The word perfume comes from from the Latin word per fumus that is by smoke.Early man used the method of smoking out sweet smelling wood (incense during religious rites, a way to appease their gods.
It was the ancient Egyptians who literally used aromatics to a new level. When earlier, it had exclusivity, eventually even the commoners were asked to use perfumes at least once a week. Egyptians wore perfumes from birth to their tomb. Hence, a wide range of scented creams and emollients were created by the Egyptians.
Then the Greeks and Romans learned this special trade from the Egyptians. They began adding essential oils from flora and fauna to enhance the scents used. It was the Arab, Avicenna who discovered the art of distilling volatile oils from certain flowers. France became the Capital of perfumery in the late 17th century.
In the 21st century, technology has enable the perfume industry to have a new and improved smell of things, where chemistry and the development of it in perfumery created many scents unavailable before.
The need for perfumes To women in the 21st century, perfumes are not only an additional accessory. It is rather a part of their personal statement, a statement describing a bit of what they are. And consumers today demand a definitive blend of aromatics, wanting to stand out and make a statement.
Etiquette dictates that the proper use of perfume is a different fragrance for each day. Now, even Men use fragrances to enhance their individuality.
Because of the uniqueness of our sweat and skin, each fragrance worn upon our skin will not smell the same with any other. This is the result of chemical reactions between the aromatics and our body.
Next blog will be on the composition and fragrance formats..to be continued.