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History of Perfume and Fragrance

  • Release Date: February 1, 2023
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One of the products that can affect our emotions is perfume. The sense of smell has an impact on behaviour as well as mood. It might even trigger recollections of the past. Perfume is also used as a marketing tool in our daily lives and on many consumer goods.In addition to the fact that perfume is so well-liked, have you ever considered the history of the product? What is perfume’s history?

According to some anthropologists, primitive people made perfume by burning gums and resins for incense. It is believed that richly scented plants, animals, and the fatty oils of olive and sesame were eventually combined with fragrant plants to create the first ointments between 7000 and 4000 bc.

According to historians, perfume was first used in rituals in ancient Egypt three thousand years ago to produce a pleasant scent as part of religious ceremonies. A perfume unguent that was rubbed into the skin contained these scents from gums, resin trees, oils, and a variety of plants. Women in Egypt began using perfume for its cosmetic benefits hundreds of years later. It is believed that Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt, had her own exclusive scents and balms that she used as cosmetics and aphrodisiacs to win over Julius Caesar and later Mark Anthony. It is also believed that perfume was used in Mesopotamia for ritual ceremonies during this same period. Additionally, aromatic herbs were utilised as medicines further east, in China.

Later, as trade routes expanded, perfume gained a lot of popularity, and the demand for products that smelled good led to more trade between different civilizations. Spikenard and ginger began to be supplied to the Middle Eastern civilization by Africa and India. Arabia purchased fragrant goods from Syrians. Cymbopogon and ginger were first imported into the Mediterranean from South Arabia. As a result, the trade in scent goods continued to grow, and fragrance and perfume eventually spread to Hindu, Israelite, Carthaginian, Arab, Greek, and Roman civilizations before being reintroduced in Italy and France hundreds of years later.

Spices and perfumes were being traded extensively between Italy and eastern civilizations by the 13th century. Additionally, Portugal and Spain were attempting to establish significant spice trades by establishing exclusive routes to the East. That’s how Americans learned about the new world.

France began offering perfumed gloves, which were typically scented with neroli or animal scents such as ambergris and civet, as Italian perfume influence spread to neighbouring nations. Since then, French perfume has spread all over the world and continues to set the standard for excellence.

Additionally, France was a major contributor to the revival of the therapeutic use of perfume in the Western world. Therapeutic perfume was used to treat burns and wounds during World War II and later to treat mental health issues, according to reports.

Through the exchange of aromatic scents, perfume has historically brought people together. It also played a significant role because its trade gave the nation economic power. As a result, this unique product has had a significant impact on human history, opening up new worlds. Perfume’s ability to change people’s behaviour on a personal level sets it apart from other fragrances. Perhaps that is the reason we all find it so appealing.

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