Perfume… as I delineate this seven letter word, I just want to close my eyes and sniff my most cherished Carolina Herrera perfume. It ships me in a different world altogether, the seventh heaven. It feels as if I am diving into the Holy water. Doesn’t that happen with you? Don’t you also fantasize over those luscious glass bottles filled with mysterious liquid?
As I dig into the past, I recollect my school teacher telling us about personal hygiene and cleanliness (being a girl’s school, discussions like this was a diurnal). That day she mentioned something which I just could not obliterate, even after a decade. She said, “Girls should always smell good!” From that day to the present day, I took her words so earnestly, that I don’t forget to drench into this precious liquid given a chance. Whether I am rushing to the gym, heading to the office, gearing up for the parties, casual outings or just like that, I have to splash a fragrance. Yes! I am obsessed. Having just a few drops of perfume on me, elevates my mood in seconds, boosts my confidence and makes me feel like a lady. I totally abide by what C. JoyBell C. has beautifully quoted, “You are never fully dressed without perfume!”
Since I love scents to the moon and back, it would be unfair not to mention the evolution of perfumes. The word perfume is derived from the Latin word, “per fumus” which means “through smoke”. It was first invented by the ancient Egyptians who used them in religious ceremonies. They believed they could communicate with God through the use of scented smoke. The Persians took over the use of this aromatic wonder as a sign of political status, but it wasn’t until the Greeks and Romans became acquainted with it that it began to be viewed as a form of art and produced to the masses. Early Muslims, Chinese and Indians also used perfume for religious purposes. Widespread use of perfume for cosmetic purposes began during the Middle Ages, when scents began trading on international markets. However, in 1190, perfume began to be produced commercially in Paris, and from there, it blossomed into a massive industry. (Source: www.reference.com & www.perfume.com)
However, associating perfumes with only women will not be justified. In today’s modern world, even men love to pamper themselves. Don’t you think, a man with a lovely scent instantly makes him hundred times more attractive. Be it women or men, a good perfume is like an investment. It feels ecstatic when someone compliments, “You smell amazing”. I think it is more comforting than hearing, “You look beautiful”.
Here I want to share some tried and tested tips, that would make your priceless fragrance last for hours.
- Use straight after the shower on moisturized skin
- Spray behind the ears, on the neck, inside the elbows, on the wrists and on the back of your knees
- Do not rub after spraying the perfume as it destroys the top notes
- To make your hair smell amazing, spray it on your hair brush and comb. PS – Do this only if your perfume is non alcoholic
- Lastly, choose your scent wisely, which best compliments you. Always check the base notes as it forms the heart of a perfume
Wearing a beautiful fragrance is always in style, regardless of age and gender. Indulge in your favorite perfume and leave your traces in the hearts of people around you. Leaving you with a mesmerizing quote by Paloma Picasso —
“A perfume is like a piece of clothing, a message, a way of presenting oneself … a costume … that differs according to the woman who wears it”