The tradition of men’s aromatic aftershaves and body splashes has a very long history, upheld and continued by Art of Shaving Eau De Toilette Products. The idea of perfume originated thousands of years ago, as shown by clay tables from Mesopotamia written about 2,000 B.C. Even the very name comes from the Latin per fumum, meaning “through the smoke,” implying fragrant herbs and oils being burned to release sweet-smelling smoke.
The differences between women’s perfume and men’s fragrance are a matter of the concentration of the ingredients and the “note” – or actual type of aroma – of the scent. The men’s fragrances offered by Art of Shaving Eau De Toilette Products have more recent roots, however, dating back to the beginning of the 1700s when eau de cologne began to be produced in Cologne, Germany. The original was a chypre citris-based fragrance for men, but in later years a more concentrated form called eau de toilette was created. Centuries later, Art of Shaving Eau De Toilette Products offers this fragrance that has become a mainstay of the shaving and skin care regimen for men.
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A major difference between eau de cologne and eau de toilette is the concentration of the aromatic compound. In the first case, the concentration is typically 5% of the total liquid, while eau de toilette is around 10%. When the aromatics in Art of Shaving Eau De Toilette Products are applied to the skin and body, the warmth of the skin allows them to begin to release the scent that gives the wearer his own individual identity.
The basic scent of a fragrance is called its “note,” and is based on the type of aromatic compounds used to create the formula. There are floral, ambered (which use ambergris as their base) and chypre for citrus bases. The classic men’s fragrance, however, has what is described as a “woody” note and, among them, one of the most famous are sandalwood fragrances. The Indian sandalwood tree (Santalum album) is a slow-growing parasitic plant which taps into its host tree’s roots for nutrients. The wood has been treasured for over 2,000 years for its long-lasting scent, but due to over-harvesting and the loss of natural habitat, it is now considered endangered in the wild. Most sandalwood oil comes from commercial plantations in India, China, Southeast Asia and Australia. When used as an aftershave or as an after-shower body splash, The Art of Shaving Sandalwood Eau De Toilette absorbs the warmth of the skin and offers a woodsy, warm and calming fragrance with balsamic tones. The oil has antiseptic qualities and, on an aromatherapy level, provides stress-relieving benefits.