Are Papillon fragrances tested on animals?

Our fragrances have not been tested on animals in any way!

How does a perfume brief work and what does the work of a perfumer entail?

The perfumer begins a perfume project with a brief by the perfumer’s employer or customer. The customers are typically fashion houses or large corporations of various industries. Each brief contains the specifications for the desired perfume and describe in abstract terms what the perfume should smell like , the target market, and what feelings and emotions it should evoke in those who smell it, along with a maximum per liter price of the perfume oil concentrate. This budget, along with the intended use of the perfume oil (i.e. fine fragrance, shampoos, detergents etc) will determine what aromatic ingredients (and whether natural or synthetic) will be used in the perfume oil’s composition.

The perfumer will go through the process of skillfully blending raw materials (natural and synthetic) into various perfume mixtures in an attempt to match the brief. After presenting the perfume mixtures to the customers, the perfumer may or may not win the brief. They proceed to work with the customer, often with the direction provided by a panel or artistic director, which guides and edits the modifications on the composition of the perfume. This process typically spans several months to several years, going over many iterations and may involve cultural and public surveys to tailor a perfume to a particular market.

The perfume composition can either be used to enhance another product as a functional fragrance (shampoos, detergents etc.) or marketed and sold directly to the public as a fine fragrance.

Are Papillon’s fragrances of the same quality as original branded products?

Yes, our products are inspired by/directly equivalent fragrances of the original products, packaged under the Papillon trademark.

The same fragrance corporations that design and supply fashion houses of fine fragrance compounds (perfume oil) also supply us with the compounds. Not all players in our industry however use these corporations and or they buy the cheapest inspired by version they can find (mostly synthetic). At Papillon we ignore price, our aim is to find the closest possible match by only comparing samples supplied by the best corporations we can find. All our perfumes use the maximum potential dosage (+20% perfume oil) to ensure optimal longevity.

Why does Papillon perfume cost so much less that original branded products?

It is a well-known industry fact that more than 80% of the retail price of original branded products is linked to packaging, marketing and branding.

Our customers want to wear perfume, on a daily basis, not packaging or marketing expenses. With the costs savings on our: packaging (despite the quality and pleasing esthetics) and marketing (thanks to the power of word-of-mouth marketing and a national network of loyal distributors) we are able to reduce the cost of our product and price to our customers significantly.

We pride ourselves on the quality of our product and know that only the best perfume will result in the word-of-mouth marketing and loyal repeat customers our distributors deserve.

How can I be sure that the product I am buying from distributors are of same the high quality you say it is?

Papillon sells its product through a multi-level marketing network, you have the opportunity to try and test the product first before you buy. There is a very good chance that you will buy the product from a distributor that is also a trusted colleague, friend or family member! We are so confident of our product that we offer a money back guarantee if you are not entirely satisfied.

What happens if I am not happy with the quality of my purchase?

We are so confident of our product that we are willing to offer a money back guarantee if you are not entirely satisfied.

Are Papillon products safe to use?

Please note our product warnings:

  • Keep out of reach of children
  • Flammable
  • Keep away from heat and flame
  • Do not apply to broken or irritated skin
  • Discontinue use if rash develops.
  • The Development, Production and Distribution of our fragrance compounds adhere to I.F.R.A. regulations.  All fragrance compound suppliers are ISO 9001 registered.
  • GMP (Good Manufacturing Process) quality standards are followed by our perfume bottler/producer .
  • Our allergens contained, are list on a per product, please see Allegens listing
Why sell Papillon perfume and products?

Huge Market Potential

  • with potential customers from all demographics (age, sex, education level, income level and race)

Excellent Value Proposition

  • Original branded perfume has become unaffordable due to the weakening of the rand and the increase of luxury goods tax and inflation. Our products are on average 5 times less expensive than original branded products but of comparable quality.
  • Top quality – we only source the highest quality fine fragrance compounds from Switzerland and France with excellent longevity.

Flexibility of our business model

Low start up costs: for as little as R700 (incl. delivery nationally) for tester kits (“business-in-a-box”)

  • Be your own boss
  • On your own time: Part-time or full-time
  • The opportunity can be as big or small as you want it to be – the sky is the limit!
  • Our product is easy to sell – anyone can be a distributor
  • Excellent profit on personal sales and downline distributor sales

 Free access to personalized marketing material and designs to promote your business

  • Flyers, business cards, banners etc. – you only pay for the printing and market material cost – not the design
How much money can I make when becoming a distributor?

You can make a personal sales profit of between R60 – R90 per bottle (perfume) depending on your order size, and assuming a selling price to customers of R160 per 30ml unit.

You can also earn additional profits on the Papillon Skincare products.

Papillon price and profit list

On purchasing, how long will it take for my purchase to be delivered to me and who carries the cost?
  1. If purchasing through a distributor:  The delivery date and time will be agreed upon with the distributor selling to you.
  2. If you are a distributor: We only make use of reliable and insured courier services, delivered within 3 to 4 working days to your delivery address or to a Pargo outlet closest to you.

Delivery charges start at R70 and decreases to R0 depending on your order size.

We always aim to find a solution to reduce the delivery cost for our customers and distributors, but larger order sizes (10 bottles or more) are obviously more cost effective.

If I am interested, what do I do next?

Please go tothe how to become a distributor page for more details on the options available.

Where can I buy Papillon products

You can buy Papillon products from an agent near you.  Simply complete the contact form and the agent will give you a call.

What are fragrance notes?

Perfume is very much like a musical composition.  Fragrance notes refer to the various layers of ingredients which reveals themselves over time:

  •  Top notes are the first impression, very light and last a few minutes (0-10 minutes)
  • The middle note (or heart) begins after about 10-15 minutes and lasts for about an 2 hours
  • The base note is the final and longest lasting expression of a perfume and lasts for several hours

Typically ladies’ perfumes have more floral and mens’ perfumes are more wood and citrus notes

Please also refer the Fragrance page for an explanation on the different olfactory groups

What are your tips on applying perfume?

You need to consider your skin type, time of day, the season and the occasion when selecting a perfume

Scent is about body chemistry and skin type and the same fragrance can smell very differently on different people, even if it is the original product.

Scent is molecular but also personal and different people will react differently to the same scent as memory, childhood and various other factors play a role.

Always test a new fragrance before buying. Test it directly on your skin.

Allow 5 – 10 minutes for a fragrance to emerge before judging it.

Apply your fragrance to a pulse point (wrist, neck or behind the knees). This is where the blood vessels are closest to the skin and release the most heat.

Never dab or rub your wrists after applying perfume as this damages the composition.

A fragrance may last longer on some people than on others.

Dry skin will not retain a fragrance application as long as oily skin.

A layer of oil-based skin lotion can be applied onto the skin before putting on perfume

Don’t wear perfume if you’re sunbathing

Do not apply perfume on your clothes or any other fabric

The best time to apply perfume is right after a shower or bath when your skin pores are open.

Don’t use only one perfume; test various perfumes to see which ones work best during different seasons.

Less is more – your nose gets used to a scent and may then result in the over-application of perfume. 3 Sprays (pulse, pulse, neck) should be adequate.

How long will a fragrance last on me?

Fragrances are designed to last about 4 hours. Some people may find that a particular fragrance lasts all day (or more) but by then it will not smell as it is supposed to. You should re-apply once or twice a day.

Where and for how long can I keep my fragrance stored?

Keep all fragrances in a cool, dry area and away from direct sunlight. An opened bottle should be kept in its box to ensure a longer shelf life.

Fragrances usually last 3-5 years from the date of manufacturing if stored correctly.

Can my Papillon Perfume change colour?

At Papillon we sometimes get asked why there are colour differences within the same fragrance (especially F25 – Mesmerized/Hypnotic Poison) and why our F6 – Parisian Nights/Chanel No.5 appears slightly cloudy and sometimes changes colour?

At Papillon we only source the highest quality fragrance compounds, mostly also the ones with the highest cost per kg. These fragrance compounds tend to also have the highest dosage of natural (opposed to synthetic) ingredients and are more sensitive, varies per batch and more likely to react with UV and other ingredients over time (as nature intends!). Some fragrances require discoloring ingredients to smell authentic.  A good example is vanilla which naturally contains vanillin. Vanillin, along with several other commonly used fragrance materials can contribute to the discoloration by taking on an amber tone as they age (F25- Mesmerized has extreme high dosages of Vanillin). The natural ambergris in our F6 – Parisian Nights result in a cloudy suspension. Chemicals can be added to resolve discoloration and cloudiness, but we try to keep our products as natural as possible and therefore refuse to do so. We have not noticed a difference in smell as result of the above and it does not alter the quality of our product.

Why does my perfume have sediment?

This is normal, particularly if your scent contains natural materials. It is caused by the continued settling over time. If you collect vintage perfume you will notice the resins that collect in the bottom of the bottle.  Wood oils, resins, balsams and even some synthetic materials can leave sediment in a blend. Perfumes are generally filtered after four to six weeks of aging, yet continue to age for years. The perfume should be fine, as long as it still smells good. It is unlikely that bacteria is growing in the alcohol, as alcohol tends to kill not promote the growth of bacteria. Same for oil perfumes. Bacteria will not grow in oil perfumes, yet they will oxidize over time.”