Perfume Notes

How we perceive a perfume is based on how it is composed. The top, or head, notes are smelled first. They only last a short while, 5-10 minutes. The middle, or heart, notes come through when the top notes begin dissipating. They last much longer, at least 4 hours. The base, or bottom, or dry, notes compliment the heart notes, coming through only once the top notes are gone. They can last for days sometimes. Continue reading “Perfume Notes”

My own perfume

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So, over spring break, I tried making my own perfume. I bought little bottles of essential oils. Sandalwood, lemon, vanilla musk, amber, jasmine, narcissus, rosemary for some reason–it didn’t work out too well, and sweet orange, and ylang-ylang. Probably a few more that I can’t remember. I found a gardenia, but it didn’t smell right. Then I managed to get Everclear 190 proof! Continue reading “My own perfume”

What smelled good in Italy and France

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From Venice to Florence to Grasse to Versailles, perfume has always been a tool to ensure one never has to bathe. By drenching their clothes in scent, the aristocracy of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries chose to smell of as many odors as possible, including their own. Perfume became an expensive commodity displaying wealth and status even for the upper middle classes.


With a seafaring power that spanned continents, Venice was the birthplace of commercial perfumery in the West, serving as the terminus of the Eastern trade routes for aromatic gums and flavorful woods. When perfumers first set up shop in this city on the Adriatic during the twelfth century, their initial stock-in-trade was sweet waters. But with time, remarks a historian of Venice:
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Country boy

He smells like ice cold lemonade on a hot summer day. Sitting on the wooden rocking chair out on the front porch. As the hot, dry, dusty wind sends the corn stalks rattling, it hits the sweat on your neck which only increases the heat. This heat flows into your head and settles in your chest. It travels down your arm to your fingertips, but the glass in your hand sweats itself. Beads of cold drip over your fingers, sliding down your wrist, staving off the heat. Continue reading “Country boy”

Name Change

I’ve decided on an official name for this blog. “Character in Fragrance” I also have this idea for a creative aspect for this blog. Instead of just analytical stuff and me sending readers to other sites for information on a topic, well, let me ask you this. Have you ever thought of the smell of a character in a movie, TV show, or book? Now, I don’t mean their actual smell, but more the idea of a smell that represents them? For those that know me, you know that I love vampires. I love reading about them, and coming up with characters or mythos for them. Not Twilight vampires. I’ll say that right now. Vampires don’t sparkle. Continue reading “Name Change”