Perfume - The Essence of Woman

There are not many women who do not like the smell of perfume even though everyone has their own taste. Also, judging from the advertising we are saturated with everyday, it seems that most men cannot resist the smell of perfume on ladies either. Perfume is designed to attract the opposite sex; it is made to enhance the females natural body odour, not to try and mask it. Musk has been used in many different perfumes as it has an essence that reminds us of sexual arousal.
Hundreds of years ago in places like Egypt it was believed that fragrance could heal the body of many ailments and also helped to improve the body’s looks. This was probably the reason for the start of perfume and essential oils. As trade developed many new plants and flowers came from exotic far away places such as the Orient. Once the Europeans discovered alcohol and distillation, it was added to plant essence from these new imports to preserve the scent. Paris is where perfume as we know it started, but mainly as fragrant baths. The main ingredients being vanilla, clove, cardamom cocoa and even pepper.
It was a few years later before rose essence entered the scene. Perfume has changed over the years with many new, different and exciting ingredients being found, mixed and blended together. What is really surprising is the huge interest today going back to essential oils, the way perfume originated.
Perfume and romance go hand in hand. We will always have memories of smells and the people they remind us of (mother, lover, teacher). These smells are vivid and stay with us forever and last a lifetime. The best way to maintain a perfumed smell is to layer. This is achieved by using body washes, bath oil, body creams, and dusting powder in the same fragrance as your perfume. It also means that you will not have different contradicting smells fighting for supremacy. When we choose a fragrance, we’re consciously sending out a message so make sure you are sending the right message. To understand more about perfume the best place to start is aroma essence. Read up about all the different essential oils and what each essence is renowned for. Make that your starting point and then find a perfume that has those ingredients.
Perfume is made up of alcohol, water & perfume (fragrance) oil.
Eau de - means, "water of" in French.
Eau de cologne - used mainly by men. Contains about 3-5% perfume oil.
Eau de parfum - Contains about 15-18% perfume oil.
Eau de toilette - Contains about 4-8% perfume oil.
Parfum (perfume) is the strongest of them all as it contains the most perfume oil. This amount varies with different perfumes but is normally a very high concentrate.

To test if your skin is allergic to a perfume, apply a small amount on your wrist, or the inner elbow. If there's a reaction after 1 hour, then the perfume is probably not for you. This is another reason why it is important to apply for an hour before you buy. Perfumes can have other allergic reactions, such as asthma and migraine.
There are many types of perfumes. They tend to fall under different groups such as: oriental, floral, woody, musky, aquatic, spicy and fruity. A perfume contains many different ingredients sometimes into the hundreds. Most of them being natural products and preservatives.

People with oily skin tend to have stronger fragrance as compared to those with dry skin. So perfume will last longer.

To prolong a bottle of perfume, place it in a cool dry place. In hotter climates keep it in the fridge as exposure to sun can lead to smell alteration and evaporation.