The secret of the scents
Plaza presents the new names to look out for and reveals the secret behind the smells.
Shakespeare was wrong, a rose is not always a rose. To start with, there are hundreds of different types of roses. And a rose also lets off a different scent depending on where in the world it has been grown and what time of day it is harvested. That the aroma of a flower can vary greatly is one of the key truths about perfumes. When grasping that fact, it's difficult not to be drawn into the exciting world of fragrance. The nuances are like a kaleidoscope with new essences revealed each time you turn the wheel. Think about how the smell differs between rose petals and a flower still attached to its stem. The composition of the perfume allows the background notes to bring out the fragrance of the flower in one great symphony of aromas. It is this blend that makes the fragrance unique. A successful perfume mixture can be compared to an orchestra with different instruments complementing each other. In partnership they create a melody that sets the atmosphere. First to appear when spraying a perfume are the fleetingly light top notes, which can be likened to the intro of a song. The role of these easy and fresh citrus like trails is to invigorate your sense of smell, tickling your nose. They are soon replaced by the heart of the perfume, its chorus. Velvety and rich smells of rose, lavender or vanilla decide if a perfume is to be categorised as 'floral', 'spicy' or 'fruity'. The base consists of the rich and deep aromas, also known as the heavy molecules. They take half an hour to materialise and then remain on the skin, thereby representing the perfume's core melody. All combined, the notes create a bouquet of beautiful aromas. The materials used determines the style, tone and, quite often, the price of the perfume. A rose paired with a spice results in a fiery and sensual smell, while the same f lower accentuated by vanilla or wood equals a smell that is warm and soft. So, Shakespeare, a rose is not always just a rose. A rose is a world of fragrances.
How is a successful perfume created? Plaza presents the new names to look out for and reveals the secret behind the smells.