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Discover more about the world of Fragrances, Olfactory Families, Perfume History and many more by browsing our Frequently Asqued Questions (FAQ)

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– FAQ Fragrances type

Eau de Toilette, Eau de Parfum, Parfum… What are the differences?
Basically, it’s the fragrance concentrations.
A fragrance concentration refers to the strength that a fragrance has. Perfumes with a higher fragrance concentration contain more perfume oils and less alcohol. Fragrance concentrations are broken into categories including parfum, eau de parfum, eau de toilette, eau de cologne, and eau fraiche.
All Paris Elysees fragrances are Eau de Parfum

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The company Paris Elysees with its more than 30 years of history in the perfume and cosmetics business has sold over 250 million perfumes bottles around the globe and is present on all five continents.

– FAQ Olfactory families

Perfumes are generally classified into olfactory families according to their main components.
A first attempt at classification emerged in the 1900s with seven major olfactory families with subdivisions.
Since 1945, new categories have been created to describe modern perfumes and new scents.
The usual contemporary classification has eight main families, four for women: Oriental, Floral, Cyprus Hesperidated (Citrus), and four for men: Aromatic, hesperidated (Citrus), Oriental, Woody.
Each of these olfactory families is then divided into several subfamilies …

Women Fragrances –

Oriental perfumes, sometimes called amber, are distinguished by their mixture of warmth and sensuality.
They draw their richness from materials such as musks, vanilla and precious woods and are often accompanied by exotic flowers and spices.

This family is made up of a wide variety of creations ranging from the sumptuous arrangement of bouquets to the soli flora composition.
Perfumers can give free rein to their creativity to enrich them with green, aldehyde, fruity or spicy touches.
Characterized by its natural odor, the floral note is one of the most important compositions in women’s perfumery.

These compositions are based on notes of oak moss, cistus-labdanum, patchouli and bergamot.
The richness of the chypre notes is very well adapted to fruity or floral notes.
This family brings together perfumes of character, easily recognizable.

All the perfumes of this family consist mainly of citrus fruits such as bergamot, lemon, orange, tangerine and grapefruit, which are associated with the products of orange tree (orange blossom, petitgrain, neroli).
There are also floral or sometimes cyprus arrangements.
These fragrances are characterized by their freshness and lightness.

Men Fragrances –

These woody fragrances take on a warm or opulent character when sandalwood or patchouli dominate. Cedar and vetiver will make them drier.
These warm, dry and elegant masculine scents are often accompanied by a touch of hesperidic freshness or aromatic notes.
The aromatics are composed mainly of sage, rosemary, thyme, lavender, generally accompanied by hesperidated notes and spicy.
The virile nature of these compositions makes this family a major asset in men’s perfumery.
All the perfumes of this family consist mainly of citrus fruits such as bergamot, lemon, orange, tangerine and grapefruit, which are associated with the products of orange tree (orange blossom, petitgrain, neroli).
There are also floral or sometimes chypre arrangements.
These fragrances are characterized by their freshness and lightness.
Refreshed with aromatic or citrus facets, Oriental compositions derive their richness and sophistication from precious materials such as amber, resin, tobacco, exotic spices, sensual woods and animal notes.

– FAQ Fragrance Notes

Among frequently asqued questions we receive, here is the most asked: tell me about the “Notes”…?
Here is the answer: Perfumes are composed to have a three-part smell: Top Notes, Heart Notes and Base Notes; Read descriptions below to see how it works …

Top Notes –

Appear within 15 minutes of applying. Perfume creators often put strong, noticable or spicy smells in this phase so that they catch your attention but don’t hang around long enough to offend.

Heart Notes –

Appear after 3 to 4 hours, it’s usually the smell you remember about the perfume.
If it’s a floral perfume, flowery smells go here.

Base Notes –

Appear 4 to 5 hours after application. Base notes are often used as a fixative to hold and boost the strenght of lighter top and middle notes. Musky, watery, mossy and woody chemicals often go into the base.

- Our Fragrances are Made in France -

Paris Elysees Original Fragrances are created and developed in Grasse (South France).
Paris Elysees Original Fragrances are created and developed in Grasse (South France).

A brief history of perfumery –

Perfumed products, in one form or another, exist and have been used since antiquity; Traces of it are found in the Summerian era, where they were already in commerce around the 4th century BC.

Under ancient Egypt many olfactory compositions were used, for religious, profane, cosmetic or medical purposes.

The ointments and oils were developed by the absorption technique, a base of vegetable oil or animal fat in contact with odorants, flowers or resins, to which dyes were added.

Ancient Greece resumed the Egyptian culture, the Greeks perfumed themselves to obtain protection from benevolent gods.

The dead were perfumed, buried with their perfume bottle.

As in Egypt, the profane practice consisted in lining the body of ointment, the athletes were massaged in fragrant oil to improve their performance.

Frequently Asqued Questions: The conventional Egyptian representation of the burning of incense and the pouring of libations (By Internet Archive Book Images [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons)
Ancient fragrance commercial - [via Fotolia]
Ancient Rome, under the influence of Greece and Egypt, resumed the use of perfume in religious rites, in everyday life, but also for its medicinal qualities.

The perfume merchant held a similar place to that of the physician in the therapy of the time.

The fall of the Roman Empire of the West put a temporary end to the refined use of perfumed products, whether in everyday life or in religious rites.

However, perfumery continued to develop in a more sophisticated Islamic world, with new technical advances, including the invention of the Alembic which made it possible to improve the distillation process.

The return of the use of the perfume in the West was done through the intermediary of the Crusaders of the East, who brought perfumed oils, essences, including musk, amber or sandalwood. The perfume is integrated into the toilet, for personnal hygiene with the use of soap and rose water, but it is also used for medical purposes to ward off diseases such as plague.

The olfactory revolution takes place in the Renaissance with the discovery of ethyl alcohol, which gives the perfume a liquid dimension: alcohol, allowing a better olfactory impregnation than traditional oils and fats.

The first perfume illustrates this new generation is the Queen’s Water of Hungary in the 14th century based on rosemary and essence of turpentine for therapeutic use.

With the decline in hygiene, the perfume is used more and more to hide bad odors. In the 17th century, the body, the clothes, the leathers are perfumed.
The trade of perfumer is associated with that of glover.

The town of Grasse , a large producer of fragrant flowers, became the world capital of perfume.

Ancient fragrance commercial - [via Fotolia]
Ancient fragrance commercial - [via Fotolia]
Cologne appears in the nineteenth century, it is used in friction or in ingestion.
French king Louis XV and Emperor Napoleon I are unconditional followers.

The industrial revolution of the 1860s brought perfume into an incredible whirlwind.
Packaging of perfumes pass from the single piece to the series, department stores open perfume to the world’s largest, perfume is becoming more democratic.
At the same time, perfumery discovers synthetic components, thus offering the creator an oversized olfactory palette.
Perfumery enters the modern world.

French perfumery, an indisputable reference in the world, sees its model competed with the arrival of American fragrances and its perfumes marketing, but has kept its leadership in the world thanks to its craft and technological know-how but also thanks to commercial dynamism of its major groups and companies.

– FAQ Perfume advice

We hope that this Frequently Asqued Questions (FAQ) has answered your questions;
Our customer service is at your disposal for any information concerning our products and our company.
We will advise you in the best way to help you make the right choice of perfume that will match your expectations.

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Paris Elysees fragrances do not use products derived from animal exploitation, all our raw materials are natural and / or synthetic.

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