The etymology of fragrance takes us to latin fragrantia. According to the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE ), a fragrance is a nice and smooth smell .
For example: "I love the fragrance of jasmine", "The fragrance of fresh mint traces me back to my grandparents' house, which had an orchard full of aromatic herbs", "The sweet fragrance caught the attention of the young man, who did not hesitate to go to the bottom of the bar".
In colloquial language, fragrance is used as a synonym for smell, to Rome or fragrance . For the RAE , a smell is an impression registered by smell; perfume and aroma, meanwhile, can be very pleasant smells. A perfume, in addition, is a substance that is used to aromatize.
Thus, the most common use of fragrance is linked to aromatic product marketed to produce good smell . Fragrances can be bodily (the product is applied on the body ), environmental (used to perfume the environment) or other (for clothes, for the car, etc.).
The origins of fragrances, in this sense, are very old. Already in prehistory the human being He began to discover the different aromas that generated certain natural elements and to use them for ritual or other purposes.
The floral fragrances They are among the most appreciated. There are an infinite number of products that mimic the aroma of roses, jasmine, orchids and others. flowers so that people can use them with the aim of producing pleasant sensations. The fruit fragrances , especially fruits such as lemon, grape and apple, are also very popular.
In addition to the synonyms of the term fragrance which are expressed in the previous paragraphs, we can point out the following three: effluvium, freshness and essence. It is important to note that it is not correct to use all these words indiscriminately; For example: it is not normal to say "what a good fragrance this food has" or "I perceive an unpleasant fragrance that comes from the trunk", but in these cases they are usually used to Rome and odorrespectively.
On the other hand we have two antonyms that can be used to graph the definition of fragrance through the concepts found at the other end: pestilence and stench. These terms denote horrible odors, unbearable for the human being, which usually come from organic matter in a state of decomposition or from substances very harmful to health. If we use them to refer to the body odor of one person or to a meal, for example, our intention is to hurt the feelings of the other.
As in many other areas, it is possible to make a fragrance at home, to save money on industrial products and achieve results that best meet our needs. In this context we talk about "notes "to refer to the different levels of aromas that make up a perfume. By spraying a fragrance on the body, the notes can be seen in a certain order:
* head notes : they are also known as output notes and they are the ones that can be perceived in the first place but also the first to disappear. They usually last approximately 12 minutes, although this varies by product;
* heart notes : These appear when the previous ones evaporate. These are the most important because they give the fragrance their traits principal, those that make it belong to a particular family (such as floral, fresh, woody or oriental, among others);
* background notes : they are also called base and they are the ones that set and accentuate those at heart. They are what give the "theme" to the fragrance and allow it to last up to 5 hours.