Extrait de parfum is traditional alcohol-based perfume that contains between 30-40% pure fragrance compounds and is considered to be the highest concentration of scent available. The literal translation from French is "perfume extract." All of our perfume is at this concentration, whether alcohol or oil-based.
Alcohol-based perfume has a higher sillage, or "throw," compared to perfume oils due to the lifting effect that the alcohol has on the fragrance compounds, making top notes especially more noticeable than in oil-based perfume.
In our EDPs, we use premium 200 proof denatured grain alcohol. This alcohol leaves no scent behind after it dries.
Resting: Upon receiving your order in the mail, it's always a good idea to let your perfumes rest for a couple days at least before trying them. Extremes of heat and cold during travel can temporarily alter the scent of a perfume.
Application: Open the cap and spray on clothes, hair, and skin from a distance of about 1-2 feet to get the most even application to create an aura of scent around you. Press the atomizers in quick, firm bursts to maximize the fineness of the mist.
Trying: As with judging a book by its cover, never judge a perfume by smelling it straight from the bottle. Fragrances are meant to be worn on the skin, and you will get a misleading blast of top notes by evaluating it before it is sprayed.
Due to the strength of extraits, you may need to test several times and in different environments to let the aspects of the fragrance reveal itself. You will notice different notes after the second or third application, we promise! Our noses naturally become tired after continuous exposure to a fragrance, particularly at high concentrations, and it is easy to become anosmic to a fragrance shortly after initial application. Step outside, smell coffee beans, or even better—your own (non-perfumed) skin—to reset your nose. You should be able to detect the fragrance again.
Never test more than one perfume at once, this can easily smother certain notes and tire out your nose.
Since our EDPs contain between 30-40% fragrance compounds, which sometimes give a pronounced color to the alcohol, please be careful about applying to clothing in close proximity as it may stain. Be sure to only apply light pressure when smoothing perfume onto your skin. This will allow you to fully experience the top and heart notes.
Perfume plays off your skin chemistry and goes through its own aging process. Test over time to see how it changes.
Safety: It is always advisable to test a small amount of any new perfume on the sensitive skin of your inner elbow before use. If signs of irritation develop such as burning, redness/rash, or itching then discontinue use immediately and wash the perfume off with soap and warm water.
Please always consult with your doctor before using fragrances (including natural perfumes) if you are pregnant or nursing, or if you have a health condition which can be affected by the use of fragrances.
Perfume is for topical use only – do not ingest, no matter how good it smells! Please keep all perfume out of reach of children and pets.
Storage: Store your perfumes in a cool, dark place since sunlight and heat can damage them. Also be sure the lids are on tightly to avoid evaporation and oxidation. When stored properly, they will last for many years.