragrance is not stale and the issue is caused by other factors.


4. Why does the fragrance smell different on someone else or since last time?

We all have a different “scent print” that will influence the development of a perfume. This odour-identity is the total sum of our genes, hormones, skin chemistry, diet, medication, stress level, smoking status and most importantly skin temperature & moisture/oil level.

A person’s body chemistry & our natural scent will affect the way a product will smell or react on the skin therefore changing the product scent notes. Environmental factors like diet, mediation, stress, smoking and skin condition will also affect how a scent will smell as it blends with your natural scent. If a scent is different than expected then you need to consider has there been changes to your skin Ph, skin moisture level, medication intake including contraception’s, smoking status & short & long term diet. Strong flavoured foods that include garlic/curry will emit those scents after consumption and in turn mix with a fragrance. Excess alcohol intake will also affect the fragrance.

Another reason why fragrances may smell different is due to re- formulation. Designers re-formulate fragrances for a number of reasons; re-launch a product, consumer feedback, changing from/to a natural accord to/from synthetic accord, compliance with international regulations. Packaging may be updated to reflect these changes but often this is not the case. 


5. Why can’t I smell the fragrance after a while?

Our sense of smell becomes quickly fatigued and usually cuts off within minutes. Because you can’t move away from your own perfume, you simply become used to it. You may think it has disappeared but others can still smell it. Have a few friends test the scent then go outside for 5-10 minutes to clear your sense of smell then check. Repeat if required.

Perfumes perform differently on everyone due to our own individual body chemistry and this may be a factor in how the product is performing on you compared to others. This is a common misunderstanding but the explanation is well documented with a simple search online that will confirm.


6. Why is my product not wrapped in plastic?

Whilst all our products are NEW, not all manufacturers provide them sealed.  Up to 10% of all products are not sealed in plastic by the manufacturer for either design or cost structure reasons.


7. What should I consider when comparing fragrances?

a) When comparing prices ensure the product is the same formula, volume, age and perfume oil concentrate (ie Parfum, EDT, EDP, EDC or Splash).

b) When comparing a scent check the formula is the same. It is not uncommon for a designer to update a product formula. Ensure the same vintage (age) are being compared.

c) You also must consider how long the comparison product has been opened. This is important because a product will start to change once opened & exposed to air after 6 months. Many manufacturers now recommend the product be disposed of after 12 months.

d) Another factor to consider is if the product comprises synthetic or natural oils. Unlike synthetic oils, natural oils can vary  between batch's particularly if fruits or spices are used. Difference season and growing conditions may alter the diffusing process.

e) Ensure the nozzle is clean as old perfume on the nozzle will alter the smell. Clean with alcohol is required.

f) Lastly, does the scent match the notes description? Is the top and middle note present? Are citrus, woody or other base notes stronger? If the base notes appear quicker than expected, the Ester (sugary notes) has started to break down masking the top and middle notes. Ester is the first element to be affected by heat or air.

Remember, when comparing ensure that your comparison bottle is FRESH because 99.99% of all new products will be.


8. Why does my product packaging look different?

While all our products are authentic and are distributed by international distributors who supply many countries. Packaging may be different to your last purchase if:

a) The designer has updated the packaging. This often occurs when a scent has been re-formulated, on the market place for some time or if the range has expanded: or 

b) Companies are sold or merged which can result in products being re-branded. Recent examples of this are Christian Dior was purchased by LVMH and the range was re-branded Dior whilst Balenciaga Rumba re-branded Ted: or

c) If the product was previously purchased from a different country to our international distributor.

Every effect is made to keep our images up-to-date but because changes occur in the Fragrances and Cosmetics industry everyday images should be used for illustration purposes only. Please note selected products may have bi-lingual packaging. Our return policy does not cover product and packaging updates or industry security measures (Q12). If you have any questions about packaging please contact us prior to ordering.


9. What are testers?

Testers are the same 100% authentic product, but you don't pay for the retail packaging as they are designed for retail display.

Testers often are packaged in plain boxes (white or brown) but sometimes are the same as the retail version.

  • Testers are normally marked "Tester" & sometimes "Not for Resale"
  • Testers may or may not include a cap.

Any tester we offer is surplus from the manufacturer & not required by the retail sector. The testers are never used, opened or have been on a sales counter.  


10. What is the difference between EDC, EDT & EDP?

Perfume consists of natural or synthetic fragrance oil extracts diluted in water or high-grade alcohol. The difference is the concentration of oils in the fragrance. The higher the concentration of oils, the longer the fragrance will last.

  • Eau Fraiche - lasts up to 2hrs (3% or less perfume oil)
  • EDC = Eau De Cologne - lasts up to 3hrs (2 - 5% perfume oil)
  • EDT = Eau De Toilette - lasts approx. 2-5 hrs (4 - 10% perfume oil)
  • EDP = Eau De Parfum - lasts approx 4-8hrs (8-15% perfume oil)
  • Parfum lasts approx 6-8hrs (10 - 15% perfume oil)
  • After Shave - lasts approx 1-3hrs (3% or less perfume oil)

Body wash, body lotion and accompanying products will not be as intense as the fragrance. These products are designed to complement the fragrance when laying or worn when a lighter fragrance is desired.

NOTE: All above times should be used as a guide only. Fragrance performance varies subject to the individual's skin & fragrance formula.


11. Why would a fragrance smell different at home compared to in the store?

The atmosphere of a store is full of different scents so everything smells a bit different. Perfumes are affected by the environment in which they are experienced. This environment is made up of temperature, humidity and background smells. More importantly each product has a different evaporation rate. For example, a fragrance 'top note' that you smell in the store may be different from the 'middle note' that you experience later at home. We recommend trying one fragrance at a time and wearing it for the rest of the day.


12. Why is the code not active?

We are an discount online retailer & as such it is not uncommon for our range to be significant cheaper than traditional retailers or department stores. Therefore like other outlet or discount stores some of our products are identified as discounted to stop fraudulent "returns for profit" to department stores. This security measure is similar to factory outlets & designer items sold "on sale" where clothes, shoes, handbags etc have their label, barcode or tags are cut, torn, marked, defaced or removed. The same occurs with perfumes and cosmetics. A small number of product lines are impacted & those that are have the barcode or security code de-activated by the distributor prior to wholesaling. The code de-activation does not in any way negate the authenticity of our products. Rather it quickly identifies to department store staff the authentic product was sold at a discount price & not from their store. Approximately 10 years ago the industry agreed on this security measure to ensure competition, encourage better pricing and open distribution channels.


13. How to fix a bottles nozzle?

It is very rare for a nozzle not to work but it can happen. The nozzle may become clogged due to how a bottle is stored (temperature or position), if the tube has loosened during transit or general use. Below are a few tips on how to fix nozzle failure. Some tips may not be applicable depending on the type of nozzle used by the manufacturer.

Ways to fix the nozzle:

a) Look at the tip of the nozzle to ensure that it is still intact and nothing has come loose.

b) Perfume can dry in the nozzle, try running the tip (only) under very hot water (or soaking in very hot water for approx 5 minutes) then use a pin to pry loose and unclog. Press the nozzle tip gently down on the top of the perfume bottle to reattach. You may need to pump the bottle a few times to get the liquid back to the top of the bottle.

c) Remove the tip of the nozzle if it will not spray. Soak a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol. Apply the alcohol to the interior top of the plastic tube and let it sit for 10 to 15 seconds. Use a pin to slide down the center of the tube to remove any built-up residue that may exist. This tube is what feeds the liquid from the bottle to the tip.

d) Use tweezers to pull the plastic tube upward if it will not connect to the nozzle of the tip properly. The tip should snap onto the plastic tube, however, if it does not then there is a manufacturing fault because the tube is too short/low in the bottle.

e) If the nozzle is not blocked and the tube is fitted correct but the scent still won’t spray the spring may be faulty or the sprayer inside the tip may be off or uneven. All that can be done is to replace the cap. 


14. What guarantee do I have the fragrance is genuine?

All products are 100% authentic but don't take our word for it. For the contact details of an independent Australian company that can verify the authenticity of your fragrance click here.


15. How to select a fragrance?

A fragrance base note will evolve during wearing. Accompany this with the fact that scents evoke an emotional response making selecting a new fragrance often difficult. We recommend testing a fragrance on your skin for a day before purchasing. That being said in 1983 Michael Edwards developed the Fragrance Wheel, a fragrance classification chart. The wheel is a method of perfume classification showing the relationships between the fragrance families and is used to suggest the differences between fragrances It's broken down into four main categories: floral, oriental, fresh and woody notes, and sub-categories. The fragrance wheel may be an aid in selecting a fragrance.

Click on Michael Edwards Fragrance Wheel to learn more.

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Florals are perfect for the office and for running around.They're not offensive, they're easy wearing and usually smell quite pretty. Traditionally they've been for women, but a lot of men's fragrances with floral ingredients are coming through. Of course, men in the Middle East have been wearing florals for centuries; the West is catching up.

Fresh fragrances with notes of citrus, water and green are great for the daytime in summer and for weekends. By the nature of their ingredients, they aren't going to be long lasting on the skin, but they will make you feel revitalised and alive.Traditionally, most men's scents fit within a fragrance classification called aromatics, both in the woods and the fresh families. They're easy wearing, they've got woods in the base and they're long lasting.
 
The orientals are heavier than the florals and better suited for when the weather cools or at night. When it's warm outside, the classic oriental perfumes are really strong and can be quite offensive. But the people who wear them become desensitised and may not notice.
 
Learn more about Fragrance families here
 
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Michael Edwards is a perfume expert experts running master classes around the world. During the past 30 years he has been asked 1000's of questions on perfumes, the science behind perfumes and much more. To help understand the complex nature of perfumes and how they perform on your body he has developed a list of his Top Questions asked and a fragrance database. For more information refer to the website "Fragrance of the World".
 

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