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The Fascinating History of Perfume

The origin of perfume is commonly attributed to the ancient Egyptians & Mesopotamians.

With the world's first-recorded chemist being a woman named Tapputi, from the 2nd millennium BC in Mesopotamia.

Her novel techniques gave way to vital processes in perfume making which includes - distillation, cold enfleurage, tincture, and scent extraction. 

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The Evolution of Perfume 

Over time, scents were not only confined to the sacred aspects, but they were also introduced in daily hygiene. 

As it spread from Ancient Egypt to distant lands such as the Middle East, Arabia and the Indus. 

Knowledge of perfumery travelled far and wide from Egypt, and the Mediterranean all the way to Europe partially due to Arabic influence & knowledge.

Perfumery in Europe 

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From the Greeks, to the Romans where even the fountains flowed with Rosewater, and the Italians, it was during this period that perfume really started to boom.

There started to grow many different uses for perfume from body care, scenting entire public spaces, public baths, hair and clothes and even coins.

King Louis XIV of France took this craze to new heights, as he commissioned his perfumer to create a new scent for each day of the week.

The Makings of the ‘Modern’ Perfume

From the Greeks, to the Romans where even the fountains flowed with Rosewater, and the Italians, it was during this period that perfume really started to boom.

There started to grow many different uses for perfume from body care, scenting entire public spaces, public baths, hair and clothes and even coins.

King Louis XIV of France took this craze to new heights, as he commissioned his perfumer to create a new scent for each day of the week.

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In 1921, a very business-savvy & smart woman came along named Coco Chanel, and thanks to her, ‘designer’ perfumes were firmly put on the map.

On top of the iconic No 5 by Coco Chanel, quite a few of the enduring ‘classics’ of today were actually created during this decade.

And in the 1950s, Estée Lauder in America was the one who revolutionized perfumes from a luxury to an affordable, everyday pleasure. 

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