Perfumes & Scents

Perfumes – The Beauty of Smelling Good

People are very fond of perfumes. Perfumes make a person smell and feel good all through out the day. Even if one feels down, a dab of perfume on one’s wrist can help change the mood of a person from gloomy to light and happy.

Basically, a perfume is just a mixture of solvents and essential oils that are very fragrant to give a pleasing smell to the person who uses it. It originated in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt and was further improved by the Romans. The first recorded perfume maker was a female chemist named Tapputi.

Since that time up to now, hundreds of perfume makers have become famous by experimenting with different mixtures hoping to make the perfect mixture that smells irresistibly good. Some of the most famous perfume makers in this century are Estee Lauder, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Coco Chanel.

There are different types of perfumes that one can choose from. There are expensive French perfumes and there are also cheap, discounted perfumes. The components used in perfumes differ and there are hundreds of fragrances that one can choose from. For women’s perfumes, most of them smell very sweet and mild. For men’s perfumes, they smell stronger and most of them have a stronger musk-like scent.

Aside from perfumes, there are also other types of fragrances that smell as good as perfumes but are not as potent. These mixtures are known as colognes. The fragrance of perfumes, compared to colognes lasts longer. This is because most perfumes are oil based while most colognes are water-based.

The smell of perfumes also differ once used by a person. A chemical reaction happens once perfume comes in contact with human skin. This is because human skin is acidic and once mixed with fragrant oils it reacts and smells differently. One person may smell good using a perfume developed for stars like Britney Spears but it may not have the same effect on another person.

Since most humans like to smell differently, most people buy different types of perfumes. A few years ago, fragrances derived from food such as chocolate, vanilla and different fruits became quite popular because of their super sweet smell that sometimes wets one’s appetite.

One good thing may come out after smelling food-based perfumes, it may help curb one’s appetite and smelling it doesn’t add calories in health-conscious individuals. They can keep smelling chocolate-based fragrances all day long and not gain an ounce!

Lately, perfumes have been developed for different superstars and pop icons such as Paris Hilton, Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Lopez. Needless to say, adding a superstar’s name after a perfume brand adds to the perfume’s popularity. Everyone wants to smell like the superstars they idolize and this type of promotion makes the perfumes more marketable.

Whether one uses perfumes or colognes to make sure, the most important thing to remember is to look for a fragrance that smells good on you and not just buy perfumes because a superstar endorses it. Better to use a brand that has no name and smells good rather than an expensive brand that doesn’t smell good on the person who bought it.