Thursday, 10 September 2015

Answering Some Common Questions about Perfumes

Our growing community of perfume buyers and enthusiasts often share their opinions with us. We love this interaction. Today, we are taking a cue from these discussions and are answering some of the more frequently recurring queries:
Answering Common Questions about Perfumes

Is adoring some perfumes and loathing others common?

We often get this query as people believe all perfumes are meant to impress our olfactory senses. Therefore, the fact that some perfumes repel you seems a bit odd. However, this is a common occurrence. Blame it on your genetic configuration and life’s experiences. The fact remains that our senses have developed via the genetic material passed on to us by our parents and molded by the kind of environment to which we have been exposed to over the years. Someone who has lived, surrounded by herbal gardens might literally hate perfumes with a chemical tinge.


Those who prefer deodorants might not take an immediate liking to natural floral scents. Some smells have a nostalgic value. For example, a whiff of lavender essential oil might remind you of that distinct smell your grandmother wore after her morning visit to a nearby temple complex. The more scientific terminology for this is Olfactory Fingerprints. This is like a warehouse of different smells we have come across over the years. So, if you happen to hate a Davidoff but love the subtle, woody smell of Agarwood chips, just let yourself lose and enjoy the experience.

 

Does it make sense to test perfumes using a blotter?

You must have read our blogs before where we say that perfumery is not an exact science. It is about human senses and it cannot be formulated to perfection. The same theory applies to blotting paper designed for testing fragrances. However, the initial impression created by a blotter might be slightly misleading. This is particularly applicable when the blotter is not made from the requisite ingredients.
We are more in favor of testing a perfume by applying it in your skin and allowing some time for it to make its presence felt. Roam around with the scent, just take a stroll and uncover how you react to a particular scent. Blotters are better used by those with a very keen sense of smell or seasoned perfumers who can decode notes in a blotter.

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