For the Love of Ancient Oils to Modern Perfume.

By Iris Farmer

There’s nothing wrong with getting some things right the first go around, simple, high-quality, clean ingredients paired with a process that’s travelled through millennia proves this. Perfume oils, for example, have been around for thousands of years, dating back to over 3000 years ago. Stripping down to the basics using tried and true methods, the concentrated pure scents and quality can come through. Restrain from giving in to the obvious. Luxury perfume oils melt into your skin leaving its beautiful scent floating around for an entire day. Find out more in For the Love of Ancient Oils to Modern Perfume.

Taputti-Belatekallium is the woman we can all thank for her scientific accomplishments in both perfume making and chemistry in general. She was the world’s first-ever recorded chemist; her story was documented on a 1200 BCE Cuneiform Tablet in Babylonian Mesopotamia. Putting that in context, this was around 3500 years ago in what is now present-day Iraq.

As well as having a powerful role in the Mesopotamian government as the overseer of the Mesopotamian Royal Palace, she developed methods for scent extraction techniques that would eventually lead to the basis of modern-day perfume making. She documented her process of extracting substances for medicinal, religious, and perfume uses. 

In the present day, we have seen the recipes shift away from Taputti’s traditional methods, as now it is more common to see alcohol listed as the first ingredient over fragrance. Alcohol-based perfumes are perfectly good, they sit on top of your skin with the alcohol potentially drying it. In comparison, oil perfumes can nourish and create a long-lasting effect.

Although the exact process of perfumed oils has changed over the years as technology developed, the basis of the idea is still the same. Nest New York, the perfume brand, blends extremely high-quality ingredients harvested from specific regions around the world, with a luxurious and moisturizing baobab oil to create their new products.

Each scent is unique to Nest’s oil collection, not available in perfume form only the oil formula.

Turkish Rose

There is no wonder why roses are the most popular flower after smelling the rich Turkish Rose perfume oil, here mixed with fruity black Plums, soft spicy black Pepper, and Saffron. The Turkish roses come from family-owned farms in Turkey, that have been perfecting their flowers for generations. Picked at dawn during the months of May and June, this exclusive flower is always picked when the scent is at its most fragrant. The notes of the scent finish with soft wood for a sweet and soft spicy floral warming scent that wraps around you.

Seville Orange

We can thank Seville’s fourth-generation Spanish farmers for this beautiful scent, as the main note is made from their hand-picked oranges. Each one is carefully evaluated to ensure only the highest quality product is going into this beautifully scented oil. Also combined with notes of pink Grapefruit, floral Neroli, and Cedarwood, don’t be surprised when this oil causes heads to turn as you walk by. Fresh and bright for a summer’s day or when it rains and you want to think it’s a summer day.

Madagascar Vanilla

Coming from an industry that supports local villages, the expert harvesters hand pollinate each Vanilla orchid, which then is cured and dried for a year helping the pod develop and be ready to release its perfect aroma. The Madagascar Vanilla is one of the most expensive crops in the world, due to the extensive care it requires for its season. Blended with a slither of Coconut, in this gourmand, warm, and slightly floral fragrance.

Indian Jasmine

A symbol of love, devotion, and purity, the Indian Jasmine flower has been cultivated for centuries. A tradition rooted in respect, the petals are hand-picked at sunrise and their scent is combined with bright red berries, sparkling Bergamot, and spicy pink Pepper to create this oil’s unique floral and peppery aroma. Another flora but this time a little more sparkling.

South Pacific Sandalwood

Representing a symbiotic relationship between mankind and nature, this South Pacific scent has notes of Sandalwood, fresh Violet leaves, and grassy Vetiver. The sandalwood is sourced sustainably from the Kanek community-based in the South Pacific, and like all of these Nest oils, is combined with baobab oil to give you the best possible experience. Its woody elements allow for a scent that is warming and grassy deep.

As lush as these oils are, exercising restraint while using them is the key.  A little goes a long way, with just one drop leaving you feeling both smooth and scented. They’re light enough to apply straight to the skin or mix with your favourite body lotion to give a full body-scented experience.

These oils not only connect to a piece of history but can provide a sensual adventure, getting in tune with the body. Nourish skin with the sweet smells from India, to Turkey, via Madagascar, it’s ancient simple, and personal.

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