National Perfume Day is celebrated on April 14. Do you collect perfumes to wear for different occasions? If so, the day can be for you to add another to your perfume collection. What’s your preferred type — eau de toilette, eau de parfum, or extrait? Whatever it is, ensure you know how to store and apply the perfumes best. If you already did, excellent. If you didn’t, well, it’s not really an issue. You can store and wear your perfumes however you see fit. But, it’ll be good to know, right? So, let’s talk about this pleasant smell.
History of National Perfume Day
Perfume has been around and used by people for many years. It’s not only used to create pleasant smells on the body but also used to create a distraction from unpleasant smells. The word perfume is derived from the Latin words ‘per fumum,’ meaning ‘through the smoke.’ Incense was the first form of perfume and was commonly used for religious rituals by ancient Egyptians. Perfume is usually made of essential oils, aromatic compounds, alcohol, and water. And the ratio of essential oil to alcohol determines the intensity and longevity of the perfume.
Perfume has several types based on the alcohol-essential oil ratio. They are: parfum or extrait or also known as pure perfume, perfume extract, or simply perfume, 20-30% essential oil; eau de parfum, 15-20% essential oil; eau de toilette, 5-15% essential oil; eau de cologne or simply cologne, 2-4% essential oil, and; eau fraîche, 1-3% essential oil. Different perfumeries put different amounts of essential oils into their perfume products. For example, an E.D.P. from one perfumery may have a lesser concentration of essential oil than an E.D.T. from another.
Perfume also has three classes of notes. First is the top notes, also known as opening notes or head notes — the scent you immediately notice after spritzing perfume, usually citrusy, fruity, or herby (bergamot, grapefruit, basil). Second is the middle notes or heart notes, the core of your perfume — the scent that comes after the first one’s started fading, usually floral (lavender, geranium, juniper). The third is the base notes — the scent remaining about an hour after your first spritz (vanilla, jasmine, patchouli). So, which opening notes do you like most?
National Perfume Day timeline
The Egyptians use perfumes coming from burning incense in religious ceremonies.
Mesopotamian cuneiform tablet mentions the name Tapputi, making her the first recorded perfume maker.
Coco Chanel launches CHANEL N°5, thanks to her partnership with perfumer Ernest Beaux.
The world’s oldest-known perfumes (more than 4,000 years old) are found in Cyprus.
National Perfume Day FAQs
What scent is seductive?
It is said that Jasmine and Ylang Ylang are usually associated with seduction, romance, and they appeal to everyone.
What smell induces sleep?
According to research studies, lavender is associated with improved sleep.
What is considered “old lady” perfume?
Perfumes with notes of rosewood and patchouli are labeled “old lady” perfumes.
National Perfume Day Activities
Store your perfume properly
You want to prolong your perfume’s shelf life, don’t you? Keep the package sealed until the first spritz, and keep the bottle closed after use. Keep it away from direct sunlight, store it in a dry place, and avoid storing it in the bathroom. Make sure not to shake the bottle excessively.
Apply it the right way
Do you expect the perfume to last longer on your body? Apply it to your pulse points. And, don’t rub your wrists together; it’s a big no-no. Just tap your wrists together or dab your wrist anywhere you see fit. Layer your perfume with body oil or lotion to enhance the scent.
Buy a quality perfume
Wearing perfume is not only pleasing but it can also boost your confidence. So, spend some money on a quality perfume. Since you know how to store and apply perfume properly, it seems worth buying a quality one, right?
5 Facts About Perfume You Need To Know
It can smell different between two people
Perfume mixes with your skin’s chemistry once it touches it so it can smell different between two people.
Perfume can improve your mood
It is said that a lavender scent can make you feel more relaxed, while a citrus scent can awaken your senses.
Many of today's perfumes are not natural
Many perfume manufacturers use synthetic fragrances due to mass production.
Synthetic fragrances can last longer
Synthetic fragrances can last much longer than pure perfumes because of their powerful fixatives.
It can cost a fortune
Shumukh is the world’s most expensive perfume, costing $1.29 million.
Why We Love National Perfume Day
It can enhance our mood
Most of us probably own at least one perfume. That’s because its pleasant smell can make us feel more confident and sometimes even enhance our mood.
It can trigger memories
One of the remarkable things about perfume is it can trigger memories. A particular scent can bring you happy memories. Meanwhile, it can also remind you of someone special.
It can make you more attractive
You’re already confident after spritzing some perfume on your body. Combine that with a pleasant smell, and people will be more attracted to you in no time.
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