ABOUT OUR NATURAL PERFUMES
- Why Natural Perfume?
First of all, you just have to smell the difference. The high quality, essential oils we use not only smell amazing but have so many benefits, most prominently their wonderful aromatherapy properties. Our senses more readily receive natural aromas, so they are preferable for those with fragrance sensitivities - as a growing number of people have become allergic to or are unable to tolerate synthetics. Pirouette perfumes create a signature aroma for each individual, as natural oils respond to the body’s chemistry. We recommend sampling first, to discover which blends are most harmonious for you.
- What's the difference between a natural, artisan perfume and department store brands?
Well, its sort of like comparing apples and oranges. First of all, although department store perfumes might contain some natural ingredients, few to none are a hundred percent natural. If its 100% natural, it should clearly say - but watch for misleading language which is very popular these days in both descriptions and even ingredients listings. Fragrance notes are a great example, if sandalwood is listed, it doesn't necessarily mean it contains any real sandalwood. The base of most commercial fragrances is developed from aroma chemicals instead. Why is this? For starters, essential oils are FAR more expensive. There are more challenges in consistently sourcing natural materials, and some desired notes simply don't exist in nature. Overall, naturals require more time, resources and expertise to master making them less appealing for mass market producers.
- Do natural perfumes last as long as synthetics?
Our natural perfumes don't contain chemical additives to 'trap' the aroma on your skin like a lot of synthetic fragrances do. We strive for excellence with our perfumes longevity by using the finest quality ingredients, and incorporating certain essential oils in every blend that double as fixatives, effectively extending the life of an aroma naturally. Because of this, our perfumes are impressively long lasting and beyond that, its up to mother nature. A couple tips: First of all, perfume lasts the longest on your clothes and hair. So, be sure to give a nice range to your spritzing for maximum coverage. Also, instead of spraying onto the underside of your wrists, spray the tops. This prevents it from absorbing onto the many surfaces your wrists touch and rest on through out the day.
- Where do their colors come from?
From the colors that naturally occur in the essential oils and botanical extracts we use. Plant oils can range from nearly clear to dark opaques.
- What's the difference between a toilette, perfume, cologne etc?
These terms refer to concentration. Generally, you can go by these percentages:
*Eau de Cologne (EDC) 3-8%
*Eau de Toilette (EDT) 5-15%
*Eau de Parfum (EDP) 15-30%
*Perfume, Parfum or Extrait: 30+%
All of our perfume/cologne sprays are Eau de Parfum strength and beyond (ranging 20-35%). Our perfume/cologne oils are Extrait (ranging 65-80%). Although we refer to our Wild Spruce and Tobacco as a Cologne (for descriptive purposes), it is actually the same strength as our perfumes.
- Aging and Storage
Natural perfumes often become richer and more complex as they age, you may notice more depth 6-12 months after you purchased one. The aging process will only enhance the aroma. To ensure the life of your perfume, always store the bottle upright, with the cap securely on and away from direct heat, humidity or light. For best results use natural perfumes within 2-3 years of purchase. They wont necessarily "go bad", however, top notes (such as florals and citrus), which are the most delicate and fleeting, can eventually fade offsetting the blend.
- Patch Testing
Its always recommended (as with any perfume) to do a patch test first. Patch testing is as easy as dabbing a small amount on your skin, waiting an hour, if no irritation, you are good to go. If you develop a sensitivity at any point, then discontinue use.