Fashion is getting smarter day by day. The growing use of science in clothing has led to the development of functional and a stylish second skin. Consumers today are extremely demanding and want something extra-ordinary to make them purchase a piece of clothing. Perfume infused textile products have been around for a while. Uses of sachets and perfumed hangers in one's closet to keep the clothes smelling fresh and fragrant have been there for a while. Consumers today are interested in such smart functional clothing.
Fragrance finishes have been used in home textiles, garments, and sportswear. Smell can create a sensory experience inside the body. In the history of perfumed textiles one can find scented gloves, handkerchiefs, underclothes, and even sails. In order to get rid of the dyeing smell, scented flowers and oils were used in many fabrics. Even laundering of clothes was done with rose and lavender water to scent fabrics.
Designers have made use of scents to add a little magic to their clothes. The scratch and sniff technology in clothes has been around for a while in the garment industry. Previously used in greeting cards and stickers, this was soon implemented in apparels especially for young kids. With microencapsulation of fragrances this is now possible. T-shirts with fruity and flowery prints have been produced, and when these prints are scratched a sweet smelling fragrance fills the air. However, frequent wash of clothes using the scratch and sniff method, can result in weakening of the micro-encapsulated smells.
Fragrances are said to work as mood enhancers, stress busters, and posses the capability to evoke emotions. Using aroma therapy in textiles, the wearer can be helped to stay calm and invoke alertness. This innovative combination can be used to treat patients with Alzheimer's disease. Connecting clothes with fragrance technology to biometric sensors, which measure heart rate and stress levels, a relaxing scent can be infused to help a person calm down or for uplifting an individual's mood. The use of sensors helps register scents and release them depending on the mood of a person.
There are many forms in which fragrances can be used, like, perfumes, colognes, essential oils, and potpourri. Clothes act as second skin, and infusing essential oils into one's wardrobe can help keep skin moisturized and nourished. Cosmetic-textiles can be developed with other substances like vitamins, skin moisturizing agents, skin cooling agents, and anti-ageing agents.