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Fragrance facts we learnt at Perfume School

Posted by Liz Earle Beauty Co. June 7, 2018 | 2 min read

Recently, a few of us at Liz Earle excitedly turned our ‘out of office’ on to attend Perfume School at Robertet. Robertet is one of the renowned fragrance houses we use to help us create our scents. Founded back in 1850, they’re the master noses behind favourites including Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser in Grapefruit & Patchouli and Sweet Orange & Mint, as well as the uplifting orange flower aroma we use for Hand Repair™ and Botanical Body Wash.

We learnt a lot and thought you may find some of these facts interesting too…

It all started with gloves

While fragrance may date back thousands of years across the globe, popularity grew in the Western world during the 17th Century, when members of royalty and high society wanted to scent their leather gloves to smell more pleasant. This quickly spread to wigs and other accessories too.

The perfume capital of the world was born

At the beginning of the 18th Century, glove production started coming to an end in favour of perfumery. Grasse (France) quickly became the perfume capital of the world with the creation of fragrance houses in the 19th Century. The perfume industry in Grasse is still renowned today and involves around 60 different companies, involving approximately 3,500 people

How long?!

Training to become a professional ‘nose’ can take over 20 years and they must learn approximately 4500 smells! Around 4000 of these are synthetic raw materials, while 500 are natural.

How is scent made?

Manufacturing processes vary – what works for gathering the scent of rose petals may not work for harnessing the scent of oranges. A few techniques include cold expression, steam distillation and solvent extraction.

Liz Earle Eau de Parfum

Fine fragrances within our Botanical Essence™ range are all over 87% naturally derived – this is something very unusual within the industry.

Top tips

Did you know?

When you’re looking for a new fragrance, wear it for a few hours before you buy it – top notes can evaporate within 15 minutes, so the scent you’re left with can be very different.

Don’t rub your wrists!

After applying perfume, rubbing our wrists is something we all get into the habit of doing, but now’s the time to stop! The friction can distort the scent and cause it to fade quicker.