Testers are genuine, authentic, fresh and 100% original. Testers contain the same original fragrance and are used by department stores to help promote a particular fragrance. Testers are made by the manufacturer and come in a plain box, and sometimes without the fancy cap.
There is absolutely no difference in the fragrance. The difference is in the application only. However, a spray bottle, being ostensibly sealed all the time, may actually have a longer shelf life. Making the decision between spray and splash is entirely a matter of personal preference.
Fragrance lasts longer on some people than on others because of differences in our skin (oily or dry) and in our PH levels. To achieve a longer effect, try layering your fragrance. Using the fragrance bath gel, (if the company offers one), then the moisturizer or powder, and then the Eau de Toilette, Eau de Parfum or Eau de Cologne, will usually have a longer lasting effect.
Also, apply your fragrance low on the body, as well as behind your ears and on your neck, so that the scent rises and you won't lose it as quickly. A light spray on the hair can last all day.
People with dry skin usually find their fragrance holding time shorter than those with oily skin because oily skin has more natural moisture to hold in the fragrance.
PH levels (amount of acidity in our skin) also varies slightly from person to person. Our individual levels of PH will determine how each ingredient in a fragrance will react.
The differences are simply a matter of the amount or concentration of oils in the fragrance. These oils are called "juice." The highest concentration of "juice" is in perfume (or parfum). Next would be Eau de Parfum, then Eau de Toilette, and finally Eau de Cologne.
Actually, Eau de Toilette and Eau de Cologne are generally interchangeable, particularly in Men's fragrances. After Shave has the least amount of oils. The higher the concentration of "juice" the longer your fragrance will last, and the less you need to apply.
As a musician knows music, a perfume creator has to know manifold fragrance notes and combinations of those. His olfactive sense, knowledge of vast number of materials, and ability of imagination result in infinite number of fragrance combinations. Perfumer’s nose is not only sensitive to scents and odors, but trained as well, so he or she is able to recognize, compare and dose the right amounts of components in order to create a desired perfume. The work starts in his office, far away from the lab, and vials and tubes with essential oils and synthetic components. The desire of a client has to be translated into the tongue of fragrances, so s/he has to select the components whose scents have or resemble the note needed for envisioned creation.In time perfume evaporates, while its composition gradually opens. To be able to enjoy the long and altering process of perfume evaporation on the skin, the perfumer uses three kinds of components – those that evaporate quickly, such as bergamot, lemon, lavender; medium-term lasting fragrances such as floral components; and finally those that evaporate slowly and therefore last longer on the skin, such as sandalwood, patchouli, musk, vanilla, amber. Regardless of their durability, each component can be perceived as soon as put on the skin, with the time all of the components and scents disappear, starting with transient top notes up to longer-lasting base notes.
Just like music, perfumes have their notes. Usually perfumes created in accordance with classical French tradition have three stages of composition opening.
Perfumes are mostly produced in several concentration grades and each of them has its own advantages. Usually, perfumes are made in concentrations of perfume, eau de perfume, eau de toilette, cologne and other accompanying fragrant products. Difference between them is in concentration of perfume extract, essential oils, so called ‘jus’.
In general, a perfume which was not opened is stored up to three years. Once the perfume was opened, it should be stored for up to 6-18 months. Yet, this has not to be applied to all of them, because some perfumes can keep their quality for decades, while some will get spoiled in a period of several months, particularly if stored in conditions which are not suitable for perfume preservation. There are three enemies to perfumes – light, high temperature and humidity. It is best to keep the perfume in its original box, especially if seldom used, or you have a quantity of it. When stored out of box, it should not be exposed to light, even the artificial. Never keep your perfumes in bathroom. A closet drawer or a cabinet would be the best place.
Perfume should always be applied on a clean skin, on the pulse points. At the pulse points your skin is warmer than on the other parts, what helps the perfume to open up in all its richness. The pulse points are: behind ears, on the bottom of the neck, inner side of elbow and knees, inner side of wrists and under your chest. It is also good to spray the perfume above your head and then walk into the fragrant mist. Perfume trace remains in hair for a long time, but be aware that alcohol in the perfume might dry your hair out. Do not perfume your clothes, or better to say, do not perfume your clothes only as perfume opens best in a chemical reaction with your skin. Furthermore, do not apply perfume just before exposure to the sun light, because alcohol in the perfume is harmful for the skin, and some components might be phototoxic and damage your skin, or cause pigmentation on your skin. Also, when applying the perfume, do not rub the skin, as it will crush the smell.
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