Monday, 31 August 2015

Decoding Journey of Perfume through Middle Ages & Renaissance



We are deviating from our usual approach of discussing particular fragrances, jumping into the evolution of fragrances over the ages. As per norm, our emphasis remains on natural scents. We are not traveling too far back into history, trying to keep the discussion crisp and relevant.

 

Late Middle Ages

This is the period when perfumes started gaining a semblance of the fragrances we see today. This is when perfumes were being traded heavily, complete with proper packaging. Essential oils started to appear in concoctions that also included alcohol. During the Middle Ages, scents were explored more for their therapeutic and preventative nature rather than as a cosmetic element. There are historians who write about essential oils being used in regions where water and soap were scarce and among soldiers who would refresh themselves with a whiff rather than with a wholesome bath that was not feasible when traveling on foot for days at end. This was not limited to any particular region like the Middle East. Even in England, the armies of Henry V would use fragrant essential oils to keep away bad odors that would develop under heavy armored suits.

One product that comes close to something similar and is immediately available in our inventory includes Lavender Oil: 

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Monday, 24 August 2015

Your Guide to Buying the Right Perfume

Even self-proclaimed perfume experts will agree that often they are confused about which perfume to pick—the options are too many and usually, there is little or no guidance. In this discussion, we try to bring some awareness about the subject without sounding academic. Perhaps, we should have discussed their earlier but then, it is always better to make-up for our mistakes rather than carry on repenting. So, where we go…

 

DON'T Get Emotional, if you do, go all the way…

This might sound strange but our memory, emotional memory can be very decisive when it comes to choosing a perfume. We tend to associate certain odors and scents with scenarios and places that we adore or have yearned for—for instance, you might love the old wooly fragrance that your grandma’s sweater had imbibed. When choosing a fragrance, your emotional memory might unconsciously guide you towards a perfume that has some subtle notes that seem similar. There are two ways to handle this. Either choose not to be led by such emotional impressions or if you do, don't stop and regret. Let your mind rule and indulge without looking back.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Explaining the Exoticness of Marhaba Agarwood Oil


Agarwood has earned global fame for its unique woody scent. This exotic fragrance comes from the resinous Agarwood oil found in the woody bark. Agarwood Oil is sold in many ways and among these Agarwood Oil blends are rather famous. We recommend the Marhaba Agarwood Oil—is has the created the perfect blend of aromatic, soul-pampering scents with Agarwood Oil being the major ingredient.

 

Why Marhaba among the many Agarwood Oil concoctions available today?

The secret lies in using the purest form of Agarwood and blending it with subtle care. Using Dehn Oudh procured from the forest of Cambodia and Assam (India), this essential oil blend has everything to infuse that soulful woody scent without being too strong on your senses. The magic of Marhaba Agarwood Oil also lies in the purity of natural extracts—the essence has not been contaminated with adulterants of any type. This is not among the new breed of essential oils where the traditional formulations have been tampered with to enforce a new fragrance. The approach here is to sustain the classic—a mesmerizing fragrance that slowly grows on you, creating an addiction-like effect. A skin-friendly Oudh oil, is come without alcohol.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

How to Choose, Blend & Take Care of Your Essential Oils



Saving & Blending Essential Oils
We must confess, we are slightly partial to essential oils, in awe of their unique fragrance. However, getting started in the niche of essential oils needs some degree of knowledge. We will be your guiding light in this subject, helping you get acquainted with the basics and also explore the finer nuances of the subject.

 

Criteria for Choosing Essential Oils Matters

You need to establish for what purpose you need the essential oil for making the most relevant selection. You must know that whether you want your aromatic oil for calming your senses, energize your body or for healing chronic body ailments. The niche of essential oils is vast and each of these oils has fragrant and therapeutic properties in different permutations. Secondly, never buy essential oil that is overwhelming for you. If you cannot withstand the aroma, the entire plot is los. Make sure that the essential oil you choose has olfactory and psychological compatibility. Lastly, always make sure to read safety information related to using the oil.

  • Most aromatic oils are perfect for use at home but there are some oils that you should approach with caution. For instance, some should not be applied directly to the body.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Get Familiar with Bakhoor Mabsoos Isra

Even if you are familiar with the basics of the world of Arabian Perfumery, this discussion should help you. Today, we are discussing Bakhoor Mabsoos—one of the purest, most revered fragrances in the niche of natural scents. Please note there are many cheap mimics out there that make Bakhoor fragrances using cheap, chemical substitutes. At Mukhalat.com, we ensure that only natural, 100% real products are used.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Get Familiar with Mabsoos, Mabthooth & Muattar in Bakhoor Fragrances

Chips of Bukhoor, dried and flaky but fragrant.
People often confuse Bakhoor with Mabsoos or Mabthooth. Agreed, all these are names of fragrant extracts of the Agarwood tree but there is a slightly difference among them. Mabsoos does not have that tablet-like form we associate with Bakhoor. Mabthooth is essentially small scrapings or shavings of the Agarwood chips, usually derived from the bark. An equally rich source of essential oils, Mabsoos is known to have a slightly subtle effect when compared to Bakhoor.


Get Familiar with Mabsoos and Bakhoor Blends

There are different ways of approaching this. Some perfumers like to mix all types of Agarwood extracts with some fine Agarwood powder. However, this might not be the best approach. We recommend combining Mabsoos and Bakhoor with an emphasis on ensuring that the Bakhoor continues to simmer for a longer period. Soaked in essential oils the Mabsoos shavings tend to emit the fragrance a bit quicker than the pure Agarwood content of Bakhoor. Please understand that almost all forms of Mabsoos or Bakhoor will use Oudh in some form.

Quick Guide into DIY Aromatherapy

Some people are skeptical about Aromatherapy believing that there are lot of myths and little truth about the benefits of essential oils. To some extent, this is not arguable. With many self-proclaimed alternative medicine and herbal health practitioners, aromatherapy has been maligned. However, we bring clarity to the situation. This is a discussion about how aromatherapy can be easily used at home, as a therapeutic medium for overall wellness.


Learn the Basics First

Yes, aromatherapy is an acquired skill. You cannot become an overnight expert by just reading the many online articles and e-books on the subject. The reason is simple—everybody has a different way of reacting to scents. Every fragrance is somewhat exclusive and how your senses perceive it cannot be foretold. You need to get familiar with the basics of using fragrant essential oils—at the core of DIY aromatherapy. You need to equip yourself with the basics about which essential oil is more suited for psychological wellness and which is a better option to cure a stuffed nose.

  • Don't experiment too much at the start
  • Try to follow resources that have some credibility
  • Develop an explorer’s mindset to explore the entire landscape of fragrances
  • Equip yourself with standard tools like a diffuser

Friday, 14 August 2015

An Outsider’s Peek into the World of Aromatherapy

In the first half of this discussion, we enlightened you about the basics of Aromatherapy, helping you get familiar with the basics. Today, we are moving ahead, going deeper into the subject, helping you get an idea about how aromatherapy evolved in its current format. We will  also talk about how aromatics work and how to use essential oils in your daily life.


Little Bit of Magic that Aromatics Bring to Our Lives—Yes, this is True!

We believe that many people still fail to realize the aura of Essential Oils and the magical way in which their scent soothes the mind. Just recently, our team was on an office-paid rendezvous to a nearby mall where we found many counters offering fragrant essential oils. Though not the purest quality they were reasonably priced and should have engaged some serious attention, or so we thought!

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Decoding the Brilliance of Swiss Arabian Barq Perfume



We are constantly pursuing perfection in making exotic fragrances despite being fully aware that perfume making is largely abstract, there is nothing like the perfect perfume, but often we come across fragrances that can transform everyday living more lovable. One such fragrance we like to discuss today is Mukhalat Barq by Swiss Arabian.

What first time users of Mukhalat Barq by Swiss Arabian should expect?

If you are trying the Swiss Arabian Mukhalat Barq for the first time, don't apply too much of it. The first whiff can be slightly overwhelming. Start with a very, very small application. Those with a basic understanding of classification of fragrances will surely feel a bit of oriental in the first experience. Most users describe the fragrance to be vanilla with a slightly fruity undertone—a reason why Swiss Arabian Mukhalat Barq is becoming so popular among women. Along with vanilla, expect some tangerine. This is what makes the Mukhalat Barq an option leagues ahead of the competition. There is a bit of orange and cinnamon in it too apart from some cardamom and floral notes of rose and white wood. However, the base notes of sandalwood prevail with slight sugary fragrances and a hint of musk.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Our Fragrance Discussion for Today: Dissecting Lavender



Lavender is famous as an essential oil, potent herb and fragrance. Used as an ingredient in perfumes for centuries, lavender has an interesting bit of history, used by the Romans as a part of their warm bath sessions. The true or actual lavender plant that made this fragrance popular is the Lavandula officinalis—native to the southern parts of Europe. The lavender shrub can become rather dense. Essential oils extracted from the plant are used in colognes and cosmetics. Some global brands, like Yardley of England, have gained popularity due to the use of lavender fragrance.

Friday, 7 August 2015

3 Easy Tips for Smelling Good & Longer when Using Perfumes:



1. Application of perfume: many folks commit the fundamental mistake of drowning themselves in repeated applications of a perfume. Some even resort to applying the scent directly on their clothes. However, it is the human skin, which presents a better landscape for applying the perfume, particularly natural fragrances. The body’s heat activates the biological compounds within the scent, making it more potent, helping you extract more out of every application.


The Fine Line Between Smelling Good and Being Awfully Scented

Find Out if There is Something Like Too Much Perfume?
Moving away from the norm of discussing perfume industry norms or familiarizing you with pure essential oils, we are exploring something different—presenting tips on making your scent last longer. You will be surprised at realizing that how the simplest of changes in your perfume-wearing habits can make a huge impact.

Nothing Too Less, Not Too Much and Target the Right zones


Thursday, 6 August 2015

Smell Pretty With Natural Fragrances



A fragrance has the power to lift up your mood and engage your senses impressively. The aromatic richness of fragrances helps to make a lasting impression on our peers and close acquaintances. A great perfume fragrance can make you smell great and also fill you with confidence. Synthetic fragrances can be irritable to the skin and can cause rashes. So, try opting for their natural counterparts. Natural fragrances do not contain any toxins and are free from petrochemicals, making them suitable for any skin type; especially sensitive and allergy-prone skin. Here, we are going to discuss the basic categories of natural fragrances available in the market to choose from:

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

10 Easy Perfume Layering Tips: Concluding the Discussion! (Part III)



You can read Part I and Part 2 of this discussion too.

  1. You can use the most unthinkable of ingredients, even when creating some particular. For instance, when layering for a feminine scent, a hint of men’s cologne might work.
  2. Try to create different concoctions for different times of the day. Blends that work during the daytime will behave slightly different during the night.
  3. Try to layer differently for different seasons. The dry, summer season has a different affect on layered floral scents. You will find the same notes slightly handicapped during moist, cold winters.
  4. Use powerful layering choices like Oud or Agarwood. These are strong and should be used minimally. However, these are among the most long lasting layering ingredients. Use these without any apprehensions.

Part II of Our Discussion about Layering Fragrances


If you missed the first part of this series, please Click Here.

Basics of Layering Fragrances


Layering Scents can be a Self-taught Craft
Some notes work beautifully, in partnership while others not meant for collaboration. The key is to find which layers brew well and what upsets the equation. Don't get too hooked on what others have to opine about the art of layering. Remember that learning this is a journey. Your emphasis should be on experimenting. Using subtle notes more is recommended. This decreases the chances of losing on the exclusivity of a particular type of fragrance.

Your Window into the Mystical World of Layering Fragrances – Part I



Basics of Layering Fragrances: Stronger Scents Come First

We have done some research into this subject and we have reached a conclusion—there is a lack of genuine, authoritative resource on layering fragrances. Purists believe that it is best left to the experts while enthusiasts like us say that you can develop this craft.

 

Deciphering Difference of Opinion in Layering Fragrances

Yes, fragrances can be and should be masked and layered to create something more exotic. However, the dedicated perfume-maker would not like his craft to be looked upon as a hobby. Amateurs in the niche of perfume-i-zation might interpret this as a joyful, explorative journey without realizing the seriousness at work.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Not Just The Perfume, Its Packaging Too Matters!



Changing Buyer Perceptions about Perfume Packaging
Perfume-makers might deny but industry experts holistically agree that perfume retail is about how the product is packaged. It is difficult to predict the consumer mindset, i.e. whether the buyer is looking solely for quality of contents, the fragrance and pricing or the purchase decision is affected by how the product is packaged.

Importance of Perfume Packaging: a Truth No One Can Refute

However, the industry is quickly realizing that if a perfume selection does not boast of an aggressive advertising campaign or celebrity branding, its packaging can make an impact. This applies to boutique perfume makers in particular. The fact remains that among perfume brands that don't boast of massive volumes are driven by how they are able to create a visual impact. Thus, their appearance, the manner in which a perfume bottle engages attention when placed on the table matters.

Tracking Changing Perceptions about Arabic Perfumes



Buying from Souks is Now Fashionable, Exploratory
Some people are stuck in time warp, still advocating that Arabic perfumes are not mean for everybody, insisting this is an acquired taste. However, don't agree with this perception. This is because there is something inherently soulfully uplifting about Arabian fragrances that appeal to every human sense, cutting through regional or socio-cultural differences. Arabic perfumes are not about buying scents from a particular culture. This is about giving your olfactory senses something better, purer and fresher, to feast upon—the use of pure Essential Oils in the Arabic perfume industry underlines this.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Giving Neroli Oil its Due


It is becoming literally hard to keep up with emerging trends in the niche of natural fragrances. This trend is gaining a global presence with modern fragrances ready to invent themselves, patronize the traditions. This week we are following one such Emerging Perfume OilsNeroli. Interpreted as the classic Arabian essential oil with strong notes, it has been mentioned in Europe too during the 18th century, particularly in Germany.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Popular Health Benefits of Natural Perfumes and Fragrances


Natural Perfumes are Extracted from 100% Organic Essential Oils

Are you a bit apprehensive about using synthetic perfumes and fragrances as they might cause allergy? Then swap those chemical fragrances with the soothing natural scents that are skin-friendly and extremely aromatic. A mesmerizing fragrance can have a great impact on your mood, soul and mind. These fragrances have the power to energize and uplift a dull ambience with their vitality. So, let’s see what natural fragrances and perfumes have in store when it comes to imparting health benefits:

Learn the Art of Blending Essential Oils

Blending Essential Oils is an Acquired Art
Do you like to use essential oils in candles for filling your home with a mesmerizing fragrance, in bathing water to relax your senses or to heal your ailments but are hesitant about blending them? Then you need to know that blending essential oils is not a rocket science, but it is an art that is easy to master.  Here we will share the basics of blending essential oils so that you can start making your own synergy blends.

Health and Harmony with Aromatherapy



When it comes to calming and relaxing your senses, Aromatherapy is one of the best ways to do so. It is a therapeutic treatment, which uses the benefits of natural aromatic essential oils to relax body and senses. Since ages, aromatherapy has been used as a method for supporting physical and emotional health. Aromatherapy always gives remarkable results as it uses essential oils, which are natural as well as life supporting. Not only relaxation, but some essential oils can even help you in healing body ailments like body and joint pains.

Get Familiar with Geranium: Fragrant Pure Essential Oils

Extracted from the leaves of Pelargonium Spp., via distillation, Geranium Oil is among the more common essential oils. However, it has gained some notoriety for being an adulterant. It is often used as a substitute for Ottoof Roses oil because of a similar fragrance. However, there is a wide difference between the two oils. Used commonly across the Arab world for making soaps and perfumes, germanium oil does not have the kind of floral-heavy notes we associate with rose oil. Geranium oil is a fragrant oil and very soothing, but it cannot be equated with pure rose oil.