Perfume is one of life’s wonderful little luxuries. Women love to wear it and men love to smell it. Perfume has also been around for centuries. Most of the societies of the past used fragrances, usually starting off with incense in religious ceremonies. This includes the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, Romans and Greeks. Europeans did not start using perfumes until the crusaders brought the art of perfumery back from the Middle East with them.
There are a lot of different perfumes on the market these days and not all of them are created equal. The quality of different brands of perfume can vary widely, which leads to a natural question: How do you make a great perfume?
Start With Essential Oils
At its most basic level, perfume is scented oils diluted with another substance that acts as the vehicle through which the scents from the oils can be applied to the skin. You can make perfume with either one fragrance, or combine several to come up with a unique scent. The important thing to remember is that the better quality the essential oils, the better quality your perfume will be.
Another thing to remember is that these oils should never be used directly on your skin without being diluted. They are all quite strong and can cause irritation to your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin.
What Types Of Fragrance Oils Make The Best Perfume?
There are three types of scented oils you can use to make perfume:
1) Essential Oils – these come from plants and are considered “natural” oils. You can get them from grasses like lavender or jasmine, flowers, and even some woody plants.
2) Aroma Chemicals – These are scents that have been chemically separated from essential oils, or come from a chemical base. Pinene and benzene are two scents that are derived from petroleum. These are considered artificial scents.
3) Animal Products – these come from animal secretions and include scents like musk, from the musk deer) or ambergris, from the Sperm whale.
Figure Out How To Get The Fragrance Onto Your Skin
There are two ways that the fragrances can be applied to the skin. You can use either alcohol or an unscented oil as the vehicle which will deliver the scented oil. Alcohol is great if you want to make sure that your scent is dispersed quickly away from your body for maximum effect. It’s also a great way to ensure that your fragrance has a long shelf life.
If you want the scent to stay on your body longer, though not necessarily be dispersed as widely, you’ll probably want to use an oil base. Of course, the shelf life will be shorter than with an alcohol base, but you’ll just have to decide which properties are more important to you.
Natural Is Better
Natural fragrance oils will create a much more beautiful scent then synthetic oils, although most perfume manufacturers use the synthetic variety of oil because it’s cheaper. So, if you’re looking for a high quality perfume, check to see if they manufacturer uses natural or synthetic oils. Perfume made with natural oils will be much more expensive but the quality of the fragrance usually makes them worth the money.
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