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A Guide to Perfume Making and How to Choose Your Signature Scent

A Guide to Perfume Making and How to Choose Your Signature Scent

Making perfume involves a long and complicated process that is belied by the availability of scents available to women today. From its historical beginnings and uses to its modern-day form, perfume is somewhat mysterious. Find out how perfumes are made and how to identify your signature scent.

The History Of Perfume

The ancient Egyptians made an incense consisting of myrrh, juniper, cinnamon, and henna, which was offered in ritual ceremonies. Certain scents were used for the deceased while specific fragrances were dedicated to individual deities. The Egyptians also created a body lotion by soaking resins, gum, and wood in an oil and water mixture. Perfumes in other cultures were created using a process of pressing and steaming to extract naturally occurring oils from plants. This was burnt as an air freshener. The aim was to reduce smells that resulted from people living in close proximity to each other without the benefits of bathing to get clean or humidifiers to erase the odours of cooking.

Perfumes Today

Various natural ingredients in nature are used as the basis of many scents today. The oil is extracted from fruits, plants, animal secretions, and woods. The manufacturing stages may add tars, coal, and petrochemicals. Additionally, synthetic chemicals are in wide usage in the making of perfumes. They can produce scents that are not available from natural sources. To be considered a true perfume, the product should contain oils that have been distilled in alcohol. Water may also be added.

The Art Of Creating Perfumes

The process starts with collecting the necessary raw materials, which may be hand-picked. The oils are then extracted using steam distillation, enfleurage, solvent extraction, expression, and maceration. The next stage is blending. The master blender is called a ‘nose’. It can take years and almost one thousand ingredients to develop some scents. The scent is then combined with alcohol and a tiny amount of water and accounts for ten to twenty percent of the volume. After being left to mature for a few months, sometimes years, the ‘nose’ will check the result. Perfume has top notes which are citrusy, central notes like jasmine, and base notes that have a woody aroma. Adjustments will be made, and extra oils added until the perfume is perfect.

Finding Your Perfect Scent

Every woman would like to find her signature scent. It is the one she will keep coming back to time and again. Others will recognise this fragrance when she enters a room and associate it with her. It can take years to identify your signature scent. When trying out a new perfume, it is important to allow the scent to develop for a few hours to see how you feel about it. What initially smells good may change dramatically in that time. Determine what you want your scent to say about you. A bold fragrance will not suit a retiring, shy woman. Some women prefer the classics to express elegance and taste while others want something unique to them. Each scent is different. For example, oud is a distinctive scent that contrasts both soft and dark notes, indicating a somewhat complex woman.

A signature scent serves two purposes for a woman. Firstly, it conveys her personality and uniqueness to others. Secondly, it puts a woman in touch with her specific allure and mystique.

If you haven’t found your perfect scent yet, keep looking. It may be just around the corner.

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