Hi lovelies, lets talk about the what, when, why, where and how of perfume. Although it’s not a staple in everyone’s life and it is not at all a mandate, if you shower well 😜. But Perfumes have become an important part of our luxurious lifestyle. After being dolled up and before stepping out,, the one thing that makes the entire look complete is a perfume. So let’s talk about this oh so necessity in this beautiful world.
HISTORY OF PERFUMES
The art of making perfume or perfumery has its roots in Mesopotamia and Egypt which was further refined by Romans and Persians.
The first perfume maker is considered to be a woman called TAPUTTI, who used to distill flowers, oils with other aromatic substances. This art existed in India in around 330 BC and even ittar distillations are mentioned in old hindu Ayurvedic texts like Charak Samhita.
In order to smell good in ancient times, people used herbs, spices and flowers. Gradually it was introduced to Europe and the western world where people started blending scented oils and alcohol to make perfumes. Later on it prospered in Italy and France. Around 14th century, France started the cultivation of flowers for their essence only. During that period, perfumes were primarily used by wealthy people. Later on it was a product of the masses and today perfume industry has a market cap of $40 billion.
TYPES OF PERFUMES
So now as you know the history of perfumes, let’s dive into the different types of perfumes.
Perfumes are typically ethanol or a mix of water and ethanol and then some aromatic compounds are added. The intensity and longevity of a perfume depends upon the concentration of these aromatic elements. Depending upon the concentration of perfume oil in the final product it can be divided into:
Parfum or Extrait-
It has 15 to 40% of perfume oils. Usually these are the most costliest ones.
Eau de Parfum-
It is the second type of perfume which has 10 to 20% of aromatic compounds.
Eau de Toilette-
These have 5 to 10% of aromatic compounds.
Eau de Cologne-
3 to 8% of aromatic compounds are found in these.
Apart from these, we have mists, splash and sprays
which contain about 3% or less aromatic compounds.
Generally women fragrances tend to have higher aromatic compounds than men. I think that very much justifies why we ladies smell good. Depending upon the concentration, the price of a perfume is estimated. Hence, The next time you shop for fragrance, make sure to opt for more aromatic blend at a good price.
SOURCES OF PERFUMES
There could be a number of plant based sources of perfume like cinnamon, orange, Rosemary, amber, cedar, cocoa and the list is long.
2. Animal based
This include musk, ambergris and honeycomb.
Apart from the natural sources there are few synthetic sources also which are widely available these days like salicylates or white musk. The reason for their popularity is the consistency that these give over the natural ones.
So depending upon the source, there are different kinds of fragrances like Woody, fruity, oceanic, spicy, floral, citrus etc.
NOTES OF PERFUMES
Generally perfumes have three set of notes –Top Notes, middle notes and base notes.
The fragrance that you get instantly after the application is the top note like lavender. Middle notes are the ones that emerge after top notes vanish away which include jasmine and sandalwood. And after the evaporation of middle notes, base notes come into play. This is the actual fragrance of the perfume which is going to stay with you throught the day depending upon its concentration. Amber and musk are usually the base notes. So always wear a perfume for some time to experience its all three notes before investing in it.
Things to remember before buying a perfume.
- Always try a new perfume in the morning as your nose is free from any bad/foul smell and it will give you a fair idea of the fragrance. It is going to give you much more accurate results than trying a perfume during the day.
- Everyone is different and so are the choices. So, before buying a perfume you should look for the fragrance that you like and which suits your personality. Never trust people’s perfume preferences or suggestions blindly. For eg: Girls are said to love fruity or floral fragrances but in my case I am more inclined towards musk and amber.
- As I said earlier, we all are different so every perfume smells different on different people. It depends upon your skin type, the kind of food you eat and the kind of environment to live in. Perfumes react with the sweat and skin and then smell accordingly. Also perfumes tend to stay on moisturised or oily skin longer than dry ones.
- When it comes to storing your perfume, keep it in a dry and cool place. Never store your perfume in humidity filled bathroom as it will have an impact on the fragrance of the perfume.
- There are some scientifically proven perfume receptor points on the body where perfumes last longer. These are behind the ears, on the neck, on the wrist, behind the knee and ankles. Hence, if you want to make your perfume last longer apply on these receptor points. For airsprayed naturally scented results you can spray your perfume in the air and then just walk through it.
So here I would like to conclude my article. I hope I was able to give you some insight on the art of smelling good.
Don’t forget to check my video on YouTube to know your perfume better.
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so until next time