History of Perfume

19 Sep

Definition of Perfume- A pleasing, agreeable scent or odor.

The word perfume comes from the Latin word ‘Parfumare’- to fill with smoke. In the old days people would light incense and aromatic herbs for a pleasant scent during religious rituals.

Ancient Egyptian Perfume Bottle

The Egyptians were the first to use perfume for personal uses by wearing hats with wax on top with perfume inside, and the wax would melt during the day because of the heat and would make a woman smell good all day long. They were also the first people to invent glass and later on perfume bottles. When the Greeks fell in love with the Egyptian fragrances, they invented the first liquid perfume made out of fragrant powder and heavy oils. The Romans bathed up to three times a day in fragrant oils and even bathed their dogs and horses in them. After the Roman Empire fell and Christianity rose, the use of perfume decreased dramatically.

After that Perfume was a status symbol for rich Europeans, and in the 17th century it caught on in France, but it wasn’t until the 18th Century where the French started making fancy perfume bottles, and used perfume on their clothes and their furniture. They continued to make the best perfume, as well as the costliest.

Jean Patou 'Joy'

Jean Patou created a perfume in the 1930s named “Joy” which became known as the worlds costliest perfume. It is made exclusively with rose pedals and jasmine. Another expensive known French perfume made with fine rose absolute is Chanel No. 5.

In the past 40 years the Perfume industry has really taken off and perfume releases went from once a week for new perfumes to multiple perfumes daily.


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