5 fascinating facts about fragrance to know about

They will change the way you view your morning spritz, forever.

When it comes to fragrance, we all know what we like and what we don’t – the ones we can’t live without, the ones that we’re nonplussed about and the ones that we would never spray on our bodies ever again. 
But, the world of fragrance is so much more than great smelling juice in a bottle. In fact, the art of perfume dates as far back as the time of ancient Egypt and with a timeline like that, comes a few mind-blowing facts that will change the way you view your morning spritz, forever.  
Fact 1: It takes 4 tonnes of roses to create just 1kg of rose oil.
That’s 1,600,000 rose blossoms, which is enough to make just 100 bottles of perfume, hence the price tag on the best summer perfumes.  
Fact 2: Your expensive ingredients might have fancy names, but they have less fancy beginnings.
 
Ambergris is one of the most rare ingredients used in scents, it also happens to be produced in the intestine of sperm whales. Yes, that makes it whale vomit. 
Then there’s civet – a potent paste produced by the perineal glands of both male and female civets (cat-like creatures native to Africa and Asia) and real musk, which is obtained from a gland of the male musk deer situated in its back/rectal area.   
Fact 3: You might not be able to smell it, but everyone else can. 
Your nose gets used to the fragrance you’re wearing, so you can only smell it when it’s first applied, while others will smell the lingering effect – so don’t drench yourself in this season’s sexiest fragrance, just spray it. 

Fact 4: One fragrance can smell completely different.
 
According to perfumers, your body chemistry can push certain notes in the fragrance due to genetics or what you’ve been eating.  
Fact 5: What smells like flowers to you, might smell like feces to others.
Type ‘jasmine smells like’ into google search and you’ll immediately see the highest hit for ‘poop’. The reason? Indole. This aromatic heterocyclic organic compound is found naturally in both flowers and excrement, although the amount in this delicate white flower is so minuscule, it has little effect on many people. 

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