Rich History of the Perfume: Egyptians valued the fragrant substances more than gold!
Per means through, and fum means smoke – perfume. That word has a rich history and for a good reason. The history of the perfume is fascinating and there are only a few periods that were not affected by perfume.
The first form of perfume was a scent stick
The odor smells were discovered in Mesopotamia over 4,000 years ago. This civilization made the first move to create the fragrances we know today. They put the fragrant natural substances in water and oils, and they rubbed the body with the fluid so obtained.
The Egyptians valued many fragrant substances more than gold!
This luxury was available exclusively to the rich, who had their bodies flavored with honey, cinnamon and various floral fragrances. They first planted and explored fragrant plants, and began with the creation of flavored oils. Then they expanded their change outside religious ceremonies. Their emperors also planted botanical gardens whose purpose was exclusively the production of various fragrances.
In Persia, wealthy gardens were decorated with flowers of jasmine, violet and red roses. Red roses were kept in closed earth pots to make them smell more intense after the petals were dry. In special occasions, vessels were opened to emphasize the importance of an event.
Did you know that the Old Greeks believed that the smell of perfume was a sign of the presence of mythological deities, or that the rose – as it is today – was an extremely popular plant? In addition, base oils (olives and almonds) were used most, which were refined with essential oils of lilies, roses, anise and roots of potatoes.
The history of the perfume is a theme that can be talked about and written for days.