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A Drop of Perfume for a Million Charm

Updated on February 15, 2010

The History of Perfumes, from East to West

The world of perfume comes from the Latin mean through smoke. The history of perfumes start from four thousand years ago. In that time human using perfume for the religious ceremony. They burn incense as offerings to the gods. The development of perfumes also used for fragrances. They used the perfume from mixture of oil and wood fragrant or sap. The famous princess from Egypt, namely Cleopatra using perfume as a charmer. it was said, the Greeks and Romans learned the art of concocting perfume from Egypt people. For a couple hundred of years, the art of Perfume controlled from the east.

The early of 15 century, this art brought to England and French. Perfume well known in all the Europe. In the French, the perfume industry growth rapidly. Chaterine de Medici, the Italian woman who had been married with Henry II, he is a French nobility. They had a role in the development of perfume in all France. And now we all know about perfumes and become million dollar business. With nice packaging , inside the beautiful bottle.

What do you think when you found unpleasant odor, you will close your nose directly. But if you smell fragrant, you will take a deep breath to enjoy that fragrant. That’s normally happen to us. Some people said that they get an inspiration from fragrances. And for the woman right now, they use the good effect of perfume for better appearance.

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A communication tool and change the mood

The reason why a woman use perfume, not only to scent their body or a tool to beautify themselves. But also used as a means to express or communicate the personality and mood of a person. With a sensitive nose and trained, the perfumer (perfume expert) race to produce fantastic perfume. It packed with unique bottle, the creativity of perfumer use beautiful name, mysterious and sometime sensational. Like Shalimar (Guerlain), Chaos (Donna Karran), Poison (Dior), Obsession (Calvin Klein), Cinnabar (Estee Lauder), L'Eau D'Issey (Issey Miyake). They create that name to support an imaging that was attached to the perfume.

Perfume also have a power to change the mood and the human emotion. The expert said that there was a connection between sense of smell with the emotional centers in the brain. When we smell something, a million of cells send the order to the brain. As we know the brain is the center of memory, emotions and human desires. Some research said that specific aroma can involve the human mood, such as: Lavender give calming effect, Vanilla could reduce stress, Bergamot to refresh our mind, Jasmine to overcome uneasiness. And perfume like aromatherapy, believed to cure an illnesses during 4000 years.

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The decision to buy a perfume associated with the personality of  person's. Such as the person with introverted personalities will select the gentle fragrance. Sometime our mood and feeling usually change. Sometimes felt sad and for the next time felt happy. For the morning and the afternoon is better to use a light perfume with the flower and leaves fragrance.  In the evening better match with the  perfume formulated using a variety of extracts from flowers or fruit-scented perfumes. For the night we can use classic perfume with a little tease. For the cocktail party, better using heavy perfume and it gave the warm, intimate and romantic impression.

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The best time to buy perfume

Before you use the perfume, better know four type of perfume who sold in the market. The four perfume based the concentrate are perfume, eau de parfum, eau de toilette, and eau de cologne. Perfume contain 15-30 % perfume concentrate. The aroma can stand about 3 up to 8 hours. Better use this type in the night.  Eau de parfum, this type contain about 8 – 15 %  perfume concentrate. The aroma will end in six hours. Eau de toilette contain about 4 – 8 perfume concentrate. Eau de cologne contain 3 – 5 % perfume concentrate. 

Don’t be fooled by rows of beautiful perfume bottles, scent fragrance from perfume sample paper. The chemical process from the human body will produce different smell. This influenced by the skin condition, life style and eating pattern. There is no guarantee that perfume will give a good fragrant when it use for somebody and it suitable for them. Don’t let the others intervence your decision. The best way is try to spray directly on you skin. Let it for a while. For the first you will smell strong aroma, it called the first note. In a short time, this smell will disappear.  It changed with the middle note (middle aroma). This is the core of perfumes will stand about one hour. The last is the base notes (the last aroma). This part will stand very long time.

Some tips for you:

  • Store the perfume in a cool place and dry. Avoid perfumes from the sunlight or hot areas.
  • If you have dry skin, use perfume much than before, usually perfume will last long in the oily skin.
  • To prevent sweaty palms. You can spray a little eau de clogne or eau de toilette in the palm of the hand and rub it.
  • Clothes not an ideal place to spray the perfume. The ideal place are artery, behind the ears, wrists, under the front of the neck, behind knees, on the inside of the elbow.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, Peggy. Thank you so much for coming and your big appreciation to this hub. I love your vote. I hope you enjoy this information. Take care!


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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Interesting history about perfumes and scents. I tend to stick with pretty much the same kind when I wear any at all. Interesting, useful and up votes.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks, amahubber for coming and share your experience by using your perfume. Nice to see you here. Take care!

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      amahubber 7 years ago from Egypt

      Yes you're right I use perfume more frequent "Dry skin"

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Your welcome, stars439. I am glad you enjoy this hub. Thank you very much. God bless you too. ~prasetio

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      stars439 7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Wonderful hub. Beautiful pictures. God Bless You.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks, SJKSJK for coming to this hub. I hope this hub useful for you and you can choose the best fragrance based your personality type. Take care!

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      SJKSJK 7 years ago from delray beach, florida

      Great tips. I always have so much trouble choosing a fragrance. I will use these tips.

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thank you a.l. laurice for stopping by. I am glad you liked all the information about perfume. see you ....

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      a.l. laurice 8 years ago from United States

      This is a great hub! So much fascinating history of perfume that I never knew before. Thanks!

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks drpastorcarlotta for give your time to visit. I am glad you liked this hub. I'll visit your hub soon.

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 8 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      I LOVE YOUR TIPS!!!!!Thank you so much!! Blessings! Visit me when you have a chance.

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      thanks Ten Blogger for coming to this hub and give your thought about this topic. I hope this hub benefit for us.

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      Ten Blogger 8 years ago

      prasetio30 : Thanks for the tips.. Now I could tell the difference between a perfume and Eau de toilette :)

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks everybody for giving your time to visit this hub. I am glad that you all liked this hub. I try give the best information. Actually those brand perfume is expensive for people around me. So they use the middle one, with good fragrances also.

      I think most of us use perfumes for society need and also show the social class. For self confidence is good for us.

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      JannyC 8 years ago

      Sweet hub parden the pun there LOL. I using body mist instead of perfume and I like lavender and everyone is calm around me too and say Im so comfortable to be around perhaps its my Lavender that calms them.

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Nice Hub especially for us girlies

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      Angela Blair 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Great info and thanks -- you always manage to include something in your Hubs that's news to me -- and I appreciate it! Best, Sis

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      breakfastpop 8 years ago

      Very interesting hub chock full of fragrant information!

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      Micky Dee 8 years ago

      Ahhh- so that's my problem. I need a cologne! Thanks Prasetio.

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      Great advice and well written hub. Thank you,

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      nice advices, and yes I store my perfume in cold areas as well, Thank you for the history of perfume, it smells good hehe, Maita

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      I agree with Pamela99 - these tips are really good. I'll defintely put them into practcie when I purchase my bodyoil (I can't wear perfume since I'm allergic to it).

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks Pamela and Mystique1957 for dropping by. I am glad you liked this hub. I hope this hub useful for us.

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      Mystique1957 8 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      As always, my friend Prasetio...Interesting hubs! This is great information and pleasant as well! Amazing things we learned everyday, huh?

      Thumbs up!

      warm regards and blessings,


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      Pamela Oglesby 8 years ago from United States

      Good tips about perfume. I enjoyed your hub.