WHY SHOULD I WEAR A FRAGRANCE

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Now that we have understood “How to choose a Fragrance”,   (https://susegadfragrances.com/blog/), let us understand the need for wearing one. Perfumes and Attars are popular today because not only do they help you fight body odour, but also boost your morale and confidence. However, there are several other benefits associated with Fragrances that will help us get a better understanding of why we should wear them.                                                                                                                          

1. Eliminates Body odour:  

Well, this is the most obvious reason. Perfumes and Attars have been historically used primarily for their fragrance. They help keep unwanted body odour at bay and ensure that you smell good throughout the day.

2. Creates and Uplifts Mood :                                                                     

One of the main benefits of wearing a Fragrance is that it enhances the mood. You can wear a fragrance that reflects your mood and projects it better. Susegad Fragrance products also contain specially selected natural Ingredients which help uplift your mood. Whether you feel Calm and relaxed, Cheerful or Romantic, we have a Fragrance for every mood.

SR. NO. MOOD PERFUME ATTAR
1. CALM AND RELAXED CALM WATER
WOMAN,
CALM WATER MAN
MAJMUAH CLASSIC
2. CHEERFUL
AND
REFRESHING
DIVINE BLUE LADY KEWDA,         FANTASIA
3. ROMANTIC AND SPICY MILLION DREAMS, GOLDEN MAGNET, REAL ROSE,       JANNAT UL FIRDAUS, KESAR CHANDAN
4. CONFIDENT AND SPORTY INVINCIBLE DUDE FITRAT E HIND
5. MISCHIEVOUS TROPICAL TWIST MUKHALLAT E AMEER,
SHAMAMA
6. SEDUCTIVE ALPHA MALE,         SWEET POISON CHAMELI, EGYPTIAN MUSK, NATURAL OUDH
3. Boosts Confidence:

A good perfume can boost your confidence and ensure that you get through the day without feeling conscious about your body odour. A dash of fragrance can work wonders on your personality. Always try to choose the fragrance which according to you best suits your personality.

4. Makes you attractive:                                                                                                  

One of the things we really care about is how people see us. Our success sometimes depends on how others perceive us, in our careers, relationships, social status and most importantly in our physical appearance. We are always concerned about how attractive we might appear to others. Just like when you put on nice clothes or shoes, wearing fragrances can simply make you more attractive. Depending on the smell, perfumes have the power to make you perceived as more masculine, feminine, sophisticated, or sexy. Some perfumes function like a natural aphrodisiac. They contain pheromones, which have aphrodisiac properties. It explains why you get attracted to someone because of their perfume                                                                                                                                                         

5. Cures Headaches and helps treat Insomnia:

One of the unexpected and surprising therapeutic effects of wearing a perfume is that it can help you cure that nagging headache and can also help you sleep better at night. Some Perfumes contain certain Natural essential oils, like Eucalyptus,  Peppermint, Chamomile, Lavender  and Rosemary, which help you relax and clear your nagging headaches. Pleasant smells reduce the risk of nightmares.

We create different version of ourselves when we wear different scents. It helps us build our character to be synced in with everything else about us. There is a wonderful old proverb: ‘With one breath of her perfume, I forfeit my kingdom. With a second, I forfeit my soul.’ When you first see someone you’re attracted to, you instantly feel that magical tinge of excitement. As you get closer, you breathe in a little of their perfume, and their olfactory tattoo is imprinted on your psyche. When you smell a desirable fragrance on someone, the hormone balance in your body is stimulated and you subconsciously become attracted to them. So be sure to smell good. People are instantly attracted to those who smell pleasant. Smelling good can do wonders to your self-esteem. When you know that you are smelling great, you tend to hesitate less in front of others. Smell is one of our strongest senses and influences the brain in the best manner. So, the next time you wear a Fragrance, remember that it’s not just making you smell good but feel better too. Moreover without uttering a word, you let people know more about who you are with a nice simple waft as you pass by.

HOW TO CHOOSE A FRAGRANCE?

The biggest dilemma faced by us while buying a Fragrance is “What type of Fragrance should we buy?” Choosing a Fragrance can be quite confusing for the uninitiated. For eg. many think that cologne is for men and perfume is for women, but these terms merely refer to the concentration of the Perfume Oil(Perfumery Compound) in the Fragrance. Fragrance concentration refers to the strength that a fragrance has. Fragrances with a higher concentration contain more perfume oils and less alcohol. This Blog post is to help the Buyer understand the different types of fragrances based on their Perfume oil concentrations and what applications they are best suited for. This should help them select the fragrance that is best suited for their needs.

Eau Fraiche – At the bottom end of the spectrum as far as concentration is concerned, is Eau Fraiche, which in-fact means Fresh water. It is the most diluted version of a Fragrance, usually with 1 – 2% of Perfume Oil in alcohol and water. This lasts for less than an hour. 

Eau de Cologne(EDC)This usually contains about 3-4% Perfume Oil dissolved in alcohol and water. It is refreshing in hot weather as it contains more alcohol, which evaporates fast and gives a cooling effect. However it doesn’t last long, around 1 – 2 hours max. It tends to be marketed in large sizes of up to 200 ml and is often applied by spray. 

Eau de Toilette(EDT).  It usually contains around 5-10% Perfume Oil. EDT focuses more on the Top Notes i.e.  the first scent released by a Fragrance. Once again like in case of EDC, since the alcohol percentage is quite high, EDT is refreshing when it is applied but evaporates and fades away quite quickly.  Usual retention time is 3-4 hours.

Eau de Parfum(EDP). After the top notes have died away, the middle notes or heart notes of a perfume become noticeable. This is the concept of EDP. The concentration of Perfume oils in EDP is around 10-15%, so the retention time is relatively higher around 4-5 hours, which gives the user a chance to smell the heart notes. The disadvantage is that the Base notes are still missed out, so the true impact of the Fragrance cannot be experienced.

Perfume: Also called perfume extract, this is and will remain the most beautiful form of Fragrance as the whole symphony of top, heart and base notes is released over a period of time. This is due to the high concentration of Perfume oils, average 20-25%, in the Fragrance. It lasts for an average of 8-10 hours, which makes it perfect to spray on skin/clothing. (Be careful with white fabric though, as they may stain.) The true nature of any Fragrance is revealed only after a couple of hours on the skin/fabric. In-fact Perfumes smell different on different users, depending on the skin type. It is this “Perfume” segment that we have targeted with our Brand “Susegad-The Fragrance of Goa”. We have launched 9 International class Fragrances in Perfumes, which help relieve stress and anxiety, uplift mood and facilitate wellness through fragrance therapy.

We believe that for our concept of Fragrance Therapy (check out our previous Blog post for details on Fragrance therapy) to work effectively, the fragrance one wears must last for a minimum of 8 hours. This is only possible in Perfumes. Also since we manufacture a significant number of the ingredients in house in our Goa factory and since we have strategically decided to avoid major advertising and promotional expenses, we can price the usually expensive Perfume, so as to be easily affordable to the common man. Often in Perfumes, what you end up paying for is the marketing cost and the image associated with a brand and not necessarily the cost of ingredients comprising the scent.

Attars: At the other end of the spectrum to Eau Fraiche are Attars.  These are pure Perfume Oils(Perfumery  Compounds) without additives like water or alcohol, which are usually added to complete the physical makeup of perfumes. Traditionally Attars were made with flowers, wood, roots of plants and  tree particles and their base was mostly Sandalwood oil. However in present times due to various regulations that restrict the availability of some critical natural raw material like Sandalwood, Agarwood and Musk, it is extremely difficult and expensive to blend attars with 100% natural ingredients. That is done only in case of certain astronomically priced Niche Perfumes. Most modern day Perfumers use a combination of natural and synthetic ingredients, to blend the Attar Fragrances. Over the years with modern analytical equipments, this Art has been perfected to such an extent that most of the traditional Attar fragrances can now been recreated in this manner, so as to be affordable to the common man. Attars usually last for 12 hours and are sold in very small sizes usually 6ml, 8ml or 10 ml. Once again it is this segment which “Susegad-The Fragrance of Goa” has targeted. We have launched 12 Attar fragrances which are exotic blends of Natural and Synthetic ingredients which relieve stress and facilitate wellness through fragrance therapy.

When looking to buy a fragrance, spray some on your wrist or inner elbow and wear it for a few minutes before taking a call. Scientific studies suggest that an individual can select the perfume that works best with his natural body odour. Don’t let others choose for you, instead let them reinforce your judgment. Remember in the case of fragrances, strong isn’t necessarily better than mild, it ultimately depends on the fragrance. So “Keep smelling, Keep smiling.”

STRESS MANAGEMENT THROUGH FRAGRANCE THERAPY

STRESS simply defined is a 6 letter word that truly freaks all of us out. It is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the ever-increasing demands of life. It is a feeling of emotional or physical tension and can come from any event or thought that makes you feel nervous, angry or frustrated. Most Indians experience major challenges with stress at some point during the year and relatively minor challenges all year round.

Stress may be due to a hectic and stressful job/business, a chaotic home life, involving very little time for the family, pressures of expenses and taxes and bad habits such as unhealthy eating, drinking, smoking and late nights. All such mundane things can lead to a mountain of stress.

Our brain is equipped with an alarm system for our protection. When it perceives a threat, it signals our body to release a burst of hormones to fuel our capacity for a response. Once the threat is gone, our body is meant to return to a normal relaxed state. However the nonstop stress of modern day life means that the alarm system rarely shuts off. That’s why stress management becomes most important. Stress management gives us a range of tools to reset our alarm system. Without stress management, our body will always remain on high alert. Over time, high levels of stress lead to serious health issues. So don’t wait until stress has a negative impact on your health, relationships or quality of life. Start practicing a range of stress management techniques today.

  1. Start with the Basics: The best way to manage stress is to start with the basics, quit smoking, eat healthier and started exercising regularly and drink lots of water. Simplify your schedule by reducing the number of commitments in your life to just the essential ones. Leave room for family time and socialising with friends and relatives.  Play with your kids and/or pets, they take your mind off stress. Television and/or movies if you love them can be de-stressing too. Be positive, have fun and try to smile and laugh regularly, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
  2. One Thing at a time: Focus as much as possible on doing one thing at a time. Clear your table of distractions. Pick something to work on. Need to work on a presentation? Do only that. Remove distractions such as phones and email /WhatsApp notifications while you’re working on that presentation. If you’re going to do email, do only that. This takes practice, and you’ll get urges to do other things, especially distractions like Cell phone and WhatsApp messages. Just keep practicing and you’ll get better at it.
  3. Develop a Hobby: Try to develop a hobby, any activity which you love like singing, drawing/painting, dancing, acting, cooking, gardening, meditating, taking a Nature walk and which can do regularly and which relaxes you. 
  4. Be Early: It’s always hard to be early, especially with kids around. But being late can be very stressful. Try to be early wherever you go. Leave earlier by getting ready earlier or by scheduling more space between events.
  5. Simplify your Finances:  Simplify your finances, try to eliminate your debt or at-least keep it at a manageable level.

All the above Stress management Techniques work much more effectively when implemented along with Fragrance Therapy. Fragrance therapy is the art and science of using fragrances for therapeutic use. When you encounter a foul odour, maybe due to the passing of a garbage truck or after encountering a blocked drain or stale food, your face immediately gets contorted and your stress level goes up. On the other hand if you are walking in a flower garden, your face automatically breaks into a smile, and you tend to relax and forget your worries. Research has proven that good fragrance especially based on Natural Ingredients has a rejuvenating impact on the mind and body. Susegad Fragrance products contain a significant percentage of Natural aroma ingredients and Natural essential oils, which are manufactured in-house by us at our manufacturing facility at Cuncolim, Goa. Susegad products are specifically designed to stimulate the smell receptors in the nose. These receptors then send messages to the emotional seat of the brain which rules over feelings, memory, behaviour and creativity and creates a positive mind-body experience resulting in relaxation, optimism and vitality, facilitating Wellness. This is the concept of “Wellness through Fragrant living”, which we believe is Wellness in the true sense of the word. The goal is to make people Stress free, relaxed and happy. Try to inculcate our Fragrance Therapy along with the stress management techniques suggested by me and gradually over the course of a year or two, you will find that you have changed a lot of things in your life…..for the better of course. Your life will probably never be stress-free. In fact we should never aim at that, even if it is possible, because stress, when managed well, is something that challenges us and helps us grow.

THE ACCIDENTAL PERFUMER

From the time I recollect during my school days, I always wanted to be an Engineer. I didn’t even know then what Engineering meant, or for that matter what the various streams were,  but “Banna hai to Banna Hai”. Thankfully  somewhere during my Engineering, maturity and focus finally set in and I started pursuing what Corporate lingo terms as “Career goals”. By then I had realised that I was not cut out to be an Engineer and was just going through the motions. My basic nature and personality was well suited for marketing, so I decided that consumer marketing field is where I belonged. On finishing my Polymer Engineering, from MIT, Pune, I got selected as a Technical Sales officer in Asian Paints India Ltd, in their Industrial Paints division. My aim was to try to move to their Domestic Paints division. After working there for 3 years, I realized that the career shift would be difficult without a formal Education in Management. So I left my well paying job in a Blue Chip Company to pursue my MBA, which I did from University Department of Management Sciences, Pune. For value addition, I also did a 1 year Diploma in International Business(DIB), from Symbiosis Institute of Foreign Trade and 2 certificate courses in French from Alliance Francaise. I then joined Ashima Ltd, a Ahmedabad based textile group, as Area Manager, Mumbai. I was responsible for launching their Ready to Stitch wear and Readymade garment brands in Mumbai. My job profile included Brand Management, Distribution Retailer Network setting up, Channel management, Promotion, Advertising, etc. My career dream was realised, and I felt I was moving along my destined path. But we never know what destiny has in store for us. After retirement, Dad had started Crescent in 1994. It took some 4 years to commence production but by 1999, we were on the verge of being Shut down. Our family prestige was at stake, and dad’s health was suffering due to the stress. So I decided to shift to Goa, and help him sort out the mess. 

The State Investment Subsidy(25% of the total project cost), promised by the Government for setting up our unit in backward area location, was delayed by 8 long years, as a result the cost of the project substantially exceeded the budgeted project costs, which in turn delayed the commissioning of the factory.  We could finally commence commercial production only in February 1998. This gestation period of 4 years proved too costly for the company as the entire market  scenario  changed between the conception and implementation of the project. Liberalisation of economy made imports readily available at competitive prices. All our Raw Materials were from outside Goa and there was hardly any market  for our Fragrance Ingredients in Goa, so our freight costs were  too high.  Power and other infrastructure at Cuncolim were downright pathetic. To add to our woes, there were no proper systems in place in the company and there was also an acute shortage in Goa, of qualified technical personnel for our trade. Our loans were contracted at an exorbitant interest,19.42% to be precise, which due to penal interest costs were working out at a ridiculous 26% on Principal. By 1999, the factory was on the verge of being taken over by our financers Economic Development Corporation(EDC) Limited, as we had completely defaulted on our Principal instalments and interest payments.           

Fate brought me to Goa, made me an entrepreneur and dumped General Management and Industrial marketing in my lap. But I never let go of my focus of being in the Consumer Marketing field. When I entered this line, I was genuinely surprised that there was no Goan Company manufacturing its own Brand of Fragrance products. More than a century ago, Louis Pasteur said, “Chance favours the prepared mind.” I strongly believe that sudden flashes of insight or inspiration don’t just happen – they are the products of meticulous preparation. Preparation, therefore, is the key to a successful and fulfilling career and life. I realised that we were into manufacturing of Fragrance Ingredients and knew that if I was able to turnaround my sick company, it would only be a matter of time before I get my “CHANCE” to get into forward integration and launch my own brand of Fragrance products.  It is probably God’s will and my destiny, that I turned out to be an “Accidental Perfumer” and 20 years after the thought occurred to me, SUSEGAD – THE FRAGRANCE OF GOA, still had the proud privilege of being the first Fragrance Brand to be launched in Goa.

So if things don’t go as planned in your life, just keep on smelling our fragrance products to be “SUSEGAD” and continue to move towards your goals. Believe me, the net result will always be much better than the one you ever imagined. “ SO KEEP SMELLING, KEEP SMILING “

Fragrance Therapy – The path to Wellness

Smell is probably the strongest and most primal of all senses and has a surprising  impact over cognition, emotion and behaviour. Fragrance therapy is the art and science of using fragrances for therapeutic use. The Fragrances are specifically designed to stimulate the smell receptors in the nose. These receptors then send messages to the emotional seat of the brain which rules over feelings, memory , behaviour and creativity . Naturally, the brain craves for the scents that elicit a positive mind-body experience such as relaxation, optimism and vitality.

Research is increasingly showing that smells impact almost everything, from dreams, emotions, stress, pain, concentration, memory and romance. In fact Research has proved that each scent creates a unique mood. While a whiff of lavender releases feel-good hormones and makes us happier, the scent of roses lowers blood pressure and a hint of eucalyptus improves alertness. Pleasant smells could reduce the risk of nightmares. In-fact floral fragrances like Lavender and Rose sprayed around the bedroom before sleeping result in positive dreams and sound sleep, according to a new research.

According to Clinical trials conducted at Maryland University, there is now scientific evidence to suggest that Fragrance therapy with lavender may slow the activity of the nervous system, improve sleep quality, promote relaxation, and lift mood in people suffering from sleep disorders and alleviate post-operative pain. A study at Tubingen University in Germany shows that vanilla fragrance has a calming effect, while a Thailand study showed the smell from roses reduces both breathing rate and blood pressure.

Peppermint, Spearmint and Basil(Tulsi) have all been found to relieve stress.  The use of Lemon fragrance during factory lunch/tea breaks in some companies has been shown to improve post-break production. Athletes who sniffed peppermint ran faster and had better concentration than those who didn’t, while children performed better at tests, when exposed to sandal fragrance which is proven to improve mental clarity.

To most people, a smell isn’t just a fragrance — it’s a memory. When you get a whiff of Sheera or Kheer, you may remember the times your Mom used to prepare these dishes in her kitchen. When you smell fresh flowers, you maybe  instantly rocketed back to your first crush, first date, first dance or some such romantic moment you may have experienced.

These nostalgic ties aren’t just a coincidence — there’s science behind why we cherish these aromas. Our olfactory response is directly linked to the emotional seat of the brain causing a flood of warm and fuzzy feelings with a simple sniff. Unlike touch or taste, scents are directly correlated with past experiences. That is the power of Fragrance Therapy.

With our Brand SUSEGAD-THE FRAGRANCE OF GOA, we have tried to harness this Power of Fragrance Therapy. Our SUSEGAD range of Fragrance Products, which includes Air Freshners, Perfumes, Attars, Fragrance Oils for Diffusers, Fragrance Diffusers, Fragrance Candles and Gifting ideas in Fragrance products, encourages the fragrant blending of your lifestyle with the traditional Goan way of SUSEGAD living,  relieving stress. The blissful scent of Susegad Fragrances simultaneously stimulates and relaxes the mind and body, soothing and calming the spirit, while energising the soul and balancing all emotions. The ultimate goal is to achieve Wellness and make people Stress free, relaxed and happy.

Air Fresheners

Perfumes

Fragrance Oils