Fragrance Guide : The Fragrance Shop

Here at The Fragrance Shop we like to make sure our customers choose the fragrance that’s right for you, so we’ve put together a handy guide to help you make an informed decision on which is best for your needs.

1. Fragrance Concentrations

Fragrances consist of a concentration of perfume oils in a solvent (usually alcohol). The more perfume oil in a fragrance (and therefore the less alcohol), the more ‘strength’ the fragrance has. The strengths are broken down into the categories you see below:


Eau de Parfum

Longer lasting as it is more concentrated and contains less alcohol which is good news for your skin - alcohol can have a dehydrating effect and act as an irritant for certain sensitive skin types.


Eau de Toilette

A cheaper and generally more popular concentration and suitable as an everyday fragrance.


2. Fragrance Notes

Fragrances develop in three stages, and you will notice that different aromas are released as these stages progress.


Top Note

The initial, lighter smell of the fragrance which lasts around 8-15 minutes. Examples of these notes include citruses, powdery scents and light florals.

Heart or Middle Note

The main elements of the fragrance, these notes develop after the top note clears, usually around 30 minutes after being sprayed. Heart notes most often include heavier floral scents.

Base Note

The last to develop and helps fix the fragrance to the skin. This is where you will smell the bolder notes of the scent, such as smokes and leathers which become more noticeable when the fragrance has been on the skin for a while.



3. Fragrance Categories

The different types of fragrance are described by their scent and the ingredients that have been used to make up a particular scent.


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4. The "Dispensation" of a Fragrance

Sprays are considered the best way to apply a fragrance as you can spritz them all over. EDT and EDP are always supplied as a spray.

Splashes allow you to pour the fragrance from the bottle. Aftershave is always supplied in a splash bottle, as are most samples and vials.