“Throw away a bottle of perfume after 5 years.” “Stick to fragrances formulated for your own genre.” “Cheap perfumes smell horrible.” How many times have you heard these tips? If you stick by them, you are missing out. They are just some of the myths that may prevent you from enjoying perfume to the full. So, let’s debunk them (and a few more):
1. Different concentrations of a fragrance (EDP, EDT, etc) are just the same fragrance diluted to varying degrees
It is true that a lot of EDTs are lighter and less longlasting than their EDP counterparts. But sometimes, the EDT is a completely different scent, and may use different notes than the EDP. This is the case with Chanel N°5 or Angel. Just because you don’t like a fragrance in a particular concentration, it doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy its other versions. Try them. They may surprise you.
2. Perfume has a gender
No, it hasn’t. Some scents can have more pronounced masculine or feminine nuances, but that doesn’t mean that the opposite sex can’t wear them as well. If you like how a scent smells on you, wear it.
3. The shelf life for a fragrance is 3 to 5 years
This is not entirely false, but it is certainly misleading. Perfumes can go bad, but it is heat and light that ruins them. If you store them carefully, a bottle may last you a lot longer than 5 years. There are scents that change smell within a few months regardless of how you store it (yes Annick Goutal Petite Chérie, I’m talking to you), but these are rare exceptions. Oh, and in some cases, with time the top notes may go bad. But if you wait for them to evaporate, you’ll notice the rest of the scent is as good as new.
4. Expensive perfumes are better than cheap ones
So not true. There are good and bad perfumes at all price points. Always trust your nose, not the price tag.
5. Rubbing your skin after application crushes the molecules and ruins the scent
This is just ridiculous. You can’t crush molecules like that. When you rub your skin vigorously, you generate heat. This causes the top notes to evaporate faster. So, unless you detest the opening notes of a perfumes, don’t do it.
6. If you can smell the fragrance you’ve applied on yourself then you’re wearing too much
What on earth is the point of wearing fragrance if you can’t smell it? Sure, you don’t want to wear so much that it can be smelt a mile off, giving people a headache. And lots of scents that stay close to the skin are wonderful. But if even you can’t smell it on yourself, why bother? Save your money and don’t use perfume at all.
7. The best way to apply perfume is to spray it into the air, and then walk through it
Nope. This is just one of the ways to apply perfume, and, in my opinion, one that wastes a lot of good product. Only very intense and powerful scents that are very easy to overdo should be applied this way.
8. Natural fragrances are better than synthetic ones
Not really. Although there are lots of great natural fragrances on the market, natural ingredients aren’t as numerous as synthetic ones. Therefore, synthetic scents are often more complex, sophisticated, and even longer lasting. Plus, they are easier to make and to reproduce (the same plant can often smell differently when grown in different parts of the world, while others may become rare or extinct). And no, not all chemicals are toxic. So, don’t worry. Your perfume won’t kill you.
Do you know of any other perfume misconceptions? Share them in the comments!