As we approach Christmas fragrance is always a popular gifting choice, but how many of us know about its composition,designation and classification?
Below is some background info to that "liquid in a bottle" that we all love!
THE “RECIPE” FOR FRAGRANCE
Quite simply fragrance is made up of water, alcohol, and “fragrance”- either essential oils, synthetic creations, or both..
It is widely believed that perfume comes from flowers, and that every liquid in a bottle is a “perfume”.
In actuality the raw materials that go into a bottle of scent come from a variety of resources, and not every liquid in a bottle is “perfume”.
Let’s take a look at some of the ingredients that can go into a fragrance recipe:
· Flower heads- lavender
· Flower buds- clove
· Flower petals- jasmine, rose
· Seeds- myrrh
· Leaves- patchouli
· Bark- cinnamon
· Roots- vetiver
· Wood- cedar
· Stems- cypress
· Rind- orange, lemon
Many of the natural raw materials that go into the construction of a scent
can be quite costly and this all determines the price of the fragrance.
THE FRAGRANCE DESIGNATION
Fragrance can be designated by the concentration of fragrance in a bottle. The higher
the concentration of “fragrance” in the recipe (compared to the alcohol, and water),
the longer lasting the scent will be.
Fragrance designations fall into the following categories:
· Pafum- 15% to 30% concentration
· Eau de Parfum (E.D.P.) - 8% to 15% concentration
· Eau de Toilette (E.D.T.)- 4% to 8% concentration
· Eau de Cologne, Aftershave, and Eau Fraiche- less than 4% concentration
To be continued....