Perfume is a mixture of fragrant essential oils, which are diluted with alcohol. It is then filtered. This process produces a fragrant liquid, which is ready to be aged. The perfume can be sold, but it is also used in soaps, lotions, shampoos and other personal care products. Fragrance is a defining characteristic of many cosmetic products, but it can also be harmful. Some ingredients, such as hexyl cinnamal, are considered skin allergens.
A perfume is usually composed of three notes: top, middle, and base. Each note is responsible for a different aspect of fragrance. Top notes are typically light and fresh. Base notes tend to be rich and deep, and they are close to the departure of the middle notes. However, these notes aren’t usually perceived until about 30 minutes after application. They also add to the overall solidity of the perfume.
There are five main families of perfumes: woody, floral, citrus, fruity, and spicy. Each has its own unique scent. Many perfumes are blends of various aspects of these groups, but each one is a specific fragrance.
Fragrances are also categorized by the degree of dilution of the oil. For example, a perfume that is diluted with 20 percent water is called an eau de toilette (EdT). In contrast, a perfume that is diluted with 80 percent alcohol is called a cologne. These are made from natural or synthetic aromatics.
Throughout its history, perfume has been used in religious ceremonies, burial rituals, and everyday attire. Ancient texts suggest that people have been using perfumes since ancient Mesopotamia. Egyptians were famous for making perfume balms, which were applied to their bodies and their heads.
Modern perfumery began in the late nineteenth century with the synthesis of aroma compounds. These compounds allowed perfumes with unattainable smells to be created. By the early twentieth century, the commercial production of these compounds had become popular.
Today, perfumes are produced in laboratories. Their compositions can be based on tens to hundreds of individual fragrance chemicals. Often, synthetic aromatics are used as a cheaper alternative to natural components. Although synthetic perfumes can be more difficult to produce, they can often provide scents that are not found in nature.
Fragrances are sometimes thought of as trade secrets, but companies are legally required to list the ingredients in their products. If a product is not labeled, it can contain ingredients that are harmful for human health. Examples of these harmful ingredients include hexyl cinnamal, linalool, and HICC. People who are allergic to these components may develop contact dermatitis after exposure to a small amount of the perfume.
The International Fragrance Association works with the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials to test fragrances for safety and ensure they are suitable for human use. Its standards are the basis of the fragrance industry’s safety system.
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