Unlike porcelains, skilfully crafted status and beautifully painted art pieces, Perfumes were initially not recognized as a form or art, but just a commercialized product?
It was only in 2013, when the first major exhibition of “The Art of Scent 1889-2012” was held that people’s perception of fragrances changed direction and start to recognize perfume creations as art works.
Let’s look at some known ways where museum exhibit fragrances as art pieces.
The perfume museum known as “The Art of Scent 1889-2012”, and showcased 12 classic perfumes starting with Aimé Guerlain’s Jicky (1889).
Small white rooms are set up where fragrance is dispersed into the room with the desired fragrance. On the walls, the name of the scent and the perfumer name were presented.
There are also interactive spaces placed, where visitors can use provided blotter papers to smell and experience the various room.
This museum opens up how intricately designed perfumes are created and the aesthetics of formulation design involving creativity.
The Fragrance Museum Farina-House in Cologne, Germany, also displays packaged perfumes. There are also “chamber of essence” sites where visitors are able to smell accords use to formulate the perfume – allowing a sneak peek into the perfume making process.
Similarly, held in 1960s in Barcelona, Museo Del Perfum, is a fragrance museum set up by showcasing rows and columns of packaged perfumes in large display glass shelves.
The focus of such museum was diversity, a haven for perfume lovers to explore a wide variety of different fragrances.
There are also museums such as Grasse: the Museum of Perfumes, in France, that exhibits raw materials of their perfumes in flasks along with equipment that makes perfumes.
The highlights of such museum are its educational purposes on each scent and the process of perfume making.
Personalize Your Own Perfumes
After looking through the way museums set up and display their fragrances, how about trying out the most interactive way to learn and experience perfume making process, like attending a Perfume Workshop?
The perfume workshop offers a wide variety of fragrance oil for you to try and smell through to figure out your preference. It is also a fun and innovative way of perfume making as it made use of personality quizzes and connects it back to fragrances.
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The Scent Concept of Musk
Musk is a scent well-loved by many, and have long been a sought-after as a fragrance ingredient in perfumes.
There are many misinterpretations of musk scent, very often people describe it as a scent with a powerful, heady and animalic note. However, the is a wrong scent character of Musk.
Let’s find out more about what musk actually smells like and different variety of musk!
The actual scent of musk smells clean, mild and powdery and often relates to freshly cleaned laundry, and is very contrary to strong, animalic notes that people may have seen it as.
Interestingly, some people naturally could not perceive the scent of musk or could only perceive a certain variant of musk. Hence, it is also known to be a safe choice of scent due to its mild nature.
However, do not belittle this mild scent, it is a very important and powerful perfume ingredient that even just a small quantity can influence the fragrance character drastically.
Musk ingredient can be harvested from natural sources in animals such as civet cat or musk deer.
When harvested, it is usually in high concentration where the scent is overwhelming and is deemed as borderline unpleasant. Therefore, to make it pleasant enough to be added into perfumes, this ingredient is first treated and dried in a powder, then diluted in ethanol for months and years.
The dried down and diluted version of musk scent smells cleaner and more pleasant – a much adored and lovely scent.
Fortunately, because there is a raise in awareness for animal rights, hence synthetic form of Musk is now a more prevalent fragrance ingredient used in our perfumes.
When synthetically made, many varieties of similar scented fragrance ingredient can be made, thus possess many are varied forms of musk scent. Despite all having a similar theme, each smell subtly different. Some possess a more floral note to it, while others have a woodier tone, there are also ones with fruity nuances in it.
Popular Synthetic Musk: Galaxolide, Habanolide, Amberttolide, Ethylene Brassylate.
This may come off unexpected, as although musk is mild in scent, it is still classified as a base note and would leave a lasting scent on your clothes or skin when applied.
Musk often complements with fragrances such as sandalwood, vetiver, leather, pepper and even lavender.
Customize your Musk Perfume!
Want to smell and create your very own musk perfume? Try attending our perfume workshop now with our wide range of fragrance oil available for you to be spoilt for choice!
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Common Perfume Aldehydes
Aldehydes are one of the significant ingredients used in the field of perfumery for our fragrances. This aldehyde creation has revolutionized the industry and now exposed to a wider variety of fragrances.
If you have prior knowledge about aldehydes, you probably also heard that Chanel No. 5 perfume formula uses aldehydes as one of its crucial aroma ingredients.
Not only that, even despite the impression that the first aldehydic perfume is Chanel No. 5, the first perfume containing aldehyde is actually introduced in 1905, formulated by Armingeat - a scent known as Rêve D’Or (Golden Dream).
With all these aldehydes scented perfumes in the world now, curiosity could get the better of us. So, let’s find out more about what common aldehydes are there and how they individually actually smells like.
Do you recognize the smell of your almond pudding? Not only in desserts, but also in fragrances, this aromatic compound known as benzaldehyde as shown in the diagram above, is synthesized and used to replicate this almond scent.
It is the simplest form of aromatic aldehyde and yet one of the many crucial fragrance ingredients used industrially in the perfume and flavour world.
Aldehydes (C7 - C10)
As for string carbon chained aldehyde groups, each individual can also display their unique set scented properties.
The compound aldehyde C7, with seven carbon, can be found naturally occurring in clary sage and has a green, herb and leafy fragrance profile.
On the other hand, aldehyde C8 assumes a waxy, orangey fruity scent with a green peel tone.
Aldehyde C9 smells more floral with jasmine and rose-like fragrance. It is a great addition for enhanced boost in sophistication and warmth in perfumes.
Lastly, yet also extremely vital perfumery ingredient, is this fatty aldehyde C10. It is used in floral accords such as rose, jasmine, iris and even in citrus blends as well.
Aldehyde (C11 - C18)
Many is found to like the scent of longer carbon chained aldehyde better due to their richer, cleaner, sweeter or fruitier tones.
Firstly, for C11 undecylenic aldehydes, its scent takes on a rich note where many who loves a clean soapy scent with hints of citrus fruitiness would love.
Aldehyde C12 formulated by Firmenich is said to be one of the favourites among the general public and is also one of the key components used in Chanel No.5. It contains a woody nature with citrus scents.
If anyone would remember aldehydes, one of them would be C14 aldehyde which takes on a sweet, rich and creamy peach fragrance. It is not a true aldehyde, but it is a powerful and well-recognized scent.
Strawberry scent is formulated with the help of aldehyde C16. It smells candy-like, with fruit-berry scent and sweet floral nuances; perfect to be added to floral fragrances to reinforce the top notes.
Lastly, C18 aldehyde hold a scent of coconut with an oily and velvety scent and is usually included to give a boost in creaminess.
Last but Not Least
If you are interested in fragrances in general and would love to be involved in the perfume making process, try going for a perfume workshop!
The perfume workshop will take you through a guided process of perfume making with have a wide range of perfume fragrances for you to smell and learn more about your preference and personality in relation to fragrances as well!
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