Welcome to Perfume Crush Guide

An online resource to perfume and fragrances from around the world, past and present. Use our extensive descriptions and resources to find your perfect perfume.

Why do perfumes smell different on different people?

Your own body chemistry affects how different perfume notes react with your skin. Anything that affects the “natural” smell of your skin, such as hormonal changes, stress, medications, or your diet might change how a perfume smells on you.

What are Eau De Toilette, Eau De Parfum, etc?

Above terms are used to define the strength of the perfume or more accurately it defines the alcohol or water quantity that has been added to the fragrance. Parfum generally has 15-25% perfume oil mixed in alcohol. Mixture with less proportion of oil and alcohol is an eau (water).

Eau de Cologne (2 – 5% perfume oil)
Eau Fraiche (Usually 3% or less perfume oil)
Eau de Parfum (8 – 15% perfume oil)
Eau de Toilette (4 – 10% perfume oil)
Soie de Parfum (15 – 18% perfume oil)
PARFUM or Perfume (15 – 25% — also sometimes referred to as extract or extrait)
Perfume oil (15-30% perfume oil in an oil rather than alcohol base)

Parfum de Toilette is the term used to describe the concentration that is same as Eau De Parfum, or between Parfum and Eau De Parfum. Sometimes it is also used to describe Eau De Toilette concentration.

How can I make my perfume last longer on my skin?

Perfumes have this tendency to evaporate rapidly from dry skin. So the best way to make it last longer is to use relevant cream or body lotion. Have you seen people buying  matching cream with their fragrance? This is the reason behind it. Cetaphil is one unscented cream that people use it with perfumes. Petroleum jelly and jobaba oil could be other on your list.

What are top, middle, and base notes?
Top notes give the first scent impression of a fragrance once it has been applied to the skin. They are usually lighter and evaporate readily. Their scent usually remains for between 5 and 30 minutes.

Middle notes, are also referred to as “heart notes”, and makes the body of the scent .Middle notes takes around 10-30 min to develop on the skin.

Base Notes are notes with heavy molecular weight. They last long and help slow down the evaporation rate of the lighter notes. Oakmoss, patchouli, woods, musks and vanilla are the common base notes.

A fragrance which does not have traditional top, middle and base notes is usually described as “linear”.

What are the “fragrance families”?

Fragrances families are aroma grouping of related scents. More than one classification system is used but major 7 of them are: Florals, Chypre, Oriental,Tobacco,Greens,Aldehydics.

How long can I keep my perfume before it “turns”?

Properly stored perfumes should last much longer but some perfume industry experts say that perfume should be replaced every year. A perfume should be kept away from heat and light. Covering it with a box is best thing to do. Also, avoid direct exposure to air.

How many milliliters are in an ounce?
Here is a quick conversion chart:

100 ml = 3.3 or 3.4 oz
50 ml = 1.7 oz
30 ml = 1 oz
15 ml = 1/2 oz
10 ml = 1/3 oz
7.5 ml = 1/4 oz
5 ml = 1/6 oz
3.7 ml = 1/8 oz = 1 dram
Note: These are the approximate value; strictly speaking, 1/2 oz is 14.787 ml.
A standard perfume sample is in a 1/32 oz (1 ml) vial.

What is the difference between essential oil and perfume oil?

Essential oils are fragrant liquids that come from plant leaves, wood, flowers, stems, seeds, buds, resins, root and petals. All this is the raw material used to create perfumes. All of these must not come in direct contact with the skin as it can cause a good damage. Perfume oils are fragrance components, natural or synthetic, in an oily base rather than an alcohol base, and can be used directly on the skin.

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