One of the oldest beauty products, perfume has long been coveted for its air of seductiveness and mystery.

First appearing in ancient times, perfume was originally made in solid format and designated for the wealthy. But, now that times have changed and the ingredients used to make perfume are more easily made, the elegance and luxury of adding scent to your daily beauty routine is for everyone! 

Still very alluring and intriguing, perfume has become a remarkable part of fashion and pop culture. Designed to elevate your personality, spraying a perfume on can actually make you feel like a whole new person. 

But, at the end of the day, the question “What is perfume?” still sits on the mind of many people. 

Leading you on a wonderful trip into the complex world of perfume — we want to deconstruct the meaning of “what perfume is” for you by helping you to understand the basics and differences. With some tips and general information, Dossier hopes to provide you with the knowledge you need to approach this world with confidence and choose your new favorite scents.

Discover what defines the different types of perfume and how long each lasts. 

Delightful and delectable, when discovering what perfume is you must begin with the {perfume types ~ link to what are the different types of perfume article} — aka percentage of fragrance in a blend.

Tip 1: Spend some time getting to know your ideal perfume type – EDC, EDP, EDT

Pump the breaks! Yes, there are different perfume types and each type is specifically made to last a certain amount of time. 

Take a peek at your favorite bottle, does it say “eau de toilette”, “eau de parfum”, “eau de cologne”? Most likely it does. And, in the industry, this is how manufacturers label the amount of alcohol, water, and fragrance used. 

It’s what we like to call perfume science!

Now, depending on how strong you want the smell and how you want to wear perfume — is how you will pick a type. Hint: most perfumes are EDT or EDP.

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Pick a scent you love and use it! 

Something you may already know or suspect, perfumes have categories depending on the kind of {fragrance’s used in the blend ~ link to perfume scent types article}. 

Tip 2: Check your beloved beauty products, do you notice a fragrance pattern that you tend to by? 

Typically, industry professionals acknowledge there to be four major scent types. Dossier agrees with the experts on the four major types and offers perfumes in the Woody, Floral, Oriental, and Fresh ranges — or a combination of these. 

Curious as to what makes a perfume woody, floral, oriental, or fresh scent? 

There is no real rule to it — but, think spice and it’s most likely oriental. Think musk and its most likely woody. And, so on. 

Basically, certain ingredients have notes that experts attribute to each category. However, there are crossover blends where, for example, floral and musk scents are used. 

Truly the only way to get to know the types is to explore and try different perfumes! It’s a fun and exciting time getting to know note types that you love. It might even help you get to know your own personality!

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Play with perfume to your heart’s content.

Experimentation with different fragrances and how notes combine to create an intoxicating scent is {how perfume is made. ~ link to how to make perfume article}.

Tip 3: Essential oils are a great way to make perfume without any added ingredients.

We can not deny it, perfumery is a world full of lush aromas and imagination — from handcrafting a scent of your own to exploring all of the incredible professional blends available to you, when you start playing with aromas it becomes a delightful experience that is uniquely yours.

To begin making perfume, we suggest you start by learning the history of perfume as well as understanding the variety of techniques to blending — this is your foot in the door. Then, we suggest you use your nose to sniff, test, sniff, and test some more. During this time you may find some fragrances transport your senses in a rush of delight while others send you into a spinning headache. A process that is exciting, there is always more to try, play with, and learn when it comes to perfume.

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And there we have it, the basics of what perfume is. 

— A combination of essential oil fragrances, alcohol, and water in a spray bottle that has been adapted and improved over the decades.

Inspired by many iconic designer perfume blends, Dossier offers you perfume that we dare you to smell the difference in.

With prices starting at just $29, Dossier is where you can start to explore things like scent types, percentages, aromas that ignite your internal fire.

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