Do you know scent is a blend of aromatic vital oils or aroma compounds, fixatives, and solvents?

The word perfume is Latin and originates from per meaning through and fumum meaning smoke. In ancient times, fragrances were made by extracting natural oils from plants through pressing and brewing. The art of perfumery advanced through the centuries.

How is a perfume made?
Before the manufacturing process of the perfume begins, many raw materials are gathered like fruits, spices, resins, leaves, gums, balsams, grasses, and flowers. About 2,000 of the 250,000 known flowering plant species in the world comprise the vital oils needed for the forming of perfume. Sometimes, animal products are present in perfumes, like castor from beavers, ambergris from sperm whales and musk from male deer. Next, oils from flowers and plant material are used to make scent.

Extraction

To separate the oil from the plant components, extraction is done through squeezing, enfleurage, steam distillation, and maceration. You must be amazed to know that a 15-milliliter bottle of French perfume needs the oil that's derived from about 660 roses.

Blending

To create a perfume, perfumers do thorough testing and mixing. After blending the oils to get the desired fragrance, alcohol is blended into the solution to thin the components. The quantity of alcohol that's added determines whether the liquid will be a cologne, perfume, or eau de toilette.

Aging

After the oils are extracted, blended, and mixed with alcohol, the concoction is ready for the aging process. Then the perfume is set aside in a dark, cool area for several months to one year. The aging process helps unite the alcohol and oils together. Lastly, an expert test the scent to make sure that it's correct and any required adjustment and further blending take place at this point. The end result for a fine perfume must be a scent that contains three distinct notes- a top note, central or heart note and a base note.

Next, Do you know HOW TO STORE PERFUME?

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