Perfume, also called Extract or Extrait , can include 15-40% perfume concentrates. Perfume is made up of alcohol, water & perfume (fragrance) oil. Perfume is a scented liquid worn on the skin to impart a pleasant odor. Perfume is also made up of animal and plant-based aromatic compounds, dissolved in a mixture of alcohol and water. Most highly concentrated form of fragrance, containing between 20 – 50% perfume compound, It’s the strongest and the longest lasting. The amount of scented matter to solvent determines whether the blend is a perfume or a cologne. The highest proportion of scent is found in true ‘perfume’ – anywhere from 25 to 40% is pure scent. Pure perfume is rarely sold, since it is prohibitively expensive and, frankly, far too easy to ‘overdo. Most consumers are more familiar with eau du parfum, which is 15-30% aromatics.
Perfume has been an essential part of human culture for centuries. People love to stay fragranced. It is pleasurable and gives a wonderful feeling of individuality. Earlier almost common fragrances were worn by the males and females. There are 3 major types: oriental, floral & chypre (means “very sincere” in French).
There are also many sub-variations such as woody, musky, aquatic, spicy & fruity. The floral fragrances are created by the extracts of different flowers such as jasmine, roses, lavender, carnation etc. Floral fragrances are the most in demand scent in the whole world. They are loved by almost all the generations. Woody fragrances are easy to adapt and comfortable to wear. Oriental fragrances are strongest as compared to other fragrances. It includes rich undertones and sensual overtones that make it a heavy blend.
Oriental fragrances are pretty strong and are considered best for the evening events, corporate environments and special events, age is no barrier. Jasmine, gardenia, and rose bases are the most popular of the popular, often for their unique blending style and their ability to match most body chemistries. Fruity fragrances are generally fresh and spicy. It is quite youthful and is suitable for all types of weather. They are best for the one who likes wearing classic fragrances with a tint of flair in it. It gives an aroma of crispness in summer and warm cider and deserts in winter. Most modern perfumes and colognes are made using the fragrance oils that the fragrances houses develop using essential oils and aromatic chemicals. Perfume oils are similar to perfumes, with the exception that the solvent is oil-based rather than alcohol-based.
Types of Perfume
1. Aftershaves (AS), lotions & splashes: the least concentrated of all perfume types containing 0.5% – 2% perfume oils.
2. Parfum: the highest concentrate of perfume with approx 22% oils.
3. Perfume oils are similar to perfumes, with the exception that the solvent is oil-based rather than alcohol-based.
4. Moisturizing perfume mist is a fragrance that does not contain alcohol. It is a spray that contains oil and leaves skin with a silky smooth veil of perfumed moisturizers.
5. Solid perfumes are often molded into pillboxes or tiny compacts to fit easily in a handbag for on-the-go applications.