Thursday, October 27, 2016

The 10 Most Expensive Perfumes In The World.

Perfume, Bottle, Glass, Cosmetics  Yesterday, I wrote about what makes certain perfumes more expensive than others.  Today, I'm exploring the 10 most expensive perfumes in the world.  I already know that some of them will have diamonds in them but what which ones fall into this category?

10.  Annick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien is at the bottom of the list costing a mere $441 per ounce.  It has been around since 1981 when it was launched as a perfume for both men and women.  Its fruity scent has lemon, orange, grapefruit, citrus and other ingredients but it is actually sold in a bottle that runs $1500 for 3.4 ml

9. JAR Bolt of Lightening is a bit more expensive at $765 per ounce.  JAR is the initials for the jeweler who created this scent.  Although it is marketed as having the scent of the air after a lightening strike it is actually more of an oriental fragrance for women.

8. Joy by Jean Patou for $800 an ounce.  This scent was created back in 1929 for the French couture Jean Patou but it was launched for the public in 1936.  It was designed to lift people's spirit during the depression and became extremely popular.  This is the perfume, I mentioned yesterday that used jasmine flowers and rose petals.

7. Caron Poivre costs $1000 per ounce. This perfume was released in 1954 as a unisex perfume which could be worn by either males or females.  It is a limited edition perfume sold in Baccarat crystal with a white gold collar.  It has a spicy and peppery scent.

6.  Hermes 24 Faubourg for only $1500 per ounce.  This is a limited edition perfume by a company who manufactured only 1000 bottles total when it was released in 1995.  The soft curvy bottle is made of St. Louis crystal.

5. Clive Christian #1 sells for $2150 per ounce.  It comes in two scents, the woody oriental for men or the floral oriental for women.  The bottle is made of lead crystal with a 1/3rd carat diamond on the neck.

4. Chanel Grand Exhibit can be had for $4200 per ounce.  This version is the rarest, purest version of Chanel # 5 making it a very limited edition scent.  Each bottle is created using molds so each bottle is unique and very few are created each year.

3. Baccarat Les Larmes Sacrees de Thebes sells for $6800 for each ounce.  The scent is bottled in a pyramid shaped Baccarat crystal.  This was one of three limited edition scents launched in 1998.  This one is the least produced of the three.  It uses amber, jasmine, rose, and other expensive ingredients.

2. Clive Christian #1 Imperial Majesty perfume costs over $12,000 per ounce.  Only 10 bottles were ever released in 2005 so it is super expensive and super rare.  Each bottle contains 16.9 ounces so the bottle costs over $200,000 which is why its so rare and expensive.

1. DKNY Golden Delicious Million Dollar Fragrance Bottle for $1,000,000.  It is a golden apple shaped bottle made of 14 carat yellow and white gold with 183 yellow sapphires, 2,700 white diamonds, and so many other precious jewels.  The 2909 precious jewels recreate the New York City skyline. This was auctioned off and the proceeds went to charity.

Wow is all I can say. I'll stick with my cheap stuff and enjoy the scents that I love most.  Have a good day.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Why Are Some Perfumes More Expensive?

Still Life, Roses, Perfume  When my mother was growing up, she was told that a women was never completely dressed until she spritzed herself with a bit of perfume.  By the time, I was at an age, I might have started wearing it, she no longer wore it and I discovered most scents were not particularly appealing.

I've seen perfume in those duty free shops at the airport and wondered why some cost so much more than others.  Some can cost a thousand dollars an ounce while others are only a hundred or so.  

The cost of the perfume depends on three factors.

1.  Does the perfume contain any rare ingredients?  Does it contain the oils of a flower, root, three, or musk from an animal?  Some of these can be quite pricey to make so these can increase the cost. It could be the perfume uses a synthetic ingredient that is hard to make so it costs more.  The perfume might use something from a flower that blooms once a year so the flower is quite scarce. 

One of the perfumes from the 1930's that claimed to be the most expensive in the world, used 10,600 jasmine flowers and 28 dozen roses to make one bottle.  It takes 8,000 jasmine flowers to produce 1/25th ounce of oil.  Other expensive ingredients include the Bulgarian Rose, oud, ambergris, and orris.

 Oud is a resin produced when a wood was infected with a mold and is known as "liquid gold".  On the other hand ambergris is collected from remains found on the beach and was originally from the intestine of the sperm whale.  Then there is orris which is the dried rhizomes from the iris plant.  If a perfume has 15% or more of these ingredients in it, it is going to cost more.

2.  The cost of marketing can cause the price to rise especially if the company has to hire celebrities to sell a hard to sell fragrance to the public.  Other ways the cost goes up is if the company only creates a limited number of bottles.  Some people will buy one of the limited run for bragging rights, much like purchasing a limited run piece of art or wine.

3. The final factor is packaging.  Perfumers know if they want to sell their product, they have to create a beautiful package.  Some of the most expensive perfumes in the world come in crystal bottles made in France. Some even have diamonds in them.

It is often hard to know if you are paying for expensive ingredients, marketing, or packaging.  Do you have a favorite perfume?  Occasionally, I wear something I buy in Hawaii because I love the floral scents but only a very small bottle because it is more likely to evaporate before I use it up......LOL.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

9 Uses for Nut Shells

Almonds, Nuts, Hazelnuts, Mixed Nuts  Around Christmas time, someone in the family always sends me those gift pages with mixed nuts.  I enjoy eating them but I'm not always sure what to do with the shells.  Yesterday I wrote on ways to use peanut shells.  Today, I'm looking at ways to use other nut shells.

Some are harder to do at home but are still possible while others are quite easy.  Many of the suggestions are aimed at one type of nut while others apply to all types of nuts.

1.  A cheese company in Oregon burn hazelnuts to smoke certain blue cheeses.  I wonder how this type of smoke would work with fish or jerkys?

2. Place the nut shells in the bottom of the flower pot under the soil to improve drainage. 

3.  Use pistachio shells to create brooches.

4. Grind the shells to a course mix before adding to a homemade soap or face/body scrub.

5. Crushed walnut shells can be used to polish jump ring and chain maille pieces.

6. Use a mixture of crushed shells as a landscaping material or use as a mulch in the vegetable garden.

7.  Create tea candles by pouring the soy wax into walnut shells.

8.  Dig crushed shells into the soil of house plants and your garden to enrich them.

9.  Add finely ground nuts to resin to create figurines.  If the figurines are stained or painted, they resemble wood.

So many possibilities so you are not throwing the nuts out.  Let me know what you think.

Monday, October 24, 2016

6 Uses for Peanut Shells

Peanuts, Healthy, Shell, Delicious  There are times at the end of a party when I've got a ton of peanut shells to clean up.  I am the type who hates to waste anything that I could compost or use for something else.  Here in Alaska, composting can be done but it slows down significantly in the winter when everything freezes solid for several months.

So what are some ways to use those shells when you've enjoyed all the nuts? 

1.  The most obvious is to compost the shells.  It is recommended you grind them up a bit to help them break down further and help release the nitrogen.  Peanut shells are classified as brown material for he compost pile.

2.  It can be used as a mulch around the garden.  There is a warning floating around the internet that one should not use peanut shells for mulch in the South due to possible blight but I've heard people have successfully used it.

3. Create your own kitty litter by soaking these shells, adding some biodegradable dish soap, and letting them dry before adding some baking soda.  If nothing else, this makes a great emergency kitty litter.

4. Use them instead of the Styrofoam peanuts when you need to pack something so its well protected during transit.

5.  Instead of salt use peanut shells on icy walks and steps to make it easier to walk.

6.  Peanut shells used to start fires and they turn into charcoal so if pressed, they could replace briquettes.

So if you end up with a bunch of left over peanut shells, think of putting them to use in one of the above ways.  Let me know what you think!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Where Does Fat Go?

Push Ups, Exercise, Fitness, Workout  I try to exercise every day and I manage it most days of the week. At work, they even started a group workout session two days a week after work but that one is extremely intimidating. We look like a group of uncoordinated misfits trying to get in shape.  it was the DVD, not us but still.

The girl leading an aerobic workout stated on a DVD that we loose most of our fat when we exhale but it doesn't sound right to me because of what they told me growing up.

I was taught that the fat is released into the blood system where it is absorbed and used for energy by muscles yet a recent study done by the British Medical Journal claims that 84% of the fat you loose is released from the body when you exhale.  Another 16% is released through sweat and urine.

Apparently a gentleman in Australia lost 33 pounds and wondered where all the fat went.  That is quite a lot of weight to loose.  So he teamed up with a researcher at the University of New South Wales to find an answer to that question.  After quite a bit of research it was determined that fat mixes with oxygen to create carbon dioxide and water.  So when you exhale, 84 % is in that breath, while 16% leaves via your sweat glands.

A bit of background information. When the body stores fat in the body it is stored in the form of triglycerides which are made up of carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen, the three molecules needed to create carbon dioxide and water expelled by the body.  So when you loose weight, your body is breaking down this fat and eliminating it from the body.

This study was published in 2014, so the information is still new enough that many doctors, biochemists, trainers, and nutritionists are not aware of this information yet.

Yes, triglycerides should sound familiar.  You hear about them in regard to heart disease.  If your triglyceride rate is too high, it could signal a potential stroke.  So if you need to lower your triglycerides, increase your aerobic exercise so you can break it down in your body and exhale it every time you exhale.

It is an interesting relationship.  Give it a shot and enjoy yourself.