You can find a wide variety of perfumes that we group within 7 Olfactory Families also called fragrance wheel. These are fundamental smells to classify the various olfactory notes that we can find all around us.
The Floral Family: this is the most popular category in the perfume industry. It consists of all the perfumes where the main olfactory note is a single flower or a bouquet of flowers (rose, jasmin, tuberose…). This family is mainly used for women’s fragrances even though some perfumers use it for men’s perfumes.
The Aromatic Family: this family is mainly made of aromatic herbs such as lavender, thyme, rosemary… the family has a manly characteristic which perfectly fits men’s perfumes.
The Citrus Family: you will find essential oils from lemon, orange, bergamot, grapefruit… These notes are light and refreshing but they don’t stay too long on your skin. This is the reason why we usually mix citrus and floral notes together. The Eaux de Cologne are mainly made of the citrus family.
The Oriental Family: also called the Amber Family. The perfumes have sweet, vanilla and warm notes. We primarily find vanilla, musks, amber, exotic spices and also sensual woods – scents made for seduction.
The Woody Family: as the name suggests, they primarily have woody notes such as sandalwood, cedar or vetiver… These perfumes have a certain elegance and are mainly intended for men.
The Chypre Family: this category is a bit special as the name comes from a perfume created by François Coty in 1917 called Chypre. The olfactory notes revolve around smells of oak moss, patchouli or bergamot. They are often mixed with floral and fruity notes.
The Fougère Family: like the Chypre Familly, the name comes from a French perfume launched in 1882 called Fougère Royale. It’s not about fern smell but woody and lavender notes such as geranium, tonka beans, oak moss… The perfumes are typically for men. We also find olfactory notes of this family in soaps and shaving foams.
The difference lies in the concentration of the extract contained in your perfume. The ‘juice’ (the scented raw materials such as essential oils or absolute), is mixed with alcohol or even water. The concentration adopted will determine the following appellations:
Eaux de Cologne: 4 to 6% of concentrate.
Eaux de Toilettes: 7 to 12% of concentrate.
Eaux de Parfums: 12 to 20 % of concentrate.
We say Perfume Extract (Extrait de Parfum) when the concentration is more than 20%. The concentration will also affect the lifespan of the fragrance on your skin.
Generally speaking, the more perfume concentrate, the longer the smell on your skin. Some manufacturers do not only dilute the concentrate in alcohol but also add various types of additives such as dye, UV filter in their perfumes’ formulation. However, it is not the case at Natural Evasion! To know more, please head to our ‘Why Us? section.
At Natural Evasion, our perfumes are mainly composed of natural extracts (essential oils or absolutes) and these materials are more or less expensive. This is the reason why most perfumes on the market use synthetic ingredients instead of natural ones.
To give you an idea, centifolia rose from France costs 8000 € per kilo while jasmine can get as high as 70 000 € per kilo. As for the jasmine, the price can be explained by the fact that we need thousands of flowers to make one kilo of absolute and we can only collect jasmine flowers during certain times of the day (from 6 am to 10 am).
These natural extracts make the core of the juice we find in the perfumes and the concentration of that juice is variable (as explained in the above question). The higher the concentration, the more expensive the manufacturing price.
No. It is definitely possible to create perfumes with water as it is the case for babies’ fragrances. You can also find alcohol free perfumes for adults. However, every expert from the industry will tell you that alcohol is the best solvent. In fact, it makes the perfume’s smell stronger and allows a better diffusion of the olfactory notes. The alcohol also enhances and preserves the natural raw materials!
At Natural Evasion we promote a very high concentration of natural ingredients and that is why we chose alcohol as the solvent for our perfumes to give you the best olfactory results.
They are essences artificially made by humans. We can create artificial notes of rose or jasmine but they don’t have all their olfactory properties.
We can also create completely new synthetic notes unknown to us. Chanel for example, uses a lot of synthetic notes.
The perfume industry uses many different types of natural extracts however nowadays, essential oils and absolutes are the core of most perfumes on the market. These extracts are made from natural ingredients we find around us such as flowers, leaves, woods, spices, resins…
No, but it is more complicated than this.
Most perfumes are a mixture of natural and synthetic ingredients for several reasons:
– Chemistry can create unique scents that don’t exist naturally.
– It allows perfumers to design different and non-conventional perfumes.
– Synthetic ingredients bring a balance to the perfume. Too much concentrate of natural ingredients can alter the perfume’s scent whereas synthetic ingredients will enhance the natural essences.
– Finally, there are regulations implemented by the IFRA (International Fragrance Association) restricting the use of natural ingredients in a perfume.
Ultimately, it is all about preferences and not about which one is better. If you prefer natural scents from things around you then choose a perfume with a high concentration of natural ingredients like our perfumes.
At Natural Evasion, we use the highest concentration of natural ingredients without forgetting synthetic ingredients in order to comply with IFRA regulations.
You’ve probably noticed that when it’s hot, scents tend to be stronger. This is the reason why we usually advise to apply perfume on the pulse points (emitting more heat than other parts of the body) such as the back of your neck, your ear lobe, your wrists but also inside your elbow. You can slightly apply perfume on your clothes too.
Unfortunately no. Even with a high concentration of natural ingredients, the scent will eventually wear off. Several factors such as temperature, altitude or even your skin will affect the lifespan of the scent.
The evaporation of your perfume can also be the result of acidic or dry skins, being pregnant…
However don’t forget, it’s not because you can’t smell your own perfume anymore that people around you can’t either. As it is your own body, you will get used to the scent and therefore have the impression that the perfume has evaporated while it hasn’t.
Firstly and as we mentioned in ‘Where to apply perfume on your body?’, prefer the pulse points of your body.
Then, there is a simple and efficient technique to retain the perfume on your skin called superposition.
First, you should apply a cream, soap or lotion. To retain a specific perfume, you have to use a lotion containing the same scent than your perfume or you have to choose an odorless cream.