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History of Perfume

history of perfume

Since the beginning of recored history, humans have attempted to mask or enhance their own odor by using perfume, which emulates nature's pleasant smells. Many natural and man-made materials have been used to make perfume to apply to the skin and clothing, to put in cleaners and cosmetics, or to scent the air. Because of differences in body chemistry, temperature, and body order, no perfume will smell exactly the same on any two people.

Perfume comes from the Latin "per" meaning "through" and "fumum" or "smoke". Many ancient perfumes were made by extracting Natural oils from plants through pressing and steaming. The oil was then burned to scent the air. Today, most perfume is used to scent bar soaps. Some products are even perfumed with industrial odorants to mask unpleasant smells or to appear "unscented."

history of perfume

According to the Bible, Three wise men visited the baby Jesus caring myrrh and frankincense. Ancient Egyptians burned incense called kyphi- of henna, myrrh, cinnamon, and juniper-as religious offerings. The Egyptians also perfumed their dead and often assigned specific fragrances to deities. Their word for perfume has been translated as "fragrance of the gods." 

History of perfume

Eventually Egyptian perfumery influenced the Greeks and the Romans. For hundred of years after the fall of rome, perfume was primarily an Oriental art. It spread to Europe when 13th century Crusaders brought back samples from Palestine to England, France and Italy. The Europeans discovered the healing properties of fragrance during the 17th century. France's King Louis XIV used it so much that he was called the "perfume king." 

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Meanwhile in England aromatics were contained in lockets and the hollow heads of canes to be sniffed by the owner. It was not until the late 1800s/ when synthetic chemicals were used, that perfumes could be mass marketed. Un the United States, Francis Despard Doge created citronella-an alcohol with rose-like-order-by experimenting with citronella.

history of perfume

Perfumery progressed through the centuries

so did the art of the perfume bottle. In the tear of 1000 BC the ancient Egypt, newly invented glass bottles were made larger to hold perfumes. The art of the bottles were spread into Europe and reached its peak in Venice in the 18th century. Today perfume bottles are designed by the manufacturer to reflect the designers fragrance that is inside the bottle.


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Traditional Notes:

Fresh scents are zesty, clean. They're bursting with ripe fruits, such as lemon, line and grapefruit and exploding with crisp green, such as fresh cut grass and violet leaves. Some also stir cool and refreshing aromas, such as sea breeze and fresh dew.


Combines juicy notes of lemon, mandarin, grapefruit and other citrus oils.Some are softly spiked with hints of wood and musk, making them sexy.


Green tea leaves, green grass, fresh herbs, vines and leafy scents give these fragrances a clean, sporty attitude.


These refreshing cooling scents wash over the skin and give a sense of relief on hot summer days. The notes are watery, airy, icy and dewy


Traditional Notes:

The most popular fragrance family, Floral is blend of mixed bouquets of jasmine, rose, gardenia and tuberose. These fragrances are either pure and flowery, warmed with a touch of spice or fruit for a soft finish.


Only pure white blossoms such as jasmine, gardenia, freesia, lily and tuberose


Classic floral notes such as white flowers and rose are mixed with more powdery notes such as iris, vanilla and citrus.


Traditional Notes:

Rich and regal, Oriental fragrances are wrapped with warm, spicy notes such as vanilla, cinnamon and clove. Also present are flowers-rose and orchis- blended with sweet spices as well as watering sugars like amber and nutmeg.


Soft sandalwood, warm rosewood, soft blossoms and a hint of spice makes the a sensual scent.


Orange flower, vanilla, white pepper, sweet spices mixed with florals create a beautiful sensual scent with depth.


Mysterious notes of incense, amber and musk are infused with soft florals and spices to create an elegant aroma.


The gourmand fragrances are fragrances on edible notes, A gourmand scent has prices, honey, vanilla, chocolate, amber. their scent is comfy


Traditional Notes:

Woodsy scents are nutty and spicy in nature with a note of amber, sandalwood, cedar. Some wood blends have a hint of cinnamon, earth and tobacco .


Exotic woods of amber, sandalwood, cedar are leathery and smoky notes, are blended with warm spices.


Imagine leather, tobacco, cedar wood, spices, smokey, warm, sometimes a slight splash of citrus.


Mossy wood scents smell like a forest. Notes might include deep green scents, warm earthy scents, sandalwood with perhaps a bit of crisp citrus to liven up the fragrances.

We All Need To Thank Mother Nature For This Beautiful Earth That We All Live In. Enjoy The Beautiful Scent of Life..... 

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