Scent: How does it come about and how do you choose it?
Perfumes tell you a lot about yourself, your personality or how they make you feel at a certain moment.
Scent: how does it come about?
Perfume, from Latin for smoke, through smoking, has played a fundamental role in the various historical eras. Its origins date back to the times of the Greeks and Egyptians but, the first distillation of rose water with rose petals from the centifolia rose is by the Arab doctor Avicenna, in the X century.
The first perfume in alcoholic solution was obtained in 1370 thanks to a monk expert in chemistry.
Let’s talk about Water from Hungary: an extract of rosemary, thyme, and lavender, apparently had aphrodisiac powers. Legend has it that Queen Elizabeth of Hungary was able to seduce the king of Poland at the age of 70, thanks to this water!
In the Renaissance, chemistry replaced alchemy, improving the distillation and quality of essences. The great perfumers of the time were Spaniards and Italians:
when Caterina de’ Medici arrived in France to marry the Duke of Orléans, the future King Henry II, she brought with her perfumer Renato Bianco from Italy, who opened a shop in Paris and became famous among the Parisian aristocracy.
In 1600 the Water of Cologne was born thanks to Gian Paolo Feminis but The real revolution took place towards the end of the nineteenth century when Louis Pasteur, father of microbiology, discovered the existence of bacteria.
1828 is a year full of discoveries and innovations for perfumery art: Pierre Francois Pascal Guerlain opens his first perfumery house in Paris, offering eau de toilette, soaps, thermal preparations, aromatic vinegar, creams and ointments of all kinds.
Then we discover the synthesis of urea, which contributes to the evolution of perfumery through the use of aldehydes, synthetic elements that increase infinitely the possibility of having different fragrances. Natural components and synthetic products are then combined with substances called fixers, which have the task of “anchoring” the perfume to the skin. Fasteners have special characteristics, including those of being slightly volatile, colorless, alcohol-soluble and essential oils. The introduction of the concept of subfamily is also important, thanks to the London-based perfumer Rimmel who divided the aromas into 18 by groups, based on persistence and dominant note that allows the fragrance to be classified within a family. The contemporary perfumery today offers the spectacle of true art, interpreter of cultures, traditions and olfactory fashions from all over the world.
How do you choose a perfume?
In the choice of a perfume are to be evaluated: the metabolism of the person who carries it the time of the day on which it is used for women, the period of the month, since depending on the acidity of the skin, the same scent on different people can change until it becomes unrecognizable.
The warmth of the skin to accentuate the fragrance: this is why it is recommended to apply it on the inside of the wrist, to the ear lobes, on the neck, to the temples, between the breasts, in the cavity of the arm and knees, areas where the blood reaches the surface and therefore warmer.
Perfumes affect our mood and can have a therapeutic function (essences such as bergamot, lemon, pine, lavender, mint, green tea, basil) or a relaxing function (chamomile, rose, geranium, aloe)
Do you know that natural scents and smells also play a particular role in attracting people? The attraction seems to be given by some genes, on the short arm of chromosome 6 responsible for the personal smell.
Have we intrigued you about how perfume is born and how to learn to choose it? Now you just have to come with us on March 10!