What’s New In Parfums?
August 20, 2010 by femguide In Category Parfum
Parfums are nothing new. If you think back about your mother, grandmother, piano teacher, or first date, chances are, you remember how she smelled. Our chosen scent or scents say something about us, and become a part of how we are perceived. Our memories of our grandmothers and piano teachers likely conjure olfactory reminiscences of rose water, vanilla, and sandalwood. These were all popular fragrances, with single scents, like a flower or an herb. Young ladies wore scents that were extremely feminine, floral, or sometimes carrying hints of citrus.
Over the years, our tastes in fragrances have evolved with the new formulas and ideas of the makers of parfum. Interesting textures and layers can be found in today’s fragrances, combining multiple floral scents or placing a woodsy scent with a hint of citrus, for a more complex fragrance overall.
Now, we choose our scents from a fairly general set of options:
- Green, which encompasses clean outdoorsy fragrances like grass, leaves, cucumbers, and dew.
- Fruity scents, such as peach, mangoes and passion fruit, melons, and berries.
- Citrus is a category of its own because citrus fragrances do not have the sweet tones that other fruity fragrances carry. Orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit offer crisp, clean colognes and parfums.
- Aquatic scents carry the tones of a river or stream, or the ozonic scents experienced after a thunderstorm. Similar to their masculine cologne counterparts, these fragrances have a clean, refreshing aroma.
- Bright floral scents can be heady, depending on the fragrances used. As in nature, floral scents can be light or they can be heavy and very sweet. Either way, these scents are very feminine in nature and conjure images of a sunny day.
These subsets of fragrances offer an infinite number of combinations, making it possible to choose a signature scent that works just for you. Additionally, some modern parfums are formulated to smell different on each woman who wears it, combining with her natural scents to create a unique fragrance. These are preferable for some who wish to have a scent that will not be found on anyone else.
Exotic oils are very popular as parfum fragrances. These are natural oils extracted from plants and trees, and distilled, pulling the natural essence and fragrance from the plant to create a fragrance that is very true to its original source. These oils are used on their own, in parfums, and in lotions and cosmetics as well.
In the 1980’s, the fragrance wheel was developed, and it continues to be a great tool in choosing a fragrance that suits the persona you wish to present. The wheel identifies the five standard families of fragrance as floral, Oriental, woody, Fourgere (referring to ferns), and fresh. The first four of these families are the classic identities, and the last two are more modern. On the wheel, each of these is divided into subgroups, indicating into what family each fragrance falls. This is a great place to start if you are seeking a new signature