Looking for a present for beautiful women with flawless-complexions? Give them perfume! - Perfume Story

Looking for a present for beautiful women with flawless-complexions? Give them perfume!

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Looking for a present for beautiful women with flawless-complexions? Give them perfume!

While Japanese women are said to have the most beautiful complexions, there are also "flawless-complexion beauties" overseas who take special care of their attractive skin. Surprisingly, these girls are all fanciers of perfume.


First, we interview a 20 years old woman from Cairo, Egypt.

image101107_01.jpgThe woman, who is currently enrolled as a third year university student studying Japanese, finally arrives home at her apartment after overcoming what is said to be the worst congestion in the world. The apartment is shared with her parents and five others. Opening the apartment window, she gets to see a world-famous landmark every day as Al-Jizah and the Pyramids are almost within touching distance. She's a typical Egyptian beauty with lusciou eyebrows, sparkling eyes and long hair. Her skin is slightly swarthy but moist, which is unusual considering Cairo's dry climate. Praising her beautiful complexion, she remarks that her morning and evening cleaning routine consists merely of a face-wash, and that she doesn't apply face-lotion or skin milk. Maintaining her beautiful complexion with such a method may seem hard to believe but one can say with conviction that she has no skin troubles. It seems that this make-up method is popular among Egyptian women, however, when going out it is normal to apply make-up such as foundation, eyeliner, eye shadow and mascara. Eye make-up is particularly used. She has always been interested in make-up, with a special affection for perfume. When asked to identify the perfume bottles lined up in front of the mirror, she introduces 11 different types. Egyptian women sure do love their perfume.


The second interviewee is a 20 year old woman from Helsinki, Finland.

image101107_02.jpgShe lives in a house in a residential area just outside the city center with her family of two parents and three siblings. She brings me an apple pie that she had been baking since the morning which seems to be the norm as most Finnish households have an apple tree in their garden. In her two-storied house, the windowsills are adorned with Block Lamp by Finnish-born designer Harri Koskinen and items from New York's Museum of Modern Art MoMA design collection. On the sofa one can find popular Marimekko Finnish-made cushions, and there is a flower-vase made from German pottery. Indeed, the whole house has a stylish north-European flavor. Her skin is like silk. As a child, small blemishes were a problem so facial cleansing and cream in the morning and at night are a must. She also remarks that once a week on Sunday, she gives her skin a rest from cosmetics. Despite her youthful age, she is already taking care of her skin. She answers that cosmetics and perfume are "necessary for public appearances" however she has never once purchased perfume herself, instead receiving them all as Christmas presents from her family and boyfriend. The perfume box she opens and shows me is full of bottles. In Finland, make-up is often done in front of a mirror. Although it may seem a little inconvenient, it sums up Finland's typical way of doing things. Embedding such things into everyday routine makes it convenient.


Our third interviewee comes from San Francisco and is 19 years old.

image101107_03.jpgShe recently graduated high school and has ambition to study at a music college in Europe. Her home, located in a high-class neighborhood, was built in 1920 and is full of antique furniture. She is the only child to a French father, who is a lawyer, and an American mother. Getting down to business, one look at her face and you can see she is attractively made-up. Asking about her make-up routine, she replies that she applies face-wash about three times a week. Seeing my doubtful expression, she remarks that normally she only washes with water and doesn't apply anything afterwards. In other words, her earlier comment about make-up refers to the face-wash she put on today, but at the same time she doesn't use skincare products. Despite such comments, her face looks like she is wearing nice foundation. Surprised, I repeat my question but she says that her mother similarly has nice skin without using anything. She's not wearing make-up now but she does when she goes out. She brings and shows me her own personal cosmetic box, which consists entirely of French-made cosmetics. Her outlook on make-up is that it is fun and she enjoys getting a makeover. She especially wears make-up when she meets a guy but rather than using it to attract attention, she wears it to put herself at ease. However, when it comes to perfume, she constantly wears it in or out, and sees a person's smell as a part of their appearance. She either buys the fragrance from France or gets t as a present from people familiar with her tastes such as her father and boyfriends. Again, one can't help be surprised that a girl with such beautiful skin loves perfume so much.


Topics - Dyed with "Safflower" : The forever-blooming "Rouge Flower"

Safflower is an annual flower belonging to the asteraceae family. Its original place of growth was along the Egyptian Nile but its seeds and cultivation knowledge soon found its way down the Silk Road. From there it traversed the Korean peninsula, eventually arriving in Japan during the period of Empress Suiko's reign (593-629). In the Edo Period, Dewa safflower was given the name "Mogami ( the name of the production region also meaning 'top class' ) Safflower" because of its high-quality, reaching a peak from the Kyoho era (1716-1735). Safflower was immediately picked after spreading its pretty bright-yellow petals in early July, and processed into small, coin shaped disks called beni-mochi. Beni-mochi was then assembled in Sakata port, discharged to Tsuruga port by Kitamae-bune (northern-bound ships), transported across the Lake Biwa, and then delivered to Kyoto. Kyoto's safflower dyers made bright red dye from the beni-mochi, and with that colored the lips and nails of Kyoto women and provided dye for beautiful, red costumes. By the time of the Meiji Restoration, safflower declined due to the influx of foreign-made chemical dyes, and eventually disappeared. However, the safflower continues to live on behind the scenes. Garments used for Imperial court festivities are always dyed with Yamagata safflowers. At the Crown Prince's wedding ceremony on June 9 1993, the grenadine-colored robe that his Highness wore for his sokutai dress (ceremonial coat dress) had been dyed with traditional safflower. In the Edo period "Sumo Ranking List of Domestic Produces", it is documented that a second wrestler called "Dewa no Mogami Benibana (Top-class Dewa Safflower)" belonged to the East corner while "Awa no Ai Dama (Awa Indigo Ball)" belonged to the West, creating the two deep red ( beni ) and indigo ( ai ) dyeing culture in Japan.

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