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We understand what our loyal Jean Desprez/Bal a Versailles Patrons expect from the brand and we are here to make sure they get what they expect.

Now for some information regarding perfumes.

  • The shelf life of most perfume, from production date, and if stored properly, is maximum of 3 to 5 years.

  • Perfumes with higher content of essential oils have a longer shelf life. Essential oils contain no fatty acids, and are not susceptible to rancidity like vegetable oils.

  • Perfumes made with quality ingredients will last longer.

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Any product we offer at the Jean Desprez.com website is original from the manufacturer. The product is 100% guaranteed. We will replace any product we ship with new product if it is damaged or does not meet the manufacturers original specifications. Any product we sell is constantly tested for potency and clarity.

Many imitation perfumes have exactly the same designer’s name, almost identical labels, boxes, bottles and very similar scents! So how would you tell that the designer’s perfume that you’re about to purchase is genuine? It’s really not that easy since counterfeiters have become masters of their crime with the aid of modern digital imaging and printing techniques. They are capable of producing almost identical replicas of all the major leading perfume brands on the market today. As a consumer you may never really know, until you experience the actual fragrance which may be close to but not exactly as it should. You'll discover that the perfume does NOT last as long, perhaps as little as one hour instead of half a day or longer as is the case with original designer perfume.

Is the perfume you are going to purchase genuine or fake?

1. Fragrance Consistency should be transparent and clear and color should be consistent. The Fragrance should not be overly oily.

2. Ensure that the seller guarantees the fragrance is 100% original and has return policy.

3. Fragrance smell should not be bitter or sour and should smell fresh.

4. On Ebay, check if the seller is Paypal verified. Sellers of counterfeit products are afraid to disclose their contact information to Paypal. If the seller is Paypal verified paypal has completed the necessary steps to ensure that the seller provided the right address.

5. The perfume that you are going to purchase should not have any skin reactions It should not make your skin itchy or create rashes.

6. Be suspicious about bargains. If a fragrance or cosmetic is too cheap, it may be a fake or old.

7. Check the box. The color should be identical and the cardboard good quality.

8. Buy from a reputable seller that has been in business for some time and has an ABN number. 9. Check the printing. It should have correct information, including spelling, logo and print style.

10. The color should match the color of sample bottles in department stores or boutiques. Color quality doesn't always show up well in photos, so ask the seller to photograph all the bottles of that kind of perfume in that concentration with a white background. If there is relative variation, start getting suspicious. Fakes often get the color slightly too dark or too light and are inconsistent.

11. Fake bottles are often badly made. There should be no air bubbles in the glass and the moulding marks should be even. Fake perfume bottles are generally poor quality compared to the genuine bottles.

12. Bottle labels should be positioned correctly and contain correct spelling, print style, logo and trademark.

13. Fakes print the information onto the glass with a paint-like ink. If you can scrape the ink off with a fingernail, it is likely to be faked.

14. On Ebay, check the seller’s feedback, if the seller has bad feedback this could mean problems with your purchase.

15. Look for a bubble in the spray tube. The bubble indicates that it has never been sprayed. Some sellers will take a large bottle of perfume and pour it into smaller bottles this is called decanting. You can often distinguish decanted perfume-the spray tube does not have air bubbles inside.

Take time to compare prices of products before deciding to buy. You have better chance of finding the best deal if you can spend time comparing prices and offers. When purchasing online, Consumers should look for reputable websites that have good ratings and guarantee their Discount Perfume products.
Considering all these tips would help you know if your designer's perfume is genuine or fake.

How to open a bottle when the stopper will not move:

The idea is to get the neck of the bottle warmer (which will make the glass expand) while keeping the stopper colder. There are many suggestions and usually the best is to wrap something hot (from HOT water faucet) around the neck, and gently move the stopper back and forth. 

One way to get it out is to brace the bottle or have a buddy hold it. Throw two or three loops of cotton string around the neck of the bottle (a shoe lace works well). Holding the ends of the string tight, with a sawing motion, pull the string back and forth.  After about 3 to 4 minutes of this, the friction of the string will have heated the neck of the bottle, causing it to expand and release the (colder) stopper. Before you put the stopper back into the bottle, grease it lightly with stopper grease or petroleum jelly. Don't put a cold stopper into a hot bottle.

DO NOT USE ANY OTHER METHOD to heat the neck of the bottle. The heat of an open flame, for instance, cannot be controlled and it may cause the bottle to explode or crack.

A (quicker) variation is to wet a cloth with water from the hot tap (about as hot as you can stand when you wring it out - but no hotter), and wrap it round the neck of the bottle or decanter.

Problems like this occasionally occur due to shipping conditions (cold if by plane, hot if by boat). To prevent this in the future (once you get it open) rub a little vaseline on the stopper .


To really test a perfume you need to keep it on for about an hour then smell again. Go into a perfume store when you arrive at a shopping center or mall. Then pick the fragrance(s) you are interested in. Spray it on the back of your hand or on your wrist (the back of both hands and wrists depending on how many fragrances you want to test (do not do more than four). Go shopping at the other stores for an hour or so and test them. When you find one you like then just go back and purchase it before you leave the mall, or simply go home, get on the net, and find the best price.


There's nothing more frustrating than purchasing a bottle of your favorite scent only to have the fragrance fade within an hour. By looking out for a few simple clues, a savvy buyer can tell if they're picking up a prettily scented spray bottle full of tap water or an authentic product. And as with all other purchases, follow this perfume shopping mantra: If it seems too good of a deal, it probably is.

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Purchase your product from a reputable source. Door-to-door salespeople, parking lot pitchmen and street table sellers usually aren't approved vendors for leading perfume distributors, so hold on to your money. Realize that an authentic product will have a price tag to match. A super-cheap price is a great indicator that you just bought a watered-down perfume.

Ask to test the perfume before you buy it. A reputable vendor will allow you to open and try the product for yourself. If they don't or sell the main product in a different bottle than the sample, it's a fair bet that the sale product is diluted.

Notice how long your sample spritz lasts. A good shot of genuine perfume will last for at least six hours, while a watered-down product will fizzle out within two hours. This is due to the lack of actual oils and quality components that make up a real perfume.

Inspect the bottle for tampering. Perfume bottle tops are often pretty tough to crack open so check to see if it's loose or off in some way. According to Fragrance Choice, packaging should be sealed and grammatically correct; the product should be free of air bubbles that are a tell-tale sign of water.

Look at the color of the product. Genuine perfume is usually rich in color. Watered down products aren't. If the color is uneven or thin, walk away.

Spray the perfume onto paper to test its oil content. Perfumes are composed of lots of essential oils and compounds which should render paper transparent. A couple of drops or spray at close range should leave a bit of an oil stain, while the watered down product won't.

Where and How to Apply Perfume

Scent clings best to moist/humid skin, so apply perfume to your pulse points which are the areas on your skin where blood flow is the strongest and the skin is the warmest: to the inside of your wrists, back of your knees, around your ankles, neck, behind your ears, between your breasts, and inside your elbows. You can also spray and walk into your fragrance.

Never rub perfume because that crushes the molecules of the fragrance and ruins the scent.

For a lighter scent, spray the outside of your hand instead of the inside if your wrist.

For a subtle perfuming of your hair and clothing, spray your perfume in the air and then walk through it. If you prefer a lighter overall smell and not concentrated on one part of your body, this may be the method for you (especially wonderful for a social event where there will be lots of people).

How to Make the Scent Last Longer

If you have dry skin, apply perfume more often.

Applying petroleum jelly to areas where you will be applying perfume will give the scent something to cling to.

Apply your fragrance low on the body so that the scent rises and it won’t be lost as quickly.

Apply perfume immediately after your shower, as open pores and warm skin will soak up the scent, as long you haven’t used deodorant soap.

If your scent has faded after a few hours, rub the once scented area to reactive the scent.

Layering your fragrance will help make your scent last longer. If the scent you use has a matching bath gel, moisturizer or powder, those can be used before you apply the actual fragrance.

How to Store Perfume

Perfume does deteriorate, and the time period depends on the temperature, light and length of storage.

Extreme heat and direct sunlight can break down the components of most fragrances so keep all fragrances in a cool dry area and away from windows. Perfume should be stored at room temperature out of direct sunlight and away from extreme heat sources. Perfume should not be kept in the refrigerator.

On average, the shelf life for a fragrance is 3 to 5 years; for pure perfumes it is much less.

Interesting to Note

As we age, our skin reacts differently to scent so that a favorite perfume may not smell the same. Also our sense of smell diminishes and we cannot always accurately gauge whether we are wearing too much fragrance. Less is more, so keep that in mind!

Fragrance Notes

Perfume is described in a musical metaphor as having three notes, making the harmonious chord of the scent. The notes unfold over time, with the immediate impression of the top note leading to the deeper middle notes, and the base notes gradually appearing as the final stage. These notes are created carefully with knowledge of the evaporation process of the perfume.

Top notes: The scents that are perceived immediately on application of a perfume. Top notes consist of small, light molecules that evaporate quickly. They form a person's initial impression of a perfume and thus are very important in the selling of a perfume. The compounds that contribute to top notes are strong in scent, very volatile, and evaporate quickly. Citrus and ginger scents are common top notes. They are also called the head notes and usually last about five minutes.

Middle notes: The scent of a perfume that emerges after the top notes dissipate. The middle note compounds form the heart or main body of a perfume and are usually more mellow and rounded. Lavender and rose scents are typical middle notes. They are also called the heart notes and typically last about 10 to 60 minutes.

Base notes: The scent of a perfume that appears after the departure of the middle notes. The base and middle notes together are the main theme of a perfume. Base notes bring depth and solidity to a perfume and consist of large, heavy molecules that evaporate slowly. Compounds of this class of scents are typically rich and deep and are usually not perceived until 30 minutes after the application of the perfume or during the period of perfume drydown.

Drydown: As a fragrance’s more volatile components – the topnotes and midnotes – evaporate, the endnotes linger and carry the body of the fragrance. All fragrances change as they dry down, and all fragrances are affected by each person's unique skin chemistry, but the fragrance should remain true in character. Perfumers use fixatives (aromatic ingredients that fix or prolong scent) in the drydown to ensure a scent's longevity.

Concentration levels

The concentration by percent/volume of perfume oil is as follows:

Perfume extract: 20%-50% aromatic compounds

Eau de parfum: 10-30% aromatic compounds

Eau de toilette: 5-20% aromatic compounds
Eau de cologne:  2-5% aromatic compounds

As the percentage of aromatic compounds decreases, so does the intensity and longevity of the scent created. Different perfumeries or perfume houses assign different amounts of oils to each of their perfumes. Therefore, although the oil concentration of a perfume in eau de parfum (EDP) dilution will be higher than the same perfume in eau de toilette (EDT) form within the same range, the actual amounts can vary between perfume houses. An EDT from one house may be stronger than an EDP from another. Eau de cologne (EDC) was originally created in Cologne, Germany as a weak concentration fragrance of a citrus nature but in recent decades has become the generic term for a weakly concentrated perfume of any kind.

Use of Perfume

Perfume has been around since the time of Ancient Egyptians and the first named perfume, Bouquet a la Marichal, arrived on the commercial market in 1675. Perfume is a personal way to communicate one’s sensuality and attractiveness. It is an integral part of one’s personality as much as one’s type of skin, voice or smile. A special touch of fragrance can make an unforgettable impression on others. Perfume is worn for a variety of different reasons. To attract and seduce the opposite sex; to
improve one’s mood or state of mind; to boost one’s level of self confidence; to refresh and energize, etc.

Fragrance smells different on different people. This can be due to body chemistry, condition of the skin, the individual’s diet, medication, lifestyle, stress, and the environment in which we live.

You may not be aware of your fragrance after a while but that is because the sense of smell becomes quickly fatigued. After a period of smelling anything, including your fragrance, you become used to it and may not be able to smell it. Typically it takes our nose about five minutes to get used to a scent after which time the brain no longer registers it. The scent is still there and is easily detectable to other people. The length of time that fragrances remains on the skin varies from person to person. A typical fragrance will last at least four hours, so it’s perfectly acceptable to reapply once during the day and again in the evening.

Your perfume can influence your mood. Some studies show the impact scents have on moods may come partly from memories they invoke.

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