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9 Myths You Should Know About Perfumes

31 January 2024
9 Myths You Should Know About Perfumes

Some are myths, some are false. Leave aside what you know about perfume! Under the guidance of Derya Türkan, the creator of the Dance with Perfume account, we explore the world of perfume and examine 9 misconceptions you need to know about perfumes.

After applying perfume, you should rub your skin.

Perfumes consist of top, middle and bottom notes. When you rub your skin after applying perfume, you warm this area and cause the top notes, which are the first notes of the perfume, to mix into the air faster, or even cause you to skip that part. Leaving your skin alone instead of rubbing it will allow you to smell all phases of the perfume.

Behind the ear is one of the ideal areas for applying perfume.

Since we have oil glands behind the ear, this area is not the right place to apply perfume. Since this area has a unique smell, mixing it with perfume will not give good results. It is better to spray it under the ear instead of behind the ear.

It is necessary to choose perfume according to skin color (wheat/dark/white skin).

There is a common belief that perfumes will react and smell differently depending on different skin colors. However, perfumes do not vary greatly depending on skin color; such choices are entirely the result of cultural factors. The most important parameter about our skin is whether our skin is oily or dry. While perfumes last longer on oily skin, perfumes last shorter on dry skin.

9 Myths You Should Know About Perfumes

The expiration date of perfumes is 2 years from the year they were produced.

Some perfume boxes have 24M written on the back. This article refers to the expiration date of perfumes, which says that they should be consumed within 24 months after starting to use them. However, it is possible to keep your perfumes intact for longer periods of time if you keep them in their boxes in a cool, closed and dark place, away from direct sunlight or heat sources, and do not change your storage conditions.

The only difference between different concentrations of a perfume (EDC, EDT, EDP and Extrait de Parfum) is longevity.

Concepts such as “EDC, EDT, EDP and Extrait de Parfum” refer to the essential oil ratio in the perfume. As the amount of essential oil in the perfume increases, the permanence of the perfume increases. But longevity is not the only difference between different concentrations of a perfume. Most of the time, some changes are made in the content and different concentrations of the same perfume can have different odors.

When you smell too much perfume in perfumeries, you should smell coffee beans between perfume tests to refresh your nose.

If you think your nose gets tired and you perceive the scents incorrectly while trying on perfume, do not smell coffee beans to take a break. Since coffee has a unique smell, this will affect you wrongly. Instead, try smelling an odorless area of your skin.

9 Myths You Should Know About Perfumes

Perfumes smell different on every skin.

Although factors such as age, hormones, diet and personal hygiene create the unique scent of our skin and create small differences when mixed with the perfume scent on us, it is not possible to affect the main character of the perfume. For example, no matter which skin you spray Lancome La Vie Est Belle perfume on, it will still smell like La Vie Est Belle.

A perfume smells the same the first time you wear it and the same after hours.

While there are perfumes that progress linearly and never change, there are many perfumes that change and differentiate over time. Even after 2-3 hours, the scent of a perfume may change significantly. For this reason, do not make decisions about the scent of the perfume you are trying as soon as you spray it on. Spend a day with that perfume to make a healthy decision.

The longer a perfume lasts, the better quality it is.

Persistence is related to the essential oil content of a perfume. In addition, perfume content and formulation also affect its longevity. For example, While citrus and floral notes stay on the skin less, perfumes with intense notes such as musk, amber, vanilla and patchouli stay on the skin longer. Longevity does not determine whether a perfume is good or of high quality.

About Derya Türkan

Derya Türkan was born in Istanbul in 1981. She completed her undergraduate education at Istanbul University, Faculty of Transportation and Logistics in 2004 and worked as a Logistics Specialist in a logistics company between 2004 and 2007. He completed his master's degree at Istanbul University, Department of Business Administration, Department of Production Science in 2010, and his doctorate in the same field in 2016. Between 2011-2017, he worked as a lecturer in the Logistics department of Beykoz Logistics Vocational School, and between 2017-2020, he worked as a lecturer at Beykoz University Faculty of Business Administration. Lecturer She worked as a member and Deputy Dean. Derya Türkan, who took a break from academic life in 2020 and attended trainings on “Scents and Perfumes”, which has been her hobby for many years, and started producing digital content in this field, is a mother of two children.