What exactly is perfume? "Per Fumum" Latin meaning "through the smoke". In ancient times, fragrant resins were burned as incense offerings. That was the beginning. Today, we understand perfume to be a solution containing 30% to 15% perfume oils and 70% to 85% alcohol, respectively. What happened to perfumes between the origin and today? What is the secret? OIL. The answer is oil based perfumes. If you'll think back through history, some of the precious gifts of kings, queens and other nobility were perfume oils. Understand that oil penetrates any porous material (e.g. paper, wood, hair, skin, etc.); therefore, oil-based perfumes will penetrate the skin, causing the fragrance to stay. Alcohol is a drying agent. Alcohol dries (evaporates) from the most porous material within a short period of time. The difference is the pleasant, sensuous scent of oil-based perfumes will linger longer. This is the statement that hangs in the boutique of Scentsational Shoppe in Bergenfield, NJ. K, the owner provides individuals, manufacturers and wholesalers with designer and essential oils.
I like the way he has phrased it. Understanding that we can scent paper with essential oils and create drawer liners or scent wood and create potpourri is amazing. Not to mention the scented creams and lotions that we use on our bodies. The skin is the largest organ of your body and absorbs everything that you put on it. Oil locks in the moisture on your skin, so it makes sense that if you apply oil based products, it will lock in the moisture and have you smelling like an aromatic goddess. Oh, letís not forget that your skin will feel soft and smooth as a babyís behind.
Perfumes are created using what are known as notes. When we think of notes we tend to associate them with music. When working with perfume notes you have the Top, Middle and Base notes
The Top note is the aroma that is smelled when you get your first whiff of a given scent. Orange, grapefruit, tangerine, these are examples of top note scents.
The Middle note also known as the heart note is where you find aromas like rose and jasmine. These notes are the aromas that you smell as the top notes begin to dissipate.
The Base note is the scent that lingers on the skin and sets the foundation of a perfume blend. Vanilla, sandalwood and musk are examples of base notes.
In music and perfumery you have whatís known as chords. Simply put, in perfumery, chords are the blending of the oils that create a synergy of aromas, composed of the top, middle and base notes and takes the owner into aromatic ecstasy.
In todayís world we donít think of having the ability to enjoy a natural perfume but the creation of natural perfumery still exist. Who knows, you might be the next rising star in the World of Natural Perfume.
Life Never Smelled So Sweet,
Fragrance Editor, BellaOnline