Fragrance Facts

The Most Popular Perfumes!

The Daily Mail in the UK in 2009 conducted a survey of popular perfumes, and they came up with a list of ten, in their words, "the biggest-selling perfumes." Here is the order:

1. Chanel No. 5, 1921 2. Calvin Klein Eternity, 1988 3. Prada Eau de Toilette, 2004 4. Davidoff Cool Water, 1988 5. Gucci Rush, 1999 6. Ralph Lauren Romance, 1998 7. Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker, 2005 8. Issey Miyake L’eau d’Issey, 1992 9. Estee Lauder Beautiful, 1984 10. Tom Ford Black Orchid, 2007 (Read the original article here.)   

The Most Expensive Perfume!

In an article titled the "Most Expensive Perfumes," published a list of the most expensive fragrances. It says, Imperial Majesty is the most expensive perfume in the world. Price? $215,000 per bottle. Read the story here.

Perfume Student Edition? 

From "Oxford graduate creates unisex fragrance based on her university days... so does it smell of damp laundry and dusty books?"

Guess Who Said... 

1. “A woman who doesn't wear perfume has no future.”

2.“A woman's perfume tells more about her than her handwriting."

3. “An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a better soup.”

4. “Women waste so much time wearing no perfume. As for me, in every step that I have taken in life, I have been accompanied by an exquisite perfume!” 

5. “You are never fully dressed without perfume!”

6. "...a woman not yet seen, but whose perfume accumulates on the horizon like a storm cloud.”

7. “Fragrance speaks the loudest on a subliminal level.” 

8. “Perfume is the key to our memories.” 

Answers: 1. Coco Chanel 2. Christian Dior 3. Bertrand Russel 4. C. JoyBell C. 5. C. JoyBell C. 6.  Fernand Dumont, région du cœur et autres textes 7. Marian Bendeth 8. Kate Lord Brown, The Perfume Garden  


Did You Know?

1. Who invented/discovered perfume?

- The idea and the concept of perfume, for the first time was introduced in the form of incense. This form of perfume was discovered almost 4000 years ago by Mesopotamians. It is considered a discovery rather than invention. The word perfume is of Latin origin and its meaning is ''through smoke''. Egyptians are considered as the first inventors of perfume as a product which dates back to 1000 BC. (Source:

2. What is the difference between Perfume, Eau de Parfum (EDP), Eau de Toilette (EDT), and Eau de Cologne (EDC)?

- The differences are simply a matter of the amount or concentration of oils in the fragrance. These oils are called "juice." The highest concentration of "juice" is in perfume (or parfum). Next would be Eau de Parfum, then Eau de Toilette, and finally Eau de Cologne. Actually, Eau de Toilette and Eau de Cologne are generally interchangeable, particularly in Men's fragrances. After Shave has the least amount of oils. The higher the concentration of "juice" the longer your fragrance will last, and the less you need to apply.(Source:

3. What is the difference between a splash and a spray?

- There is absolutely no difference in the fragrance. The difference is in the application only. However, a spray bottle, being ostensibly sealed all the time, may actually have a longer shelf life. Making the decision between spray and splash is entirely a matter of personal preference. (Source:

4. Why does fragrance contain alcohol?

- Alcohol makes the fragrance emanate from your skin. Without alcohol, you would be the only person who knew you were wearing any fragrance at all. (Source:

5. Why do fragrances smell differently on different people?

- Body chemistry, diet and age affect fragrances on their skin. Also, fragrance consists of many essential oils. Certain essential oils have affinity to our skin, and they may be absorbed while other may not. This creates an imbalance on the skin and accounts for the difference. (Source:

6. How long will a fragrance last on me?

- Fragrances are designed to last about 4 hours or so. Some people may notice that a particular fragrance lasts all day but by then it will not smell as it's supposed to. You must re-apply once or twice a day. (Source:


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