Why Is Perfume So Expensive? A Small Guide

What’s in a perfume? This question has probably crossed your mind every time you paid a lot of money to buy a favorite fragrance. There is no simple answer to the question about where the price of perfume comes from. Typically, extraordinarily pricey perfumes are expensive because their ingredients are rare, but others also involve branding and marketing costs.

When buying a fragrance, you might be paying for one of a few things:

-          Very rare ingredients.

Some perfumes incorporate in their formula some rare flower petals or the essence of a rare root. For instance tuberose and jasmine are both very pricey ingredients. Others will include synthetic ingredients that are difficult to make.
But at the end of the day, ingredients are crucial. As we already established, all fragrances have a structure, sometimes called a pyramid. At the top of the pyramid you have the top notes and basis is built by the base notes, which last the longest and also help the middle and top notes last longer. They are also the most expensive part of the fragrance and at the end of the day are usually all that is remaining of a fragrance’s character. A well built scent uses this structure to develop and unveil new and surprising notes throughout a day. When creating it, the designer must take into account how the oils evaporate throughout the day and build the structure on high quality ingredients.

While not all expensive perfumes are built the same, know that designer houses like Chanel, Bvlgari, Givenchy or Yves Saint Laurent have an excellent reputation for using higher quality ingredients; spend some time with their fragrances and the difference shows. They are much better at evoking a mood rather than merely smelling good. They evolve throughout the day and surprise you with new notes and more complex arrangements of scents.

-          Very expensive marketing.

Large companies will invest millions to market perfumes. And if you have been driven to buying a scent by its alluring ads, know that you are the one paying for that marketing in the end.

-          Expensive packaging

While “you cannot judge a book by its covers” is still a valid saying, some perfume designers know that a bottle can sometimes make all the difference. So, packaging is also something that a lot of dollars are invested in.

Sadly, it’s hard to figure out if you’re paying for the marketing or the rare materials. Ingredients that are easier to come by or most synthetic fragrances cost a lot less. But this is not always the case. At the end of the day, what is most important is to know if your fragrance suits you best, agrees with who you are and what your general mood is.

Quality is always something subjective and if something smells good and makes you feel beautiful, fresh and happy, price can become irrelevant.

Perfume Wearing Do’s and Don’ts: How to Extend the Life Of Your Favorite Fragrance Bottle

We know how much you love your expensive designer’s perfume. The feeling it gives you when you wear it cannot be compared to anything. So, how do you protect such a great investment? By learning a few simple do’s and don’ts of perfume storage. Read below to find out which are the best ways to keep your perfume bottles.

General consideration: Keep in mind the oils and alcohols in perfume can easily break down, causing the perfume’s scent to change or disappear. It is always best to go for smaller bottles of perfume, instead of larger, as the large ones may diminish the overall effects and shorten the life of the product.

Keep Perfume Bottles Away From Direct Light

As tempting as it may be to display your bottled perfume out in the open, keep in mind that sunlight will quickly degrade the quality of perfume. As a general rule, the darker the location, the better a perfume will keep.

Keep Your Fragrance Bottles Away from Heat and Light

Heat, like light, will break down the chemical bonds that give a perfume its scent. Direct heat is not only terrible for perfume, but it can melt plastic bottles, and even lower heat over the long term will break down perfume. It is crucial to keep the bottles away from any heat vents or radiators.

  • As a rule, it is best to try and store your perfume bottles at a consistent temperature.  Do not keep your bottles in the refrigerator, a cool environment is best, but anything that is significantly colder than room temperature will put stress on the perfume.
  • Humidity is another factor that will influence your perfume life. So no keeping your scents in the bathroom unless you have a cabinet or corner of the space that is safe from steam. But generally it is best to find a space in a dry room, like the bedroom, to store perfume and other cosmetic products.

Try Not to Open and Close Excessively

Some manufacturers use designs for bottles that cannot be opened at all and can only be sprayed. Use the atomizer spray for a perfume as much as possible, to avoid opening and closing the bottle a lot and exposing the perfume inside to more environmental dangers.

 Other important rules:

  • Perfume bottles should not be shaken
  • Do not store your perfume on high shelves
  • Use a travel container when you go away on vacation

Perfume for Your Teen? A Few Useful Tips

Your teen has been growing up to be a little lady on her way to sophistication. As you are a perfume lover, she will probably inherit this from you and will want to start wearing your perfumes. As a mother, your question is: should you allow her?

The below post provides a few simple tips to do this the right way.

Keep your teen’s school rules in mind

So you went with your teen to the mall and bought their favorite eau de parfum. Now what? While your little lady might be dying to share her new perfume with her friends at school, keep in mind that wearing fragrance may not be appropriate in a class setting. Classmates or teachers could be sensitive to the smell, which could make for an embarrassing situation for your teen. By finding out the school rules and teaching your teen the right way to apply perfume, she can indulge in her favorite fragrance without offending anyone. So, the best thing is to first check her school policy, you can do that online. Depending on what the rules are, you can disallow perfume wearing completely, limiting it to wearing on weekends and special occasions.

Keep people’s fragrance sensitivity in mind

It is never too early to give your teen a bit of perfume education. So, even if your teen’s school doesn’r have any specific rules for fragrance wearing, you should teach your child that moderation in wearing comes hand in hand with the respect for the others’ sensitivities. You may want to consider the fact that some classmates and teachers could have a fragrance sensitivity and they might experience side effects like sneezing, watery, itchy eyes and headaches, especially when perfume is worn heavily.

As a mother, you should also keep in mind your own little lady’s sensitivities. So, before buying their first perfume, make sure you purchase a sample first and see if she tolerates it and no allergies appear.

So, what do you do when the perfume is too strong? Your teen might still be able to wear some type of scent, but it will have to be lighter and more natural than a typical perfume. Check into fragrant essential oils like rose oil, jasmine or Moroccan oil, all which have mild, pleasant scents without any synthetics.

Teach your teen the perfume basics and application tips

Some young girls may be tempted to apply perfume too liberally. A bit of education is also important here. According to perfume experts, you should hold the bottle 5 to 7 inches from the body and should never see moisture on your skin afterward. If you do, you’re holding the bottle too close. Or, try this foolproof method for application: Have your teen spray the perfume once in the air and then walk through the mist for the ideal light application.

Your Unique Signature Perfume: How to Blend Your Favorite Scents

If you are sick of smelling the same fragrance on other ladies, it is probably time to start thinking of blending your quality perfumes of choice together. A unique scent can be blended from several other perfumes, putting together a hybrid, a unique creation that is only yours and will constitute an ideal signature perfume. But how do you go about it? It wouldn’t be as easy as just spraying perfumes randomly on your skin? Certainly not, you have to possess the right knowledge about scent notes and the blending and layering arts. Here are a few tips:

1. Understand how notes go together

An important thing to keep in mind is that whereas some notes work in harmony, others can clash and cause an undesirable scent, so you need to know what works with what. There are two ways to combine scents: you can blend similar notes together or you can blend contrasting ones. A successful perfume blend means knowing what makes some notes unique. Take for instance the four most universal single note scents – vanilla, white floral, musk and marine. These are the basis of most fragrances and, knowing how they combine, will help you avoid many bad fragrance combinations.

2. Blend unique notes together

For instance, a successful combination will be mixing up florals with vanilla. The result will be fresh and unique. While looking for a more exotic mixture, try vanilla with wood notes.

Combining white florals like jasmine and gardenia with spicey notes will bring together a smooth and rather erotic smell.

Don’t combine musk with florals, go for citrus- a combination like this will give a lighter mix, and will help you not smell like orange juice all through the day.

Floral and marine work well together, but make sure the floral scent is softer.

If you are going to try contrasting notes together, know that vanilla, coconut or chocolate scents will go well with wood notes, like cedar and sandalwood.

Herbal scents such as mint and basil also work well layered over fruity scents such as berry-based fragrances.

3. Learn the secret of layering
Every perfume expert will tell you that, when blending perfume scents, it is ideal to stick to two perfumes. Combining more than two perfumes can lead to an overpowering scent. To layer your scents, hold one bottle in each hand and spray a single pump of each perfume into the air at the same time. Immediately walk through the mist. The airborne perfume particles will be attracted to one another and fuse together to create a unique hybrid scent.