Posted on April 5, 2019

Perfume Families, Learn How to Disguise Them

This is the largest family, characterized by the predominance of heady flower notes. They may focus on one single flower, or may be a combination of many. These perfumes are generally known to be good for general daytime wear and for summer evenings. Aldehydic family Aldehydes give perfumes a distinctly individual fragrance. Aldehydes were first…

Posted on March 6, 2019

Early European perfume bottles

Europeans used many different containers to store their perfumes. They used glass, gold, silver, porcelain, semi-precious stones and shells. Perfume was commonly used in the form of incense. Some incense burners consisted of a container held from chains. It was swung like a pendulum during Mass in the Christian Church. There were also stationary incense…

Posted on March 6, 2019

Perfume bottles in ancient times

 Perfumes have been a very important part of culture since ancient times. Not only were the perfumes valuable, but so were the containers that held them. The oldest known perfume bottles came from the Ancient Egyptians. They used containers made of stone and alabaster which kept the perfume cool, and did not leak the precious…

Posted on March 6, 2019

Modern day perfume bottles

Pierre Dinand was the first perfume bottle designer to produce perfume bottles exclusively. Dinand designs bottles with a modern feel, and uses the bottle as an expression of the perfume. He has produced numerous bottles using state of the art plastics, and has transformed perfume bottles in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Serge Mansau is another…

Posted on March 6, 2019

Perfume In Ancient Life

The word perfume comes from the Latin phrase, “per” meaning “through” and “fumus” meaning smoke.” The French later gave the name parfum to the pleasant smells that drift through the air from burning incense. There are few periods of history that have not been influenced by perfume. The history of perfume is often intertwined with…

Posted on March 6, 2019

Nuances of fragrances

The nuances of fragrances are many. As we have seen, fragrance is not a fixed, immutable object, but a happening that develops over time, like a musical composition. Applied to the skin, perfume opens on a crescendo of top notes, then mellows as the middle notes round out the sensory impression, staying on for hours,…

Posted on March 6, 2019

Early 1800 & 1900’s perfume bottles

The style of perfume bottles changed dramatically in the late 1800’s. There was a great incline of the arts movement called Art Nouveau. Most Art Nouveau designs consisted of floral motifs, and were primarily used to design the perfume label and box, leaving the perfume bottles fairly traditional in styling. Several famous pieces of this…

Posted on March 6, 2019

1950’s perfume bottles

Perfumes once again became inspired by romance in the 1950’s. Salvador Dali designed the bottle for “Monsieur Marquay” by Marquay. The bottle featured an elegant man with a top hat and bow tie. The box was simple white with Dali’s moustache and signature. Christian Dior introduced “Diorissimo” in 1956. The special edition bottle was designed…

Posted on March 6, 2019

Types of perfumes

Perfume The most concentrated form of fragrance oil (and the most expensive), perfume is the strongest and longest-lasting of fragrance forms and may contain several hundred ingredients. It contains 20 to 50 percent perfume compound. Eau de parfum An alcoholic perfume solution containing 10 to 15 percent of perfume compound. Eau de toilette (cologne) Cologne…

Posted on March 6, 2019

1940’s perfume bottles

World War II caused a decrease in new perfume creations, as well as a decline in the quality of perfume presentations. After the war, the perfume industry was re-established, and many new perfumers emerged. Christian Dior and Nina Ricci both released works of art. “Miss Dior” by Christian Dior was presented in an elegant clear…