Just began to get interested in the whole arena of fragrances in the last several days and this is my first posting here.

First question: What is the difference between perfumes per se (e.g. No. 5, New York, Timbuktu, et al.) and body fragrance oils or perfume oils? I found this term "body fragrance oils" when doing some searching for gardenia fragrances.

It seems to me, thus far in my research, that one cannot get a simple, pure gardenia scent in the traditional perfumes. Whereas, in these fragrance or perfume OILS one can. So there must be some fundamental difference here but I couldn't find an answer on google or wikipedia, when I searched those terms, i.e. fragrance, perfume, body OILS.

Thanks in advance for educating me.