The perfume has derived its name from the Latin word for a smoke. The perfume was used to produce odoriferous smoke in ancient religious ceremonies. Burning herbs exacted the perfume, typically aromatic gums, and myrrh. Early cultures of humanity learned that certain oils extracted from plants could enhance to feel and smell of the skin.
The production of perfumes began that the time of the Mesopotamian civilization. Simultaneously interest in aromatic oils increased, and people wanted an attractive package for the repository of the hard to get scented oils. Egyptians, who invented the glass, began using glass as the packaging for perfume. The glass perfume bottle has been around thousands of years.
It was not until the 1900s that perfume designers began to categorize perfume by scent. Originally, the classes of scents described the strength of a specific perfume formulation. In the 1900 scent producers, began to systematize perfume by classification of odors. These categories were initially used to describe the peculiar hue of a strong scent, but over time have expanded and developed to allow perfumers to make even more specific descriptions of scent formulation. The earliest classes were unique and included the smell of the cardinal families of scents.
There were only floral names to describe scents in early perfume. For example, roses or lilies of the valley had their own class. A perfume that was a combination of floral scents classified as a floral bouquet as if no specific flower dominated the scent.
The next level of classification was to describe the character of the scent, such as sweet or musky. Other perfumes were associated with smells such as honey and snuff. Popular scents at the time for both sexes were lavender.
During the world war, two new classes of scents made the way into lady’s perfumes. Light floral had a class of their own. Citrus scents and spicy scents began to be seen as separate classes not just add-ins to floral scents.
In 1983 the scent wheel was invented to describe the scent of perfume formulas on three levels. The predominant scent being the first note categorized. The next strength of the dominant scent is the next and so on. Notes are used to describe a scent in a mixed perfume to show that, like music, the scent notes must blend to create a beautiful end product.
Today new notes are being added all the time they include refinements of the notes of new perfume formulations, like middle eastern floral and various levels of woody scents. Oriental floral scents are different from Middle Eastern floral scents and so a new class of notes was called for.
Women who fall in love with a certain scent may find that the scent changes when they wear it over time. The foods we eat, medication we take, and hormonal changes all affect the underlying body order that blends with the perfume we wear. We each have our own unique body chemistry. It changes with the environment and age. Sometimes the changes are temporary, and we need to stop using our favorite scent for a short time. The garlic you eat last night will not be changing the scent of your perfume three days hereafter.
Menopause is a different matter. You may want to venture into this new phase of life with a new favorite scent. Experiment and you will find a new one that reacts well with your changing body chemistry. Remember when you add a scented lotion or body power to your bath routine and then apply your perfume; you may change the ‘notes’ of the perfume.
The addition of the new fragrances from your bath products changes how your favorite scent smells when you wear it. This is why many women buy sets of body scents that match the perfume they wear. If you are bold add a scent like a peppermint on top of your light floral scent. You may be pleasantly surprised by the new creation of notes you have come up with without changing your regular perfume.