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Perfumes

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How can I make perfume last longer on my skin?

We want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your perfumes. Here are our top tips to make your natural perfume last longer on your skin:

Moisturise before application using an oil-based moisturiser, body oil, or body balm. Hydrated skin holds fragrance up to 30% longer than dry skin, thus allowing your perfume to keep smelling for longer. Once moisturiser has been absorbed, apply your perfume like you would usually.

Layering fragrances is a traditional way to match and enhance your favourite scents. You’re probably already doing this by using a scented body wash and scented moisturiser before applying your perfume. On days where you’re feeling indulgent, you can even apply an oil-based version of your perfume under your eau de parfum to extend the scent. When layering fragrances, opt for fragrances within the same or complimentary fragrance family. How do you know what works? Simple, try it out and see which combinations you like!

Store perfume in a cool, dark place out of direct sunlight and heat. Heat and light can penetrate perfume bottles, causing the delicate top notes of perfumes to prematurely break down and dissolve, leaving you with a subdued perfume.

Keep calm and cool. High body temperatures and sweat will cause the oils in your natural perfume to react and wear out quicker. Don’t worry if this happens! Just reapply your perfume and continue on with life.

Go past pulse points and also apply your perfume onto other areas of your body. While pulse points are great activators and carriers of scent, they also tend to be warmer, thus causing your fragrance to break down faster. Some other places you can try applying your natural perfumes to are your hair, back of the neck, and décolletage.

Don’t rub your perfume in. Doing this actually breaks down the delicate top notes of your fragrance and forces it through its scent journey quicker. Instead simply spray or tap on and gently pat your perfume in.

Can I make the perfume scent lighter?

Of course! We encourage you to play with your scents to find ways you love to wear them best. Here are some ways you can explore to make your scent lighter:

  • Spray it into a hairbrush and run it through your hair. In additional to a more subtle scent, you’ll also have a longer-lasting aroma as our hair doesn’t generate as much heat as our bodies
  • Play with unconventional pulse points. In addition to our neck, elbows and wrists, we have pulse points behind our knees, and on our ankles and feet too! Sounds like a strange place to put perfume, but because they’re further away from your nose, the smells will still be carried throughout your body, but won’t appear as strong.
What’s the difference between a parfum, eau de parfum, eau de toilette and cologne?

In traditional perfumery, these names are indicators of the concentration of oil in the fragrance formula. While there are no official definitions, the widely accepted general guidelines are:

  • Parfum 20% plus oil content
  • Eau de Parfum: 12-20% oil content
  • Eau de Toilette: 8-12% oil content
  • Eau de Cologne 3-8% oil content
All perfumes we sell at Sifr Aromatics are either Eau de Parfum or Parfum (oil perfume).
How do I choose between an oil perfume or eau de parfum?

Go for an oil-based perfume if you prefer a deeper fragrance, or one that is subtle but longer-lasting. In contrast to alcohol-based perfumes, oil perfumes sit on the skin and therefore aren’t as intense in aroma, and will result in a lingering scent that lasts longer than a perfume spray.

If you prefer a bolder fragrance which smells fresh, go for an eau de parfum. The alcohol base presents the top notes in a lighter, fresher manner, as opposed to the heavier oil-based parfums. EDP also has a stronger projection of fragrance, which makes it more noticeable to those around you.

Still can’t decide? Why not opt for a longer-lasting scent by layering a perfume oil under a eau de parfum?

Are your scents for men or women?

We do not differentiate our fragrances by gender. We believe scents are gender neutral and suitable for everybody and anybody, based on your own personal preference. The belief that perfume is for women and cologne is for men is misguided and often untrue. You can refer to our question above on the differences in parfums for more details.

If you’d like help picking the right scent for yourself or for a friend, get in touch and we’ll be happy to make some suggestions for you! Either drop by our store for a personal exploration, or get in touch with us.

What is the shelf life of your perfumes?

The shelf life of perfumes is highly dependent on the content of its formula. Certain scents, especially those that are fresher and lighter, dissipate quicker than others.

  • For spray perfumes, the suggested shelf-life is 1 year from the first spray.
  • For oil-based perfumes, the suggested shelf-life is 3+ years, when kept correctly.
To keep your fragrance smelling great for longer, store it in a cool dark place, away from sunlight and heat.

 

 

Candles

IMPORTANT: Candle Safety

WARNING: Candles can cause fires!

Here are some safety guidelines for using your scented candles from Sifr Aromatics. Failure to follow these instructions can result in personal injury and or property damage.

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended
  • Burn on a flat, even, heat resistant surface
  • Always keep candles out of reach of children and pets
  • Never burn a candle near flammable objects, open windows and air drafts
  • Candle glass may become very hot during burning. Burn only on a heat resistant surface
  • Always ensure your wicks are trimmed to the recommended 3mm before each lighting. Not doing so will result in a large irregular burning flame, which may begin to smoke and cause candle glass to blacken
  • Keep candle wax clean of wick trimmings and other foreign objects
  • Do not light candle if glass is cracked, chipped or damaged in any way
  • Never move a lit candle. Extinguish the flame and allow wax to cool before moving
  • Blow out the flame. Do not use candle jar lid to extinguish the flame

Product information contained herein is for general information purposes only. Sifr Aromatics will not be liable under any circumstances for any loss or injury arising from the use of our products.

How can I get the most burn-time from my candle?

Listed burn times of each candle is approximate. Factors such as scent, climate, and differences in burning habits will impact the total number of hours your candles will burn.

During the first burn of your new candle, always burn it until there is one even layer of liquid at the top that reaches the edge of the glass before putting it out. Candle wax has memory. This will help to prevent tunneling on your next burn and allow your candle to burn evenly to all edges for all future uses.

Do not burn candles for less than 2 hours, or for more than 4 hours each time.

How should I take care of my candle wick?

Before lighting up your candle (after the first burn), trim the wick with a wick trimmer such that it is between 3mm - 5mm long. This prevents a large, smoking flame and stops blackening on the glass.

You should also re-centre wicks after burning, while wax is still molten. This will help to ensure the candle burns evenly the next time you light up.

My candle is producing a lot of black smoke!

Sooting is when an irregular amount of smoke is being emitted from your candle when it is lit, or the sides of your candle glass start to blacken. This happens if candle combustion is incomplete, and is usually caused by your candle being placed near a draft, or the wick being too long.

Blow out your candle, wait for the wax to harden then either move your candle away from a draft, trim the wick, or both.

Why has my candle's wax changed colour?

Sometimes candle wax changes colour over time. This is due to either exposure to light or because of a chemical reaction that occurs between flame heat and the raw materials in the wax or oil. We try to ensure this doesn't happen, but if it does, rest assured that the candle's efficacy will not be changed.

Why do you use wood wicks?

Wooden Wick candle wicks have a calming crackling sound when burning, surrounding your room with a cosy fireplace feel.

In addition to ambience, they have been proven to be more effective to fill up spaces with scents. A thermocouple burn test, showed that wood wicks diffuse more heat into wax, and can achieve up to 35% more fragrance throw into a room in comparison to regular cotton candle wicks.

Are your wood wicks sustainably harvested?

Our wicks are eco-friendly and sustainable phthalate free. They are made from 100% wood, which has been ethically sourced from a US-based Forest Stewardship Council Certified Mills.

Our wick supplier is a partner of Trees for the Future, an organization working to end hunger and poverty for small farmers through revitalizing degraded lands. They have committed to plant a tree for every $100 we spend with them.

 

 

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