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A Perfume Primer with Paco Rabanne

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Paco Rabanne has been a powerhouse in both fashion and perfumery since the 1960s. His fragrances are known for their intensity and complexity which makes them the perfect foil to understand a bit more about fragrances in general.

Fragrance Types

The difference between types of perfume like eau de parfum and eau de toilette lies in the ratio of perfume oil to alcohol in a scent. The higher the amount of oil, the stronger the scent and the higher the price.

There are many different types of fragrances, but these four are the most commonly made:

  • Extrait de parfum has as much as a 30% concentration of oil.
  • Eau de parfum has up to a 20% concentration of oil.
  • Eau de toilette has up to a 15% concentration of oil.
  • Eau de cologne typically has less than a 5% concentration of oil.

Paco Rabanne 1 Million is an eau de toilette for men and an iconic scent worldwide, whereas his Invictus Victory is an eau de parfum for men.

The Fragrance Pyramid

The Royal Society of Chemistry calls perfumery both an art and a science. Quality fragrances develop over time with multiple layers. The way a perfume smells initially is not the same as it will smell later.

  • Head notes are the first notes detected in any scent. They tend to be vibrant and short lasting.
  • Heart notes blend with the head notes several minutes after a scent is applied and remain after the head notes have dissipated.
  • Base notes do not develop for at least 30 minutes. They are rich and intense and remain on the skin for hours.

Paco Rabanne 1 Million includes many fragrance families. It has vibrant citrus head notes of mandarin orange, grapefruit and mint giving it a fresh and spicy opening. It blends into heart notes of cinnamon and rose and then develops sensual base notes of leather, patchouli and wood.

Fragrance Longevity and Sillage

Longevity refers to how long a perfume’s scent remains on the skin. This is affected by a combination of personal body chemistry and the type of scent being used.

Due to its high level of fragrance oil, extrait de parfum tends to linger on the skin for as much as 12 hours, while eau de cologne may last as little as 3 hours.

Sillage is best described as the scent trail that a perfume leaves behind. It is the distance the fragrance wafts in the air and the amount of time that it lingers there.

Higher concentrations of fragrance oil tend to increase sillage.

Paco Rabanne fragrances are famous for having both generous longevity and sillage. Many consumers report that his eau de parfums like Lady Million and Invictus Platinum last throughout the day and well into the evening.

Paco Rabanne Fragrances at Discounted Prices

Paco Rabanne creates luxury fragrances with pricing that may limit some consumers’ access to these famed scents.

LaBelle Perfumes carries a large selection of Paco Rabanne perfumes and offers discounted and wholesale pricing that makes these famous fragrances accessible to all. Visit the LaBelle Perfumes website and find your new favorite scent.

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