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A Holiday for Favorite Fragrances

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I like to delve into the history, costuming, foods, and customs of places and holidays. World cultures and traditions are fascinating.

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Why have a National Fragrance Day?

Always celebrated on March 21st, this is the "official" day set aside to celebrate fragrance..

There is also a week designated for enjoying fragrance, the first week of June, AND a fragrance month, November.

All are special points in time when we are impelled to think about, revel in, and hopefully, buy some fragrances. Someone wants to make sure we get our full quota of good smelling scents and perfumes.

Once I started looking into some of the more arcane of "National" holidays I started to wonder... who decides on naming a day for a certain product, idea, or activity? And more germane to the focus of this lens, what can we do to observe a Fragrance Day?

It sounds like fun, because who doesn't like a delicious smell wafting their way? Which reminds me.... there is also a National Sense of Smell Day. Just in case you miss your opportunity to smell something good -and get good smelling yourself- on any of the times set aside during the year. Whether it is March 21st, the first week in June, or the month of November, try out new ways to use and to delight your sense of smell.

And by the way, have you wondered what your fragrance preference might be?

Top Fragrances for Women

For your mother, your wife, your friend, yourself

For your mother, your wife, your friend, yourself

Top Ten Perfumes

These are the fragrances that women find attractive, time and again. The way they want to perfume themselves with aromatic essences and combination will make a certain fragrance blend their favorite over time. When I was growing up it was always "Chanel No. 5" , a classic rose fragrance.

For me, though, it was the spicy or fresh scents that were the best, the Diasmonds by Armani has become my latest obsession.

No matter what is popular, each woman likes to have individual scent (sometimes called a signature scent). Is this list similar to what you would choose?

  1. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, Sambac Jasmine, Centifolia Rose, Cattleya Orchid, Ballerina Freesia, Patchouli.
  2. Chloé,

    Pink Peony, Freesia, Lychee, Magnolia Flower, Lily of the Valley, Rose, Cedarwood, Amber, Honey.

  3. Eternity by Calvin Klein,

    freesia, mandarin, sage, muguet, white lily, marigold, narcissus, patchouli, sandalwood, amber

  4. Angelby Thierry Mugler,

    Bergamot, Hedione, Helional, Honey, Dewberry, Red Berries, Vanilla, Caramel, Patchouli, Chocolate, Coumarin.

  5. Burberry Brit by Burberry,

    Pear, Sugared almond and Intense vanilla.

  6. Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy,

    Wild Berries, Mandarins, Honeysuckle, Gardenia, Jasmine, Amber, Caramel, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Praline.

  7. Lady Million by Paco Rabanne

    Neroli, Amalfi lemon, raspberry, Gardenia, jasmine, White honey, amber, patchouli

  8. Black Orchid by Tom Ford,

    Jasmine, Gardenia, Blackcurrant, Lemon, Bergamot, Mandarin, Tuber, Orchid, Spicy notes, Fruity notes, Lotus, Vetiver, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Incense, Amber, Chocolate, Vanille

  9. Diamonds by Emporio Armani,

    Lychee, Raspberry, Freesia, Lily of the Valley, Patchouli, Rose, Vanilla, Cedar, Vetiver

  10. Bamboo by Gucci

    Italian Bergamot, Casablanca, Lily, Ylang Ylang, Extra Comoros,Sandalwood

Scents That Appeal To Young Women - Modern, Sweet, Vivacious

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What is your fragrance choice? - What Visitors Here Love To Smell- vote for your favorite

If you buy a fragranced candle or a perfume for personal wear, or just what you prefer to smell ...which fragrance do you gravitate to?

To Celebrate

Light a fragranced candle today

Top Fragrances for Men - Your Father, Your Boyfriend, Your Brother, You

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Educated Noses! Learn to appreciate fragrance

Which men's fragrance turns you on? Some women love to wear a man's cologne as their own, and some know which one they want their favorite man to wear.

Here are some top choices, if you are thinking about a gift for the man in your life.

Look through the notes that make up each fragrance, you many find that there are common ingredients in the types of fragrance you like to smell. That way you will better judge new fragrances that are always on the horizon, whether they are something you wish to try, or have your man try out.

Don't just judge a cologne by its package!

  • Acqua Di Parma Cologne Spray for Men

    Citrus, Lavender, Rosemary, Vervain, Bulgarian Rose

  • Very Irresistible Man by Givenchy For Men

    Grapefruit Peel, Mint Leaf, Sesame Seed, Mocha, Hazelnut Wood and Virginia Cedar

For the Guys on National Fragrance Day

Fragrance... Synonyms

What's in a word?

The connotation of "fragrance" is always a good or pleasant smell.

We use many words for the idea of smell, and some are not so nice. The opposite of fragrance might be "stink", but what are the synonyms? Let's look at a Thesaurus.

The Thesaurus:

aroma, aura, balm, bouquet, incense, perfume, redolence, scent, smell, spice

toilet water, air, effluvium, efflux, emanation, essence, exhalation, flavor, fragrance , musk, pungence, pungency, redolence, snuff, tang, tincture, trail, whiff

Obviously, when we think of National Fragrance Day, it is redolent of perfumes, colognes, and toilet waters, of soaps, and fragrance oils, and home air fresheners.

We start thinking about scented candles, and incense... and soon the list is growing. It isn't long before we also might start thinking about food, because the sense of smell and the sense of taste are inextricably connected.

Is this what the founders of National Fragrance Day intended.... and how do you designate a day for something, anyway?

We'll get to that.

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Fragrance Day

Make 'Fragrance Day' a way to celebrate your own idea of aromatherapy.

Focus in on what you feel when you smell a certain aroma. Is there a certain scent that make you instantly relax? Feel warm and cozy? Transport you to that happy place in your life?

That is what this day is all about... filling your nose, and your mind, with something that smells just wonderful. And while you are at it, be sure to take a few minutes to allow yourself to really enjoy the time spent with scent, to really rejuvenate your senses.

National Days Like National Fragrance Day

How do these odd holidays happen?

Holiday Insights .com says:

"A truly "National" day is literally an act of Congress and takes a lot of work. I checked into this issue with a company who wanted to create a national day and had the resources to do it. They decided it was "too much work". The first step is to contact your local congress person. Once you have their attention, you have to create the proposal and hopefully it will get onto the congressional agenda before too many years has passed. If you are intent on doing it and have the patience, it can be done.

Other "Days" are created by companies, special interest groups, local governments, sports teams, and others by simply declaring it so. I include card companies in this category, especially Ecards. It seems some of these "days" are created because there isn't anything going on a particular day, and the card companies need something for every day of the year. The vast majority of these are local, one-time events that do not capture much attention and are soon forgotten. Official or not, a number of these take hold, and show up year after year.

At least one individual or company has created a number of humorous "days". They created the day, copyrighted it (believe it or not, it's true), and then wrote a book describing them. These "days" were created simply for profit."

This helps explain why the histories of many of these "National" days are so hard to track down.

It is easy, however, to see how some of them may have caught on, especially if they help a business sell its product. And the Fragrance industry is huge.

As one person said,"The fragrance industry is big business, very big business."

But besides that obvious fact, a special day set aside for something interesting, or something we like, is just plain fun. You are reading this, aren't you?

Are you looking for some fun reason to give a gift, or talk about an odd bit of trivia, or to find a topic to focus in on? That is likely how some of these unusual days caught enough interest to get recorded. And then sometimes, just the series of weird or odd things gets our attention... just how many "special days" are there in a year? A lot more than 365!

There are some days that are set aside for more than one observance; wouldn't it be hilarious to combine them into an all-in-one for that day? Think of the possibilities. Is there any day of the year that is forlorn, and absent any special commemoration? That might be a challenge to investigate.

Scent Diffusers make Great Mother's Day Gifts

Create Home Ambiance

This is my favorite type of home fragrance, the oil diffuses through the reeds and leaves a light scent in the room. Lasts for a long time.

Of course, there are spray, plug-ins, "tarts", but the reed diffusers seem less "heavy" and some of the others have an artificial smell.

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Let's Celebrate FRAGRANCE Today!

Because we all enjoy something that smells good

I'm ready, how about you? I have to say that using fragrance in our home has been a big part of my efforts to "de-stress".

I use the reed diffusers, as well as the Body Shop oils that have their own little burner, scented candles, and incense (Shoyeido is my favorite brand). All in the name of relaxation.

I believe in the healing properties of aromatherapy - and these are ways to bring those stress taming fragrances into the atmosphere of our home.

The joys of a bath... half is the hot water and half belong to the things we add to the bath- the soaps, the gels, the soaks. And showers are just as relaxing when you have scented shampoos and bath gels. People are ingenious when it comes to ways they add aroma to almost any daily experience.

I love coconut and the way it smells. It is fabulous in this time saving all in one product. You might like other scents in this Multitasking, 3-in-1 formula.

Waterlily Essence Is Unique and Refreshing

Waterlily Essence

Waterlily Essence

Premium Japanese Incense

Only the best quality ingredients and scent for incense is included in their product.

Shoyeido Incense has been produced by hand for 300 years.

Take Time to Smell Roses

Aromatherapy isn't new- people have used volatile oils since Ancient Egyptian times and before.

Aromatherapy isn't new- people have used volatile oils since Ancient Egyptian times and before.

Aromatherapy

The use of fFragrance for health benefits is what aromatherapy is all about

The use of fFragrance for health benefits is what aromatherapy is all about

Understanding Aroma as Another Way to Bring Healing

Aromatherapy is the use of smells for everything from stress relief to building your immune system. While it may be debatable whether there are measurable improvements with many of the reputed benefits of using fragrance for relieving ailments, there is certainly an emotional connection between good smells and emotional feeling of wellbeing.

And that is nothing to sneeze at.

Legacy Scented Candles By Root Candles

You will love these candles, and truly feel that this is a purchase worth every penny paid. They burn so nicely and the scents are ambrosial.

Lime is Citrus Fresh

This candle could be listed with Summer scented candles for its fresh scent of limes . Lime blossom is the softly floral variation of the fruit fragrance, a bit sweeter and a lot softer, but still carrying the redolence of green limes.

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A List of My Favorite Fragrances

Not all are sold in bottles

Not all are sold in bottles

  • freshly mown grass
  • a spring day
  • the good garden earth
  • a newborn baby
  • coffee
  • anything tea-scented
  • Grassy, woodsy, and oriental scents
  • lavender

Aromatic Comments - Because you all are so sweet!

Stephanie Tietjen from Albuquerque, New Mexico on March 21, 2012:

This lens has a wonderful fragrance. Very interesting about how the National Days happen. Thanks

Bill Armstrong from Valencia, California on March 21, 2012:

Great lens, love to sit back with aromatherapy oils burning in all rooms, thanks for sharing, you get my thumbs up :-)

Dusty2 LM on March 21, 2012:

I have always enjoyed aromatherapy scents in one form or another. It is difficult for me to say which form is my favorite. I guess it depends on my mood at that time.

I did not know there was a "National Fragrance Day" and today was the designated day for it.

Thank You for an informative lens.

"Pay It Forward"

christopherlee lm on March 21, 2012:

Nice lens, all that missing is a few quiz or polls to entertains guests.

siobhanryan on March 21, 2012:

What a nice feel good lens. I love the smell of lavender.

sweetstickyrainbo on March 21, 2012:

nice smelling lens!

anonymous on March 21, 2012:

What a beautiful Lens, I really love the gorgeous pictures, if only we could smell the perfume too!

E L Seaton from Virginia on March 21, 2012:

A rose's aroma, fragrance, scent, boquet and emanation by any other name doth smell as sweet as this lens. Happy Fragrance day. Blessed by COUNTRYLUTHIER.

Harriet from Indiana on March 21, 2012:

Some of these strange holidays are really great. This is one of them and so is your lens.

Harriet from Indiana on March 21, 2012:

Some of these strange holidays are really great. This is one of them and so is your lens.

anonymous on March 21, 2012:

Happy Fragrance Day.. dear lady :)

Stacy Birch on March 21, 2012:

Happy National Fragrance Day.

Mahadihbk on March 21, 2012:

happy fragrance day to all. The lens really smells good

River_Rose on March 21, 2012:

After the rain we are finally receiving in Texas, my honeysuckle is blooming!

I really like honeysuckle!

getmoreinfo on February 06, 2012:

I love the idea of having a fragrance day, because my favorite scent is honeysuckle.

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