We are deviating from our usual approach of discussing particular fragrances, jumping into the evolution of fragrances over the ages. As per norm, our emphasis remains on natural scents. We are not traveling too far back into history, trying to keep the discussion crisp and relevant.
Late Middle Ages
This is the period when perfumes started gaining a semblance of the fragrances we see today. This is when perfumes were being traded heavily, complete with proper packaging. Essential oils started to appear in concoctions that also included alcohol. During the Middle Ages, scents were explored more for their therapeutic and preventative nature rather than as a cosmetic element. There are historians who write about essential oils being used in regions where water and soap were scarce and among soldiers who would refresh themselves with a whiff rather than with a wholesome bath that was not feasible when traveling on foot for days at end. This was not limited to any particular region like the Middle East. Even in England, the armies of Henry V would use fragrant essential oils to keep away bad odors that would develop under heavy armored suits.
One product that comes close to something similar and is immediately available in our inventory includes Lavender Oil: