Thursday, June 25, 2009

I Smell...Flowers!

I have long been fascinated by the world of perfumes. I could never be caught without a perfume in my purse no matter how little it is. I use different scents for different activities (office, gym, church, etc) or different affairs (parties, coffee time, teatime, etc). A friend of mine once asked if I am perfume connoisseur and I quipped a plain and simple no and commented that I doubt I could ever be one considering the horde of scents available in the market today. I am not kidding, check out the Scent site to discover for yourself.

As far as I can remember, I heard perfume for the first time in a Sunday school class and learned that perfumes were mainly used for religious rites in tabernacles. The use of perfume was also prevalent in Egypt during the reign of Cleopatra and the ancient Egyptians firmly believed there was magic involved in making perfumes. Fast forward to today, although there seems to be a folio of fragrances for men and women, the world of perfume making still tries to keep up with feminine desires.

"Musk, Ambergris, Conifer Resin, Coriander, Bergamot, are some of the exotic names in a perfumer's list of ingredients. These names you never hear everyday but any one of this is present in every perfume bottle in every perfume shelf. The most practical way to describe a perfume is according to the elements of the fragrance notes of the scent or the family it belongs to. You ever heard of top note, middle note or base note? That is what I am talking about. The top note is what you smell as soon as you spray the perfume and this smell evaporates quickly which then gives way to the middle notes. Together with the base note, the middle note forms the main theme of the perfume. The base note can only be smelled after about 30 minutes of application. That is why expert advice is to never buy a perfume that you haven't tried at a whim. You should spray it on your pulse points and then walk around and wait for some form of chemical reaction with your body and if you still like it, head on to the checkout counter.

I am currently using Bright Crystal by Versace. It has a sweet floral Scent with fruity, musky accents with scents of pomegranate, yuzu, frosted accord, peony, magnolia, lotus, plant amber, musk, and mahogany. I use it daily as it is not overpowering. It kind of lets you feel like you are walking in a garden of flowers all abloom. The smell is heavenly and the bottle sure is an eye candy.

Oh by the way, I make it a habit to keep my perfume refrigerated to keep it away from heat and to extend its shelf life (that is if I don't use it everyday). Do you have a favorite Scent too?

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