Category Archives: Fragrance knowledge

The Fragrance Wheel

Many of us love perfume but we can’t find our way around different scents. To most of us, many flowers smell the same, and it doesn’t seem true to say freshly cut grass has a scent. There are so many singular and combined scents in the perfume world and confusion is inevitable. The fragrance wheel […]

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Why your hormones can help you pick the perfect perfume

Research shows that to a large degree it’s shifting hormone levels that dictate scent preferences over the course of our lives. There are five stages of one’s life that can mark a significant shift in perfume choices. Tenacious Teens Fifteen is the average age for girls to get their first bottle of scent, according to […]

Scent Sense: Patchouli

“Patchouli has always been a part of my fragrance, like a line through my life.” (Julia Roberts) Patchouli is a popular and essential ingredient in many of today’s oriental, chypre and fougère perfumes. From the mint family with the oil being extracted from its bright green leaves through a process of steam distillation. A powerful […]

The affects temperature has on fragrance development

How your signature scent develops on your skin can be influenced by many factors such as general health, hormones, medication and body acidity. Another factor that is not often mentioned but which plays a significant role in enabling you to fully enjoy your perfume is temperature. An interesting observation is that the hotter the body […]

Scent Sense: Cardamom

Cardamom has been heralded as the spice of peace, functioning as a symbol of both hospitality and alliance. As such, at Persian wedding ceremonies, the groom would offer his future bride some cardamom pods, wrapped in silk cloth. Cardamom is the third most expensive spice next to saffron and vanilla. Originating in India, today it also […]

SCENT SENSE – Cedarwood

Cedarwood oil with its grounding, tenacious, balsamic, sweet and woody odour is identified as one of the most prized ingredients used in current day perfumery. It enhances the lasting power of natural and synthetic perfume fixatives and also intensifies their odour. It combines very well with citrusy notes and often encountered in fragrances for men. […]

Perfumes don’t seem to last on me.

When interviewing clients; one of the most frequent complaints about their perfume is that their much-loved scent throws-off very quickly usually within 30 minutes to an hour. The dilemma here is whether this is actually due to a poor sense of smell or whether there are body chemistry issues lurking. There are chemicals that can […]

Scent Sense: Tulips

“Tulips are irresistible. One just becomes happy seeing these springtime bouquets explode in a rainbow of colors. Easy to recognize and make for a comfortable flower choice. They are not too romantic, too elegant, too big or too small. They are just right, evoking coziness and a sense of tulip mania security.” An often-posed question […]

6 rules to apply when buying your signature scent.

Global Fragrance Expert Marian Bendeth says “A new scent should inspire you to daydream, or wear different articles of clothing, or get you in the mood for an event. When approaching a perfume counter, you need to be armed with a few strategies. Buying a new perfume can be tricky as there are several factors […]

Scent Sense: Frangipani

“Nothing evokes that tropical feeling like the serene scent of Frangipani” Frangipani is a timeless, colourful, fragrant flowering tree also known as plumeria and the Hawaiian Lei flower.  Native to warm tropical areas such as Mexico, the Pacific Islands and the Caribbean. Lei garlands have become a tourist tradition when visiting tropical islands such as […]