Aromatherapy Tips: How to Use Perfumes for Relaxation and Therapeutic Needs

If you love the smell of perfume, chances are you are probably a fan of aromatherapy as well. Many people use their current day perfumes in aromatherapy sessions, looking for all sorts of results. However, aromatherapy involves much more than just using perfume on your skin. Here are a few things you should know.

What is aromatherapy?
This is the use of volatile oils extracted from aromatic plants, fruits and sometimes even vegetables. The uses are multiple but generally aromatherapy has been known to cure physical and psychological ailments, to relieve stress and tension. It uses the pure essence of a plant, which, if used correctly, has the potency of curing many diseases.

What is the difference between fragrance oils and essential oils?
If there is one difference between just wearing perfume for beauty purposes and the use of oils in aromatherapy, it lies in the benefits of essential oils. Essential oils are much stronger and whole perfume oils carry the fragrance, they don’t have the curing effects essential oils have. Add a few essential oil drops in a bathtub and you will get the most relaxing bath that will help keep your mind calm. Inhale the natural chemicals in some essential oils and you will find out your lungs are more relaxed and your breathing has improved.

Can perfume induce an aromatherapy state?

Some perfume oils are strong enough to help induce tranquility or alertness in your state of mind. The reason is that they use oil distribution to scent your body and your surroundings. Some of the most popular flowers that can bring about a better, improved state of mind include:

-          Peppermint
Not only a strong aromatic flower used in many perfume combinations, peppermint is well known for inducing a state of alertness. So, if you need a little energy in the middle of the day and you don’t have time for a full aromatherapy session, keep a perfume that includes peppermint around. One of the most pleasing scents that uses peppermint is Gucci’s Flora.

-          Jasmine
This is the opposite of peppermint and it has sweet, calming effects. Jasmine has been known for ages as a strong ally in the fight against depression. Obviously, the best perfume to have around when you need some calm and relaxation will be Mon Jasmin Noir by Bulgari.

-          Lemon
If you are looking for a concentration booster, there is nothing better than lemon. Used for centuries as a therapeutic oil, lemon oil is used in a Calvin Klein creation, called Summer.

-          Lavender
Lavender can take much of the credit for the revival and interest in aromatherapy today. Not only is it a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-depressant, sedative and detoxifier, it is also able to promote healing and prevent scarring. If you are looking for a unique lavender perfume, try this one.


Buy Perfume Tips: How to Pick a New Fragrance

Do you have a signature perfume? If you have been wearing a certain fragrance for years, you are probably one of those perfume lovers that are conservative in their tastes. Maybe it is time to consider buying something new, something fresh and more exciting, helping you to reinvent yourself. Taste changes in time, and, especially in the case of women, this is true with age, as well. So, going shopping for a new perfume of choice may not be such a bad idea, after all. But where do you start? Do you buy something as similar as possible to the old scent? Or do you go for something new entirely, something completely different and based on different notes?

Below are a few easy tips for buying a new fragrance.

  • The hardest part involved in picking a fragrance is sorting through the perfume counter and finding something that will suit your taste. Sometimes, smelling everything will make it more complicated as your olfactory senses will only get confused. So, trying just a few scents at once is a better idea. You can make this a shopping episode that will go along several days. The trick is not to rely on your first choice and buy the first perfume you like the scent of. This may turn out to be a mistake later.
  • Apply scent to your skin as this is the most vital part in testing several fragrances. Don’t rely on those pieces of paper they are inviting you to use in the shop as they never give you the truth of how a perfume will smell on your own skin.
  • We already know that fragrances tend to smell differently on different types of skin. So, the wisest thing would be to apply two perfumes that you want to test, one on your left and the other on your right wrist. Generally apply on pulse points and make sure you don’t apply more fragrances near or on the same spot, as they will mix and will not give you the true scent.
  • Immediately after you have tested two perfumes, leave the perfume shop and go do something for a few minutes. All you need is 15 minutes in fact, to offer the new fragrance time to interact with your body chemistry and get to maturity. Only then will you be able to smell the truth about that perfume and only then will you know if you really like that scent.

Essential tip for buying online

When you buy perfume online from a reliable distributor like LilyDirect you won’t be able to choose perfume by smelling more perfumes. However, the choice can be made easier for you if you research a similar or same family fragrance from the one you used to wear. This will never fail as a method of buying your fragrance online. If you love floral, you will undoubtedly go for a similar floral fragrance and a good, informative site will have all that information available to you, before you buy.

Perfume History and Fragrance Families: Cyphre

As a perfume lover, you have probably heard about it but never quite managed to understand it till now. While floral or citrus fragrance families seem easy to understand, Cyphre is one of those names that you cannot quite grasp. Here are a few things to learn about the cyphre perfume family.

Originating from the French denomination for Cyprus, the Eastern Mediterranean island, cyphre is one of the oldest scent combinations.

The oldest perfume factory in the world was discovered on the island of Cyprus, in Pygros Mavrorachi, dating 2000 BC, well before the Egyptians would make perfume.

Later mentions of the term are found in the Cipria powder, a cosmetic face and hair powder that Cypriot merchants were selling to the Western world aristocrats. The powder was aromatized with several scented blends that, judging by historical accounts were very close to what we consider a cyphre combination today.

In the 17th century, powdered wigs were quite en vogue throughout Europe, and Cipria was probably one of the most widely used cosmetic products.

Among the first modern perfume designers to use Cipria was the legendary Mediterranean perfume merchant (originating in Corsica)- Francois Coty, who in 1917 created a perfume called Cyphre.  Before him, but with less success, though had been launched Guerlain’s Cyphre de Paris and Cyphre d’Orsay. But Coty was the first who introduced modern audiences with the combination of cyphre.

What is it made of?
Coty laid out the basic structure of this accord of three main ingredients: oakmoss (a lichen that grows on Mediterranean trees), bergamot- a citrus fruit also coming from Mediterranean shores and labdanum (a plant growing in Crete).  Later, some perfume designers added some other notes but these three combine to form this exclusive Mediterranean fragrance.

Chypre fragrances nowadays also include notes of wood, green essences and patchouli, adding an intensity and mystery to a heart of a perfume. This should not be confounded with the oriental family, which will be detailed in upcoming LilyDirect blogs.

Cyphre is perhaps the most sophisticated fragrance family, giving birth to luxurious perfumes par excellence. A few examples include the incredibly sophisticated Gucci Rush, the classical Givenchy Amarige or many of the Chanel perfumes.

Perfume Education and Tips: What Is Accord and How It Influences Fragrance?

Choosing a favorite, signature perfume is very often regarded like a difficult task. This is because our olfactory sense can easily trick us into liking one fragrance that we smell at first. Then, when we get home with our perfume acquisition: surprise!- the perfume doesn’t seem to have the same appeal. There are many things you need to learn about the art of perfume making, but one of the most common notions is that of an accord. What is an accord in perfume? How does it influence your olfactory sensation? Here are a few things a perfume enthusiast should know.

Just as in music, accord is a combination of different tones, which, combined together sound and feel like a single note, due to harmony. In perfumery, an accord is a blend of different notes that, combined together, lose their individuality and give a unified odor impression. Every art has a form of accord- think of the combined colors in painting. And perfume making is definitely an art.

When you hear someone say that a perfume has a strong accord, they are actually saying the harmonic combination of more notes is so perfect, that together, they smell complete, they work very well as a new note.

Generally, an accord in perfumery is made of five, up to seven notes. Some daring designers would create an accord out of much more notes, but this can be tricky. The notes are brought together in a combination that forms the basis of the perfume, and the rest of the notes are added to the accord. Think of an accord as the real strong skeleton, the foundation of a building, or the main theme of a symphony: things are built around that unifying note. Just like the architect or the composer, the perfume designer will add new, tiny notes to it, to create the unique fragrance.

  • Amber, aromatic, cyphre are just a few very commonly used accords. Below are just a few examples:
  • The Amber accord- includes notes of spicy cinnamon, amber, vanilla, as well as balsamic notes. (Calvin Klein Obsession is one such perfume)
  • Ambrein includes civet, bergamot, vanillin, balsamic notes, as well as wood and rose. (a typical perfume based on this accord is Shalimar)
  • Cyphre is based on the harmony between oak moss, roses, jasmine, bergamot, cedar and laudanum. This is a common note in men’s perfumes.
  • Fouegere is a combination of patchouli, lavender, coumarine and hay.