How To Design Your Own Oriental Perfume
So you would like to design your own exotic Oriental perfume?
That’s great! It’s simple to create a really effective oriental perfume blend. Before you start though, it’s handy to know exactly what an oriental perfume is, and what kinds of scents are commonly found in an oriental perfume blend.
So firstly; what exactly is an oriental perfume? Can we define the unique allure of an oriental fragrance?
Oriental perfumes are beautiful in an exotic and mysterious way. They were originally inspired by faraway lands, by the Spice Trails, and by costly resins and incenses made more widely available across Europe during the industrially progressive Victorian Era.
Nowadays many of the spices and resins found in oriental perfumes are imported on a large scale and are available reasonably in our local shops; however the same spirit of adventure and exoticism still surrounds the person who wears an oriental perfume.
First and foremost, these perfumes are complex. They are the antidote to floral or soft floral perfumes, radiating sophistication and depth rather than innocence or purity. They possess maturity and a lasting dry down; and are created to be worn by a woman or a man, not a girl or a boy.
Exotic and full bodied oriental perfumes contain warm spices, rich woods, Ambergris and resins. These piquant and woody scents are often paired with Vanilla or deep floral or fruity notes if a more feminine effect is desired.
Sultry oriental style perfumes are perhaps best suited to the evening, as they come into their rich and full bodied best when the lights go down. They are showier than their softer purely floral cousins. In fact, we would recommend saving your Oriental perfume for times when you really want to make an impact! Use it like your secret weapon, a deep and magical elixir, a seductive love potion...
Three very well known oriental style perfumes are “Opium” by Yves Saint Laurent, “Shalimar” by Guerlain, and Dior’s “Midnight Poison. These perfumes are so iconic and bewitching that is it easy to see why oriental perfumes are beloved by many.
So what types of scents make up an oriental perfume?
As always, when designing a perfume it is important to consider the fuller picture. You wish to create a symphony of fragrance which works well together rather than a disjointed jumble of disharmony. So choose your notes wisely! Just because you like a particular scent on its own does not necessarily guarantee that it will complement another of your favourite scents...
That said; here are a list of commonly used and beautiful oriental top, heart, and base notes which can be combined together to create your own, distinctive oriental fragrance:
Top Notes: Spices, rich fruits, seductive gourmet scents: Pink Peppercorn, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Coriander, Ginger, Clove, Angelica, Fig, Cherry, Raspberry, Wild Berries, Orange, Plum, Mandarin, Mulled Wine, Clary Sage, Caramel, Sugarplum, Honey.
Heart Notes: Rich florals/Incense: Damask Rose, Gardenia, Lily of the Valley, Elderflower, Lilac, Lotus, Ylang Ylang, Tuberose, Jasmine, Honeysuckle, Opium.
Base Notes: Resins, incenses, musks, roots: Vanilla, Ambergris, Amber Resin, Frankincense, Oppoponax (Sweet Myrrh), Tonka Bean, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Benzoin, Rosewood, Patchouli, Musk.
Now you know some of the most popular scents found in oriental style perfumes you can have fun creating your very own oriental style fragrance blend!
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