Sweet Smell Of History: THE PERFUME!

“Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt(PERFUME)…” 

Hey, it could MIGHT have happened…

         Ahh, for one to smell beautiful, as well as to look beautiful, a certain lady has to dab on a pleasant-smelling little thing that is known as perfume; But what is perfume, one such as yourself might ask? It is a mixture of essential oils or such other things as fixatives, solvents and aroma compounds, and those kinds of things are altogether made to create the most perfect perfume, thereby being used to give human bodies, food, animals, and objects its very own pleasant scent.

         People have been using this certain little something called a perfume for many centuries, while the name itself comes from the Latin word perfumare, meaning “to smoke through”; The art of making perfumes that is known as perfumery got its start in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, while being further refined by the Romans and the Persians. 

         Tapputi, a perfume maker in 2nd millennium BC Mesopotamia, has been mentioned to be the world’s first-recorded chemist in a cuneiform tablet; She began to distill flowers, oil, and calamus with other aromatics, and then she had filtered as well as putting them back in the still not once, but several times. Even in India, in the Indus civilization(3300 BC-1300 BC), perfume and perfumery even exisited.

         The art of perfumery had indeed been practiced for many centuries; Between the 16th & 17th centuries, for example, perfumes had been used only by the wealthy, to be used to simply mask the body odors that resulted from infrequent bathing(and one knows that NOBODY likes a smelly 17th century person!).

         However, the exact formula of the perfume is a very-kept secret; To describe perfume in its most practical manner, it has to be according to the elements of the “fragrance notes” of the scent or even the “family” that it belongs to, all of which affect the overall impression of any perfume, from its very first whiff, to its very first application to the very last lingering hint of any certain scent.

         There is plenty more where this came from into the history of the perfume, so if you would like to learn more, go and visit Wikipedia and just look up “perfume”. Oh, and one more thing: The smell of any type of perfume causes a certain bee to mistake you for a flower and then sting…So the next time you are wearing perfume, better watch out! 


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