Understanding the language of fragrance

Understanding the language of fragrance

Basically, people ignore smells. Still, we know that we live in odours and smells – for instance, we love the smell of fresh food being cooked in the kitchen. Even dogs have a strong sense of smell. Yet, we somehow are careless about fragrances. Just like how the rest of our senses help us with hearing, speaking and seeing, our noses also recognise different smells. At Luxury Perfumes, we believe that the sense of smell is superior. Just like there are many languages in the world, there are also several perfumes.

While the English language classifies everything as ‘smell’ or tends to compare to express any type of smell, other languages have specific names for specific odours. For instance, Jahai, a language spoken in parts of Malaysia, actually has words that can express smells. For instance, crŋir means a roasted smell, pʔih refers to a raw aroma, and plʔeŋ is a fleshy smell. These words cannot be used for any other thing in the language except for that particular odour, perfume, or fragrance. The word perfume is derived from Latin per fumen, meaning through smoke. This itself suggests antiquity.

Family Tree of fragrance

Fragrance genealogy refers to tracing the roots of a fragrance, especially the primary ones. The classification helps characterize chemicals, notes, and descriptors. It can also get defining to the extent that there could be grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts, children, cousins, etc. However, perfumes deal with seven essential families: citrus, fougère, green, fruity, floral, oriental, and chypre. 90% of all fragrances fall into these categories.


Fragrance in personal care

A fragrance represents personal traits and desires. It is one of the pivotal elements in choosing a personal care product. For instance, women do not buy scents that smell masculine, just as men do not purchase any fragrance that leans towards femineity. Likewise, incense has been infused into personal care products for centuries. Historically, fragrances have been a constant in ancient societies and largely used to improve appearance, body odour, and personal health. The usage of perfume in everyday life is recorded in the ancient cultures of Egypt, Greece, Asia, Carthage, Rome, and Persia. The primary scent ingredients used were coriander, anise, pine, almond, parsley, and bergamot.


The language

Perfumes typically have top, middle and bottom notes. The headnotes are the ones that help create an impression. Made up of smaller and lighter molecules, these are like teasers to the actual and the ones you smell immediately after spritzing. Middle notes appear once the top notes have settled down. These are softer and spicier scents. Finally, the bottom notes are warmer ingredients, commonly emerging from wood or vanilla. These appear almost 15 minutes after application and linger after that.


All the above factors play a significant role in your choice of perfumes. And before you choose a fragrance, you must also try and test it. At Luxury Concepts, you can also create your own line of perfumery. To learn more, click on www.theluxuryconcepts.com.






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