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Perfumes — What is a fragrance?

THE MOST FAMOUS OF ALL PERFUMES - CHANEL NO 5

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Chanel No 5 described as the "grandaddy of modern perfumes" was invented by Coco Chanel shortly after World War I. This outstanding perfume contains close to 80 ingredients some natural and others synthetic. Synthetics were first introduced in the mid 1800s. By the time of the release of Chanel 5 (Coco Chanel's fifth try), 80% of the world's synthetics had been created. Chanel 5 is still the benchmark for all budding noses and still commands a most loyal following Today's perfumes, in the main, contain 90% synthetics and 10% natural ingredients, and unlike Chanel 5 are made in bulk in...

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NOSES IN THE PERFUME INDUSTRY

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Yes, it is true every face has a nose, but what I am talking to you about is a small band of experts who can sniff out and make the best of perfumes. Noses in the perfume industry are few and far between. They have the powers of scent detection and assessment together with the ability to mix ingredients to produce a fragrance that brings pleasure and joy to thousands of people. Noses are still employed in large scent conglomerates, continually designing and developing perfumes that meet the brief given to them by perfume retailers. A few luxury Fashion Houses...

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HAVING A NOSE FOR PERFUME

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Some people have a nose for picking up a scent. Many simply don't. Whatever a human 'nose' might be, it can't match that of some creatures particularly hunting animals. Mankind has put the natural 'skill' of domesticated animals to advantage by using trained dogs to detect drugs and plants in airports, tracking people lost in the bush or the mountains, and tracking down escapees. Humans are not able to compete with dogs in recognizing a wide range and lower concentrations of odours. However they possess the intellectual powers to be able to create odours such as perfumes, by combining scented...

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THE MYSTIQUE OF PERFUME

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Since time immemorial, perfume has held a special place in people's minds. The burning of incense, the sprinkling underfoot of sweet smelling flower petals, crushing aromatic plants into vegetable oils - all these were means of enjoying the pleasures of natural fragrances. The essentials of modern perfume came into being in the 1300s when chemists discovered how to better distill alcohol and to mix it with lemon and other scented plants. By the time of the arrival of the Middle Ages, France had become the world centre for perfumery. The Kings of France were renowned for their use of perfumers...

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Finding the right FRAGRANCE / PERFUME for you

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What is a Fragrance? A fragrance has the quality of possessing a sweet and pleasant odour. Perfumes, oils and incenses typically have that same quality. You may well ask - what is the difference between a fragrance, a perfume, and a scent. Essentially they mean the same thing. In US the term fragrance is most common, in UK scent is in common use, and in France it is Parfum. In Australia all terms are commonly used but perfume is predominant. The fragrance industry tends to refer to the most concentrated form of a scent as a perfume or parfum, while...

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