February also celebrates perfume day on 17 February.
When we discover the perfume that we love we will begin to feel good each time we spray it on. This odor soon becomes a stimulant making us feel secure, happy and safe.
People often identify others by the perfume they use.
‘When we discover a scent we truly love, it will have large numbers of ingredients within it that have positive, feel-good associations. The scent itself then becomes an odour which also has positive associations, making us feel safe, secure, happy and well.
Have a look at the list of perfumes, first one released in the year 1309!
Have a look at the Top 20 Classic Scents and tell us which of these are your favorite
CHANEL NO 5
Marilyn Monroe’s favourite scent and still the world’s best-selling perfume.
In 1921, Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel wanted a perfume that would define how women should smell. Perfume designer Ernest Beaux was given the task — and, as the legend goes, on his fifth attempt Coco Chanel approved the scent, so it became No 5.
And from this scent was born the idea of applying perfume to the wrists, behind the ears and the neck, as Coco Chanel believed women should wear perfume where they would be kissed.
SHALIMAR BY GUERLAIN
The launch of Shalimar in May 1925 by Jacques Guerlain was seen as a ‘small revolution’. Inspired by the Oriental love story of an Emperor who met his love in the Gardens of Shalimar and went on to build the Taj Mahal for her, Guerlain took the iconic bottle with the blue stopper on a steamship from Paris to New York, and immediately the fashion world was buzzing about this exotic scent. With notes of iris, jasmine, rose and vanilla, it’s a warm scent that has never dated.
L'AIR DU TEMPS BY NINA RICCI
Despite being more than 60 years old, one bottle of L’Air du Temps is still sold every five seconds around the world. Created by Robert Ricci in 1948, the scent is so pure in its composition that each flower is almost individually identifiable. Notes include carnation, gardenia, rose and jasmine, combined with spicy musk, sandalwood and iris root.
JOY BY JEAN PATOU
Jean Patou created this fragrance after the Wall Street crash in 1930 for his clientele who could no longer afford to visit Paris. At the time, it used only the most precious and expensive raw ingredients available, and earned the title of ‘the costliest fragrance in the world’. The name Joy was meant as an escape from the gloom of the Depression. A single ounce of Joy contains 10,600 jasmine flowers and 336 May roses, as well as musk.
POISON BY CHRISTIAN DIOR
A huge hit in the Eighties, the famous purple bottle and unique, heady scent of Poison was perfect for the era when everything was bigger, more indulgent and in-your-face. In its launch year of 1985, it was popular — and still is today. Sales of Poison increased by ten per cent this year. Its notes of coriander, tuberose and opoponax (a type of myrrh) are warm, spicy and truly individual.
EAU DYNAMISANTE BY CLARINS
Clarins launched this fresh citrus perfume in 1987, and it revolutionised the way we view scents. As the first scent to use only aromatic essentials oils — 14 in total, including lemon, orange, patchouli and rosemary — it was the beginning of a holistic approach to fragrance.
The therapeutic plant extracts invigorate the senses and promote a lovely sense of calm. In its simple red bottle, it’s still a huge seller, with one bottle sold in the UK every three minutes.
J’ADORE BY CHRISTIAN DIOR
Still Dior’s pillar fragrance 11 years after its launch, J’adore is fruity and floral and comes in one of the most striking bottles around. A simple glass bottle topped with gold, its shape is reminiscent of an hourglass — and of the perfect female form. This is an overtly sensual fragrance, with notes of mandarin, orchids, violet and plum, and is perfect with your favourite little black dress for a romantic evening out.
BLUE GRASS BY ELIZABETH ARDEN
This fresh, floral scent was launched in 1935, yet it still appears on retailers’ best-seller lists year after year. Named after the Kentucky blue grass on which Elizabeth Arden’s horses grazed, it’s like springtime in a bottle. A classic floral scent, with notes of lavender, bergamot and orange flower.
JE REVIENS BY WORTH
It was the 1932 launch of Je Reviens that made the French couture House of Worth world-renowned for its scents. With all the romance of Paris encapsulated in its elegant Art Deco bottle, it became a popular gift from soldiers to their sweethearts during World War II. It’s a soft, floral bouquet, with notes of jasmine, ylang ylang, amber and violet.
CLASSIQUE BY JEAN PAUL GAULTIER
Launched 16 years ago, the world of perfume had never seen anything like Jean Paul Gaultier’s first fragrance. In a stunning ‘corset’ bottle with sensuous notes of rose, star anise, ginger and orange blossom, it was the most playful that scent had ever become. It still sells four bottles every minute, and is stocked by almost 19,000 retailers worldwide.
YOUTH DEW BY ESTEE LAUDER
Estee Lauder’s first fragrance, created in 1953, has sold more than 250 million bottles to date. In the early 1950s, scent was still a ‘special occasion’ gift for women. Estee Lauder created a scent that women could wear every day.
OPIUM BY YVES SAINT LAURENT
When Opium launched in 1977, it was like no other fragrance. Heavy, sensual and evocative, it caused a stir when Yves Saint Laurent likened it to the ‘fatal ecstasy’ of falling in love. It remains hugely popular and one of the world’s most successful perfumes, with notes of mandarin, bergamot, vanilla, jasmine and patchouli.
ANGEL BY THIERRY MUGLER
In its fantastic star-shaped bottle, Angel quickly became a classic when it launched 15 years ago. A sensuous mix of bergamot, vanilla, chocolate and caramel, it was truly unique — and indulgently luxurious. Still one of the UK’s top five best-selling fragrances, the idea of making the bottles refillable was also a new one in the mid-Nineties.
CK ONE BY CALVIN KLEIN
THE first unisex fragrance. Its launch in 1994 was the biggest fragrance launch of all time, with the ad campaign featuring a young Kate Moss. The scent reflected the grunge fashions of the time, with androgynous models and black and white shots.
ANAIS ANAIS BY CACHAREL
As the first fine fragrance to have a TV launch, Anais Anais went on to further shock the industry by being available in supermarkets. It launched in 1978, and was affordable and pretty, much to the delight of millions of teenage girls. Its white bottle, adorned with flowers, became the epitome of high fashion in the late Seventies, and it still sells more than two million bottles every year.
LIME, BASIL AND MANDARIN COLOGNE BY JO MALONE
Created almost 20 years ago by founder Jo Malone, who began by blending and mixing oils in her kitchen. The brand is now owned by Estee Lauder, after Jo stepped down in 2006. This scent is seen as the Jo Malone signature scent, and is the brand’s best-seller. Can be worn by both men and women.
RIVE GAUCHE BY YVES SAINT LAURENT
Launched in 1971, the blue, silver and black Rive Gauche can was instantly recognisable, and a move away from traditional glass perfume bottles. Designed to be put in a handbag and used throughout the day rather than sitting on a dressing table, it’s feminine and floral, with notes of ylang ylang and freesia, and a musk kick with vetiver, myrrh and oak moss.
DKNY BY DONNA KARAN
The original scent from the New York queen of fashion is 11 years old, yet is still one of the world’s most popular scents. It took its lead from DKNY fashions — strong and powerful yet feminine.
COCO MADEMOISELLE BY CHANEL
A lighter, fresher version of Coco, this was launched in 2001 as a tribute to Coco Chanel, and is now one of the brand’s best-sellers. It uses a morning rose in place of Coco’s honey rose, and moves away from the citrus notes of its ‘mother’ fragrance.
BEAUTIFUL BY ESTEE LAUDER
Created in 1982 after four years of intense research by Estee Lauder herself, Beautiful remains iconic in its delicate floral bouquet. Using Bulgarian rose (9,000lb of roses for 2lb of rose oil), carnation, thyme and myrrh, the simple glass bottle has become a classic on dressing tables the world over.
Lady Egypt Tours
offers our clients the opportunity to visit one of the outstanding Egyptian perfumeries in Cairo. There you can hear about the ancient means by which they made perfumes in this country and also buy some of the essences.
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