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All You Need To Know About Perfumes

Jul 11, 2008
The word perfume comes from the Latin word `per fumum` which means `through smoke`. The art of making perfumes, known as perfumery, is quite an ancient art, dating back to more than four thousand years. Interestingly, the most ancient ones were not made using flowers. Instead they were based on the extracts of spices and herbs. Some of the most popular ones were almond, myrtle, bergamot, coriander etc.

The modern day perfumes however are a lot more complicated. Thanks to the growth in the making technology, perfume making has now an intricate science and art. Often it is very difficult even for an expert to correctly guess a perfume`s contents. Often there could be a blend of over hundreds of aromas in just one sample. The makers have been known to like staying secretive about their making formula. Even if the ingredients are published, the chemical processes could be so complicated; one might find it impossible to produce the same scent easily.

The complicated perfume structure makes it extremely difficult to categorize it these days. Many a times a it cannot be classified into any family simply because it contains an essence of so many varied aromas. One of the newest ways of classification of them is by use of the concept of fragrance wheel which was devised for simpler classification and to help explain the relation between the different groups.

One of the most effective ways of getting an overall idea about a perfume is by understanding the family it belongs to, and also by getting to know the concentration level as well as the notes of the given scent. It can be said that these are the basic properties that describe the nature of any perfume, regardless of the ingredients used.

Perfumes come in a vast range of prices, and you can chose from a wide variety in each of the price slabs. Generally the prices vary depending on various factors including the ingredients used, the stability and of course the brand selling the perfume. However, inspite of the fact that they are difficult to copy as in composition and smell, there are lots of artificial products being sold in the market too, where you would find artificial products being sold under the names of the biggest brands.

It is thus extremely important that while buying a perfume you stay extremely alert while smelling the scent, and not just go by a fancy brand name. Many times it gets tough for ordinary people to judge the actual quality of it. The scent may be alluring and you might get fascinated by the smell and a great looking bottle, only to realize that it hardly lasts on the skin.

Purchasing a good perfume is necessary not just because of the fact that it could be extremely expensive at times, but also because of the fact that once you buy it bottle you generally continue to keep in and wear it for years to come. A good choice would thus mean smelling good on a number of occasions, for generations to come.

Perfumes also make amazing gifts, though it is not always very safe to select it for somebody you know, since the perfume that you may fall in love with, might not smell so good to the other person.

Sometimes picking the right perfume can be a bit complicated, but all the hard work seems to be worth it when you go to a social gathering and have people complimenting you on how good you smell! It is as wonderful a compliment as somebody telling you that you look great, is it not?!
About the Author
This article can also be accessed in portuguese language from the Article section of page www.polomercantil.com.br/perfume-fragrancia.php
Roberto Sedycias works as IT consultant for www.PoloMercantil.com.br
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