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What is Perfume

What is Perfume

What is perfume? Perfume is made from either natural ingredients like the essential oils of plants or the musk of animals, spices and man made chemicals. The mixture of these ingredients are blended with an sd alcohol (which is a very pure form of alcohol) or oil.

shopping tips
Shopping tip 101 Shopping tip One of the best ways to stay focused while shopping is to take a picture with you out of one of your favorite magazines. If you take an image with you, not only will it help you and a sales staff to pull together the look you want, but it will also help you stay focused on what you came to the store for in the first place as well as save money.
Source your magazines-meaning pull out the information that inspires you, put it in a binder and recycle the rest. I started doing this when I was in college and it has been a lot of fun. It also saves time and space.


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I love womens shoes. I have no idea why I love them as much as I do. It is a true obsession.

All the girls in my family seemed to be afflicted with it, thought some have it more then others.

I thought for the longest it was some weird little oddity that only my family had.

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What are Wools Different Types

sweaterWhat are Wools

It is a family a fibers from mammals. These fibers are made from the fleece of sheep or lamb and from the hairs of Cashmere or Angora goats, Llama, Alpaca, Camel and Vicuna.

Fleece of sheep and lamb are very curly and coated with oil known as lanolin.

These tiny curls create pockets of air. Most of us don’t think of this fiber for hot weather, but because of its insulating abilities it is an excellent choice for both hot and cold weather.

It is also hygroscopic which means it can absorb up to 30% of its own weight in moisture without feeling damp. Worsted refers to the longer finer fibers whereas woolen is the bulkier dissimilar fibers.

Once shrunk, it cannot return to its original size because the fibers loosen then interlock, this is known as felting when heat and moister is applied.

Australia produces the most wool worldwide. China comes in second followed by New Zealand where sheep outnumber people 2 to 1.


Marino The curlier the wool the thicker the fiber, Marino  for example has up to 100 curls per inch, whereas the coarser fibers can have as few as 1 curl per inch.

Marino is the most expensive fibers from sheep. The fibers are 3-5 inches long and very fine, approximately 22 microns thick.. The finest Marino is 16 or finer. The finer the softer and lighter it will be.

Cashmere, Cashmere is the downy undercoat found on the goats originally from the Kashmere Mountain range,which is  part of the Himalayans.The downy very fine fibers, usually less then 15 microns thick. It is warm ultra light. The largest producer of cashmere is China followed by India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and others.
Mohair, Mohair is from the Angora goat. It is 25-45 microns thick. It is durable and resilient with a high luster.  Angora goats are originally from turkey and Tibet. Most mohair comes from Africa.

Alpaca, Alpaca is the fleece from the Alpaca cousin to the llama. It fibers are silky and warmer then sheep but not as strong. The Suri Alpaca’s fibers are around 6-10 microns thick, while the Huacaya alpaca is about 27 microns thick.

FYI... The FTC (the people responsible for making sure our clothing is labeled correctly in the U.S.A.) does not recognize the name "Pashmina" for Cashmere.

Meaning, if you are looking for Cashmere clothing make sure it says "Cashmere" not "Pashmina" as the fiber used to make the garment.

Also the hang tag must accurately reflect the sewn in label. Don't rely on the hangtag for information alone.  All too often the hangtags give the impression that the garment is made of a more expensive fabric or a higher percentage of an expensive fabric then it actually is.

types of wool

Vicuna, Vicuna is another cousin of the llama family and  produces the softest, finest worsted fibers in the world.

Their fibers are hollow which traps air for insulation. Vicunas only produce about a pound of wool a year.  Vicuna  fibers are around 6-10 microns thick.

Vicunas were on the endangered species list in 1974 until 1993.  Although Vicunas are again traded in parts of South America, they are still considered a threatened species.  Some countries have banned the importation of Vicuna.

Llama, Llama fibers are hollow. Their fibers are hollow which is excellent for insulation and strong.  Their fibers are 20- 40 microns thick.

Camel, Camel Hair is from the soft underbelly of the camel. Their fibers are about 16-25 microns thick, it is warmer then sheep’s fibers and very soft.

Angora, Angora refers to the long silky hairs of the Angora rabbit not the anogora goat.  Their fibers are 12-16

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microns thick and have what knitters refer to as a halo.  Used in Scarves

Garments made of wools are a good investment, here are just 3 reasons.

  1. Its naturally durable. If taken care of properly, it will give you a long a full life of wear.
  2. Repels moisture naturally and keeps you warm.
  3. Retains its original shape and travels well

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