Saturday, 18 July 2015

Scents that Linger: A Different Peek into the Wonderful History of Fragrances!

You will find plenty of stories about how Arabs have always loved fragrances, particularly those that are extracted from natural compounds. In Arabian culture, fragrances have been pursued as an art, symbolic of might, equated with reverence and often gifted as a deep-felt token of appreciation. We try to bring a different perspective to this niche, helping you discover some of the lesser told aspects of the history of perfumes. For instance, perfume making was detailed on the walls Petosiris—a tomb built by the ancient Egyptians.

It is believed that from mummification to ensuring everyday hygiene and appeasing the gods, perfumes formed an integral part of this ancient community. Researchers believe that the scented concoctions used by early Egyptians were so strong that when ­Tutankhamen's tomb was opened, i.e. more than 3,000 years after the mummification, strong notes of a natural scent were detected by the archaeologists!

Historic European Connections
Napoleon is regarded as another iconic patron of natural perfumes. It is said that once he came into power, the stout leader pursued violet colognes with great passion and used jasmine oils regularly. His wife, Josephine too was adamant about using perfumes. When her boudoir was discovered more than six decades after her death, it had lingering notes of floral oils!

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