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Interesting Facts I Learned About Barbers and Barber Clippers Based on My Readings

Barber clippers are primarily used by barbers and hairdressers.

Barbers and hairdressers are licensed usually in other countries unlike here in the Philippines where barbers can be found anywhere and cut hair without having any license.

In previous times, barbers are also surgeons and don’t just cut hair, they can also shave beard, trim hair, color hair, etc.. They previously act as dentists too. The red and white spiral color in the barber pole signifies their two crafts; red signifies surgery, and white signifies barbering.

It was during the war when the surgeons were paid more and given more emphasis than the barbers because of their importance for the health of those people in the ship.

Henry Martyn Leland invented the electric barber clippers, he also invented the Cadillac which is later bought by General Motors, and the Lincoln which is later bought by Ford Motor Company.

Nikola Bizumic is the one who invented the manual barber clippers in which is an alternative for scissors in cutting hair but is also operated by hand. The use of these manual clippers decreased significantly due to the emergence of electronic barber clippers. these manual clippers has not yet been phased out though for there are still users of these stuff throughout the world.

Matthew Andis built an electronic barber clipper that undergo a wide range of performance test, manufactured a large number of these electronic barber clippers, and he sold it to numerous barber shops throughout Wisconsin. Then after a year, he founded Andis Clipper Company that still operates as a family-owned business today. Andis became a famous brand for barber clippers even up to present.

There are a lot of brands that followed Andis and some has even improved Andis’s design flaws like the Wahl Clippers by Leo J. Wahl and the Oster Clippers by John Oster who owns the famous Oster Classic 76 clippers which is regarded for its durability and interchangeable metal blades or different sizes.

Wahl introduced the Trim and Vac, a beard razor that can be used without a cape since it has a vacuum that automatically absorbs the cut hair giving ease of use for the user.

There are also clippers used for pet grooming particularly dog grooming that has different sizes of blades used for trimming. Different blade sizes determines the length of hair that will be cut from dog’s body. You should not use a barber clipper (used for human) to a dog since pet clippers are custom designed for pets since they have thick fur to protect their body from hot or cold weather and other irritants. This is one reason why pet clippers use more powerful motors and torque than a regular barber clipper.

Barber clippers are widely used to cut human hair and it helps reduce a great amount of time in cutting hair. With faster results, it makes a barber shop businesses more profitable since you can serve more customers.

Professional hair clippers are more expensive than a regular one only because of its durability since it will be used extensively for commercial purposes compared to barber clippers intended only for personal use or home use only.

Barber clippers would usually cost about $25 to about $130 depending on the use of your clipper.

There has been a lot of innovations in the clippers from different companies and it has been really a slugfest between Andis, Wahl, and Oster for the hair clipper manufacturing crown. Sallybeauty.com has been a successful online store for beauty products including hair clippers and care kits for these clippers.

When a clipper is not functioning well, one reason could be that it has not been oiled properly or it has not been used for some time.

You can clean this by removing the screw and putting the blade into a bowl with isoprophyl alcohol.

Afterwards, clean and wipe off the rust or you can use a sharpening stone to sharpen the blade by scratching the blade to the stone going to one direction only.

If your barber clipper blade is cheap, professional sharpening is not advisable but if you have an expensive blade, you can go for professional sharpening for best results.

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How To Get Rid Of Dark Circles In 5 Days Naturally At Home

Dark circles around your eyes can make you appear tired and stressed. Many people are highly self-consciousness about the appearance of dark shadows around their eyes.

Dark circles around your eyes are often a symptom of overtiredness, and stress but it is more often associated with a vitamin K deficiency.

Fortunately there are many natural remedies you can use at home to replenish your skin with vital nutrients and nourish the areas around your eyes.

This article will show you how to get rid of dark circles around your eyes at home using natural ingredients.

There are many ingredients high in essential vitamins you can use to nourish these delicate areas.

Applying these oils, vegetables and herbs to your skin daily as a soak will help to replenish deficiencies leaving you with brighter healthy skin.

Natural ingredients rich in vitamin K include:

  • Asparagus
  • Cabbage
  • Raw potato
  • Cucumber
  • Soybean oil
  • Canola oil
  • Basil
  • Cilantro (coriander)
  • Tea
  • Aloe vera

These are all rich sources of vitamin K, and can be combined into the recipes for soaks and serums below.

How to get rid of dark circles with soaks and serums:

Dark circles tincture:

You can make a “toner” tincture that can be dabbed around your eyes using a mixture of:

  • 1 tablespoon cucumber juice.
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel or juice.

You can also add a teaspoon of black tea or asparagus juice. Refrigerate for 20 minutes, soak a cotton pad in the juice and dab gently around the eyes. You can use fingertips but do not tug skin. Allow to dry before applying cream, serums or makeup. (Store remaining mixture in the refrigerator after use).

Homemade vitamin K serum:

  • Take a ¼ cup of soybean oil (or alternatively use Canola oil)

Soak in the oil 2 tablespoons of any of the following (you can use several ingredients together):

  • Cilantro (coriander)
  • Basil
  • Asparagus
  • Cabbage
  • Cucumber
  • Raw potato
  • Brussel sprouts

Soak these oils or herbs in the oil in a warm place for 2 to 7 days, then remove/strain out the vegetables if you wish, otherwise leave them in the oil as an infusion. If you want to boost this serum you can splash out and buy Papaya and Sandalwood essential oils. Add 2% of each to the serum. These oils are extremely effective for reducing dark circles. Add these oils to this natural serum to make a very potent elixir. Store remaining serum in a cool dark place.

Application: Apply a small amount with fingertips around your eyes on top of the dried tincture and allow it to soak in for a few minutes before applying creams or other products.

This is an excellent serum to apply as a night treatment. Use it every day/night for 5 days (longer if you wish). After several days you should notice a dramatic difference in the reduction of dark circles around your eyes. You can maintain this routine periodically once or twice a week to keep dark circles at bay.

There are many more serums, masks and moisturizers you can make at home to suit all skin types and conditions. Natural skincare remedies can be just potent if not more so than commercial skincare products. Use these daily or as a treat for your thirsty or damaged skin and you will quickly notice the difference!

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Shag Past and Present – History of This Great Hair Style

The shag hairstyle is a youthful cut where you have short and layered hair. Mostly hair is layered at the crown of the head rather than below. As an option you could add bangs to the cut which you should be able to push off your face. The look should allow you to tuck hair behind your ears and keep them in place with barrettes. Today’s shag could be a variation with more layers towards the bottom of the cut or longer length.

In recent years, the most outstanding and noticed shag hairstyle was Meg Ryan’s in IQ. The flirty short shaggy bobs were a variation which really motivated a number of us youngsters waiting at our stylists with her picture, queuing up for a similar look. Though it may look real neat and trendy, you need a stylist with ‘shear magic and eye for styling’ to get you the right look. He should know exactly where to layer your hair depending in your face and features; where to thin out thick hair and give volume to thin hair. A shag hairstyle is the most versatile haircut giving you the option to style it in two to three different ways! You could add bangs on one side, both sides, keep it long or short, keep it messy, styled or carefree and the best is you can manage them at home without the need to buy every styling product in the market.

Paul McGregor had invented the Shag hairstyle and gave it to Jane Fonda in the movie Klute . Farrah Fawcett wore it in the famous Charlie’s angels television show and it became a phenomenon of sorts. Shag is the classic hairstyle of the ’70s and considered one of the ‘coolest’ as it was worn by the heart throbs of that time. David Bowie, Rod Stewart, everybody who was anybody had the shag hairstyle. During the ’80s, adaptations of the shag hairstyle were worn by the heavy metal rock bands who wore their hair in long shag cuts. The shag hair style was the ultimate unisex style and women and men were both wearing it with élan.

Another theory suggests that in the 1960’s men had begun wearing their hair long after the hairstyle Process brought in the 1920s by the African Americans. In the 1970s when hairstyles were changing and the process style was fading, men were habituated to wearingh their hair long. So, in the 80s, they let their hair grow at the back of the head while keeping them shorter at the top. This was the first form of the shag hairstyle worn by men which was soon adapted into various styles.

The 70s was an era of the youth, the end of the Vietnam War added in making it the turning point for them. Platform shoes, disco dancing and the Beegees; this new found youth was perhaps the reason for the emergence of this carefree, youthful and messy hairstyle- the Shag hairstyle.

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Discover How to Get Dreadlocks Instantly

Are you considering putting dreadlocks in your hair? Are you totally freaked out about how to get dreadlocks and hate the thought of waiting 6-8 months for your hair to lock up? Well let me ease your mind. You can get dreadlocks and completely lock up your hair today!

Starting your dreads does not have to be a complicated procedure like some people make it seem. I know from experience when I put the first dreadlock in my son’s hair that it’s not complicated. However, you must know what you’re doing or what you’re getting into.

There are actually five ways to dreadlock your hair. They are:

1. Backcombing Method

2. Gel and waxing Method

3. Twist and Rip Method

4. Natural Method

5. Latch Hook or Interlocking Method.

With the Latch Hook method you will instantly dreadlock your hair. You will never have to use gel to retwist your growing locks ever again.

You can start one dreadlock at a time with the Latch Hook or Interlocking Method without ever having to use gel, backcombing, beeswax, etc. This method is instant. You don’t have to wait 6-8 months for your hair to actually lock up. This is how to get dreadlocks and lock up your hair instantly.

What’s really awesome about this method is that any hair type can be instantly locked up. It doesn’t matter whether your hair is permed. It also doesn’t matter whether you are Caucasian, Chinese, etc, you can use this method to lock your hair instantly. You can start your locks with this method yourself or have a Loctitian do the job for you.

If you go to a loctitian that specializes in the Latch Hook method it can cost you anywhere from $500 and up just to get the dreads started. Once your hair is done, you can then maintain them on your own. Remember, not all loctitians specialize in this method. Some are not familiar with it. So make sure you find the right loctitian before getting started.

With the Latch Hook method you take your time, one dreadlock at a time, using a special tool, like the Nappylocs dreadlock tool, the Latch Hook Crochet Needle tool, a twisted bobby pin, etc. For example, What you’re doing is actually threading the Nappylocs tool with your hair and sewing your hair.

The Nappyloc tool actually looks like an oversized needle. To actually lock the hair, you would section the hair, and then the hair is actually woven from the tip all the way to the root. So what you’re actually doing is sort of braiding the hair backwards.

You can actually do this with your fingers and then after you reach close to the root of the hair, then you use the Nappyloc, Latch Hook crocheting tool, etc to tighten the root. You can use this method with dreadlocks of different sizes.

It can be a long, tedious start using this method, but when it’s done, what you’ll have are stronger, instant locks without the damaging effects of beeswax, and gooey gel that ends up leaving residue buildup overtime.

You don’t have to retwist your locks often, and you can wash your hair right after you’re done without worrying about the locks getting undone. This is what I call, “The new age of dreadlocks!”

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The Most Suitable Eyebrow Shapes For the Face

Eyebrows are an important feature of the face because they give the face its shape and frame the facial features of eyes, nose, cheeks, mouth and chin. The eyebrows are one of the few facial features that can be shaped to enhance the beauty of the face.

To achieve the most flattering effect it is important to consider both face shape and eye types. The perfect eyebrow shape is closely related to the actual shape of the face. The basic eyebrow shape is also determined on the bone structure of the face. Below are descriptions and illustrations of eyebrow shapes which are most appropriate for different shaped faces.

Oval – A perfectly balanced face shape

Round – Well-rounded full cheek and chin area; face length is relatively short

Oblong – Longer than wide; face has same width across the forehead, jaw line, and cheekbone

Square – Width of the cheeks and forehead are similar; width of the jaw line and forehead being alike as well

Heart – Fuller and wider at the forehead tapering down to the cheeks then down to a pointed chin

Diamond – Widest at the cheekbones and equally narrow at the forehead and jaw line

Discover the Shape of the Face

OVAL Face Shape

The oval frame is considered to be the perfectly balanced face; the top half balances the bottom half. The oval face is characterized by being slightly wider at the cheekbones than the forehead or jaw-line. It also appears slightly wider at the cheek-line and tapers slightly to the chin.

Perfect Eyebrow Shape for an Oval Face

Oval face shapes can get away with just about any eyebrow shape. Oval is the ideal face shape and any natural shape of the eyebrow works well with an oval face. Oval is the perfect model frame.

ROUND Face Shape

The round frame has a large-curved forehead with a rounded chin, thus making the face look full with very few angles. The cheekbones are undoubtedly wider than the eyebrow bone and jaw line. When measuring a round face there is little difference between the width of the face and the vertical measurement. The face is almost as wide as it is long.

Objective Proportion – Create more definition. Flatter your round frame by creating an oval appearance that will lift the facial features and lengthen the face shape to give an image of a thinner look.

Perfect Eyebrow Shape for a Round Face

Apply an eyebrow line that goes up the face by arching the eyebrow high and leaving the tapering part small. The center of the arch should move out towards the end of the eyebrow while the end should be short. A high arched eyebrow shape will draw attention away from the width of the face.

OBLONG Face Shape

The oblong frame is longer than it is wide and close to the same width across the forehead, jaw line and cheekbone. The oblong shape may have a very narrow chin or a very high forehead. Having a prominent chin also characterizes an elongated appearance.

Objective Proportion -Have the oblong face appear shorter and broader.

Perfect Eyebrow Shape for an Oblong Face

To make a long face appear oval one should apply horizontal lines to the face. Apply an eyebrow line that is flat and keep the arch low; this stops the eye from going up the face. A flat eyebrow opens the eyes horizontally to give the appearance of an oval face. This eyebrow shape will draw the eye from side to side and stop it from going up and down.

SQUARE Face Shape

The square frame has a broad forehead and jaw line and tends to have sharper angles in the corners of the face. The width of your cheeks and forehead will be similar. The width of your jaw line and forehead may also be similar, thus giving an angular overall appearance with the rectangular face being longer than it is wide.

Objective Proportion – Create an illusion of length. Soften the angles giving the illusion that both the forehead and jaw line appear narrower.

Perfect Eyebrow Shape for a Square Face

A thick eyebrow is best suited for a square frame face with a strong jaw line. The peak of the eyebrow is most effective when positioned exactly above the square of the jaw. This eyebrow shape will balance out the square appearance of the face and soften the facial contours.

HEART Face Shape

The heart frame is fuller and wider at the forehead tapering down to the cheeks, then down to a narrow and pointed chin. The jaw line on this facial shape is not usually prominent. This facial frame has a narrow chin that leads up to a broad forehead and the cheekbones are very visible.

Objective Proportion – Create an illusion of a narrower forehead and fuller jaw line. Diminish the width at the forehead and create a wider, fuller jaw effect of the face.

Perfect Eyebrow Shape for a Heart Face

Rounding the eyebrows with softer peaks is best suited for a heart shape face. A rounded shape helps by adding curves to soften the face plus emphasizes the lovely heart shape.

DIAMOND Face Shape

The diamond frame is a cross between a heart and dramatic oval shaped face. It is widest at the cheekbones and narrow equally at the forehead and jaw line. The face is highly angular with a short forehead and being widest at the temples. The cheekbone is clearly wider than the forehead and jaw line.

Objective Proportion – Create an illusion to reduce the width around the cheekbone line.

Perfect Eyebrow Shape for a Diamond Face

There are two suitable shapes; rounding the eyebrows will soften the angular face or keep emphasis on the center arch of the eyebrow to balance the width of the face or a peaked eyebrow will help narrow the width of the distinctive diamond wide face.

Enhancing Eyebrow Growth

Having fuller, thicker and healthier eyebrows easily makes the shaping of the eyebrow process more manageable and less tedious. Women who have the misfortune of thinning eyebrows, eyebrow loss or over plucking of the eyebrows, Talika Eyebrow Lipocils Conditional Gel can help to achieve thicker healthier eyebrows. The gel will stimulate eyebrow growth making them thicker and healthier. For women who are looking for an instant fuller eyebrow effect Talika Eyebrow Extender will make the eyebrows look naturally thicker; your look is deeply intensified. The Eyebrow Extender is the perfect alternative to liners and tattoos.

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Head Lice and Vinegar

Unfortunately, head lice have been around forever as pesky little beasts that get into your child’s hair and hunker down for eternity. Or so it seems. Frustrated at the repetitive nature of head lice, parents throughout the nation have struggled to rid themselves of nits. Lice are often not affected by over the counter treatments so head lice vinegar treatments have resurfaced.

Long before there were local pharmacies or drug stores, head lice invaded one room school houses and homes. Parents would drench their child’s head in coal oil and hope that the child would stay away from any open flames and the coal oil would smother the lice. Due to the smell and the obvious embarrassment of the child, other remedies began to come on the scene.

The head lice vinegar treatment is just one of many tried and true over the years. The active ingredient in vinegar is acetic acid. This component dissolves the binder that holds the eggs to the hair. Vinegar allows the lice to let go of the hair shaft. It seems to work best if you soak the child’s hair and scalp. The hair can then be wrapped in a towel or a plastic cap. Leave on for a couple of hours and then dry with a hair dryer. Use a warm setting. Speaking of the hair dryer, it has been said that drying the child’s hair after every shampoo will also help keep the lice away.

In addition to the head lice vinegar treatment, other natural treatments have been tried with varying results. The olive oil treatment is similar to the coal oil treatment. Before bedtime, pour the warm oil over the head. Comb the warm oil through the hair. Cover the head with a plastic cap and keep it on over night. The next morning, wash the oil out of hair. This may take a couple of shampoos. But the only side affect will be very soft hair. Eggs left in the hair can easily be removed. Follow this procedure for three nights. Continue to check for lice during the next week. Repeat if necessary.

Another treatment along this same line is to use coconut shampoo and conditioner. The coconut oil in these hair products is offensive to lice. Shampoo as usual and comb the bugs out before rinsing out the conditioner. Generic coconut hair products can be used just check the ingredients for coconut oil. Scent enhancer that just smell like coconut will not work the same as the actual coconut oil. The head lice of today may have become immune to over the counter medical treatments. Full strength lice removal shampoos and sprays are too strong to use repeatedly on young children.

There are no fast fixes. Children are in close contact with their friends. Lice can be transferred head to head or from hats or scarves hanging together in school hallways. Wash bed linens and spray carpets and couches to keep down the infestations in the house. Pack stuffed animals in plastic bags and keep them closed for a month before releasing them. The head lice vinegar treatment, the coconut oil treatment and the olive oil treatment, continue to be some of the only natural methods to stop lice in its place.

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80s Makeup – How to Create the 80s Makeup Look!

Don’t be shy here. 80s makeup is about plenty of gorgeous rich colours. Go for blues, pinks, purples and greens!

Makeup can be expensive, and you certainly do not want to be spending big dollars on your 80s makeup! You’ll probably never use most of it again!

Start by asking friends and family, like aunts, who may have leftover makeup which they never threw out, from their 70s and 80s eras. Score!

Secondly, chemists, drug stores and the cheapie dollar shops actually carry a huge range of gowdy colours and are really cheap.

I saw some gorgeous eye makeup palettes just the other day which would be perfect. These were fun, bright, 80s colours, for only a few dollars. It’s worth spending up to $5 on.

Chances are, you may have a suitable lipstick, in a bright red, or a pretty pink. Also, Nana’s coral lipstick from the 60’s came back in fashion, when Dirty Dancing was released in 1987.

You won’t need to spend much money on your 80s make up, and you’ll get plenty of bang for your buck. Here’s what you will need:

– Black and/or bright cobalt blue eye liner!

– Pink, blue, purple and green eye shadow

– Red or pink lipstick

– Bright pink blush

– Blue nail polish

With your eye shadow, divide your eye lid, and use rich colours. An example maybe to colour your eyelids with blue, pink on your upper eyelids, and purple or green on your outer part of your eye.

Eyeliner is definitely required, especially on the inside of the lower part of your eye, and the top of the eyelid. You will have to pull down your under eye and look up, as you apply the eyeliner. It may feel a bit uncomfortable while you are applying the eyeliner, however remember, eyeliner was always a must of the 80s.

For your blush, like I said earlier, unless if you already have pink blush, use some pink lipstick. Woila! beautiful!

Are you thinking about doing the classic 80s Madonna look?

With your 80s Madonna look makeup, make sure you pile on plenty of eyeliner, and use a dark red lippy.

Ooops, don’t forget your beauty spot!!! (Use a black or dark brown eyeliner to create the dot.)

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Tankini, Bandini, Or Thong, Oh My!

Choose the Right Bikini for Summer

In 1946, Louis Reard, an engineer – and a Frenchman, of course! – fashioned a two-piece women’s swimsuit from 30 inches of fabric. Reard’s rival in bikini design, Jacques Helm, was actually the first to create the iconic two-piece swimsuit of the 20th century. Helm called his design the “atome” in a nod to the smallest particle in the world known at the time. A marketing genius, Reard introduced his skimpy two-piece design five days after the United States began atomic tests in the Bikini Atoll and named it “bikini” to suggest that it would have the same explosive impact on society as an A-bomb.

The bikini is a women’s two-piece swimsuit that covers the breast and groin areas. It was considered risqué when it first appeared in 1946, but the two-piece design was actually a throwback to very ancient times. Wikipedia cites the earliest form of a bikini appearing in the Chalcolithic Era (3500 BCE to 1700BCE). Bikinis appear in ancient Roman mosaics and murals, suggesting they were popular as swimming costumes among Roman women. Archaeologists have found Minoan wall paintings (circa 1600 BCE) showing a two-piece design very similar to the modern bikini, and women wearing bikinis appear on ancient Greek urns, ancient Sicilian floor mosaics, and statues from Pompeii.

Bikinis were accepted as mainstream swimwear fashion on the French Riviera long before being embraced by the public in the United States. The bikini was introduced to the U.S. in 1947, but its scandalous status remained in force well into the 1950s. Many American cities even passed laws to prohibit the wearing of a bikini in public. In 1957, Modern Girl magazine stated “It is hardly necessary to waste words over the so-called bikini since it is inconceivable that any girl with tact and decency would ever wear such a thing.” American women didn’t really jump on the bikini bandwagon until the late 1960s with the start of the so-called Sexual Revolution. Since that time, the bikini and its stylish variations have become the most popular swimsuit style in the U.S.

Because there are so many variations in bikini design, it helps to be familiar with the available styles before going shopping. Be aware, too, that your body shape and your level of self-confidence will also have an impact on the style you ultimately select.

Bikini Styles

The following bikini glossary provides basic descriptions of the many types of bikinis currently on the market.

String bikini – This classic, skimpy style features four strategically placed triangles connected by strings.

Tankini – A tank-style top and a traditional, string, or thong bottom.

Bandini – A strapless tube or bandeau top combined with a regular bikini bottom.

Camikini – A camisole top that will support larger breasts combined with any type of bikini bottom.

Thong – A bikini top with a bottom that covers the groin with a small piece of fabric connected by strings on the sides and between the buttocks.

Halter bikini – A top with a strap that circles the neck and attaches to the bodice combined with a traditional bikini bottom.

Micro bikini – A string bikini top with tiny triangles that cover the nipples and little more, with a g-string bottom.

Monokini – A skimpy bikini connected with a strip of fabric that runs from top to bottom or a bikini bottom worn without a top.

Sports Bikini – Worn by women who love sports, it features a top that is as supportive as a bra and a traditional bikini bottom.

Seekini – Any type of bikini that is “see-through” and usually can be worn only on certain beaches.

Bikini Materials, Colors, and Care

Armed with this knowledge of the most popular bikini styles, you can now move on to consider the type of material your bikini is made of, its color options, and the care it will require. The best selection of bikini styles and style options can be found by visiting a regular brick-and-mortar store or an online shop that lets you mix and match tops and bottoms for the best fit. The ability to combine tops and bottoms also lets you be creative in using solid colors and/or patterns to develop your own personal bikini style.

Bikini Grooming

And don’t forget the all-important need to groom your bikini hair to match the type of bikini you plan to wear. Select grooming products made especially for the pubic area, so you won’t suffer from ingrown hairs or rashes. Then you can be confident that you’ll look your fabulous best in your new bikini!

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Perfume For Men – Fragrance Classification and Grouping

Being able to class perfumes in some sort of grouping is very important both for the perfume industry and the customers who are the end users.

One of the main reasons for this is because it makes identifying the fragrance notes, characters and the perfume ingredients in fragrances much easier.

Perfume classification and the benefits that it provides are particularly useful to perfume lovers and collectors who are very passionate about the world of perfume.

For instance, fragrance grouping can make it easier for you to work out what types of perfume last the longest, works with your body chemistry or will make the ideal gift for a particular person.

It can help you to make informed choices before forking out your money on expensive scents. The following categories and subcategories are the main classification of men’s perfume:

Chypre: These are generally built on outdoor type fragrance notes and the accords of bergamot, oakmoss, patchouli and labdanum. A lot of men’s perfumes are composed in this group. A good example is Ange au Demon by Givenchy. Other subcategories in this group are fruity chypre, floral chypre, floral aldehydic chypre and green chypre.

Citrus: This is another popular category of men’s colognes and contains lots of fresh citrus notes. A famous example is Tommy by Tommy Hilfiger. Subcategories are spicy citrus, aromatic citrus, floral chypre citrus, woody citrus and floral woody citrus.

Fougere: Scents in this group usually have sharp herbaceous top notes that are built on a base of lavender, coumarin and oakmoss. Famous examples are Cool Water by Davidoff and Eternity For Men by Armani. Subcategories of this perfume grouping include aromatic fougère, fruity fougère, spicy fougère and amber fougère.

Fresh/Aquatic: A lot of popular perfumes and unisex fragrances are made in this style. They have fresh, clean notes that are sometimes accented with fruity, green and light floral notes. Issey Miyaki perfumes and Egyptian musk are good examples.

Green: Perfumes in this family smell of fresh cut grass and hay notes mixed with light fruity notes and other herbaceous notes like galbanum, lavender, rosemary, pine etc. A famous example is Gio by Giorgio Armani.

Leather: These styles of blends are almost exclusively men’s perfume. They have well defined deep notes of honey, tobacco, wood, amber and wood tars in them that are reminiscent of the smell of leather. Floral leather and tobacco leather are other subcategories of this perfume group.

Orientals: Containing generous doses of spices, amber, musk, woods and vanilla, this category of perfumes are popular both in blends for men and women. A great example is Safari for men by Ralph Lauren.

Spicy: Scents in this family contain spicy, floral and musk notes. A famous example is Joop Homme! by Joop.

Woody: These types of perfumes are dominated by woody notes like sandalwood, Vetiver, Cedar wood etc. Polo Black by Ralph Lauren is a famous example. There are several subcategories within this group; they include amber woody, aromatic woody, citrus woody, fruity woody, spicy leathery woody and spicy woody groupings

Having access to the background information of perfumes goes a long way in revealing a lot of the mysteries of the perfume industry that perfume makers keep hidden from the general public. It opens up a totally new and exciting world for perfume lovers, by laying bare the composition secrets of artisan perfumers.

Ultimately, perfume classification goes a long way in helping all of us understand perfumes more.It can be a big help in the decision making process of selecting the right perfumes for you whenever you are looking to buy or make your own perfume blends.

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Wart Removal Myths and Misbeliefs

Wart is a common skin disorder caused by a virus called Human papillomavirus. They appear as small projections all over the body. Today, medical science have well developed to explain the pathophysiology of warts and to cure all kind of wart disorders using advanced treatment methods. However, some of us have wrong beliefs and assumptions regarding wart formation and its treatment.

Interestingly many of us believe that the projections in the body occur due to the action of creatures like toads, reptiles, spiders, insects etc. Like the same, there are many misconceptions regarding the treatment of warts. People all around the world do a lot of unscientific processes and procedures to get rid of warts. Some of these procedures are very dangerous and makes the condition worse. Some of the major fallacies regarding the wart removal are:

Wart removal using horsehair

We all know that Human papillomavirus cause warts, and the warts will not disappear until we destroy these viruses. Many people all around the globe believes that a thread tied in the base of the wart can cure the disease. For this procedure, people use different materials like threads, horse hair, women’s hair etc to tie the warts. In fact, a wart is nothing but the unusual growth of skin itself and appears as small projections and it consist of nerves and blood vessels same as the other body parts.

Tying the base of a wart using thread or hair will block the blood vessels of the wart that supplies nutrients and oxygen to the tissues. Finally, after few days, the tissues die naturally. However, this miracle does not happen always. The effectiveness of this procedure is very slow and the wart does not cure completely. The base of the wart may still have thousands of Viruses. The presence of a single virus can produce another wart in the same spot.

Dissection/removal of the wart

Dissecting the wart is the worse method of treatment that bears heavy pain and delivers zero result. The removal of wart may be successful if we dissect the wart in its first stage of growth. At the first stage, the wart growth is limited to the superficial skin layers, so cutting the wart from the base may be successful. In later stage, when a wart increases in size, it spreads into the deeper layers of skin and dissection of the wart at this phase is of no use. Cutting big warts may enhance spreading of wart viruses to adjacent tissues. In case of blood vessel damage, huge blood loss and abscess may occur with heavy pain.

Burning the wart

Many people believe that burning wart is the best way to get rid of the disease. They think that the viruses die while burning the wart tissues. However, this is not true, as this procedure cannot guarantee 100% virus destruction. Just one virus left in the spot is enough to produce more warts. Human papillomavirus die only in extreme temperatures. In LASER therapy, medical practitioner burns the warts using high temperature developed with the help of strong beam of lights at sterilized settings. Burning the wart in home environment with unsterile traditional methods may damage the surrounding tissues and the protective layer of skin named stratum corneum, which acts as the first layer of defense against pathogens. The pathogens are able to invade our body through the burned skin walls and may cause severe infections.

Today, a number of effective wart removal methods are available in medical sciences, which prevents the recurrence of warts by destructing the virus completely.

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