What To Look For In A Quality Perfume

Perfume can be quite expensive and while you may be tempted buy less expensive brands, there are some things you need to consider. The truth is not all perfumes are high quality. Some may even smell sour or bitter. While you may be able to look at a package and tell that the perfume isn’t good quality, you can’t look at a quality made bottle and box and know that it’s going to be a good buy. However, there are several things you can look for. Here’s what to look for in a quality perfume.

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Check the Color

The color of quality perfume should be consistent throughout the bottle. If it looks like the ingredients have separated in the bottle, the perfume is poor quality. One bottle should also look identical to others in the batch. Last, but not least, the perfume shouldn’t look murky or cloudy. If there is material floating in the bottle, the perfume is either not good quality or very old.

Look for an Expiration Date

Many people don’t realize this, but perfume does go bad. If you see a sale that seems too good to be true, check the expiration date before shelling out your hard earned money. Unfortunately, not all perfumes carry an expiration date. However, some do carry a manufactured date. Perfume is good for up to two years after this date. The last way to tell the date is to look up the batch code number. Online you’ll find a calculator that will give the expiration date based on this code.

Smell the Perfume

Open the bottle or spray the perfume into the air. Does it have a sour or bitter smell? A good quality perfume is made with essential oils and doesn’t contain fat. Lower quality perfumes may contain oil, which can go bad over time and cause the perfume to smell off.

Shop with Companies That Offer Guarantees

Last, but not least, shop with a well known company that offers a guarantee. You can double up your efforts by shopping in stores that offer refunds, such as high end department stores.

Perfume can be very expensive and finding out you’ve wasted your money on low quality perfume can be irritating. Thankfully, there are ways you can determine whether or not a perfume is of good quality. Remember to look at the color, check the date, smell the perfume and always shop with brands that guarantee their products.

 

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Harvey Prince Fragrance Giveaway

Harvey Prince offers cruelty-free fragrances that are also free of sulfates, parabens and other ingredients that are often viewed as undesirable.  Their Scents of Purpose line focuses on fragrances with a story and purpose that are backed by scientific research.

Harvey Prince Eau de Lite

For example, their fragrance Eau de Lite, is based on evidence that mint fragrance can suppress the appetite. Test subjects were shown to eat less when they inhaled a combination of green apple, mint and vanilla just before a meal  So, you can smell minty fresh and perhaps eat less too. I think I would eat just as much no matter what, but at least I would smell good doing so!  The fragrance also includes notes of   Spearmint, Fennel, Jasmine, Rose, and Sandalwood.

Want to give it a try? Harvey Prince is offering a 1.7 ounce size of Eau de Lite (approximate value $55) for giveaway.  To enter, use the raffle copter form below. You can get an entry simply by signing up through the form and leaving a quick comment on why you would like to win the prize, or you can gain one or more entries by doing any of the other tasks on the list. On January 29 at 12:01am  the contest will end and the raffelcopter service will randomly draw a winner. I will notify the winner via email and Harvey Prince will ship the prize. Failure to respond to email within one week will result in the prize being redrawn. Please see our giveaway details and rules page for further information. Ages 18 and above, U.S. only, void where prohibited.


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The Best and Worst Celebrity Fragrances

In this interesting celebrity fragrance article from Total Beauty, you can take a look at what their readers rated the best celebrity fragrance, and the worst.  I’m not a big fragrance wearer and am not familiar with most of the fragrances. But it was interesting to see what made the cut and what did not.

To see the list for yourself, click on through below.

 

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The Ten Best and Worst Celebrity Fragrances

We all love celebrities, but do we also love their fragrances?

 

10 Best (and Worst) Celebrity Fragrances

This is a TotalBeauty.com perfume article

Admit it: You watch all the Kardashian TV shows. It’s OK, it’s our guilty pleasure, too. But would you wear their perfumes? Before you decide, see what our readers say are the best and worst celebrity-endorsed perfumes here.

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THE WORST: NO. 3: WHITE DIAMONDS ELIZABETH TAYLOR PARFUM, $100

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 6.4

 

THE WORST: NO. 3: WHITE DIAMONDS ELIZABETH TAYLOR PARFUM, $100

“It’s like granny perfume that has been sitting on the dresser for 40 years.”

NO. 2: HARAJUKU LOVERS BABY EAU DE TOILETTE SPRAY, $29.49

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 6.3

 

NO. 2: HARAJUKU LOVERS BABY EAU DE TOILETTE SPRAY, $29.49

“BORING! Cannot recommend this scent unless you really don’t want to be noticed. If you’re the wallflower type and want to stay that way, ‘Baby’ is for you.”

NO. 1: M BY MARIAH CAREY EAU DE PARFUM SPRAY, $52.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 5.7

 

NO. 1: M BY MARIAH CAREY EAU DE PARFUM SPRAY, $52.99

“I am a huge Mariah fan, so I had high hopes for this one. When I tried it, it smelled overwhelmingly sweet, but not in a good way. It is a strong burnt marshmallow-smelling fragrance.”

Want to see which were the best? Click here!

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