Is it true that a person has his or her own individual “smell fingerprint”?
Yes. Each of us has our own unique odor identity which is the sum total of our heredity (genes), skin type (dry/oily/light/dark), hair color, diet, whether or not we take medications, are under stress, the environment in which we live, etc.
Do women have a keener sense of smell than men?
Yes, but much of it learned. On a day-to-day basis women in our society are encouraged to use their noses more often than men through their interest in cooking, flower arrangements, creating interior environments, and the early use of fragrance products. In addition, according to scientific research, the fluctuation in a woman’s sense of smell, during a 24-hour period, is systematically greater than a man’s.
These changes appear to be influenced by the secretion of female hormones. Scientists are testing to determine if estrogen increases smell acuity in the first half of the month and progesterone decreases acuity in the last half. It also appears that odor awareness changes when a woman is pregnant and often her perception of scent changes. She may be more conscious of some odors and unable to experience others.
Can one improve one’s sense of smell after 50?
Many men and women over 50 begin to lose their ability to fully appreciate smell sensations. Though current research reveals that women are less apt to lose their sense of smell as quickly as men at the same age, older people often prefer stronger scents. They must be careful not to overdo their fragrance applications, particularly in warm weather or if they know they are going to be in stressful situations.
Can one lose one’s sense of smell?
Yes, particularly if one has a cold, the flu or if you have suffered a head injury. If the condition persists, see a physician.
If fragrance is applied in the morning, will it last throughout the day?
No, fragrance is not formulated to last all day. It should be refreshed periodically. Approximately every three to four hours.
Is it true the sense of smell is not as keen in the winter as it is in the summer?
Yes, heat increases the impact of odor. In the summer there are so many fascinating “smell” signals around us, and we are more conscious of our sense of smell and certainly enjoy it to the fullest. In hot weather, each fragrance application goes a long way-so lighter fragrances should be worn.
Can a person’s medication, smoking affect how a fragrance smells?
Yes. The wearer may think a fragrance formula has been changed when instead it is a change in diet, medication or lifestyle which has caused the new perception of scent. What one eats on a regular basis can affect the way a fragrance smells and lasts on a person’s skin. If one is on a high fat, spicy diet, for example, fragrance will be more intense. If you have recently changed your diet dramatically, skin chemistry may change, causing fragrance to smell differently on you.
Recent research indicates medication can change one’s chemistry, too. Therefore, if a person is on medication it can influence the way a favorite fragrance smells on the skin. Smoking can dull the sense of smell and make us less aware of odors, good or bad. You should make a smell test of a favorite fragrance on the inside of your wrists and then sniff test to see if any of the lifestyle changes described above have influenced the fragrance.
Is it true that fragrance reacts differently on blondes, brunettes and redheads?
Blondes – with a fair skin will be happiest with long-lasting multi-floral creations. Their skin is often dry causing fragrances that are too subtle to evaporate rapidly.
Brunettes — usually have medium-to-dark skin which contains natural oils, allowing scents to last longer. Dramatic orientals are often favorites.
Redheads – have extremely fair and delicate skin which may be incompatible with fragrances which have predominant green notes.
Should fragrance be applied to clothes?
No, fragrance is formulated only to be applied to the skin. If applied to fabric, the fibers could change the character of the fragrance. The scent might also stain the fabric.
May fragrance be sprayed on the hair?
Only if the hair is freshly-shampoed. Oils and dirt which accumulate on the hair and scalp intensify fragrance and can distort it. Also, don’t spray fragrance on extremely dry or brittle hair.
Why is it important to test No more than three fragrances at one time?
The sense of smell quickly develops odor fatigue if it is exposed to too many sensations in a short period of time.
If I buy a tester or unboxed item will it be used?
When buying a tester or unboxed perfume or cologne from fragrance24.com.au, all that it means is that it will come in tester packaging. Usually it comes in a white box, instead of its normal packaging, and if the product comes with a lid, the lid might also be missing.
However you can use your old lid from the fragrance to put on the tester. The tester will contain the same amount of fragrance as the same size fragrance bottle in normal packaging and has not been used in any way.
When an item is sold as “unboxed” that is just how it would be sent. We offer cheaper pricing on these options and believe why pay for something that generally will be thrown away anyway if you don’t have too. All unboxed items are 100% genuine and contain the full amount of fragrance or cologne as the boxed option.
Why do I need to give you a physical address and not a PO Box?
All our items are sent via courier and require a signature to confirm delivery; this protects both you as our customer and us, the result of this means that a PO Box can’t be used as a delivery address as no signature would be gained.
I didn’t purchase this item, why did I get it and how did you get my details?
Every order that is supplied to us is generated solely by details being supplied to us by a customer. If you didn’t place the order personally, it may be possible that someone within your family has and just didn’t tell you. We have had situations where a husband has purchased a gift using their wives PayPal account to purchase an item as a present etc. and vice versa.
If I don’t want to give my credit card details over the Internet, how can I pay for my purchases?
We offer a variety of payment options including PayPal and Bank Transfer.
Are your items genuine as described?
Yes every item sold through Fragrance24.com.au is 100% genuine and comes in the genuine branded packaging.
How can I keep my fragrance from going bad?
Keep all fragrances in a cool, dry area, and away from windows as sunlight can unbalance the various ingredients. An opened bottle should be kept in its box to insure a longer shelf life.
What do fragrance notes refer to?
Fragrances are comprised of many different scents, these scents are called “notes.”
Top notes are very light and last just a few minutes (5-10 minutes). Middle notes become apparent in about 15 minutes after application. These can last up to an hour or more. Bottom notes are the heavier ingredients. These last the longest, usually for several hours.
Why do some men wear Cologne, and others prefer to wear After Shave?
After Shave Lotion will usually sting as well as help close the pores after shaving. After Shave Balm is actually soothing to the skin. After Shave Gel also soothes the skin, but cools the skin as well and relieves razor burn.
What is a tester?
Testers are even more discounted than the fancy boxed versions and are great if you don’t have a need for the fancy box. Testers are 100% authentic, fresh and completely full just like the original fragrance, however they are meant for the counter in a department store. Testers often come in a plain white box but sometimes they do not have a cap or a box. The savings on the packaging means you save even more!
What is the difference between a splash and a spray?
There is absolutely no difference in the fragrance. The difference is in the method of application only. However, a spray bottle, being sealed all the time, may actually have a longer shelf life. Making the decision between spray and splash is entirely a matter of personal preference.
What is the difference between Pure Perfume, Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette, and Eau de Cologne?
The differences are simply a matter of the amount or concentration of oils in the fragrance. The highest concentration is in pure perfume (or parfum). Next would be Eau de Parfum, then Eau de Toilette, and finally Eau de Cologne. Some manufacturers make a solid perfume, solid perfume is as strong as a pure perfume however it is in a gel-like consistency.
Eau De Toilette and Eau De Cologne are generally interchangeable, especially in Men’s fragrances. After Shave has the least amount of oils. The higher the concentration the longer your fragrance will last, and the less you need to apply.
Do you ship internationally?
We will ship your order to any Australian or New Zealand address. As your order will require a signature on delivery it is essential that you provide us with your physical street address (personal or business) and not a Post Office box number. Payment can be made by PayPal, using the linked primary or delivery address.
How long will my order take to be dispatched?
We try and have all orders processed and dispatched on the next business day after the order is received. Once processed and dispatched, Standard delivery time is between 7-10 business days depending on your location. While we are based in the NSW, most items purchased through Fragrance24.com.au are sent from our US warehouse to ensure authenticity and to allow us to offer the best possible price to you our valued customers.
If I buy my item today, can I have it tomorrow?
Unfortunately overnight delivery isn’t possible due to government restrictions on the carrying of our products on aircraft and them being classified as a dangerous good. We apologise for this.
What if I get my item and don’t like it, can I return it for a full refund?
Unfortunately we will only accept refunds if the item you have received is faulty or the wrong brand is sent, we will not refund your money, because you have changed your mind.
Why does it take a bit longer than normal for the item to arrive?
While we ourselves are based in NSW, most of our items come from our overseas warehouses, this allows us to sell our items at the cheapest possible price and pass those savings on to you, our customers. We do hold some stock locally during busy shopping times and we endeavour to get your order to you as quickly as humanly possible.
It is also sometimes quicker for us to send items direct from our US based warehouse direct to you due to Australia Post rules on carriage of dangerous goods.
An example of this is; An item purchased by a customer in Western Australia can generally expect to receive their purchase in 6-7 business days if sent direct from our US based warehouse, whereas if sent from our NSW warehouse it can take up to 10-12 business days.