Perfume has been around for ages. Latin perfume means “through” and “fumus”, “smoke” in Latin. In common use today, perfume is simply a mixture of volatile fragrance compounds or aromatic essential oils, fixatives, and odorants, typically in either liquid or semi-solid form, used primarily to provide a pleasant smelling scent to objects, animals, human beings, and other living-inhabitants. Perfumes are generally prepared by mixing together a series of ingredients in varying proportions and intensities. Some perfumes may be purely floral, others may have a musky scent, and others may be oriental in nature.
Over the centuries, various scents from all around the world have been added to the mixture of essential oils, fixatives, and scents used in perfume creation. The unique blends of these different scents create unique and pleasant smells for the nose. There are many types of perfumes, and not just one brand. There are many different types and brands of perfumes on the market today. Each has its own unique scent that attracts both men and women. Some perfume names come from historical times when popular, well-known perfumes were made like “Au Virg”.The smell of perfume depends on the essential oil or fragrance compound used, the quality of the materials being used, and a number of other factors. But, the major components of fragrance compounds are camphor, camphor and citronella. They also contain eucalyptus and rose. These same aroma compounds are used in many perfumes, brand and generic. Perfume literally means “smelling things.” There are many types of perfumes available that can be worn by people. Although some scents are produced for reasons of self-applied aroma therapy (such as to freshen the breath after eating a meal), many of the smells people experience through their daily life are produced through inhalation of fumes from various things. Many smells can trigger a reaction in the brain and central nervous system, which causes the release of dopamine. This chemical is responsible for many pleasurable emotions, such as the desire to enjoy sweet or savory scents or the feeling of being happy or relaxed after exercising. Absorption of the skin can also produce other scents. Some of these chemicals bind to fat deposits on the body and other parts of the body and make the wearer’s body odor smell musty, or stale. These scents, also known as aromas, are often called acquired tastes or aromas. There are also perfumes that are released into the environment when a material is broken down. These materials include various plastics and petroleum-based products. Perfumes can be made from a mixture of synthetic fragrance, essential oils, synthetic alcohol and other natural oils. Fragrance oil are less important than alcohols as they don’t alter the substance of things and evaporate much faster. Essential oils, however, are considered to be more important because they contain a pungent scent that lasts far longer than most other plant scents. Eau de Parfum, also known as Freshening, is a French fragrance oil; Eau de Toilette, also known as Fruity Orange, is a French fragrance oil; and Eau de Cologne or Eau de Leather is a French fragrance oil. Each perfume will have a unique smell due to the combination of the ingredients. Because alcohol is the most important ingredient for making perfumes, it has a high level of molecules. As such, it can quickly evaporate into the atmosphere, leaving behind a strong odor. In order for a fragrance to last, the oils should also have a low concentration of water or they will simply evaporate off into the air. A perfume with a high concentration of alcohol will usually be more expensive than one that has a lower level. The scent of perfumes is what distinguishes them. Some are more subtle than others but have a distinctive, unmistakable smell. Designer perfumes can smell more appealing than mass-produced perfumes. The higher the concentration of fragrance oils used, the stronger the smell. The oils with the strongest scents are often obtained from natural sources, such as oils extracted from plants.