Power; Oiled Up

By Alicia Phanwar

The use of perfume oils dates far back in history. From Ancient Egyptians to Christianity,  perfume oils have been used for many purposes. Whether it be to exude luxury and status or for religious purposes, perfume oils have played an essential role in life from sexuality,  funerals and religious ceremonies.

In 2007, the world’s oldest perfume factory was discovered in Cyprus and it is believed that this was the factory that supplied temples and worshippers with scents to bring them closer to the gods they revered. Essential oils have also been a core element of the Indian Ayurvedic health care system; a natural healing system blending spiritual, philosophical and practical elements.

In more recent centuries, Eau de Parfums and Eau de Toilettes are the preferred choices for many, however, the popularity of fragrance oils is rising again. Their compact size, lingering scent and gentleness on the skin makes for a pocket-sized perfume that is convenient for the fast-paced life. The alcohol-free nature of perfume oils allows the skin to hold on to a scent well and has a lot fewer chemicals,  and therefore suitable for sensitive skin types or those allergic to alcohol in perfumes. In celebration of the re-birth of perfume oils and solid cream here at .Cent team, we provided a little insider vision:


Shot one Mystic Essence Oils Collection: Atkinsons new collection now contains luxurious oils: Oud Save the King, Oud Save the Queen, Triple Extract, and Rose In Wonderland. Silky and delicate, oils moisturize the skin when applied while also including the scent of fragrances.  Read more here about the collection.


Shot Two Malin + Goetz – Dark Rum A perfume oil with rum as an ingredient makes for a sensuous and musky fragrance. Paired with notes of bergamot, plum and anise and the mild sweetness of rum with leather and vanilla, the perfume oil makes for an unexpected scent that lasts. Laid on a base of amber, patchouli and milk, the scent is intense but refreshing.

Buly 1803 Sandalwood Seed  Formulated with organic ingredients, it helps to build elasticity in the skin, and tones while fighting inflammation. Ximenynic acid soothes and promotes microcirculation, and skin is left moisturised while your hair is soft and radiant. Simply warm the formula with your hands then massage it onto cleansed skin. Alongside it has the most spectacular natural sandalwood scent at Selfridges or check all the scented Buly 1803 oils here or all their offering  at buly1803.com

Jo by Jo Loves – A Fragrance Paintbrush Another innovation to fragrance and perfume oils, the popular brand Jo Loves has released what they call “a fragrance paintbrush”. Based on a gel rather than an oil formula, this fresh and full-bodied fragrance has sparkling notes of Grapefruit, Bitter Orange, Lime and Spearmint on a base of powerful Guaiac Wood, Cedarwood and Vetiver with a lingering finish of Hedione and Black Pepper.



Shot Three Ostens – Preparation Jasmine Absolute A fragrance oil in its purest form, this perfume’s origin is straight from Egypt. The highest legal concentration of Jasmine Absolute oil (harvested by LMR in Egypt) is blended in their proprietary silky-smooth dry oil formulation. This enables the intoxicating notes of the Jasmine to develop on our skin, creating a scent of its own. You can also use this unique product to layer with perfumes you may already own: it will add intensity and sensuality to white Florals and Citrussy scents. And just so you know this is probably the nicest purest jasmine you will ever smell so even if you don’t wish to wear it always it’s divine to carry this little bottle of greatness around just for the odd sniff to lift your spirits.



Shot Four Armani – Si Perfumed Powder Based on Armani’s famous perfume of the same name, this perfumed powder is sophisticated and has a scent that lingers. The Armani Sì Perfumed Powder is scented with the iconic Sì Chypre signature for “women on-the-go”. With notes of blackberry liquer, this perfume also has a heart of Rose de Mai absolute and freesia. The base notes of patchouli and oakmoss intertwine for a musky undertone.

Shot Five DS & Durga – Spirit Lamp Another dynamic perfume oil by the brand, Spirit Lamp is a fragrance meant for both man and woman. The scent if intensified with notes of hot metal, peach water, petitgrain brought together by the powerful yet subtle ingredients of white ginger and coconut milk. The base notes of musk and bohea tea create depth – perfect for a lingering scent.

DS & Durga – Debaser This fragrance oil allows you to feel the wild shrill of Black Francis’s music coming through the radio in the August heat. The top notes of the fragrance include bergamot, green leaf and pear stem that lie on a base of fig, coconut milk and iris – perfect for the summer. The rather unconventional ingredients are then brought to a finish with blond woods, tonka bean, and moss.


Shot Six Carolina Herrera Blossom Elixier Perfume Oil at Harrods  A fresh and vibrant aroma, the quintessence of the orange blossom; a captivating flower that unveils an elegant complexity of nature, the essence of handpicked flowers welcomes the scents of neroli and bitter orange blossom. This results in a vibrant yet understated fragrance held within a precious oil.


Dyptique – Philosykos “Philosykos” means “friend of the fig tree” in Greek. A woody and aromatic perfume oil, it is made for both men and women to use. Philosykos is an ode to the entire fig tree: the green freshness of the leaves, the density of the white wood, the milky flavour of the figs. The oil has what is called an “olfactory accident” – black pepper – to stimulate the sense of smell and is a real signature scent from Dyptique perfumes.

Byredo – Rose of No Man’s Land The name “Rose of No Man’s Land” was a nickname that was given by soldiers in the WWII to nurses who saved thousands of lives during the war. The intense perfume oil has top notes of pink pepper and Turkish rose petals on a bed of raspberry blossom and Turkish Rose Absolute. The scent is finished off into a sweet accord with notes of papyrus and white amber. it is one of the brands most iconic scents and great to see it available in an oil format.

Nejma – Seven Seven, the perfume oil, is a part of a collection of seven fragrances. Created to tell a story of love, magic and beauty – the fresh and floral perfume oil has top notes of Pink Grapefruit and Green Mandarin that are then brought into a medley of Neroli Flower, Cacao and Coconut. The captivating scent settles on a lingering base of Oud Wood, White Musk and Patchouli.




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