FAB BAG Magazine
Fragrance 11.1.

Published on November 8th, 2016 | by Yashodhara Ghosh

Perfumes Decoded


Seduction on your mind? Perfumes cannot be far behind… 

Building a monument to feminine vanity? We have it on good authority that it won’t be complete without a few bottles of Chanel, Elizabeth Arden, Lancôme and Calvin Klein…you get the general whiff. Our olfactory system is inextricably linked to the limbic system – that part of our brain which controls our behaviour and our emotions. So if you’re looking to create an atmosphere or evoke a specific mood, then the correct smell could push all the right buttons. Smell happens to be the most primitive of our senses. Back in the day, our cavemen ancestors used their sense of smell to forage for food, and (no prizes for guessing) find themselves mates. Centuries later, things haven’t changed much – even today, a good, heady fragrance is your most potent tool in the art of seduction. What better way to throw caution to the winds of flirtation than leave an invisible, tantalising trail of fragrance as you walk past the object of your affection? So if you want to draw attention to yourself in subtle, suggestive ways, the trick lies in choosing just the right fragrance – one that reflects, even suggests your personality.

Sniff & Tell

Let us tell you straight up that those ubiquitous paper testers they offer you at stores will only show you the tip of the iceberg. To get the complete picture, you have to get up close and personal. Dab some of the perfume onto your skin, and then wait for it to work its magic — gradually and in stages, over hours. When it comes to perfume, your first impression is never the last. And if perfume jargon goes over your head, here’s a little decoder for you…

Head over heels

The first fragrance that hits you when you spray on some perfume is the top note or the head note. The molecules of this fragrance are the smallest, the lightest and also the most volatile in the concoction. So as soon as you apply it on your skin, they are the first ones to waft up and engage your olfactory system, creating the introductory impression. The base note is chosen with care by manufacturers, with the obvious intention of wooing the buyer. So if you fell in love at first whiff, it’s the top note that did the trick.

Heart to heart

There’s more to come. Waiting in the wings, you have the middle notes, ready to engulf your senses just as the happy high from the top notes starts to wane. These molecules are somewhat heavier than the top notes, so while they take longer to come into full bloom and give off their aroma completely, they last much longer, and constitute the body of the perfume. This fragrance lies at the heart of the perfume, and so is aptly called the heart note.

The grand finale

Towards the end of its act, the middle note plays an interesting trick on our olfactory organ, by concealing the  mell of the base note, which is the perfume’s most overpowering fragrance. Base note molecules are the heaviest, and so contain the most intense smell in this symphony of smells. Quite literally, they’re the heavyweights on the perfume, and so come out to play at the fag end. As they are really sharp fragrances, they may be a little cloying and unpleasant at the beginning, and the middle note does a good job of masking that till the base note has mellowed down. The base note also lasts the longest, thanks to its weight.

FAB BAG PICKS

All Good Scents Chic : Sensual, superior and stylish. Irresistible for that someone special in your life. An absolute fashion statement with a touch of elegance. Defines you just as who you are… Very, very chic. CLICK HERE to view product

Mont Blanc LEGEND Eau De Toilette : Mont Blanc Legend by Mont Blanc Eau de Toilette Spray 3.3 Fl Oz. Legend man is confident and charismatic; he is effortlessly seductive and lives his feelings. Mont Blanc Legend Eau de Toilette is the incarnation of a resolutely masculine fragrance, both modern and timeless, with depth, modernity and the right amount of discreet mystery. A fresh fern with top notes that are lively, bright and clean; magnetic heart notes with a woody-floral tone; and a dry down with an unforgettable signature of tonka beans and sandalwood. CLICK HERE to view product

Cabotine de Gres : A chypre-floral perfume – the top notes contain blackcurrant buds, pear, plum and corriander. The heart is composed of rose, tuberose, ylang-ylang, ginger lily, hyacinth, heliotrop, fresia, violet and iris. The base notes are cedarwood, vanilla, tonka bean, cybet, musk and amber. Defintely green and quite strong! CLICK HERE to view product

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