8 things you didn’t know about perfume

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You’ve discovered what notes suit your skin, mastered your application technique and extended your eclectic bottle collection. But even the biggest perfume pros may be surprised by the following facts…


Perfume fact #1 

The word ‘perfume’ is Latin and means ‘through smoke’, as burning incense was a common way to experience scents.


Perfume fact #2

Beyoncé’s special edition fragrance Heat is the best-selling celebrity fragrance of all time, raking in over $400 million globally.


Perfume fact #3

The most expensive perfume in the world is $215,000. It is called Clive Christian’s Imperial Majesty. The bottle is made of Baccarat crystal and features an 18-carat gold collar and five-carat diamond.


Perfume fact #4

The two most commonly used flower essences in modern perfumery are rose and jasmine.


Perfume fact #5

Paco Rabanne One Million is the best-selling men’s brand in Priceline for 2014.*


Perfume fact #6

For many years a popular ingredient used in perfume was civet, an oil from the sex glands of a certain breed of cat. Nowadays, synthetic substitutes are used.


Perfume fact #7

The no. 1 selling fragrance in Priceline to date is One Direction Our Moment EDP 30mL.*


Perfume fact #8 

Ambergris is one of the most valuable raw materials in perfumery and is also, quite literally, whale vomit. Most perfumes these days contain a synthetic version of this rare ingredient.


* Phoebe Darbyshire, Priceline Buying Assistant - Fragrance


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Member Comments

Posted by: Growing old (Australia)

Wow! $215,000 for a bottle of perfume well 5 carats of diamonds on a gold bottle is sure to put the price up!!! I'm glad they don't use stuff from cats anymore!!

Posted on: September 02, 2014 (Sep 2, 2014 4:15pm)

Posted by: Growing old (Australia)

Am also glad they don't use whale vomit anymore either ewww!! Am shocked to read the OD perfume is the most sold in Priceline! Would be good to know what the all time most sold perfume is not just Priceline.

Posted on: September 02, 2014 (Sep 2, 2014 4:36pm)

Discover the best ever excuse to play with lipstick this month…

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It’s Liptember, which means it’s time to let loose with lipstick (as if we needed an excuse)!

Helping to spread awareness of women’s mental health issues, all funds raised from the campaign will be donated to the Centre for Women’s Mental Health and Lifeline.

And what a worthy cause it is. The facts are alarming; depression, anxiety, negative self-image, post-natal depression and menopause literally affect hundreds of thousands of women each year. On average one in four people suffer from depression and anxiety, making it the most common mental illness in the country, yet it is often an illness that isn’t spoken about openly.

To register and seek sponsorship from family, friends and co-workers for committing to wear lipstick through the month of September, check out the website. You can also buy an official Liptember lipstick from participating retailers, with all the proceeds donated to the campaign. Alternatively, you could let loose with one of these gorgeous lippies:

e.l.f Australia Essentials Lipstick
Inika Lipsticks
MeMeMe Satin Lip Cream
Designer Brands Moisturising Lipstick

For super soft, plump lips (and to prevent the drying effect of some lipsticks), be sure to prep your pout pre-lippie with a moisturising base. We love Natralus Natural Paw Paw Lip Balm, which contains nourishing Carica papaya to sooth and protect. You could also try official Liptember partner Carmex®’s Moisture Plus Ultra Hydrating Lip Balm, which hydrate your lips while also providing a sheer hint of pretty colour. Plus, 100 per cent of the proceeds from Carmex lip products will go directly to the Liptember charity.

Oh, and don’t forget to show your support by following Liptember on Facebook and Instagram at @liptember.


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Member Comments

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I'd love to participate, but unfortunately I have started liptember with an unwanted lip decoration - a cold sore. :( Maybe next year.

Posted on: September 02, 2014 (Sep 2, 2014 12:53pm)

Posted by: Growing old (Australia)

A great way to get people talking about mental illness. Huge hug to all those beauties who suffer with depression and anxiety, it's aweful xxx

Posted on: September 02, 2014 (Sep 2, 2014 1:12pm)

Beauty for a cure: how a makeover can help battle breast cancer

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Is someone you know suffering from breast cancer?

Has it previously affected someone you know?

Do you want to do something to help?

On Thursday 18 and Friday 19 September 2014, David Jones’ iconic beauty brands and the country’s leading beauty editors (including me!) will collaborate to deliver a unique customer experience at the flagship David Jones Elizabeth Street store in Sydney.

Targeted at raising the much-needed funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), the 'Beauty for a Cure' concept sees beauty editors from leading publications paired with beauty brands for a day of personalised services at David Jones. Customers will have the opportunity to book a 30-minute one-on-one appointment with their favourite beauty editors and brands for the latest in seasonal beauty trends and expert tips.

Don’t miss your chance for a one-on-one appointment with Lancôme when they collaborate with us at beautyheaven in support of David Jones Beauty for a Cure campaign for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

How do I book?

On Thursday September 18 join us to discover the latest in seasonal beauty trends and expert tips during a 30-minute consultation for just $50 with $30 donated straight to NBCF and $20 redeemable on purchases – visit http://www.eventopia.co/beautyforacure to secure your place today!

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Member Comments

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I'd love to check out the mascara. I see so much emphasis on these fundraising initiatives, but I'd love to see what progress has actually been made as a result. I want to contribute and really get behind these things, but I'd also love to see that my contribution is actually doing some good.

Posted on: September 02, 2014 (Sep 2, 2014 12:57pm)

Posted by: Neilrawson (Australia)

What a wonderful incentive for such a great cause.

Posted on: September 02, 2014 (Sep 2, 2014 1:30pm)

Are low iron levels the reason you’re always tired?

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We all feel tired now and then, but if you’re feeling exhausted all the time then you could be dealing with a bigger health issue than a simple good night’s sleep could fix.

Studies have found that the diet of over 70 per cent of Australian women aged 25 to 55 years old are deficient in iron, with low iron levels considered the single most common cause of fatigue in women.

So if you’re feeling under the weather, read on to find out the best way to boost not only your iron levels, but also your energy.

Causes of low iron levels

Australian women require up to 18mg of iron in their diet per day, but most women consume less than 10mg. Although, it’s not only our diets that can contribute to low iron levels – other factors include overconsumption of alcohol and caffeinated drinks, stress, regular exercise, menstruation, pregnancy, breast feeding, and a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle.

Symptoms of low iron levels

Feeling fatigued isn’t the only sign that you’re body might be lacking iron. Other symptoms include poor performance at work, low immunity, headaches, loss of appetite, feeling weak, dark circles under eyes, hair loss, and brittle and thin nails. If you think you might be iron deficient, it’s important to visit your doctor for a professional diagnosis.

Boost your iron levels with iron-rich food

To prevent iron deficiency and boost your iron levels, fill your diet with foods bursting with body-loving iron including red meat, beans, lentils, chickpeas, dark leafy greens, egg yolks, turkey, and dried fruit.

Pop iron supplements daily

Taken daily, iron supplements are an effective way of restoring energy and boosting depleted iron levels. Available in tablet and liquid form, take your iron supplement with a glass of orange juice as it contains vitamin C, which is great for ensuring maximum absorbtion.

Supplements to try:
Swisse Ultiboost Liquid Iron, $19.95, 200mL, www.swisse.com/au
Blackmores Bio Iron, $18.99, 80 tablets, www.blackmores.com.au
FAB IRON + Vitamin B Complex, $12.95, 30 tablets, www.fabiron.com.au

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Member Comments

Posted by: Ellyloves (Australia)

I eat beef! Lots of it but I always feel tired for some reason.

Posted on: September 02, 2014 (Sep 2, 2014 8:05am)

Posted by: maydayismyday (Australia)

I've always struggled with my iron levels and I'm permanently on supplements now :(

Posted on: September 02, 2014 (Sep 2, 2014 8:38am)

The Kardashian sisters’ newest beauty venture revealed…

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As if their forays into make-up, perfume and self-tanning products weren’t already enough, the Kardashian sisters are now planning to launch a hair tool and styling range.

Created in collaboration with hair care company Farouk Systems, the line will consist of three hair tools — a flat iron, blow-dryer and a three-in-one tool, all priced at US$89.99 (which is about AUD$97) — and seven styling products priced from US$14 to US$17 (about AUD$15 – AUD$19): a blow-dry cream, a volume mousse, a dry shampoo, a dry conditioner, a firm hair spray, a curl cream and a dry oil.

Speaking to Women’s Wear Daily about the venture, Kim Kardashian revealed how she uses hair care products to get an impressive four days of wear between washes.

“I start out the first day with a clean blowout. The second day, I put in dry shampoo, which adds texture. Then, the third day, I sleek it and I straighten it, and then, the fourth day, I put our oil in it, and I make it a really sleek look. I might do a ponytail or a sleek bun. That’s my hair plan, and then I start over,” she said.

Joking that she uses the range’s nourishing Black Seed Dry Oil on her daughter, North West, the reality star stressed the value of the products, saying they’ll be “salon-quality products at an affordable price”.

Set to launch next US spring (so around March 2015), the line is expected to be available in the States in salons and on mass. We can’t wait to see whether they’ll give us a magnificent mane like Kim’s and when they’ll be available in Australia at the same time!

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Member Comments

Posted by: bmill229 (Australia)

More money for them.

Posted on: September 01, 2014 (Sep 1, 2014 4:43pm)

Posted by: Animal Lover (Australia)

who cares!

Posted on: September 01, 2014 (Sep 1, 2014 5:04pm)