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How To Spot a Fake YSL Perfume

French designer brand Yves Saint Laurent, also known as YSL, is one of the most established and iconic houses on the market, both in fragrance and fashion.  Of course, success doesn’t come without challenges, especially in the age of the Internet. An abundance of scammers have seen fit to capitalize on the YSL name and…

What’s the Difference Between Perfume and Fragrance?

If you’ve read any articles from this site, you’ve probably seen that I use the words “perfume” and “fragrance” pretty interchangeably.  And it’s true that these two words are about as similar as they can be. But is there any difference between the words “perfume” and “fragrance” to speak of?  The difference between the words…

What’s The Difference Between Eau de Toilette and Perfume?

If you’ve had any experience in the world of perfumes, you’ve probably encountered the words “perfume” and “eau de toilette” on more than one occasion, both referring to what seems to be the same thing.  But is there a difference between the two? And if so, what is it?  The difference between “eau de toilette”…

Why Is Clive Christian Perfume So Expensive?

British niche fragrance brand Clive Christian has become a byword for luxury in the fragrance world.  Established in 1999 by designer Clive Christian, the brand is intended to be a revival of a heritage perfume house known as The Crown Perfumery (founded in 1872), which was given use of the royal crown by Queen Victoria…

Why Is Creed Perfume So Expensive?

Creed has been perhaps the foremost niche fragrance brand for decades, and one of the few that has achieved a similar degree of success to designer brands, along with Jo Malone.  Fragrances such as Green Irish Tweed, Silver Mountain Water, Millésime Impérial, and the wildly popular Aventus are considered landmark releases not only in the…

7 Reasons Why People Wear Perfume

Perfume has been around for time immemorial.  From the age of Babylon until today, perfume has been a constant companion of humankind.  But why exactly do people wear perfume? What are the reasons behind our love of smelling good?  People wear perfume and deodorant for a variety of reasons. Personal hygiene is the obvious one,…

What Happens If Perfume Gets In Your Mouth?

Imagine: you’ve just sprayed on a heaping dose of your favorite designer perfume, but some of it ends up inside your mouth rather than on your wrists.  It’s something that I would wager has happened at least once or twice to most perfumistas (it has to me, at least). But if you get perfume in…

The Difference Between Perfume Oils and Eau de Parfum

The world of perfumery is chock full with unfamiliar terminology and concepts, so much so that it might be impenetrable for the average person.  You might have heard of or seen perfume oils before, either in your local shop or even in supermarkets. But when you go to the perfume counter at a department store,…

Why Are Jo Malone Perfumes So Expensive?

Jo Malone is a British fragrance brand that has, since its inception in 1990, become perhaps the most popular and successful niche fragrance house on the market, along with Creed and Diptyque.  Their signature scents, like Wood, Sage & Sea Salt, Blackberry & Bay, or English Pear & Freesia, have been imitated countless times, and…

What Are Fixatives in Perfumery?

If you’re into the perfume hobby a little bit beyond the surface level, you might have heard the word “fixative” mentioned here and there.  It’s one word in a sea of often (sometimes deliberately) mystifying terminology related to perfume, along with terms like projection, sillage, and perfume concentration. But what exactly is a fixative? What…