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Caring A Fragrant Item Instead Of Wearing Perfume

Discussion in 'Other Things We're Into' started by Woodland Note, Oct 2, 2018.

  1. Woodland Note

    Woodland Note Moderator Staff Member

    I’m not even sure how to title this thread. Recently an idea came to my mind.
    I was reading about native American Indians who were caring with themselves braids made of sweet grass as a way of perfuming themselves.



    A quote from https://plants.usda.gov/plantguide/pdf/cs_hiod.pdf : "Sweetgrass was the most popular perfumery of the Blackfeet, who braided it and kept it with their clothes like a sachet or carried it in small bags."

    Which makes a lot of sense to me now since I've got a living sweetgrass plant in a pot I noticed that even single leaf can radiate a lot of perfume with nice projection strength once cut away from the plant.

    And I was wondering about the whole concept of caring a perfume as a fragrant item from which the perfume is radiating. This could possibly help to use multiple fragrances (for example a few oud oils) at once to achieve the collective scent without actually mixing the chemical compounds. It could be some clothes in some pouch hidden in a shirt pocket... or some cord bracelets on the wrist... Does anyone has any information about such ways of perfuming? I would be grateful for any input.
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  2. Woodland Note

    Woodland Note Moderator Staff Member

    Maybe it's a bit silly but for example, what if I constructed a little thingie that would contain a few metal mesh sheets or some fiber mesh sheets, in a way they are isolated and not touching one another yet air can go through, a whole enclosure could me made with some sort of mesh too. On each mesh there would be different essential oil swiped. It could be like a 1cm thick wheel with diameter of a few cm.


    packed into:


    just 1-2cm short.
  3. Arsalan

    Arsalan True Ouddict

    You should also look up Japanese incense pouches...
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  4. Rai Munir

    Rai Munir Musk Man

    Tradition Rocks!
    I don't know who, when, and why snubbed the essence of essences- the tradition.
  5. Joe King

    Joe King AttitOud

    I have seen these bracelets and pendants advertised but don't know how well they work.
    They are called lockstones and made of a porous rock which you soak in your favorite scent.
    lockstone.jpg lockstone. 2.jpg
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  6. Woodland Note

    Woodland Note Moderator Staff Member

    Thank you for the suggestions guys.

    As for the lockstones, that is probably best ready-solution I’ve seen so far.
    I’ve been just reading about it for the last 30 minutes. I wonder what kind of material they use. They remind me of diffuser stones/rocks used along with pumps in aquariums. Basically when typing “diffuser stone” in Google I get very interesting results, including some diffuser stones used in aromatherapy. So, porous rocks might be one of best material concepts for this task...
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  7. Rai Munir

    Rai Munir Musk Man

    Better avoid the one that has even a bit of metal. Wood or stone is to be preferred.
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  8. RisingPhoenix

    RisingPhoenix Resident Artisan

    These are generally beads and pendants made from lava rock. Very pourous and hold fragrance very well. They've been used for years by Aromatherapy folks, as many Aromatherapy oils don't have great longevity- but will last for hours on these.

    You'll need a dedicated bead / bracelet / pendant for each individual oil if you don't want the fragrances blending
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  9. RisingPhoenix

    RisingPhoenix Resident Artisan

    Japanese have a long history of small pouches of herbs that were used to fragrance their Kimonos. Long before there was liquid perfume, they also used scented powders as dry perfumes.

    I'll be bringing some of these sorts of things to the Fayre at the end of the month for folks to see :)
  10. HeidiJoBotanicals

    HeidiJoBotanicals Whats this Oud About?

    I clean up my klutzy spills (!) with a handkerchief which I then wear around my neck ... they sometimes still smell fabulous even weeks later. Or, what about applying some fragrance to a cord (leather, hemp, etc.) that you might wear tied around the neck or wrist? There is also the pomander, which could translate here. :)
  11. sío

    sío Noudle

    Also a tradition of using aromatic materials to create Rosary beads, and prayer beads used in other faiths. Think the idea there is that the scent will help the mind to achieve a prayerful state, as well as the relationship between reverence of whomever you are praying to and the materials you use to assist in that, but these are objects that would be carried.

    Then there are vinagrettes, which are pierce-work lockets, that were used to carry medicinal aromatic concoctions and worn on a chain or thong around the neck, originally as a defence against plague in medieval Europe and elsewhere, and later to protect the wearer from noxious smells in towns with poor or no sewerage.

    Some of the European commercial houses are now selling perfumed objects for carrying and pumice or alabaster pocket stones for dropping your favourites onto. I'd be surprised if they haven't based these ideas on much older traditions.

    All ideal if you love a given scent but it goes all awry on your skin or hair, but there's also the advantage of being able to pull it out of your pocket to have a quick inhale to regain focus or calm.
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  12. Mr.P

    Mr.P Evoloudtionary Bioudlogist

    Gloves! Did someone mention gloves? I recall when reading through some old texts from the early 1900’s that glove fragrance was a big deal in the Victorian era. I think civet featured dominantly in those glove perfumes...
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  13. sío

    sío Noudle

    Oh yeah, I think some of the European fragrance houses started out as glove manufacturers, or making fragrances for same.

    And Molinard's Habanita was initially released so women could fragrance their cigarettes with it, but enough began wearing it on themselves instead.
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  14. Nicolas

    Nicolas Oud Mystic


    Actually the fragrant glove industry started much before that, at the times the French court of Louis XIII to XV (the later being known throughout europe as "the fragrant court", in turns admiratively or mockingly depending on whom was using the expression ), if not a little before (see * below at the end).

    Interestingly it is also historically at the origin of the Grasse region involvement with fragrance. Grasse, like many parts of the south of France was an area of cattle raising, specialized in leather good around the XV-XVIth century.

    Then local folks realized how good their soil and climate where for cultivating important plants for perfumery (rose, orange blossom - the favorite of louis XIV- etc,) and saw the business opportunity of producing both the gloves and the plants to make them fragrant. Fragrant gloves remained very hot item for a couple for centuries, and then the perfume industry took over (first artisanal then on blooming on a large scale, at the onset of the XXth century, taking advantage of problems in the ottoman empire / turkey supply of roses during WWI) took over to make the world famous perfumery region known today.

    * If I am not mistaken before taking the french court by storm, fragrant gloves were first developed in "Italy" (which was a mosaic of states) and Grasse was part of that, not of France then.
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  15. Sproaty

    Sproaty Sproudy Staff Member

    very interesting, Nicolas - thanks!
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  16. sío

    sío Noudle

    Was it Catherine de' Medici who introduced the fashion for scents and scenting behaviours to the French court when she arrived to marry from Florence, or it that likely to be inaccurate?
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  17. Nicolas

    Nicolas Oud Mystic

    it is likely to be accurate :)

    (or a least it is what I also found in specialized literature when I investigated the topic (quite) a while back)
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  18. Imran S

    Imran S Oud Fanatic

    Or do it Indian style, stick a tiny cotton ball soaked in your favorite essential oil, oud or attar in the upper ear . The the article we carry around the most is our phones. Perhaps a perfumed trinket for phone :)

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