Exquisite, exotic, intoxicating, sophisticated, strong, or subtle, there is everything more to a perfume than its fragrance. Each bottle lying on the dresser holds secrets, wisdoms, and charms waiting for you to reveal, decipher, and impart. A world of magic in a bottle yearning to be explored, that’s perfume.
Scientifically speaking, fragrances are generally composed of three layers, or “notes” of varying intensities to balance them in a lasting aroma. So, applying a perfume, the notes evolve until settling on the base note; it is a process worth tracing.
– Top notes (head) _ The first impression that hits you, usually mixed with the alcohol ingredient. They are fleeting.
– Middle notes (heart) _ They are the core of the blend and linger longer, for around 4 hours.
– Base notes (drydown). _ Known as fixatives, these provide lasting woody or animal notes that stabilize the entire blend. They are the longest to last on your skin.
According to concentration of perfume oil, perfumes fall under five categories:
Were your Perfume to Speak of You, What Would it Say?
There is a trick to perfumes; that is it is never the same from one person to another. A perfume usually interacts with the body chemistry, hence gaining different qualities with the variation of users. Amazingly, discovering the perfume that works best for you is more of personalizing it and adding an individual touch to your personality, rather a distinguishing scent. Eventually, a perfume that you wear could be a reflection of your personality; whether you are a man or a woman.
To decipher the codes of personality based on choice of perfume, we need to first explore the families of fragrances. A fragrance commonly belongs to a family of the following:
With the sophistication in perfume industry, the fragrances from the above family are mixed together in leveled notes and new subdivisions emerge; they are not a black-and-white thing.
Inspiring, tantalizing, comforting, elating, a perfume possesses all charms and can cast any spell. So, when picking up one of these enchanters, think at whom you would like to wave your magic wand to dazzle; simply think what the message you want delivered is or which of your corners you want on display.
 A Passion for Perfume, Jo Glanville-Blackburn