THE SCI­ENCE OF IT

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - BEAUTY -

Usu­ally, the ‘juice’ of the fra­grance has a base of per­fume oil that is di­luted with a sol­vent – ei­ther ethanol or wa­ter-ethanol. You’ll see a la­bel stat­ing eau de par­fum or eau de toi­lette, an in­di­ca­tor of the strength of the fra­grance (the for­mer be­ing the stronger of the two).The strength, wear­a­bil­ity and longevity of a fra­grance are de­pen­dent on a num­ber of fac­tors. Ex­perts say, for in­stance, that your per­fume will evap­o­rate more quickly should you be prone to dry skin.The per­fume oil it­self is also a sig­nif­i­cant fac­tor, with the con­cen­tra­tion af­fect­ing ap­pli­ca­tion and longevity.

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