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History of Perfumes and Fragrance
The History of Perfumes and Fragrance
The word perfume began in ancient Egypt but was developed and further refined
by the Romans and the Arabs. Although perfume and perfumery also existed
in East Asia, much of its fragrances are Incense based.
As traders, Islamic cultures such as the Arabs and Persians had wider
access to different spices, herbals, and other fragrance material. In
addition to trading them, many of these exotic materials were cultivated
by the Muslims such that they can be successfully grown outside of their
The history of perfume is a reflection of humanity: a means of exchange,
a protection against disease, a potion with divine virtues, and a gallant
message in each epoch perfume reflects society, perceptibly communicating
its sense of commerce and medicine, of the sacred and the sensual. A
world without perfume would be a world without history!