Beauty and fragrance: classic perfumes still made today
New perfumes may come and go, but the true classics will be here forever.
What is a classic? One definition says that a classic is something that has been judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality, a work of art of established value. The classic perfumes of yesteryear that are still being produced, marketed and used by scores of women fall into this category.
Trendy fragrances fall in and out of popularity sometimes after a whiff or just on a whim. Celebrity endorsed perfumes ride the crest of the wave until somebody younger or prettier comes along with a new one. True classic perfumes don't need to be endorsed by anyone. They stand alone and they stay forever. A classic scent can be worn and enjoyed by any generation of women.
Shalimar by Guerlain is a French perfume that has this true staying power. It was introduced in1925. Shalimar is composed of a mixture of musk, vanilla and night-blooming flowers. At the time Jacques Guerlain was fascinated by things oriental in nature. He named his new fragrance after "The Gardens of Shalimar," where an Indian Emperor met the love of his life, and went on to build the Taj Mahal for her.
I remember my mother wearing White Shoulders by Evyan. It was first introduced back in 1949. Gardenia, lilac, amber jasmine and oakmoss make up this timeless classic.
Another classic scent is Je Reviens by Worth. Je Reviens was introduced by the Design House of Worth in 1932. It has been inspiring romance ever since. It contains the scent of soft green floral fragrance, orange flower, lemon, musk, rose and violet. Je Reviens Cologne for men was inspired by this women's timeless classic and wasn't introduced until 1980.
Many of my peers enjoyed, Heaven Sent by Dana. I doubt any of them realized it was first introduced back in 1936. Heaven Sent's fragrance is that of oriental spices and aromatic woods.
Joy by Jean Patou was first introduced in 1930. A single ounce of Joy contains 10,600 jasmine flowers and 336 may roses, along with a hint of ylang-ylang and tuberose. Joy was intended to bring joy back to the population of women who had been brought down by the Great Depression. This sophisticated scent is still considered to be the world's costliest perfume.
Chanel No. 5, by the design house of Chanel, is a blend of ylang-ylang, amber, iris, patchouli, grass jasmine, may rose, sandalwood, neroli, and vanilla which together form a soft and refined floral scent that has been loved by women since its introduction in 1922. Coco Chanel was looking for a fragrance that would define what a woman should smell like. Perfume designer, Ernest Beaux came up with Chanel No, 5 on his fifth try. The name stuck.
While looking for a signature scent for yourself, don't just jump on the latest trend. Consider something that has proven itself to have lasting appeal. After all, every woman is a timeless classic in her own right.
All of the above-mentioned classic perfumes can be found online and at fine cosmetic counters everywhere.
Star gazing with or without a telescope is an intersting hobby and past time.
The night skies have been a mystery to man for centuries. Although nowadays we now have a clearer knowledge of the night skies and some of the things that they hold, there are still unseen mysteries in the dark heavens above us.
Star gazing is a simple, but fun and very interesting pastime for many amateur as well as some experienced star gazers. Even amateurs can find many stars, planets, shooting stars, meteor showers, and constellations with the naked eye on their own. A planisphere is a useful guide for locating constellations. A planisphere is a circular, paper map which shows the sky at various hours of the day and night, thus showing you the approximate location of some of the many constellations. You simply hold the planisphere up and align it with the time and the date. The constellations and the stars appear on a schedule, and using a planisphere helps us to know that timing.
Some of the most popular constellations that can be seen in the Northern Hemisphere are the Big Dipper, which is also known as Ursa Major, and can be seen year around, and the Little Dipper, which is also known as Ursa Minor. The North Star is also a popular and easily found sight in the night skies. It is actually located directly above the North Pole.
To get the best possible view of the night skies, you should choose a clear, cloudless night. Take a blanket or a small cot, if you prefer, so that you can lie comfortably on your back. Also take along a flashlight which has a red bulb, or you can use a flashlight with a clear bulb as long as it is covered with red cellophane paper. Our eyes adjust easier to a red light than they do to a clear, bright light.
If you have to drive somewhere to get away from the city lights, when you reach your destination, be sure to shut off the headlights of your vehicle as well as the dome light for maximum viewing enjoyment. If you are out camping and decide to do some star gazing, be sure to pick a spot that is far enough away from the campfire so that its light will not interfere with your night vision.
You can, of course, see more in the night skies if you use a telescope to do your viewing with. Most store-bought telescopes will do the trick, or, if you are really interested in astronomy, you can make your own telescope. Before you start such an in-depth undertaking, you must realize that you will need to purchase many materials in order to construct your viewing device. These items may include wood, special mirrors, telescopic tubing, eyepiece, supports, black paint, and various fasteners, just to mention a few. You would also need to find a good blueprint from which you would make your telescope from.
Telescopes work by gathering light, and by magnification. With a small telescope, you can inspect the surface of the moon and find craters as well as mountains on its surface. Larger, high-powered telescopes are better for viewing the planets and some other night sights.
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