Perfect Perfumes: A sense of scent

Perfect Potion’s Aromatherapy Perfumes

Perfumery has an ancient history, dating back thousands of years and expanding across various continents.

Perfume pervades fashion, music, and even literature as it does in Patrick Suskind’s novel Perfume.

For centuries the art of perfumery has been shrouded in mystery and most of the knowledge and skill required for perfumery is passed down rather than taught in institutions.

While aromatherapy has the power to make us feel calm, uplifted, focused or happy, perfume can do the same. In Perfumery: The psychology and biology of fragrance D. M Stoddart takes a zoological perspective to fragrance and writes that the relationship between the sense of smell and human emotion is essential and reflective of human’s development. According to Stoddart, scent penetrates “levels of the psyche to gently stimulate the emotions” (15-16). It is no wonder that often we get a whiff of a perfume and are reminded of something from the past; the thick scent of our grandmother’s musky perfume or the woody aftershave of our father.

 

Essential oils have always played a central role in perfumery, and on their own evoke scent memory as well as subtle aromatherapy unique to each essential oil. Many perfumes stray away from aromatherapy and as a result essential oils and plant extracts are excluded entirely from the process.

Our range of perfumes use pure essential oils lovingly blended together to make you feel enlivened, comforted or refreshed.

Owner and creator, Sal Battaglia, says that a good perfume should be a synergy of top, middle and base notes.

The top note is usually a fresh citrus and light note; it forms the perfume’s initial impression. In the top note you meet your perfume for the first time, but in the middle and base notes, you get to know it better and begin to understand the complexities of the scent. When we think of top notes we smell the fresh aromas of bergamot, neroli, lemon, cold pressed lime, sweet orange, peppermint, clove and even thyme.

Middle notes last longer and impart warmth and fullness to the blend, whereas base notes are heavy and deeply resonating. The base notes have a profound influence on the blend as a whole. We like base notes such as frankincense, myrrh, patchouli, vetiver and sandalwood.

To smell our beautiful range of perfumes for your selves, visit your local Perfect Potion store or order one online.

Keep an eye out each Tuesday at your local Perfect Potion store for our weekly Perfume Potion Tuesday Pick. Each Tuesday we’ll pick a perfume and give you a special offer with your purchase. But you’ll have to wait each Tuesday to find out which perfume is next!

 

From,

 

The Perfect Potion Family.

 

References:

Dodd, George, H, & Steve Van Toller (ed). Perfumery: The psychology and biology of fragrance. Chapman and Hall, 1988. Print.