April 11, 2018
Do you love perfumes? Are you interested in deepening their knowledge? Well here we give you the opportunity to know the perfume history Y who created it. The word “perfume” comes from the Latin “smoke” and means “through the smoke.” Next, we address its origins and how it has survived to this day.
Origin of perfume
Perfume has been around forever, since prehistoric times. At first, it was used as an air freshener or ceremonial element, later it was placed on the skin. The oldest perfumes were discovered by archaeologists in Cyprus, where they found the first factory. It was over four thousand years old.
The first to make it for human use were the Egyptians. Oils, balsamic essences, ointments, resins diluted in wine … A whole series of products that were used for medicine, cosmetics and for the embalming process of the dead. It was so important to them that they even had a god of perfume, Nefertum.
Ancient Rome and Christianity
It was with the Romans when fragrances began to be used as part of personal hygiene, especially for women and for all social classes. Many recipes, both Roman and Greek, still survive. However, with the advent of Christianity it ceased to be used regularly, except in the upper classes. During the Middle Ages, a time when personal hygiene was not widespread, women smeared themselves with strong and long-lasting scents such as amber.
The arrival of alchemy
It was with alchemy and the Arab civilization that the experimentation and development of perfume re-emerged. The discovery of alcohol as a solvent for essences led to the creation of finer and more durable aromas. The Arab people, who landed in Spain, spread the culture of perfume throughout Europe.
Perfume in the East
For the Chinese, the sense of smell has been one of the most important, so essences and perfumes have always had great power for them. Moreover, one of the compulsory arts that presents the “Kamasutra”Is to perfume oneself. Already in the 6th century they had large plantations dedicated to the production of perfume. Flowers were grown for pressing their petals and thus extracting their essence.
Today, there are many types of perfumes and millions of ways to obtain them. With the appearance of synthetic aromas, new smells can even be created, which do not exist in nature. New techniques allow us to unravel the different essences to create perfumes of equivalence. Discover the whole range that we offer, choosing the essence that best suits our personality, is an unbeatable way of honoring who created the perfume.
Written by Alberto González