Everything You Need to Know about Floral Perfumes Procurement
There’s a saying that you will never remember the handbag she was carrying or the branded watch on his wrist, but you will always remember the air around them. Fragrance, colognes, Eau de toilettes, and perfumes speak volumes about one’s personality. In fact, many people don’t consider themselves fully dressed if they haven’t spritzed on a bit of fragrance before stepping out the door. And when it comes to the scents, the mystique appeal of floral perfumes is perpetual. These like an invisible accessory are unforgettable!
This is not just about today, Cleopatra filled her ship with knee-deep roses in order to create an indelible image whilst on her way to meet Antony, because the enchanting aromas of blossoms are enticing enough to create an atmosphere of beauty and the memory that is transporting. Began as a part of a tradition in Egypt, blossom-forward scents have been a part of lifestyle since ages. However, the process of obtaining them has changed considerably. From a simple crushing of petals and storing these with oils for years, the process has now gone high-tech. You can make these at home or stroll through malls to find the perfect alluring floral scent with which you wish to make an empowering statement. But have you ever wondered how a floral perfume is actually made? How many flowers does it take to attain that perfect essence?
Well, if you are thinking about the same and wish to know further, this blog is going to take you onto a stroll from a flower garden to the mall from where you purchase that fruity-floral infused perfume.
Scents And Sensibility
Floriculture is carried along the countryside throughout the world. Beauteous varieties such as roses, violets, jasmines, orchids, lilies, carnations and many more are procured in order to produce captivating fragrances and if you’re wondering how many flowers? Well, just remember in order to manufacture a 15 milliliters perfume bottle, it takes 660-700 flowers.
These are freshly plucked when the evening is moving towards night, as flowers like Jasmine, roses tend to emit an alluring fragrance during these hours. The art of perfumes includes a series of the base, middle, and top notes. The essence of blossoms are trapped from the beginning and while many of you would think that roses might share a similar scent, well, in the floral world, no two scent is alike.
All the fragrance ingredients, as well as the functional ingredients, are gathered at once. The fragrance ingredients include the flowers, woodsy clove-honey, leaves, and other raw materials while the preservative, antioxidant solvent are the functional ingredients. Each one of them is thoroughly checked for the quality purposes.
The Great Extractions
It is the essential oil in flowers that are used to make a perfume and in order to achieve it, the flowers are squeezed till the oil releases via extraction processes such as Expression, Enfleurage, steam distillation, solvent extraction, and Maceration. Each of these follows a sequence of steps, for e.g. in steam distillation, flowers are boiled or are subjected to steam while in the first three types of extraction, grease and fats are used to extract oils. These are burned leaving the essential floral oil as the residue.
Researchers can never scientifically find the exact formula or the equation in order to produce the desired essence. Hundreds of ingredients are put into trails. The next step involves the blend of freshly extracted oils with alcohol. It is the alcohol composition in the product that determines whether the product will be a cologne, perfume, or Eau de toilette. Cologne contains 90% alcohol and an average of 10% essential oil, Eau de toilette has up to 15 percent essential oil and contains less alcohol than cologne. Perfume, which contains the least alcohol, has the strongest scent, with up to 40 percent essential oils.
The Dark Room
The oils are extracted and blended with alcohol. Now the concoction is all set for the aging process. This process involves keeping the perfume in a dark and a cool area for almost a year. The process helps the amalgamation of alcohol with the extracted oils and once it is done, the desired product has a stronger essence than earlier. Once achieved, the expert makes sure that the scent is the aspired one. However, if it is not, additional adjustments can take place at this point. Further, these are tested and checked for its quality purposes and are directly send to the departmental stores.
Study the notes!
Top Notes or the Head Notes
Top notes, also called head notes, introduce the perfume and, because they usually evaporate first, their scent is somewhat fleeting. Popular top-floral notes include roses, Lavender etc.
Middle Notes or the Heart Notes
Comprising of the 60% of the composition the middle notes are the hearts of a perfume. These are the statement-makers and provide a lingering scent in a perfume. Carnations and Jasmines are the middle notes florals.
Base Notes or the Finishing Notes
The rich, earthly-like aroma such as that of sandalwood is provided by the base notes.
The top floral notes in a perfume must provide the lasting fragrance, but, because the top notes evaporate first, it's actually the middle notes that persist. Base notes bridge the top and middle notes and "fix" the signature scent of the blend.