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Dear Aunty Sam: Your Perfume Problems Answered-Part Three

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Evelyn de Morgan, The Love Potion

Well, this HAS been popular. I asked you to send in your perfume problems and you did and now we’re back for part three like olfactory gluttons.  This week I’ll be looking at how to make Green Tea fragrances last longer and whether old perfume is OK to wear.

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Reader Jane McLeod wrote to me and said:

Dear Aunty Sam,

I’m delighted to hear that green notes are coming back! My favourite note in perfume is the tea note, but despite an on/off relationship with both Bvlgari’s The Vert and Arden’s Green Tea they never last on my skin. I’ve hunted many tea perfumes down, but no luck. Sorry to send you back to yourAunty Sam role of the previous few blogs, but is there any tea fragrance that does last on the skin I wonder?

Jane

Dear Jane,

Please don’t be sorry, I love being Aunty Sam!  Green Tea is one of those light hesperide notes fuji-green-tea-eau-de-cologne-1-640x640that needs anchoring to stay put.

The perfect perfume brand for you would be Atelier Cologne. They take all these wonderful light notes that we love from colognes and use super long lasting ingredients that means even a citrus scent stays citrussy for up to 9 hours.  You might like to try Atelier Cologne Oolong Infini. It’s a long lasting tea scent, although I don’t it’s Green Tea.  Failing that, spray your usual Green Tea scent on clothes, collars, scarves, sleeves and/or hair.

atelier-cologne-oolang-infini-perfume-unisex___2 (1)Fabric often carries scent for longer than skin. You might like to try the new Body Shop  Fuji Green Tea range.  With lots of body products, you can layer and build your green tea scent for  a longer lasting result.

 

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Dear Aunty Sam,

joyimageI have a general perfume question. Does perfume ever go off?

I have a few bottles of scent, not all strictly perfume, but ranging from body spray to actual Eau de Parfum, which are open and which I’ve realized have been open for years.  Medal of honour goes to a bottle of Joy by Jean Patou, a present from my Mum which is so gorgeous I’ve been saving it for special occasions – so much so that this bottle is coming up to seven years old.  I must use it more often!

Does it matter? If they still smell nice in the bottle, are they safe to use?

Love from Eleanor

rsz_dr_sam (1) My dear Eleanor,

Now that’s a very interesting question and the answer is yes and no.

I have some wonderful vintage Balmain Jolie Madame that looks as if it’s over 50 years old. It still smells great.  On the other hand, I recently bought a discontinued Body Shop fragrance called Aqua Lily from a car boots sale, which was most definitely “off” despite it being only a few years old.  There was a scorched smell that didn’t lessen or go away.

vintage perfumeThe answer lies in storage. I f a scent has been kept in its box and fairly cool or at room temperature,  it should be OK. If it’s been kept out of a box and stored on a windowsill or in direct sunlight, as I suspect my Body Shop find was, then it probably won’t be.

As a rule, many vintage scents were made before the seismic regulations of IFRA banned any remotely harmful ingredients, which means that nobody can guarantee vintage won’t give you a rash, so do a patch test first.  The other advice applies to food past its best before as well as scent: use your nose. If it smells good, it probably is good.

PS Don’t save it for special occasions- wear it all the time!

Over to you

One thing I get asked most often is about smellalikes. Readers are often looking for a close match to a discontinued favourite, or a budget friendly match to a pricey special occasion scent. Either way, I’m your woman, so do write in if you have a question on any aspect of fragrance.

I always love to hear from you.

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Atelier Cologne: Orange Sanguine

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Being a recent convert to the genius that is Atelier Cologne, I was delighted when friend of the blog (and friend of me) Patsi sent me a wonderfully generous decant of Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine.

The Unique Selling Point of Atelier Cologne is that they take all your favourites bits of cologne and make them stick around, whilst never losing their initial impact. Using specialist techniques and “anchoring” ingredients, an Atelier Cologne lasts around nine hours on me. I’m not the only one  impressed by the brand: L’Oreal has just snapped them up in a huge deal announced last week.

Orange Sanguine takes that juicy note from a plump orange (in this case a sharp blood orange) and makes it sing a top note for nine hours without wavering. The background chorus (yes, we’re running with the opera metaphor) is made up of many voices. I found hints of peppery geranium and a light feathery touch of jasmine, which for jasmine, is very restrained. The base has sandalwood, which I always manage to discern, (I seek it like a stalker) and tonka bean. In case you were wondering about tonka bean ( it used to confuse me) our old friends Fragrantica provides this trusty explanation: “The beans are also commonly used as a replacement for vanilla and their olfactory impression has a powdery-sweet effect with intensive balmy, warm, gourmand and intoxicating character.”

Nine hours later, (yes nine hours for a citrus!) this still smells like I’ve just sliced a segment of orange: juice, pith and pips. It’s incredibly refreshing for hot sticky weather and would be great layered with something incense-y in winter.

Thank you, Patsi, I love it!

Stockists

You can buy Atelier Cologne from the Atelier website or from Liberty or John Lewis to name but a few.