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

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 & Cologne Oil 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 accustomed to an entirely different spectrum of aromas. Which is a 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, deeply 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, most florals and 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/cologne 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/cologne 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.

Ancient Roman Glass Bottles - Photo courtesy of Israel Antiquity Authorities