The making of a perfume
The perfume is the most important accessory that we can wear. In spite of his invisibility, it's the most perceptible detail. In fact, it expresses our personality. It attracts our senses and it's able to make them blow up. The perfume that we wear is a business card, so we need to choose carefully.
But have you ever thought about how people create a perfume?
The making of a perfume: what is a perfume?
Perfumes are authentic and original, they are the result of a long creative process. The main ingredients of this process are intuition, creativity and perseverance. For this reason, a good sense of smell isn't enough to create a perfect perfume. Time and patience are strongly requested, we probably need to try several times before to reach the fragrance desired.
The making of a perfume: the recipe
Perfumes are the perfect mashup of natural and synthetic materials. Each perfume can be made up of 30 up to 80 elements. There are no rules, but all ingredients must be balanced. You need to measure each ingredient so that they are perfectly in harmony. Synthetic materials are indispensable, they guarantee that as time goes on, the perfume doesn't deteriorate or smell different. However, the essence is defined by raw materials. But there is a limited amount of raw materials, this is the reason why natural perfumes cost more than others.
Perfumes are made up of different ingredients:
- Distilled Water
- Natural Alcohol
The first step you have to make to create a perfume is to choose flowers and plants that will establish the essence. The further step is the creation of the fragrance, obtained through the blending of all ingredients. This is the moment when we need to balance all elements. Once it reached the desired fragrance, it has to be diluted in alcohol. After that, we will obtain our perfume.
The making of a perfume : from raw materials to perfume
As we have already said in another article, there are several essences. Essences can be reconnected to seven different fragrances: Citrus, Floral, Fougère, Oriental, Boise, Chypre and Leather. There are several and different techniques of extraction of essence. Depending on raw materials, we choose the correct one.
Distillation, for example, is used to capture and extract essential oils from flowers and plants. There are three different types of distillation: steam distillation (raw ingredients are distilled in vats and boiled with water or solvent, so that essential oils are released as a vapor with the steam). Molecular distillation (in an essential oil there are hundreds of elements and it can happen that some of those modify the smell, this type of distillation guarantees that components don't alter the odor of the essence. The third type of distillation consists in the division of the essential oil in different parts, the unpleasant parts are removed.
Expression is one of the oldest methods used. It is quite simple and it is used with citrus. Plants are mechanically or manually pressed until all of the oils are extracted. For precious plants we use the technique of the maceration. Ingredients are softly steep in a liquid and then through solvents, the essence is extract. However, the most used method is solvent extraction. Plants are covered with solvents. They dissolve in the solvent used, leaving a substance that contains oils.
The making of a perfume: what are the differences between eau de toilette, eau de parfum e parfum?
Each element of a perfume, has a different evaporation rate. Our sense of smell in fact, perceives them in different moments. According to the volatility of essential oils, as we said in a previous article, ingredients are therefore classified in the olfactory pyramid. It is a graphical tool that illustrates the evolution of a scent from the moment of vaporization and its persistence over time.
From top to bottom we can recognize three types of perfume notes: top or head notes, light, fresh and very volatile, they are the first ones to be perceived, but at same time also the ones which evaporate first, they catch people's attention. Middle or heart notes are perceived immediately after the head ones and they awake deep sensations. Base notes are the last one to be perceived but at the same time they evaporate slowly and gradually.
We can distinguish:
- Eau de cologne, essence not over 5%
- Eau de toilette, essence between 6% and 9%
- Eau de parfum, essence between 10% and 19%
- Parfum, essence over 20%
The making of a perfume: how to choose the right fragrance?
Choose the right fragrance is not easy, perfumes attract our senses and awake deep emotions. Most of the time in fact, our instinct and our senses guide us in the selection of a fragrance. If you're insecure, the olfactory pyramid can be helpful. Thanks to the perfumes configurator available on the web site, Tailor Made Fragrance follows you step by step in the process of creation of your customized perfume.
Tailor Made Fragrance recommends a range of special fragrances and helps you finding the one that suits you best. Moreover, it allows you to create your customized perfume not only for you but also for a particular occasion, for example your Wellness & Beauty Center, your hotel, your Brand, your ceremony or your event.
The making of a perfume: from fragrance to packaging
Once you have selected the desired fragrance, the last step is to choose the packaging of the perfume. Design is nearly more important than the content. In fact, it has the hard purpose to catch our attention and make us curious. There are several types of bottles of different materials and shapes. Each bottle is combined with a cap and and a pump.
Don't forget the label, it is in fact essential if you want to create a unique perfume. The label has the same power of the bottle. The combination of a simple bottle with an original label can transform an ordinary perfume in an unforgettable one. Tailor Made Fragrance's perfume configurator offers a wide selection of label already made. In case you are unsure or you can't make one on your own, Tailor Made Fragrance offers a Design Service who will support you and will propose you two graphics based upon the brief you will provide them.
The selection of the box is the last step of the process of creation of a perfume. The box often remember the label. We can choose also the written of the label and of the box, which can recall for example the name of the perfume, the brand, the hotel or the event.
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Therefore, the process of creation of a perfume is long. Time and patience are strongly required, but at the same time, it awakens our senses and emotions. Perfume's configurator of Tailor Made Fragrance is a good partner if you want to customize your perfume and make it unique. Let us not forget of the possibility to buy the Discovery Fragrance Kits, sample kit of the fragrances available in Tailor Made Fragrance's catalogue. It allows you to try and choose the fragrance most suitable for your customized perfume.