Perfume 101: Everything You Need To Know About FragrancesPerfume 101: Everything You Need To Know About Fragrances

As someone who worked for years in luxury fragrance retail, I know the power that perfumes have on people.

Scents can remind you of a certain point in your life: A gourmand scent with cinnamon could transport you back to a childhood memory of you baking with your family, or a masculine scent can remind of you of the time spent with a special man.

Perfumes also have a powerful effect – I have met people who use fragrance to create a facade (like a quiet woman who wants to strong fragrance because she is a boss) or reinforce their projected personality (like a woman who wears lots of floral, feminine outfits and matches it with sweet, fruity fragrances).

During my stint, I also garnered a lot of knowledge regarding perfumes. But what’s the use of having this expertise without sharing? Here is a primer on everything you need to …

11 Mindblowing Facts About Perfume11 Mindblowing Facts About Perfume

The art of creating perfumes dates back to Egyptian times and has gone through some pretty interesting transformations since then. We’ve gathered nine of the most mindblowing facts about perfumes for your reading pleasure, so keep flipping through!

1. Strange Beginnings: Ambergris is one of the most valuable raw materials in perfumery, used as an ingredient with a smell that’s described as ocean-y and sweet. It also happens to be produced in the intestines of sperm whales—who knew whale vomit could be so fragrant? Nowadays, perfumes like Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue Escape to Panarea ($75) include synthetic versions of this rare ingredient.

2. You’re Spraying It Wrong: You hair—not your skin—might actually be the best place to spray perfume. Because of your scalp’s oiliness, it will actually keep scent longer than your skin will. Also, because it’s always in motion, it can actually diffuse the scent more easily.…

Everything You Should Know About PerfumeEverything You Should Know About Perfume

1. What does the word Perfume actually mean?

The word perfume actually comes from the Latin world ‘per fumum’ which literally translates as ‘through smoke’ and the Romans and Arabs refined the art of making and wearing perfume 2500 years ago. Emperor Nero would hold lavish feasts with rose and jasmine oil pouring through the fountains and being wafted into the air. The Arabian practice of Bakhoor which burns incense and precious wood in order to perfume clothing and the environment is still prominent today.

2. What was the first perfume?

We do not know for fact what the first perfume was but we do know that the world’s first recorded chemist, who was also a perfume maker, is a woman named Tapputi. She lived in Babylonian Mesopotamian around 1200 BCE. It is said that she developed and recorded methods for scent extraction techniques, laying the foundation for today’s …