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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What fine fragrances do we sell?

A: We have two categories of fine fragrances:
1. Originals – These are the fine fragrances from the original designer.
2. “Inspired by the original designer fragrances” or “generic type”  – These are “Inspired by the original designer fragrances” or “generic types” of the original designer perfume and are sold in a modern frosted glass bottle.  Like other ‘generic type’ products, such as prescription medication, these fine fragrances have similar qualities and effectiveness of the originals, but are NOT from the original designer.

Q: Do the ‘Inspired by’ perfumes from the Fine Fragrance Collection smell the same as the originals?

A:  Yes. All the perfume oils for our “Inspired by the original designer fragrances” or “generic type” range are imported from Europe and are of the highest quality. In addition each of our “Inspired by the original designer fragrance” or “generic type” fragrances goes through a rigorous in house “Nose” test to check that the smell is a perfect match to the original, before it is introduced into our range. Yes we compare it against the original to ensure that the smell is a perfect match!

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Q: How long does the “Inspired by” perfumes from the Fine Fragrance Collection last on the skin?

A:  The number one factor that will determine how long a fragrance lasts on your skin is the quality and the quantity of perfume oil used in a fragrance. In our “Inspired by the original designer fragrances” or “generic type” range we only use “Grade A” perfume oils and dose our fragrances at 30% (sometimes 2 – 3 times more than the originals use). Because of this all our “Inspired by the original designer fragrances” or “generic type” fragrances will last at least 30% longer than the originals.  However if this is not the case and you feel that our “Inspired by the original designer fragrances” or “generic type” fine fragrances  have not lasted as long as you would like them too, please give our customer care line a call on 0861 555 650 and we will arrange  a refund and collection of the bottle.

Caution:  Because the “Inspired by the original designer fragrances” or “generic type” perfumes from Fine Fragrance Collection have more perfume oil concentrate, compared to the originals, please use them sparingly initially, until you establish what’s right for you. 

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Q: Why do “Inspired by”, “Copy”/”Imitation”/”Replica” fragrances have such a bad name?

A: Because the majority of vendors selling these products concentrate on selling “Copy” fragrances rather than “Fine Fragrances”! What does this mean? Most vendors of “Copy” fragrances concentrate on trying to produce a fragrance that smells the same or similar to the originals at a lower cost.

In very basic terms there are two variables that affect the quality of a fragrance, the grade of the perfume oil used and the quantity of the perfume oil used.

  1. The Grade of the Perfume Oil – which effects the smell
    As with most products the quality of perfume oils varies dramatically. In general the lower grade perfume oils are used in products such as detergents, washing powders, soaps etc. etc., whilst the so called “Grade A” oils are used for fine fragrances. Unfortunately a large proportion of the “Copy” fragrance manufacturers use lower grade oils in their copies to keep the cost down, hence their copies do not smell the same as the original.
  1. The Quantity and the Grade of the Perfume Oil used – which effects how long it lasts
    Firstly, and most importantly, is the so called “dosage” of the perfume oil used in a product. This to a large degree is the ultimate determiner as to how long a fragrance will last. Different products are dosed with perfume oils at different levels. As an example washing powders are dosed at approximately 0.4%, concentrated fabric softeners at 4% and fine fragrances at between 10% – 20%. This is the reason that your clothes don’t smell of washing powder all day after you have washed them because the dosage of the perfume oil is so low. Once again, unfortunately, a large proportion of the “Copy” fragrance manufacturers dose at such a low level (some as low as 2%) that the fragrance only lasts on your skin for a very short period of time.

Secondly, the grade of the perfume oil used in any fragrance has an effect on how long a fragrance will last on your skin. “Grade A” perfume oils are far more substantive and therefore last much longer.

Q: What is the Quality of the Perfume Oils used in the Fine Fragrance Collection’s “Inspired by” Fragrances

A: At the Fine Fragrance Collection, we only use “Grade A” perfume oils imported from Europe in our “Inspired by the original designer fragrances” or “generic type” fragrances. In addition each and every one of our “Inspired by the original designer fragrances” or “generic type” fragrances is checked against the original designer fragrance before we decide to sell it. Yes we compare each of our “Inspired by the original designer fragrances” or “generic type” fragrances against the original to ensure that the smell is a perfect match.

Q: What is the Dosage of Perfume Oils used in the Fine Fragrance Collection’s “Inspired by” Fragrances

A: All our fine fragrances are dosed at 30% which is sometimes 2 – 3 times the dosage used by the original designer fragrances.
This means that all of our “Inspired by the original designer fragrances” or “generic type” fine fragrances should last at least 30% longer on your skin than any of the originals. However if this is not the case and you feel that our “Inspired by the original designer fragrances” or “generic type” fine fragrances  have not lasted as long as you would like them too, please give our customer care line a call on 0861 555 650 and we will arrange a refund and collection of the bottle.
As with everything in life, price is what you pay and quality is what you get. At the Fine Fragrance Collection we focus on selling fine fragrances that happen to smell like the designer perfumes – not “cheap” imitations.

Caution:  
Because the “Inspired by the original designer fragrances” or “generic type” perfumes from Fine Fragrance Collection have more perfume oil concentrate, compared to the originals, please use them sparingly initially, until you establish what’s right for you.

Q: How can the Fine Fragrance Collection offer such high quality “Inspired by” fine fragrances at such affordable prices?

A:  The answer is simple. Like the manufacturers of ‘generic’ products, such as prescription medication, all our “Inspired by the original designer fragrances” or “generic type” fine fragrances have the qualities and effectiveness of the originals but without us having to spend masses of money on branding, licensing, marketing, advertising, sponsorships, etc. etc.  This means we can pass these cost savings onto you.

Q: Can I smell the “Inspired by” fine fragrance before I buy?

A:   Yes. You can visit our shop at the All Saints Centre, Windsor Way in Olivedale, across the road from the Olivedale Clinic, next to Clicks and smell any of the fragrances we have on sale. Opening hours are Mon – Fri 09h00 – 18h00, Sat 09h00 – 17h00, Sun and Public Holidays 09h00 – 15h00.

Q: How long will it take to deliver my chosen perfume?

A:  “Inspired by the original designer fragrances” or “generic type” fragrances take three to four business days not including day of order. Original fragrances take up to twenty business days not including day of order.
Please Note: Sale items can take up to 6 business days not including the day of order.

Q: Do you offer a money-back guarantee?

A:  Yes. All the perfumes from Fine Fragrance Collection carry a ‘no questions asked money back promise’ in line with the Consumer Protection Act. If you are not happy with your purchase for any reason, please call our customer care line on 0861 555 650 and we will arrange a refund and collection of the bottle.
Please see our Terms and Conditions page for more information.

Q. More questions?

If you have any other questions about fine fragrances that have not been addressed here, please visit the Top 100 Questions about perfume compiled by Michael Edwards who is considered to be one of the world’s authorities on perfume!
Alternatively call our customer care line on 0861 555 650 (Mon – Fri 09h00 to 16h00) or mail us your question at help@finefragrancecollection.co.za