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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do perfumes smell different on different people?

We each have our own unique body chemistry and when the perfume interacts with our skin a unique fragrance is created. Both diet and hydration of the skin can also have an effect on the scent.

Where should I apply my perfume?

Warmth activates perfume. It should therefore ideally be worn on the pulse points. However perfume can be worn anywhere, for instance in the hair, on clothes or on the nape of the neck.

How long will the perfume last on my skin?

Pure perfume, if applied correctly, should last for at least 8 hours. Depending on the hydration of the skin it may last longer, as is the case is if it is sprayed directly on to clothing.

How can I make it last as long as possible?

  • Apply an unscented body lotion before spritzing
  • Spritz onto the suggested pulse points
  • Do not rub your wrists together, the heat generated causes the fragrance to evaporate more quickly
  • Carry a 10ml or 30ml sized bottle with you to refresh your perfume throughout the day

What percentage of perfume oil do you use?

To achieve the character and optimal quality of each perfumes, we use the highest percentage of perfume oil required. Wherever possible we use the absolute – the highest concentration possible of a perfume. Our perfumes range from 20% to 100% perfume concentration.

Where do you get your ingredients from?

Our ingredients are sourced from around the world and we choose only ingredients of the very highest quality and purity.

How should I store my perfume?

Store your perfumes in a cool, dark place away from humidity and direct sunlight with the cap on. Some of our perfumes are presented in a case, which is perfect for storing your fragrance. Some clients suggest keeping the perfumes in the refrigerator during Summer to keep them fresh.

Why does perfume contain alcohol?

Alcohol is used as a carrier for the different ingredients in the perfume (most ingredients are oils and won’t mix with water). Without alcohol, these oils are also more likely to evaporate from the skin quickly.

Do the Absolutes contain alcohol?

The Absolutes contain very small quantities of alcohol which are used to ensure the fragrance ingredients can work well with each other. The alcohol is not used as a carrier for the perfume as is the case in an Eau de Parfum.

Do you test your products on animals?

We do not test our products on animals.

Are your perfumes 100 per cent natural?

Whilst natural ingredients are used wherever possible, some of nature’s most beautiful flowers cannot be tamed for extraction. One flower that has always eluded extraction is Lily of the Valley. The petals are too delicate for perfumers to be able to extract oil, therefore a clever synthetic ingredient was created to capture the exquisite scent. Synthetics have also been formulated to create aromas that cannot be obtained from nature. For example Cashmeran, which has a soft, woody aroma, was developed to evoke the smooth, softness of cashmere wool.

Do you use any animal derivatives?

The only animal derivatives we use are Beeswax Absolute and Hyraceum Absolute (fossilised particles from the Rock Hyrax). All musks, ambergris, civet and castoreum that we use are synthetic equivalents, recreating the perfume without the use of animal-derived materials.

What is a fragrance wheel?

The fragrance wheel is a method for perfume classification, organising perfumes into families. Perfumes are classified into a particular family based on their ingredients and overall character. A perfume that falls into the floral family may be built around a single flower or combined bouquets that have a femininity and bloom to them.  The wheel can be useful in determining preferences, as many people are drawn to perfumes of a particular family.

Who is the perfumer?

Clive Christian works with a curated selection of master perfumers to create our perfumes. Clive Christian’s perfumers are guided by Clive Christian’s uncompromising passion to craft the extraordinary.

Who is Clive Christian?

Clive Christian is the founder and now Creative Director for a group of companies trading internationally in luxury fragrance and interiors under the brand name “CLIVE CHRISTIAN “. Having revived luxury interiors in the 1970s, Clive Christian’s endless pursuit for true luxury was given another avenue for exploration when he happened upon a small perfume house in Mayfair, London. Intrigued by this company that had once been so notable that Queen Victoria had granted the use of the image of her crown on the bottles, Clive Christian set to work to restore the perfume house to its former glory, which led to the creation of the niche perfume sector.  In 2012, Clive Christian was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to the luxury goods industry.

Who is Victoria Christian?

Victoria Christian is the eldest daughter of Clive Christian OBE. Victoria studied ballet and performing arts in Covent Garden, London and for five years performed in the West End in musical theatre. When her father took over The Crown Perfumery, Victoria ended her theatrical career and joined the company. Victoria was captivated by the world of perfumery, which has become her great passion. After training with perfumers in London, Paris and Grasse, Victoria took to the dazzling beauty department at Bergdorf Goodman, to introduce New York’s elite to the world of Clive Christian Perfume. Today Victoria travels the world as Brand Ambassador for the Clive Christian Group.

Do you have a royal warrant?

The company does not hold a Royal Warrant. However, the Crown Perfumery is the only company in history to be granted the right to use Queen Victoria’s crown as a symbol of British quality and excellence. The crown is a timeless honour in perpetuity whereas a Royal Warrant lasts only as long as the monarch lives.

What does your coat of arms represent?

The coat of arms was awarded to the company as a reflection of continued British excellence and heritage, granted to Clive Christian by The College of Arms in accordance with the Royal Victorian Order.

Why are the perfumes so expensive?

We use only the highest quality of ingredients available, which are high in cost owing to their rarity and as a result of the extraction process required to create the oil. For example, to produce Jasmine Sambac, which is used in “X” for Men, an acre of land is required to produce 500lbs of blossom, which yields much less than 1lb of the absolute.

Why are Private Collection bottles amber?

In the late 1800s, all perfumes created under Queen Victoria’s crown were coloured green or amber.

Do you offer bespoke perfumes?

Yes. By request and by appointment with Clive in the Design House, Mayfair, London. The signature Clive Christian hand-cut crystal bottles can be personalised on request. Price on application.