August 16, 2018
In ancient Egypt, the appearance was very careful. Men and women applied fragrant ointments to their skins whenever their economic status allowed it. But what did perfume mean to this civilization? How did they prepare these essences? What uses did they have? What scents were the most used? We will discover the history of perfume in Ancient Egypt.
For the Egyptians, the aroma of things had a lot to do with their divine essence, for that reason, when they applied the essence of a flower to their skin, they were putting something sacred on their skin, something that gave them a special power. So much was the respect of the Egyptians for perfumes that they had a god for it called Nefertum, “guardian and protector of those who make perfumes and oils, protector and god of the sacred lotus. Osiris is the body of plants, Nefertum is the soul. “
How did the Egyptians prepare perfumes?
The brew mode has nothing to do with the current brew mode. Currently distillation is used and perfumes are aqueous, lighter in texture and aroma. In ancient Egypt, the aromatic substance was burned along with oils and / or resins over low heat. Thus, an oil that had the smell of that plant or flower was achieved. That is why these perfumes are so greasy, more intense, they last a long time and they are beautifully preserved.
What uses did the perfume have?
The perfume was somewhat elitist. People with high purchasing power could afford its use on a daily basis. The women bathed in essences, smeared aromatic oils over and over again, day after day, until any body odor was erased. We cannot forget the aphrodisiac and erotic power of perfume for them.
Being considered something divine, in religious festivals it was essential to attend well perfumed to attract the attention of the gods. In representations, women are seen placing the lotus flower on their noses or with cones of incense on their heads. Aromatic oils were also used during mummification and perfume bottles have been found in many tombs.
What scents were the most common?
The most abundant seems to be the lotus perfume. This flower is very abundant in the Nile, a delicate flower, with regenerative and erotic connotations that appears many times in Egyptian pictorial representations.
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Perfume in Ancient Greece | Perfume in Ancient Rome
Written by Estefania Fuente