The most interesting facts about perfume that you might not know about
One of our favourite indulgent products, perfume, has become such a normal part of our daily lives that we hardly stop to pause and think about where it all came from. From the ancient Egyptians to modern-day life, perfume has definitely taken a journey of its own through the years to get to where it is today. Read more below to learn more about this incredible, must-have beauty product!
Where does the word “perfume” come from?
While perfume is something that most of us wear every day, we bet you never really thought about what the term actually means. “Perfume” is originated from the Latin word “parfumum” which translates to “through smoke”, however, it was the Arabs (who call is “Oudh”), Romans and Egyptians who refined the making and wearing of perfume 3000 years ago. Some practices, such as the ancient Arabian one of “Bakhoor” where incense and wood are burned in order to perfume clothing is still being practiced today.
While we can't say for sure what the first perfume was that was created, it has been told that the world’s first recorded chemist was a perfume maker named Tapputi. She lived in Babylonian Mesopotamian around 1200 BCE and it is said that she both created and recorded specific methods to help her extract certain scents. While this may have been the case, the Egyptians were truly the first people to make perfume a part of their culture, about 3000 years ago. They did this by inventing both stone and glass vessels to hold their balms, mixtures and oils.
Did you know that you can lose your ability to smell your signature scent?
Makes sense though, doesn't it? After years of wearing (and loving) one scent, it should come as no surprise that we can start to lose the ability to smell our favourite scent. This is because our noses and sense of smell becomes so used to the scent that we start to no longer notice it. This can not only leave you using a lot more perfume than usual, but cause you to waste product and perhaps even give the people around you a headache due to how overpowering the scent is.
To make your scent last, moisturize first
While it seems contradictory and as if the moisturizer might not work with your perfume, it actually makes complete scents (see what we did there?). Using a moisturiser before applying your perfume will help to make the smell last longer since the molecules in the fragrance will have something to hold onto (unlike that if you applied your fragrance to dry skin).
The same scent will smell different on different people
Strange, right? Well, not really. When you think about it, each of our bodies is totally different and react differently to different things. Some of us perspire more than others which can affect our body's chemical balance and in turn, affect how a perfume smell on us. Each person also has a different pH level and all have different lifestyles which can all affect scent smell. These kinds of lifestyle choices are smoking, drinking, lots of exercises, too little exercise or even an unhealthy diet.
Can the scent change over the day?
Did you know that your favourite perfume is made up of various different notes? All perfumes have a top, heart and base note. All of these notes work with the chemistry of the skin and cause the perfume notes to change over the day. The top notes are usually very delicate and don't last very long. They are the notes that you smell first when you spray the fragrance on your skin or clothing. After the top notes disappear, you will be able to smell the heart notes which last longer than the top notes. They tend to be spicy, herbal and floral. After the base notes, come the base notes which last the longest out of all the notes. Base notes usually contain scents such as amber, wood and musk which is what lingers after a few hours.
Do perfumes expire?
While perfume does last for a while, they can expire, especially if you store them incorrectly, such as in direct heat or even super cold temperatures. After 3-5 years, your favorite scent composition can change over time, so it is recommended to finish your bottle of perfume before that happens. Once you open your bottle of perfume, the top of the atomizer becomes in contact with the air.
How long do they last?
There are also various categories of perfume which depend on the kind of concentration they have. These concentrations are classified as the amount of pure perfume in a fragrance. The highest concentration you can find is those that are categorized as “Parfum” which has a concentration of more than 20% of pure perfume. Eau de Parfum contains 15%, whereas Eau de Toilette has the lowest at only 10%. Naturally, the higher the concentration, the longer the perfume will last on the skin and clothing. A Parfum can last for 8-12 hours whereas an Eau de Parfum lasts for 6 hours.
Do perfumes have aphrodisiac effects?
Every walk past someone and immediately feels attracted to them purely based on the perfume they are wearing? Even Cleopatra was interested in the effects of Jasmine and, it is said that she used the scent to attract Mark Antony. Perfume can not only make the wearer feel good and powerful, but a few perfumes contain ingredients that have known aphrodisiac qualities. Ingredients such as ylang, ginger, musk and even vanilla are said to have aphrodisiac qualities. We recommend buying Eau de Parfum as it will last longer than an Eau de Toilette since the concentration is stronger. Perfumes with a more oriental or heavy base note are the ones who tend to last longer.
The same way that it can cause aphrodisiac effects, a fragrance can also make you feel good, let you feel relaxed, improve your mood and give you confidence. This is specifically important when it comes to perfume that evokes certain emotions (like the perfume you wore on your wedding day or the fragrance that reminds you of your parents).
There you have it, some of the most interesting perfume facts that you never knew you needed to know!