Perfume has an almost magical power to transport you around the world, with certain fragrances reminding you of a holiday or a loved one who always wears their signature scent. Though it may look like water, the make-up of perfume is often a little more complex than that.
Perfume is a combination of alcohol, water and essential oils. However, for various reasons, people seek out alcohol-free perfumes, meaning they can also be made just with water and more oils.
Given the simplicity, on the surface level, of perfume and its production, let’s look into the various oils that are used to make perfume (and why) rather than unpacking the technicalities or the mixing process.
Citrus flavours are some of the most common fragrances used for perfume, as their uplifting and fruity nature is striking without being overpowering. Instead, they achieve a fresh vibrancy, and are an all-day fragrance rather than an occasion-only one. They smell like Summer, and there are plenty to choose from, but some showstoppers include:
- Neom Grapefruit, Lemon & Rosemary Natural Wellbeing Fragrance
- Eden Perfumes Sicilian Lemon Eau de Parfum
- Libro degli Agrumi Bergamotto Eau de Toilette
Fragrance is an interesting social phenomenon – one has to wonder why some smells are obvious choices, while others, even if pleasant, like the smell of bacon (though never say never…) are less appealing. But realistically, if you take it back to before manmade smells were so easy to create (oh, science, you), it’s flowers that are nature’s perfume. Currently, they still dominate the market, even if they’re being distilled nowadays rather than being crushed. From roses to lavender, peonies to jasmine, if you can smell it in a garden, there’s probably a perfume with its name on the label. It’s hard to narrow down, but you should definitely consider:
People often struggle to pinpoint when something is flora and when something is fauna. Simply, if it smells like a plant but not like a flower, it’s fauna. This is appealing for people who don’t feel like they suit the sweet notes, but also don’t want to flip the scale to a muskier fragrance. So that’s when you start working with herby, grassy smells – whiffs of nature without that floral sweetness that a rose or a stalk of lavender would create. There’s loads, but why not start on these if you’re looking for a natural, non-floral aroma:
The citrus and floral notes are the perfect fragrances for summer, but not everyone wants to smell like the beach or a country garden year-round. Those warming smells that remind you of nestling up next to a fire are often spiced. Perfumes are often made of spices like cinnamon, vanilla, cloves, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg… you get the picture. If it smells like a hot cup of gluhwein, you’ve probably picked a spicy perfume. Here are some to add to your winter list:
The Less Obvious…
Though the idea of bacon-smelling perfume, as mentioned earlier, may seem like a ridiculous example used just for the sake of making a point… you’d likely be a combination of delighted and flabbergasted at what perfume has been made of. It’s 2020, anything can happen. From cigarettes to lobster – if you can imagine the smell, it’s probably been made into a perfume. These are a couple of Bevoir’s most shocking choices: