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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Outspoken, in a few words

Fergie's new perfume "Outspoken" really intrigued me from the very first day I started to sell Avon. It claims to have underlying notes of passion flower, starfruit, blackberry, jasmine, ebony, black leather, and vetiver.  I really do like the scent, it reminds me of  "Far Away" from Avon but a more elegant fruity version? I hope I make sense, I wish Smelli-vision existed so I could show you guys LOL. 

 It's more of a fall scent, yes, definitely for fall. I usually go for lighter fragrances, like D&G light blue, Daisy from Marc Jacobs, Christian Audigier etc, so i'm actually surprised at how much I really like this fragrance. Here's my Con though, it does not last! At all! This fragrance REALLY needs to be layered since it's only made in Eau De Toilette. In my opinion it's a little overpriced, i'm assuming it's because Fergie lent her name to it. 
For those of you who don't know the differences between the fragrance concentration of perfume oil I have posted some quick information below:

  • Perfume Extract (Extrait): The highest level of concentration, typically sold only in the top-of-the-line fragrance families such as Chanel No. 5.  Concentration levels are between 15% and 40% fragrance, with 20% being typical.
  • Eau de Parfum or Parfum de Toilette: The next highest level of fragrance and perfume concentration, Eau de Parfum and Parfum de Toilette are sometimes confusing because the second term includes the words “toilette” and is used by only a handful of firms.  At this level, fragrance concentration is between 10% and 20% with 15% being typical.  This level is also sometimes called Eau De Perfume or Millesime.  For example, the House of Creed releases almost all of its scents in Millesime strength.  This is the strength level preferred by most upper class and rich households.  The best brands typically release their fragrances at this concentration level.
  • Eau de Toilette: This is the strength of most fragrances you will find at department stores frequented by the middle class (think J.C. Penney).  A typical Eau de Toilette may cost $65 to $95, making it affordable for the masses.  Personally, we try to avoid any Eau de Toilette instead preferring Eau de Parfums (see above).
  • Eau de Cologne: Typically, these are citrus type scents that work well in low concentrations because they have no base notes.  An Eau de Cologne has somewhere between 3% and 8% fragrance with 5% being common.
  • Splash and After Shave: Products sold as after shaves or splashes have very little fragrance and it will quickly fade because concentration levels of aromatic compounds stand at only 1% to 3%.


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