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Cyber Scents

Can you really purchase perfume online?

12 October 2009

The quickest and most responsive reaction we have to scent is whether or not we like it. Scientists have debated for decades whether or not these preferences are innate, emotional, culturally learned or a combination. Regardless of why we prefer some scents over others, we know what we don’t like. For instance, my friend detests vanilla. If a perfume has even a hint of vanilla, she won’t like it. I on the other hand like vanilla, but am even more attracted to scents both spicy and sweet. With ubiquitous opportunities for discount smell wells online, If we know our preferences, then is it possible to purchase new scents online?

The question requires more advanced background knowledge on perfumes and scents in general. First, and foremost, you should – just as a consumer – know the difference between store bought scents. The cost of perfume is directly related to how much oil concentration a given scent contains. The higher the oil concentration, the higher the cost of the perfume. (Undiluted oils are strong and not suitable for direct skin contact. They can cause allergic reactions or severe skin aggravation.) If you aren’t versed en France, the following table will help you know what you’re getting. But remember, stronger doesn’t mean better – okay, it does – but it doesn’t mean better for you. Some people like lighter scents, and that’s fine. It just means you will have to refresh more often.

Once you know which scents you prefer and how strong you like to smell, it is actually possible to purchase perfume online. I know I like a mixture of sugary and spicy scents like Pink Sugar. Flavors I look for are vanilla, wood (oriental), caramel, and a hint of musk. If you aren’t sure, look up your favorite perfume on Sephora or the company website to find it’s dominating flavors. There are so many discount perfume sites (Google it) where you can purchase your favorite and now new scents. Don’t be scerrrrrrrd.

TypeConcentrationStrengthCost Factor
Parfum20-40%5-7 hrs$$$$$
Eau de Parfum15-20%4 hrs$$$$
Eau de Toilette8-10%3 hrs$$$
Eau de Cologne3-5%1-2 hrs$$
Eau Fraiche3%1 hr$

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Posted by Emma Dinzebach at 12:00 AM
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