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The use of perfume and incense in the West goes back as far as 5000BC when the first mentions of burning incense as an offering were made in Egyptian tombs. The first perfumers were priests who compounded sacred offerings from aromatic resins. These blends were used to sweeten the smell of sacrificial offerings and to please the gods. The Egyptians even had a god of perfume named Nefertem.Blends created by Egyptian priests were potent enough that samples found in tombs during modern excavation have retained their original sweet fragrances. Most powerful Egyptians such as priests and Pharoahs were buried with...

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There are two main schools of thought when it comes to "resetting one's nose" while sampling perfumes.  Just like taste buds, your nose can become de-sensitized after sniffing different blends in a process similar to anosmia, or nose blindness.  After too long, scent receptors lose their sensitivity to aroma compounds.  Many high end perfume retailers keep bowls of coffee beans on their counters for customers to sniff in between sampling different blends.  Coffee beans are also used by wine tasters along with bread and water for these same purposes. The other common method for keeping one's scent palate clear is...

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This Perfume Only fragrance collection is a further exploration of the Layering Accords concept. All of the following accords have been created especially for this collection and are distinctly different from accords used in other Perfume Only collections or the Custom Perfume notes. Created to stand alone, layer with each other, or layer with the accords in the main collection.  Available in Perfume Oil, EdP, Pumpkin Butter, Bubbling Scrub, Whipped Soap and Hair Oil: Birthday Cake - White vanilla cake with a thick layer of buttercream frosting. Vanilla Bean - A balanced blend of 5 varieties of vanilla, resulting in a...

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Have you ever wondered about the origins of classical perfume blends?  Much of the roots of modern perfumery comes from the "Perfumed Court" of Versailles.With the palace packed elbow to elbow with heavily dressed aristocrats at a time where infrequent bathing was the norm, the need to cover body odor was obvious. Not only were the people highly fragranced, but the palace itself was known for being scented.  Bowls of flowers were strategically placed in rooms and corridors to give their essence to the environment.  Even the water in the fountains was known to have been perfumed. Many members of...

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Extraction Explained!Have you ever wondered about the processes that go into making the scents that go into our fragrances?  Fragrance extraction is a fascinating process and there are several different methods that are used in the industry.The first and most common method is organic solvent extraction.  Using a solvent such as hexane or ditmethyl ether, the raw material is submerged and the non-water soluble frangrance chemicals are absorbed into the solvent.  The aromatic compounds are then extracted in a vacuum process and the solvent is then commonly re-used.  The extraction process can take as little as a few hours all...

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