Although everyone loves to wear a good perfume, not many people know how it should be worn and how a perfume comes into being. Below you can find a few perfume expert frequently asked questions:
How are new perfumes created?
The perfume designers have always been those lucky ones whose noses have empowered them to create true symphonies of scents that help us feel better, fall in love or just feel beautiful and desired. Creating a new perfume is very similar to the composition of a painting or a symphony. Everything starts with an idea. Perfume design begins with the inspiration of three or four distinct notes that are to be brought together. From here, everything is pure mystery and all the great perfumes that were ever created are highly comparable with the world’s greatest symphonies whose composition started from three or four dominant notes. The art of the perfume designer lays in the combination and the adjacent notes he adds so as to create a work of art that will move women’s hearts and stir men’s senses.
How many ingredients are regularly included in a perfume?
From medieval times, perfume creators were using at least 10 different notes to put together new scents, but the ones that were considered more successful were the long- formula ones. Some of the most famous perfumes in world history would include up to 300 different notes/ ingredients. This being said, this doesn’t mean that a perfume is better if it has more ingredients. Nowadays perfume creatures prefer the shorter formulae with purer notes and quality easier to maintain.
What notes does a fragrance include?
When a perfume is sprayed onto the skin, it will generally bloom in a variety of nuances. The stages of a perfume’s life on your skin will depend on composition and “notes.” These are different phases by means of which a fragrance reacts to the environment and reveals its secrets.
The top notes are generally those that you first feel when a fragrance is sprayed. They are usually the most volatile, the first experience as a bottle is opened. They won’t last for more than 15 minutes.
After these fade away, the middle or heart notes will make way on your skin, and these are in fact the core of the composition, the most dominant and longer lasting notes. Finally, after, ideally, a few hours, the basic theme fades away into the soul notes of a perfume, the foundation of any scent which basically lingers in everyone’s mind and is considered the signature of every good perfume.
How long will my fragrance last?
This is usually something that varies from one person to another. If you have chosen the highest perfume concentration to spray on your skin, this can basically last for days. An eau de perfume will last between 7 to 8 hours, while the eau de toilette can last for two- three, depending on quality. The more concentrated the scent, the longer it can remain impregnated on your skin.