From the earliest histories from our civilization, there is evidence of the use of fragrant flora to enhance our surroundings. Thousands of years ago flowers, herbs and resins were used to create a fragrance. People soon discovered that resins and balms gave off a more powerful fragrance when heat and smoke was applied. Thus came the word ‘per fumum’ - meaning by or through smoke.
Perfume today uses a complex method. With each scent comprising of specific quantities that are combined using ethanol or both water and ethanol to create the perfumes we find on store counters today. True perfume can comprise of 30% of scented material whereas an Eau de Parfum will have closer to 15% within its mixture.
For centuries we have used naturally occurring ingredients to create perfumes, essential oils from plants, flowers and bark. We are starting to see more synthetic scents used to create new and innovative fragrance compounds like leather and metal.
TOP NOTES these are the first notes you smell in a fragrance and they will bring freshness and sparkle to a perfume.
HEART NOTES will give the “personality” of a perfume
BASE NOTESbring depth and solidity to a fragrance
Each fragrance can be moved into different accords or scent categories a few on the list are - Amber, Aquatic, Aromatic, Balsam, Citrus, Cologne, Floral, Fresh, Fruit, Gourmand, Green, Herbal, Oriental, Spice and Wood.
Fragrances are used in most products we encounter today. If you’re looking for new and intriguing scents, we have a sensory room here at Aromatic Ingredients where you can meet with our experienced perfumers to come on a fragrance journey to find what you’re looking for.