Let's be honest, nobody wants to smell funky (or if you're really funky, you're fonky). You want to look good and you want to smell good and be good. After you've washed the funk off with soap and water, you put on deodorant, then reach for your either your favorite perfume, cologne, OR your favorite scented body oil. Perfumes and colognes are great, and a lot of people have their favorites. But a lot of people don't know that their favorite scent is probably available as a scented body oil, which has some really good advantages over perfume and cologne.

Scented Body Oils Last Longer

Colognes and perfumes typically last 1-3 hours while scented body oils last 6-15 hours. This is because perfumes and colognes are made with alcohol which evaporates over time, and as it evaporates, the scent evaporates along with it. This gives the impression of a strong powerful scent, but it also fades away quickly. Oils don't evaporate as quickly and get absorbed into the skin, which helps the scent last longer. The typical scented body oil can last the whole day, giving you a better bang for your buck.

Perfumes and Colognes Cost More

Body Oils typically are packaged as rollerballs, and can be applied to your wrists, behind the ear, inside the elbow, the back of the neck, and inside your belly button.  None of it gets wasted as it would with a spray perfume/cologne that might be sprayed as a mist or directly to the skin, which starts to evaporate soon after.  Body oils are priced between $5-$8 such as here and are in a 10 ml bottle.  Perfumes and colognes are typically anywhere from $50-$200 for a 50 ml bottle. This means they are twice as much, and even 5x as much as oils, due to the large markup of stores and sometimes because of the celebrity name on the bottle! You're basically paying for the name.

Perfumes and Colognes Contain Fillers

Perfumes and colognes contain fillers such as alcohol, water, and possibly other fillers. These fillers could cause allergic reactions to sensitive skin, so that's something to be aware of.

Perfumes and Colognes Are Usually Overpowering

They smell good, but sometimes they can be a little too much. This is because of the quick evaporation of the alcohol. The quick evaporation can cause some of the stronger notes in the scent overpower some of the middle and base notes.

Body Oils Less Likely to Irritate Skin

It goes without saying that the alcohol and other dehydrating chemicals in most perfumes can be irritating and drying to the skin. Those with dry skin often have a hard time wearing scent because of how quickly it dries and dissipates. Oils, on the other hand, are moisturizing, which not only helps them to last longer but also makes them suitable for any skin type.


  • William D Johnson said:

    Thanks for the information. It confirms what I’ve been telling my friends for years. Also will you be adding Frankincense and Myrrh/ Green Egyptian Musk to the line up of fragrances?

    March 23, 2019

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