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Natural Perfumes Oils and You:

A Handy Guide With Tips For the Natural Perfume Novice

Countless one-on-one client consultations & endless research illuminate the following as handy info integral to helping a novice understand & appreciate the intricacies of the natural perfume experience.

 

Ancient Roman Glass Perfume Bottles Courtesy of Israeli Antiquity Authority

About Natural Perfume & Cologne Oils: Natural perfume & cologne oils have been with mankind for thousands of years & represent perfume in its first primordial form. Devoid of synthetic components, natural perfumes defy modern convention, hearkening back to times of old with meticulous craftsmanship and wholesome, carefully cultivated ingredients. Evocative & fabulously nuanced, natural perfume oils have distinct personalities that evolve across the skin in an organic fashion with characteristic peaks and valleys of intensity. Melding with your personal aroma, these creations linger close to you instead of pushing out to take over a room.

For the Natural Perfume Novice: If this is your first time to indulge in natural perfume or cologne oils be aware that it may take you a few days to acclimate to your new aroma. Years of using synthetic perfumes & products scented with strong synthetic components means that your nose is just a bit “ruined” and I say this playfully. The fact of the matter is that you -like many people- are most likely accustomed to an aroma spectrum that is unnaturally pungent, amplified ten fold thanks to a host of preservatives & other chemicals used in the mass market goods to “pump up” aromas in everything from high-priced designer perfumes to clothing detergents. Most of us have a rather skewed idea of what things should smell like thanks to the dilemma of growing up in a world surrounded by synthetic smells and flavors.

Take for instance the smell of Lavender. Lavender is one of the most popular aromas on the market today, but many people are turned off  by the somewhat medicinal, herbacious smell of real Lavender thanks to years of inhaling synthetic Lavender—which is a veritable Frankenstein’s monster of  high gloss sweetness piggy backing atop synthetic Lilac & Violet fragrances. I love the smell of real Lavender now, but when I first dove into the world of natural perfumes I too initially thought Lavender smelled a bit like my grandmother’s linen closet of moth balls & odd medicinals.

So remember to give yourself a little time to acclimate to a natural perfume & try to ween yourself off of a life filled with synthetic aromas one product at a time. You’ll thank yourself for it as you recalibrate and deepen your sense of smell, I promise!

A few other essential oil aromas that are quite different from their candy coated synthetic cousins: Ginger, Clary Sage, Vetivert, Red Thyme, some types of Geranium

Longevity & the Natural Perfume & Cologne Oil: Unlike their over amplified counterparts, natural perfume oils evolve against the skin in an organic fashion. The aroma’s strength peaks soon after application & then simmers down about you for the next 4-6 hours depending on body chemistry and activity level. Since such perfumes quickly meld with your natural personal aroma, it can be very easy to perceive that an aroma has weakened simply because a couple hours have passed & you no longer perceive the aroma about you as you would with popular, alcohol-heavy perfumes. Before applying more, consider  asking someone in the same room with you if they can smell the perfume when they draw near you. You’ll commonly discover that the aroma is indeed still with you. Natural perfumes are like the seductive stealth ninja of the perfume realm, often working through subtle movements they accomplish much. Synthetic perfumes, on the other hand, aren’t too keen on subtlety and tend to leave you sitting in a strong cloud of aroma that often burns the nose just a tad all the live long day. Natural perfumes more so veil you in a light mist that creates tendrils of aroma that undulate about you verses swathing you in a choking cloud.

 

—Why two bottles of the same perfume may smell different when purchased more than 90 days apart. This is a basic discussion on the nuances of essential oils in relation to aroma duplication over spans of time: Imagine if you will that you’re holding two different bottles of Rosemary Essential Oil. Both come from the same vendor & the bottles appear identical. Yet, when you open each bottle to take a whiff you notice that one smells a bit different than the other, maybe just a touch sweeter. Why, is this? Well, the common reality of this situation is that two different bundles of rosemary were used so each bottle is actually from a different distillation batch and different Rosemary plants. This is the situation that leads to identical bottles of perfume smelling a bit different if they’re ordered more than 90 days apart: natural products are prone to natural nuances.

 

—Always give your bottle a shake: Natural oils can separate a bit if a bottle is left undisturbed. They can also thicken a bit if the ambient room temperature is kept cold. Always remember to give your bottle or vial of perfume a little shake before applying to pulse points. You may also consider warming your perfume up a bit by rolling the little bottle between your toasty hands. Forgetting to shake the bottle means you’ll perceive your perfume or cologne oil to be weak in aroma strength.

 

Don’t Over Do It: If you receive over 3 individual aroma samples, try to resist the urge to inhale all the aromas back-to-back. Smelling too many aromas simultaneously can create the illusion that all the aromas smell the same and you can literally burn out your nose, lol. Inhaling too many aroma blends at once can also trigger migraines and queasiness in some (even happens to me on occasion- a situation I call “olfactory overload” or “yummy smell overdose”). So try to wait about 15-20 minutes between each “smelling session” to ensure that you have a pleasant experience with your new nest of yummy aroma samples.

 

Regarding The Differences Between The 1/2 Oz General Application Bottle and the 1/3 Oz Roll-On Bottle: Recently, a customer who purchased both my 1/2 oz bottle size and 1/3 oz roll-on bottle size, brought to my attention the fact that my 1/3 oz roll-on bottle (amber glass with reddish-tone brass cap) looks an awful lot like my 1/2 oz bottle (amber glass with brown plastic cap). Let me assure everyone that these are indeed 2 different bottles and the 1/2 oz size is indeed larger than the 1/3 oz. Here’s some clarification for the curious and I’ll soon be posting a little video demonstrating the difference between certain bottles so everyone is well informed.

–The 1/2 oz bottle and the 1/3 oz roll-on bottle may appear to be the same size (with the 1/3 oz appearing even a bit taller thanks to the tall cap), but close inspection will reveal to you that the glass wall of the 1/3 oz bottle is much thicker than the 1/2 oz bottle. This is why the 1/3 oz bottle has significantly darker glass than the 1/2 oz and it even feels heavier when empty compared to the 1/2 oz counterpart. So, despite what a quick glance may tell you, the volume of the 1/2 oz bottle is indeed greater than my 1/3 oz roll-on.
–In my tests to validate the volume of my 1/2 oz bottle, pouring liquid from it to my 1/3 oz roll-on bottle lead to a 1/3 oz bottle filled to the very brim with liquid (no room for a roll-on mechanism), with liquid left over in the 1/2 oz bottle accordingly.
–Pouring liquid from my 1/2 oz bottle into a 1 oz bottle lead to a 1 oz bottle filled exactly half way.
–When you look closely at the bottles, sit them up properly with one behind the other without their labels on (not side by side laid down) and you can also see that the 1/2 oz bottle is slightly wider & shorter than the 1/3 oz (looking at the two from a top-down perspective also reveals this).
–The neck of the 1/3 oz is indeed taller than the 1/2 oz and this allows for the roll-on-ball mechanism and its plastic housing to sit snug and secure. The neck of the 1/2 oz bottle is not as tall as the 1/3 oz because there is no need for there to be room for a roll-on ball mechanism in the 1/2 oz.
–If you make a precise measurement of the bottom of the 1/2 oz bottle, you’ll find that it is larger than the bottom of the 1/3 oz.
–If you decide to utilize a bottle of your own to verify the volume of one of my bottles, please be sure to use a bottle that you are absolutely positive of the volume. A bottle with info indicating exact volume is obviously recommended as being the most accurate means of taking a measurement. Using a bottle that you’re guessing is “approximately” the same size as one of mine is far from scientifically sound. The science of verifying volumes works on exacts…not loose approximations and guess-timations. And please note that I can’t validate the volume of my bottles against some mysterious, unmarked bottle in your collection that I’ve never seen.

 

 

 

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