Monday, September 18, 2017

The Perfumes of Arabia

Perfume is the key in every of our memories. It awakens people, places, time. In the Middle East, the aroma is very precious, and enjoyed everywhere, from the mall that smells of incense and delicious oud. Burned in mabkharas gently, from the special perfume in every souk.

At home, incense burned into scent and perfume is offered as a refreshing gift for every visitor. During my trip in the Middle East, after dining with a designer one night. He brought a bottle of crystal sandalwood oil. Then he anointed my wrist with his sandalwood oil. It is a great honor, and the smell of sandalwood still evokes the sight and sound of the journey than any photograph.

Perfume comes from the Latin 'per fumum' which means 'through smoke', and extracted from nature, or made synthetically. To discover an entirely new unknown in nature in Arabia, the perfume was first distilled.

With many aromas such as cedar, calamus, costus, rose, rosemary, spike, and incense have been extracted. In 1900, the characterization of oil chemistry resulted in the expansion of production, and this paved the way for the modern perfume industry. The best perfumes may have up to 100 ingredients, and while there are only four or five taste qualities, there are over 40,000 recognizable odors.

After being sprayed onto the skin, each fragrance passes through several stages. At first, you smell the overtone, which is volatile and refreshing. Then, as the fragrance melts with your skin, a full middle tone becomes clear. Flower perfume focus on jasmine, roses, lilies from the valley or gardenia. Spicy aromas are carnations, cloves, cinnamon, or nutmeg.

Wood fragrances that often exist in aftershaves are fragrant roots, sandalwood, cedar, and oak moss. The mixture of the base group creates the perfume we like.
For example, 'Orientals' are woody, mossy, and spicy with vanilla or balm, and musk or ferret accents. Focus 'herbs' on fresh clover and sweet grass.

A lighter Aldehydic fragrance has a fruit character. Men's perfumes often have a mixture of orange, spice, skin, lavender, masculine or wooden ferns. In addition to all the famous brand perfumes, you will find stalls and boutiques selling like firewood or driftwood.

Even in supermarkets like Carrefour you will find a section that sells incense and perfumed resin with shisha and charcoal pipe. Exploring jeweled bottles like gems in one of the local markets, you might think that elegant and elegant designs are a new trend, but even in the early packaging of history is an integral part of the overall luxury experience.

 The earliest known bottle of perfume dates from 1000 BC. Gold, silver, enamel, copper, glass and porcelain bottles gained support during the 18th century, and the 19th century saw trends for classic designs. During the 1920s, Lalique revived interest in bottles with the creation of glass molds that became a trend for various designs that fascinate today.

It is a joy that examines the history of perfume making for 'The Perfume Garden', and realizes how our love affair with fragrance returns to the earliest times. There is something magical, alchemist about how perfume ignites the past.