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Summary: In the world of the perfumier, the more expensive a product is, the more desirable it is, and the more cachet it carries.
In the world of the perfumier, the more expensive a product is, the more desirable it is, and the more cachet it carries.
In recent years, we have seen a massive growth in the number of celebrity-endorsed scents, and it seems that everyone who has had their proverbial five minutes of fame is signed up to put their name to a new perfume or after-shave.
This explosion in the market has made it all the more difficult to sniff out a scent which can be considered to have a good chance of earning a place among those which are considered to have a timeless appeal.
But then, in many perfume and fashion houses, this kind of timelessness is well down their list of aims when their scientists are blending their concoctions. All many are concerned about is being able to gain some traction from being associated with one of the latest big celebrity names.
But behind this fame game which is played by just about every big perfume and fashion house, an important development has taken place in recent times which is likely to help guide anyone towards a scent which would appear to suit their tastes.
It may seem incredible to think, but it is only in the last five years or so that fragrance manufacturers have been compelled to include lists of ingredients on their packaging.
The move was prompted following a great deal of pressure from dermatologists, who were seeing increasing numbers of patients who were suffering adverse reactions which were traced back to their having worn a particular scent. A list of 26 ingredients must now be listed on a perfume's bottles, many of which have been known to cause allergic reactions if a sufferer applies them on their skin.
Most of these ingredients are essential oils, which are, in fact, the most expensive component in a scent. So the more of these you see on a list of ingredients, the more that scent is likely to cost you.
synthetic ingredients. And although this might not seem to be the case, these artificially-produced components actually help a perfume when it comes to it smelling consistently the same on different people. Natural ingredients carry the chance of smelling different on the skin of every person who applies them, because of the chemical reactions they induce in the wearer, which explains why one person can totally love a scent, yet a very close friend can find it truly repellent!
Of course, that's what the manufacturers of high-quality perfumes say they want to achieve – a scent whose price tag confers the wearer with something which they can be reasonably confident is individual to them.
The most marked difference almost anyone will notice in a quality scent is its staying power. And this is where in many people's eyes, the high price is justified.
But then again, if you find a cheaper scent which you really feel suits you – and other people tell you so – then what's the harm in having to splash out on it (no pun intended) more often?