Why do you need to wear your perfume in the Middle East?

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When we think of perfume, our minds wander to the streets of Paris with Coco Chanel and her signature Chanel No.5 … But before you get away and show yourself in violation of the Champs Elysees, we are here to tell you: you have your place absolutely wrong! The heart of the fragrance is actually in the Middle East, more specifically in ancient Egypt. Originally, scent was not used to make you sexy or attract your love, it was used for religious and sacrifice ceremonies, as a power status and as a sign of wealth. We imagine Cleopatra had a collection of rival perfume princess Mona Kattan.

But over the years and the modernization of the smell, the perfume has been "watered down", literally and symbolically. Well, we're here to tell you about the revolutionary, unique way the aroma carries in Middle Eadst and why you have to carry your perfume in the Middle East too.

Fragrance's history

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The ancient Egyptians have made perfume as far back as 3000 BC, and it was originally used by religious figures that used some scents to hide the smell of dead victims – gross we know! They also believed that burning incense brought them closer to the gods, to please the gods and to warn the God of the underground, they would burn the smell of sweet rush, wine and juniper.

According to the old legend, Cleopatra had the sail on his boat soaked in sweet smelling essential oils, so that Mark Antony would be overwhelmed by her scent before she even looked at her – the girl knew how to play the game! If you are looking for a sexy scent, check out these scents that turn on men … All we say is if one of the most iconic, seductive and powerful women in history used scent to its advantage, it probably works.

Middle East Signature Scent

As you may have guessed, here in the Middle East we do not destroy when it comes to scent. And of course we could not talk about medium smells without mentioning the region's signature fragrance – Oud, which may be one of the most intense, luxurious aromas ever.

The strong smell comes from agarwood trees that are infected with a certain type of mold-again, EW! Men usually wear the scent independently and women will mix it with smells like rose and jasmine to add a feminine and seductive flare. Although many old smells are actually considered unisex. Culturally, the wood burns like incense as a sign of respect and hospitality when guests enter the house, and powerful Sultans would use it to smell their homes because it has aphrodisiac properties and is said to be one of the most potent essential oils. After dinner, the host family presents a piece of perfume, as the coffee is served, which guests can mix to create a unique scent to make bookmarks to the memory of their visit.

How to wear your perfume in the Middle East

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In the Middle East, the scent is very personal, it's about storage decks so your scent is completely different from someone else's – a real signature scent! Usually women start with an old base because this is the heaviest smell, and it is traditionally oil-based, so it can last longer in the skin. They then smoother smells like orange flower, jasmine, and steps to infiltrate their own intoxicating signature dew. That's why simple smells are more popular in the Middle East because it allows you to be more experimental when you put on your scents.

Fragrance Layering 101:

The secret to adding smells is to lay them in intensity: The base should be an intense scent, which is then combined with lighter notes. For example, a base note of Oud would complement an average of rose, ornate with a top notation of jasmine. If you are a beginner of training practice, we recommend that you live in these fragrant families: floral, oriental, fresh and citrus notes. Although smells like vanilla, mosquito and most citrus scent and mixture are beautiful, look for smells that contain these smells or with a common note, as these will complement. Check out our guide:

fragrance team guide

Some of our favorite couples include; florals mixed with spicy scents, wood-based smells stored with citrus and old-plated with floral smells. But when you make a lawsuit, always keep these rules in mind:

  • Complex intense fragrances paired with lighter notes create the dreamy smells.
  • Always spray in intensity, with the most intense fragrance first.
  • Remember, it's up to you so you just have to experiment until you find the right mix.

Let us know if you have ever made smells, and if you have, what's your favorite combo! Check out Huda and Mona who talk about smells in the Middle East here and their great way to make smells.