Perfume Health and Colors: Healing Properties of Perfume

November 17, 2009

It is well known that perfume was widely used to elevate moods or cure bodily ailments by royalty and commoners alike. Even pharmacists, who knew of the healing properties of the plant oils used in perfumes, applied these fragrant compounds to cure several ailments of their customers.

Besides the oil of plants, color was also used to heal. It is by no chance that a woman favors a particular color amongst various hues and tones. Certain colors reveal certain characteristics of the woman, which is then utilized for healing purposes. A woman and her perfume have an intense love affair rather than a half-hearted dalliance. The perfume was, is, and shall remain as unique as the woman was, is, and shall remain as different.

Nowadays perfumes are made up of synthetic compounds; however, earlier they were all made from plant oils extracted by various ingenious processes. These plant oils are still being used in certain high-end perfumes. Plant oils that are used in perfume are known to have beneficial effects on the general wellness of human beings. They act as antimicrobial, antifungal, antiparasitic, antiviral, and antibacterial agents. They also are known as antiseptics and strong disinfectants. Thus, people using plant oil based perfumes also benefit from their other properties that promote bodily health.

Basil oil is known for its mood enhancing property especially in cases of depression. It can also relieve migraines and headaches. Perfume with basil oil is widely used in Eastern countries. A very common oil that is used extensively in perfumery is Bergamot oil. Besides being an excellent insect repellant, it is also extremely helpful in chicken pox and cold sores. Persons under the influence of alcohol or other forms of intoxication are generally given a whiff of a perfume containing black pepper oil. This oil has a sharp smell, and enhances blood circulation. It helps in making these semi-conscious persons come to consciousness, in a pleasant and fragrant way.

Perfume containing black pepper oils is also used in bruises, as it
increases circulation thereby promoting fast healing. Clove oil is used as an analgesic, antispasmodic, carminative, antiseptic, antiemetic, and is widely used in dentistry. Eucalyptus oil, sandalwood oil, lavender oil, thyme oil, are used for soothing headaches, inflammations, and minor cuts. Lemon oil is also known to have antistress and antidepression properties. Rose oil, Jasmine oil, Ylang-ylang oil, and sandalwood oil are popularly used as aphrodisiacs. Perfume having these oils is also used for such purposes besides being used purely for olfactory pleasures.
Over time, perfumers have found that colors play an important part on the choices of perfumes. Perfumers and perfume advisors frequently use the color rosette test to determine the inherent nature of the woman and which scent would ideally suit her. A woman is asked to select from seven different color combinations. It has been found that a woman who chooses a combination of red, orange, yellow, and pale green, is generally extroverted, optimistic, positive, and active. Her choice of perfume would be fresh-floral fragrant notes. If a woman chooses subdued, pastel-like hues, she generally would be introverted and pensive, seeking oriental fragrances. If a woman chooses blue-black or mauve, then she is generally inclined towards the mysterious and is extremely introverted, seeking rare scents and fragrances. Likewise, from different color combinations, a woman`s choice of perfumes, whether fruity, floral, chypre, etc., may be determined.

However, before coming to a conclusion about a woman`s tendencies and tastes, it must be kept in mind that emotions, lifestyle, events, buying habits, and seasons, influence a woman`s decision while buying a perfume. For example, on a hot afternoon, almost all women, irrespective of their color preferences, choose scents with cool mint, or oceanic fragrances. Those same women, on a wintry afternoon would rather go for musk or floral fragrances, and during monsoon, they almost would always prefer fruity flavors for their perfumes.

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