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Difference Between Eau De Parfum

Nowadays, it is common for a person to wear good and sweet fragrance. This is traditionally true because everybody is interested to eliminate bad body odors. The most popular and common thing that every people should use is the perfume. Basically, perfume is composed of different essential oils and aromatic compounds. The fragrance is maintained. It has also a mixture of solvent that allows in giving the body pleasurable scent. The beauty of perfumes varies. So, it is best that you chose for the ones that has a great mixtures of fragrances.

For the information of everybody, perfume comes in different variations. These are Eau de Parfum (EDP) and Eau de Toilette. Cologne is also one of these. These names are derived from French words that have been a common term in English. Let us differentiate the two. Read on and find out interesting facts about these two types.

Eau de Parfum

Eau de Parfum (EDP) is a perfume that is made from ethanol and water. It has a medium to high concentration of perfumed oil compared to water that is the content of the solution. This contains 10% – 20% fragrance oil. But the typical content is around 15%. This is considered to be the highest composition content of all the types of perfume. Generally, you can find this perfume in many of the stores. EDP can provide you a long-lasting fragrance. If your skin is dry, EDP last from morning until night.

Eau de Toilette

On the other hand, eau de toilette has a medium to low concentration of perfume oil. It contains 5% – 15% fragrance oil. It contains more water than ethanol. This is considered to be less expensive. This is because it has a less concentrated solution. This means that it does not have the ability to lasts long.

In conclusion, Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toilette are the common types of perfume that has different characteristics. It does not matter if you will choose one of them. As long at it attracts your taste and suits your personality, then you can go for it. You can research more about the types of perfume. In this way, you can properly recognize the characteristics of each one of them. Perfume has been one of the traditions for many people. Remember that you have to be very observant in choosing for the perfume you want to use.

Parfums Gres

It is notable that there are only a few women who successfully get the limelight in the world of fashion design. However, those few women are truly worthwhile and are immensely and significantly adored by the fashion world. Germaine Emilie Krebs is one of them. Born in Paris, France in 1903, Krebs formed her own fashion company called Gres in her home city in 1942.

Parfums Gres is the specific perfume house that is associated and formed by Germaine Emilie Krebs. The fragrance maker is still actively developing, manufacturing and distributing its famous perfume brands, though having been relocated from France to Switzerland. The brand’s most popular perfume names include Folie Douce, Caline Night, Cabotine, Caline and Cabaret.

Alex Couture was the name of the first ever fashion house put up by Madame Gres. That was in 1932. After co-venturing with a friend, she agreed to modify the structure of her maiden business and a year after, the name was changed to Alex Barton.

As a designer, Madame Gres has proven her worth and has natural knack for making beautiful clothes. The label’s clothing for women has been known all over the world for having what it seems like magical power that transforms ordinary looking women into instant celebrities.

The name Gres was derived from Madame Gres’ husband. The name was an anagram of her husbands’ alias and first name. The husband was Serge Czerefkov, who was a Russian painter. He left Madame Gres in 1937 and left for French Polynesia, a French colony. Since then, Mr. Czerefkov never came back.

Among the most high profile clients of Gres include Marlene Dietrich, Jacqueline Kennedy, the Duchess of Windsor and Greta Garbo. Consumers and fashion reviews established that this fashion brand was sophisticated and partly classical, prompting many clients to celebrate owning a Gres.

The Secret Chemicals Found in Natural Beauty Products

“Organic” doesn’t always mean free from synthetic chemicals when it comes to your beauty products.

I am always frustrated when I come across a beauty product that is marketed as “organic” or “natural, but contains lots of synthetic chemicals. Many brands argue that a chemical preservative is a necessary evil. In particular Parabens are used to preserve cream products.

But because of all the recent reports about potential long term health problems associated with Parabens, most organic personal care companies are switching to alternative preservatives. Some are cynically putting in anything that isn’t a paraben, but is far more likely to harm you…customers just don’t know about it yet! For example, there is no excuse for putting in Formaldehyde, a known carcinogen.

Other companies use a naturally occurring Paraben, Japanese Honeysuckle. It seems dishonest to me to market your products as “Paraben Free” if you use a natural Paraben. I have put together a list of the most commonly used chemical preservatives in organic beauty products:

  • Alcohol
  • Works as a preservative when present in concentrations of over 20%. Used in such high proportions it can strip away natural oils and be unsuitable for sensitive skin or Rosacea sufferers. If Alcohol is listed near the top of the ingredients list, then a large proportion of the product will be alcohol and completely unsuitable for use in a moisturising product.

  • Benzoic Acid
  • A mild skin irritant thought to exacerbate Eczema.

  • Benzyl Alcohol
  • Considered a skin and eye irritant and has been linked to Contact Dermatitis and Urticaria.

  • Formaldehyde
  • Still used in some “natural” skin care products, Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen and skin irritant.

  • Japanese Honeysuckle (listed as Lonicera Japonica)
  • While this might sound innocuous, this is a naturally occurring Paraben. Are natural Parabens better than the synthetic chemical type? A Paraben is a Paraben – whatever its source.

  • Parabens – Butyl, Ethyl, Propyl, Isopropyl, Methyl, Benzyl
  • The debate rages on about these six preservatives. Recent studies have raised concerns over the gradual build-up of these chemicals in the body and linked them to hormone disuption and cancer. A recent Japanese study has linked Methyl-Paraben to premature ageing.  More clinical trials need to be done but, at Pai, we exercise a precautionary approach. If we don’t know enough about an ingredient, we don’t use it.

  • Parfum
  • This term was traditionally used to hide the precise formulae of commercial perfumes. However it is now a common fixture on beauty products’ ingredient lists to hide a multitude of sins – from synthetic fragrances to chemical fixatives and preservatives. 200 different chemicals can be legally covered by the word “parfum”.

  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Used by the majority of ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ skincare brands, this petroleum based preservative is a skin irritant. It is banned in Japan and some European countries.

  • Sodium Benzoate
  • Sodium benzoate is derived from benzoic acid which can occur naturally in berries. This common preservative was at the centre of a food health scare a few years ago. In high doses it has been linked to DNA damage and the onset of degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s. In cosmetics it can cause skin and eye irritation.

  • Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate
  • Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate is a common paraben replacement but is a harsh skin irritant and is thought to break down into formaldehyde in the body.

Free Beauty Tips- Make-Up And Cosmetics

Use these 12 free beauty tips to ensure you get the maximum benefit from your choice of make-up and cosmetics:

Free Beauty Tip #1:

When shopping for lip color and eye shadow, put a clean sheet of white paper in your bag. New lip colors can be tested on the paper along with a strip of eye shadow. You can then examine the colors in daylight outside, away from the artificial lighting in the store.

Free Beauty Tip #2:

Fragrance: Use two light formulas together to lock a scent in rather than a heavy application of one fragrance which can overwhelm those close to you. Using a scented body cream and then lightly spraying with an eau de toilette or parfum of the same scent will still result in a long-lasting effect.

Free Beauty Tip #3:

Just use regular cold cream to remove oil-based makeup.

Free Beauty Tip #4:

Make your nails seem more slender by applying a dark nail varnish down the center part of the nail being careful not to take it right to the edge of the sides of nail.

Free Beauty Tip #5:

When testing the color of a foundation and you are already wearing a foundation, use the areas on your neck or inner arm. The skin tone in these areas matches the face more closely than the hands and a better judgment can be made.

Free Beauty Tip #6:

To find the best spot to apply blush, smile widely, take note of where the cheek rises to a round shape. This lifted part of the cheek is the best place for blush to look natural as a flush will often color this area of the cheek.

Free Beauty Tip #7:

For concealer to last many hours, be sure to apply it in small amounts at a time in two or three layers. This technique guarantees long wear.

Free Beauty Tip #8:

With oily skin, avoid toners that contain alcohol as these can dry out the skin and block impurities beneath the surface. To avoid over drying the skin use toners containing AHA’s. They help to smooth the skin’s texture.

Free Beauty Tip #9:

Every so often gather all the make-up you have from various places and do an analysis. Be ruthless and throw out anything over two years old, that has a musty odor, that is messy or runny, where liquids have separated, or anything that is dirty or falling apart such as sponges and brushes. By optimizing in this way you can purchase new supplies where needed and keep your make-up kit in top condition.

Free Beauty Tip #10.

If you have oily skin, use very little moisturizer or, if possible, none at all. Too much moisturizer on oily skin can cause makeup to slide away.

Free Beauty Tip #11:

If lip lines are a problem, apply lipstick vertically instead of horizontally.

Free Beauty Tip #12:

When removing makeup, take a Q-tip which has been dipped in a non-oily remover and run it over the eyelashes to take off any remaining mascara.

Beauty Deals and Coupons

Beauty products are a woman’s lifeline, as vital as air. We all know a woman who refuses to leave the house without makeup. Some call in sick when a bad hair day strikes. Of course, these beauty products don’t come cheap – unless you know where to look.

Facial care is a top concern for women, especially as we age. Purity Made Simple Facial Cleanser (Philosophy, $10) is a gentle cleanser formulated to hydrate skin. For advanced signs of aging, the Miracle Worker Skin Care Collection (Philosophy, $40) is designed to visibly reduce wrinkles and discoloration. HD Complexion Starter Kit (Sephora, $79 – free shipping) includes microfinish powder, microperfecting primer, and invisible cover foundation to create a flawless complexion in three easy steps.

The largest organ of the body, skin care should be a daily task. Full of Promise Restore Cream (Philosophy, $65) helps promote firmer, fuller skin. Hope in a Jar (Philosophy, $15) is an award-winning daily moisturizer that protects skin from antioxidants and improves skin texture. Blueberry Body Butter (The Body Shop, $10) soothes dry skin with a pleasant, fruity scent.

For better hair days, it’s important to use quality products. The Fekkai Full Blown Volume Collection (Target, $59.85) will give your hair oomph for great hair days. The Pantene Timeless Beauty Gift Set (Drugstore.com, $25.99 – free shipping) includes Pantene Pro-V AgeDefy Advanced Thickening Treatment and Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Serum Primer. Nourish your skin and hair with Living Grace Shampoo & Bath Gel (Philosophy, $24).

Cosmetics are a staple of most every woman’s beauty collection. Create a look for either day or night with the Luxe Colour Portfolio (Sephora, $75 – save $92 – free shipping). Sweet Temptations Lip Gloss Kit (Beauty.com, $25 – free shipping) includes six full-sized colors. Create a natural look with the Bareminerals Get Started Kit (Macy’s, $60 – save $114 – free shipping). The Elizabeth Arden Brush Essentials 5-Piece Set (Elizabeth Arden, $29.50 – free shipping) has all the brushes you need. Add a bit of nail color with the OPI Best Seller Set (Sephora, $36).

The perfect perfume can complement a woman’s style. Relax with the Spa Escape Set (Sephora, $50 – free shipping). Spritz on Amazing Grace Fine Perfume (Philosophy, $55) for a feminine scent. For a fresh scent with hints of ginger, citrus, and flowers, try Cabotine by Parfums Gres Set (Drugstore.com, $29.99 – save 65% – free shipping), which includes a perfume, shower gel, and lotion.