Fragrance Families

Floral family Floral ingredients appear in almost all fragrances being by far the largest group in the perfumery. This group is characterized by the scent of flowers like rose, jasmine, tuberose, violet, lilly of the valley, ylang ylang, narcissus, iris, carnation, lily. ˮSolifloreˮ - single note floral  - perfume made to put a flower in the spotlight. These perfumes were very popular at the beginning of the last century. Hiris by Hermes, Diorissimo by Dior, Muguet by Guerlain, Mimosa by Fragonard, Fracas by Robert Piguet, Narcisse Noir by Caron, Sa Majeste la Rose by Serge Lutens, En Passant by Frederic Malle Floral Bouquet- floral notes are mixed to form a balanced bouquet. None particular flower dominates these perfumes. Quelques Fleurs…

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About Ingredients and Production Methods

Essential oils are extracted from different parts of plants: Flowers: jasmin, rose, ylang ylang, violet Roots: vetiver, orris Wood: cedarwood, sandalwood Bark: olibanum, cinnamon Berries: juniper, pepper Leaves & twigs: petitgrain, violet, patchouli, basil Fruit: orange, mandarin, grapefruit, bergamot Seeds: caraway, celery Expression Citrus peel can be squeezed or expressed to release oil. This is a process used for many years.Originally fruit was expressed by hand but now thousands of kilos can be processed in a day. Oils that can be obtained this way are oils from: bergamot, orange, mandarin, lemon, lime, grapefruit. Steam distillation In this process the steam passes through the plant material so the odourous parts become volatile and carry them to the cooling process. Hydro distillation –…

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Perfume Style

Perfume Style It is very important for one to know his perfume style. It is a choice in life that gives a very good feeling for the one who discover a perfume that makes him jump of joy. Sometimes a perfume can do this. It lift you up to the clouds and make you feel like you are in heaven. It is a wonderful sensation. So, I think all of us should at least try to find a scent of our own. A perfume is a mixture of notes: floral, citrus, spice, woody, green, fruity. If you learn what notes you like, you could find your perfume style. These are the ˈtypes of ladiesˈ I found  in a beauty magazine.…

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A short history of perfume

A short history of perfume       The origins of humanˈs early experience with perfume is thought to be through burning wood and an open fire. Wood contains natural fragrant resins which can be released when burning. Over the centuries perfume has been offered to gods in religious ceremonies, used to establish status, as insect repellents, to cure ills and to make places, people and animals smell better. Traceable perfume use dates back to ancient Mesopotamia. We know perfumes were used in Mesopotamia during the second millennium BC ( in the Bronze age) because it is mentioned on an ancient cuneiform tablet which dates to approximately 1200BC. A woman called Tapputi-Belatikallim is referred to on the tablet, she is arguably the worlds…

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Smelling

Smelling

Smelling Our odour preferences are as unique as our taste in music. Not everyone perceives smell in the same way. The way we are made is different. There are several perfume ingredients that some people find hard to smell on their own (musks, amber, sandalwood). A single ingredient might be compared to a single musical note and a fragrance to a symphony of music. Even if one of the ingredient cannot be smelled by itself the whole composition can be smelled. Many plants, flowers and foods have a unique odour. Their unique odour is because each odour has a complex and unique recipe containing dozens or hundreds of individual ingredients. Nature is a perfumer. From all our senses, smell is…

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