A rose also smells good on a man’s body

If you were to take seriously the thought of Marian Bendeth, the perfume creator who once said, “perfume is like a cocktail without the hangover, like chocolate without the calories, like an affair without the tears, like a vacation from which you never have to come back,” you wouldn’t at all. were able to leave the blooming rosary in the Arboretum Volčji Potok, which on Friday, as part of Slovenian Rose Day, hosted the Fragrant Signatures international exhibition. It is while sitting on a bench next to blooming and fragrant roses Ana Ličina, perfumer and aromatherapist, also a co-author of the exhibition, summarized that the collection contains dozens of different perfumes, which contain exclusively fragrances of natural origin. “The perfumes are handcrafted from real rose, neroli, vanilla, jasmine, sandalwood, patchouli, bergamot, pepper, myrrh, osmanthus, rosewood, violet, cardamom, coffee, cocoa and other fragrant natural materials,” she said, adding that they were created by lovers of natural fragrances from various European countries under the mentorship of a renowned perfumer Slobodanke Poštić.

Composition of natural perfume

Since the exhibition had an educational purpose, Ana Ličina and Slobodanka Postić were always available to the visitors of the rosary for additional questions and guidance among the “glass jars” under which were cotton balls impregnated with natural perfumes. Ličina immediately corrected her thought that it was not botanical perfumes and highlighted the tincture obtained from goat’s beard as an interesting fact. “The goat, which is at the peak of its mating season, has its beard trimmed and the goats are soaked in alcohol,” he says with a laugh and confirms that, as a fixer, he participates in the composition of the natural perfume in very small quantities. “Also beeswax absolute (obtained by alcoholic extraction from yellow beeswax, op. p.) is often used as a fixative of animal origin,” explained the interlocutor, emphasizing that natural perfumers are reconstructing antique perfumes, but, as she emphasized, only a few perfume lovers know how perfumery developed and what modern perfumes are actually made of. “Until 1880, perfumes contained fragrant substances of natural origin derived from plants such as rose, jasmine, osmanthus, neroli, sandalwood, vanilla and others, as well as from animals. This is how they obtained extracts of musk deer and civet in a cruel way. They were handmade and in small batches. When chemists succeeded in synthesizing aromatic molecules in the laboratory, natural substances slowly began to withdraw from perfumes. They were too expensive and too variable for the mass industry,” she said, emphasizing that there is no longer a rose in a modern perfume that “smells like a rose.” Instead, there is a synthetic molecule that mimics the scent of a rose.

And since we are already in summer, Ana Ličina does not forget to mention that rose can also be a light summer perfume. Or its hydrolat, which you can use to refresh your skin, even your hair. And, believe it or not, the scent of a rose also suits men beautifully. “I have to admit that when I create a new perfume, I often think how well it would suit a man’s skin,” admitted Ličinova and confirmed that natural is becoming the new luxury, and natural solutions in the fields of nutrition, cosmetics, living, dressing and fragrances are the trend.