Posted on February 22, 2020

Flowers Fragrance, One of the more popular smell for Perfumes

Many flower fragrances are used in perfumery. The soil, climate and variety of each flower influence its scent enormously. In fact, the raw materials used to make perfume are found all over. Fields of flowers and aromatic plants are found in the Mediterranean. Sandalwood and vetivert come from India. Madagascar produces the delicate ylang-ylang flower.…

Posted on February 22, 2020

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 February 22, 2020

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 February 22, 2020

Perfumes Notes

Just as a musician needs a good ear, a perfumer needs a good nose. Their olfactory organ must be better trained and more highly aware for their profession. They must also be imaginative and have a good understanding of chemestry. Creators of fragrance, who are known as “Noses,” are held in the highest esteem in…

Posted on February 21, 2020

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 February 21, 2020

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 February 21, 2020

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 February 21, 2020

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 February 20, 2020

1930’s Perfume Bottles, A piece of History

With the stock market crash of 1929, and the depression that devastated the United States, the perfume market slowed down dramatically. There remained a more limited demand in Paris, and only the strongest companies such as Baccarat, and Brosse and Lalique were able to continue. The bottles became less elaborate, tended to be conservative and…

Posted on February 20, 2020

Fragrance Extraction, How does that work ?

The methods used to extract fragrant oils today are based on the ancient principles of maceration, expression and stream distillation. An “absolute” is an extract obtained by extraction with volatile solvents or by enfleurage. It is considered the purest perfume material, retaining most of the plant’s aromatic constituents. Many modern techniques stem from those of…