History teaches us that in Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt essential oils were used in the practice of embalming bodies, oils burned in rituals because there was the belief that their perfume would reach the gods. The term “perfume” derives from the Latin for fumum, which means “through smoking”, but it is thanks to Middle French that it has become such a common term. Exotic perfumes and fragrances were brought to Europe by knights returning from the Crusades in the Middle Ages and, more or less in the same period, Arab scholars discovered a way to extract the smell from rose petals, and the French a way to distill the alcohol from the wine. All these discoveries gave rise to the development of perfume production throughout the western world. In this way Grasse (a small village on the French Riviera in France) and Venice were transformed into world capitals of perfume. In fact, in the 17th century the first perfume houses were born in Paris and thus the profession of “perfumer” was born. From the beginning of the 19th century the first chemical and synthetic products were used for the production of perfume and their evolution over time marks the birth
t was only in the second half of the last century, thanks to the lower production costs (with consequent price reduction), that perfumes reached the mass market and the use of fragrances became part of the daily routine. But how are perfumes specifically produced? Perfumes are a composition of different ingredients (mainly plant or animal based, but also synthetic), distilled water and pure alcohol. Since alcohol is odorless, perfumes take their scent from essential oils and other perfumed substances. There are also several ways to extract essential oils from plants, and the most common are: expression or squeezing – which occurs when plants are squeezed until they release the oil. Enfluerage and maceration, when cold or heated fats are used to extract oils, steam distillation – when plants are boiled or steamed to extract oils; solvent extraction –
We have created a complete guide to show you the world of perfumes. You will learn what types of fragrances you can get, what the scents and notes are, you will receive some tips and tricks on choosing, applying and storing your perfumes, and many more. Have a good time!
Again, these are mainly male perfumes and, today, rather rare to find. They are characterized by a very aromatic accord composed of lavender, geranium, tonka bean and oakmoss.
Choose a fougère perfume if : you appreciate the aromas of the past, spicy, aromatic and with dry notes.
- Azzaro Pour Homme 50ML
- AZZARO POUR HOMME 50ML
- € 56.00-51%€ 27.30
- Davidoff Cool Water Intense 40ML
- DAVIDOFF COOL WATER INTENSE 40ML
- € 46.70-21%€ 36.90
- Davidoff Cool Water Intense 75ML
- DAVIDOFF COOL WATER INTENSE 75ML
- € 66.10-21%€ 52.20
It is perhaps the most numerous and heterogeneous family, typically female. There are soliflores, dedicated to a single flowery note, or more complex and abstract compositions that evoke the idea of spring itself. The most used flowers? Rose, jasmine, orange blossom, iris, ylang-ylang and tuberose.
Choose a floral perfume if : you want to enhance your feminine side with an intoxicating fragrance that never goes out of style.
- Bulgari Splendida Iris D’Or 50ML
- BULGARI SPLENDIDA IRIS D’OR 50ML
- € 95.00-37%€ 59.90
- Dior J’Adore 30ML
- DIOR J’ADORE 30ML
- € 68.60-13%€ 59.90
- Bulgari Splendida Iris D’Or 100ML
- BULGARI SPLENDIDA IRIS D’OR 100ML
- € 136.00-30%€ 95.50
- LEATHERY AND MUSKY PERFUMES
This family includes perfumes with particular and sometimes “bold” notes. The mainly dry notes recall the scent of leather, skin and tobacco. There are many men in this group, but there are also many female excellences that have made the history of perfumery, from Cuir de Russie to Habanita, just to name a few.
Choose it if: you love to amaze and you don’t want to go unnoticed with a fragrance with new notes.
- Aramis Eau de Toilette 110ML
- ARAMIS EAU DE TOILETTE 110ML
- € 86.00-58%€ 36.50
- Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum 50ML
- BOTTEGA VENETA EAU DE PARFUM 50ML
- € 94.00-15%€ 79.90
- Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum 30ML
- BOTTEGA VENETA EAU DE PARFUM 30ML
- € 67.00-14%€ 57.60
- Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum 75ML
- BOTTEGA VENETA EAU DE PARFUM 75ML
- € 113.00-15%€ 96.40
In addition to these, there are obviously several sub-categories and in recent years, thanks to the extraordinary development that perfumery art has known, completely new ones have been added, such as the gourmand family (gluttonous, generally sweet and similar to the culinary world such as Thierry Mugler Angel and Aquolina Pink Sugar) and that of the marine-ozone (fresh and saline like Reminiscence Rem and Issey Miyake