How to Tell Cheap Perfume From Expensive

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You can tell a cheap perfume from an expensive one by paying attention to how much alcohol is in it. Learn to tell a cheap perfume from an expensive one with help from an expert in the cosmetic and fragrance industry for over 30 years in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Gigi, the creator of The Cocktail Fragrance Collection. And today, I'm going to tell you how to tell the difference between a cheap perfume and an expensive perfume. Perfume, Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette, cologne. I'm sure you've heard all these terms before, but what do they mean? Basically what they mean is the more essential oils in a fragrance, the more expensive the fragrance will be. The more alcohol, the cheaper the fragrance will be. Let's start with parfum, ah, the best of the best. Pure fragrance, about 15 to 40 percent of essential oils in a perfume, lasts all day, only need to use a little bit and it's the purest form of fragrance. Now the second most expensive fragrance would be the Eau de Parfum. That's what I've created for Cocktail. Because that 15 to 30 percent essential oils, not quite as much as a parfum. However you are getting the same benefits because it lasts long, stays on all day and a little goes a long way. And yet, a little bit more affordable. Now, let's talk aboutEau de Toilette. This is where the higher alcohol content comes into play. Only five to 10 percent of essential oils. So, therefore your fragrance will only last maybe two hours. With an Eau de Parfum, six hours and a regular pure perfume, eight hours. And then, the cheapest of all, of course is cologne. That has three to eight percent of essential oils. So that will barely last, I don't know, an hour on you. So, when you're looking for an expensive fragrance or a cheap fragrance. Just know, the more essential oils, the more expensive it will be. See you next time.

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