What is the difference between Eau de Perfume, Eau de Toilette and Eau de Cologne?

The main difference is the amount of perfume oil used in the formula. An Eau de Toilette contains less perfume oil and more water and alcohol than an Eau de Perfume. Depending on what you like in terms of the intensity of a fragrance, you can choose an Eau de Toilette, Eau de Perfume or Eau de Cologne where available. See our fragrance concentration guide below.


What are top, middle and base notes?

Top notes provide the first scent impression of a fragrance once it has been applied to the skin. They are usually lighter, more volatile aromas that evaporate readily. The scent usually lingers for between 5 and 30 minutes. Middle notes, sometimes referred to as “heart notes” make up the body of the blend. They may be evident from the start, but will usually take 10-30 minutes to fully develop on the skin. They are the notes that classify the fragrance family (floral, fresh, woody, oriental, chypre, etc)

Base notes are those with the greatest molecular weight. They last the longest and are also important as fixatives, that is, they help slow down the evaporation rates of the lighter notes, giving the fragrance holding power. Common base notes include oakmoss, patchouli, woods, musk and vanilla.

How long can I keep my perfume before it “turns”?

Some industry experts says that perfume should be replaced every year, but properly stored, perfumes should last much longer. Most perfumes will keep several years, some will keep many more years than that. To store perfumes properly, keep it away from heat and light. Also avoid direct exposure to air.

How can I make perfume last longer on my skin?

All other things being equal, perfumes evaporate more rapidly from dry skin. So, the best way to make fragrance last longer is using a fragrance-free moisturiser. Some people like to buy “matching” cream for their fragrance, but you can also use an unscented cream. You might also try a light mist to your hair, which is said to hold scents longer.

Can perfume change my mood?

Yes. Many people use fragrance as a lift for their spirits and there is even a name for the science behind this: “aromachology”. It’s been scientifically proven that different aromas can impact on mood and emotions – not just personally but affecting those around you. Bergamot is a feel-good ingredient, peppermint makes you perkier and more alert and grapefruit – believe it or not – makes others believe you are younger than you are! Who wouldn’t like that? Right? This is one reason so many people now have a “wardrobe” of fragrances rather than just one signature scent. A perfume to make them feel romantic, after a hard day staring at a computer screen to give them a relaxed, weekend feel on Saturdays and Sundays or simply something that they spritz on for work, in the morning, which makes them feel fresh, focused and professional, in the same way as a smart suit or a crisp white shirt…  

What can I do if I am allergic to perfumes?

If you are really and truly allergic, then we suggest you do not wear perfume. If you experience a rush, redness or itching, coughing or problems with breathing, and you have established a link to a perfume (or all perfumes), you may have to avoid it altogether or to find a different way to enjoy fragrance.

Tip: People who have an allergic skin reaction to perfume might like to spray the inside hem of them clothing, on the underside of a lapel or spray a cotton wool pad and tuck into a packet. If you wish to continue to wear perfume and your skin reacts to it, you might be able to get a referral to a dermatologist who can run patch test to establish which common allergen/s in perfume affect you.

Regulations require manufacturers to list known allergens – linalool, geraniol, methoxycinnamate etc, on the outer box. This does not mean you will be allergic to them – the vast majority of people aren’t – but you might be. This listing does at least allow people to avoid ingredients they know they react too. (Although it’s not hugely helpful because most perfumes do seem to contain many of the known allergens: they are very common ingredients.) 

Where is my order?

Here at Scent Mania, we are working very hard to make next day and more delivery options available for our customers. At the moment we only have standard shipping available, delivered in 3-5 working days. All parcels will be sent via a fully tracked service. The tracking number will be sent to customers after the dispatch of the item/s.

Is this website secure?

The security of our customers is top priority for us. From the moment you enter checkout, every piece of information is safe and secure. Any payment transactions will be encrypted using secure sockets layer (SSL) technology and all your personal details stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018.

Our checkout process uses industry standard SSL 256-bit encryption which secures your data. This service is provided by Shopwired.

For further questions please, contact us at hello@scentmania.co.uk