It feels good to smell good all the time
Scent is one of our most powerful senses. The right scent can trigger pleasant memories or the wrong one will repulse until nausea. So, it is just natural for us to want to smell good, whether it is for us to impress or to feel confident. For that reason, women’s fragrances and perfumes has become like an art. The history of perfumery is a history as old as that of human civilization. The ancient Egyptians were the first to be famous for this art of mixing scents to apply to the body, mostly to attract a partner.
We have come a long way since the ancient Egyptian civilization, but perfumery is still practiced close to how it was back in those days. In ancient times perfumes were more oil-based, as it still is in Arabic and Indian countries, but the Western world of perfumery has moved more towards using alcohol-based colognes that are sprayed onto the body in a fine mist.
Modern women’s fragrances and perfumes truly have become objects of art. First off, the mixing of scents to find the perfect blend is like the mixing of colours on a palette to find the perfect shade. It takes years of study and practice to develop a nose sensitive enough to know and feel the right combinations of scents and to develop a new perfume that will be loved by the market. For that reason, customers have come to trust certain brands that they associate with a certain type of scent, like Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs or Armani. Perfume has become more than a way to make yourself smell nice. It has become a fashion accessory.
Because many perfumes are associated with fashion designers or celebrities, the packaging of the perfume has become almost as important a part as the scent itself. The shapes and sizes of bottles are pieces of art on their own, and designers like Jean Paul Gaultier has a whole range of perfumes in a signature bottle shape. For some women, the label of clothes that they wear matches the label of perfume on their bedroom dresser.
Because of all the research and development going into perfumery, and because of the sleek design of the packaging, women’s fragrances and perfumes are often expensive. It is best to try a few scents in the shop and see which one smells the best on your skin before you commit to buying a bottle. Of course, some women love perfume so much that they have a whole range and they can change their scent as their mood changes from day to day.