- Use of perfume dates back to the beginning of mankind; the first perfume bottles, found in the Mediterranean, can be traced to 7000 BC
- The first recorded perfume maker and chemist was a woman from 2000 BC Mesopotamia named Tapputi, who mixed flowers, oil and calamus (the scented root of a march-based plant) with other aromatics
- From 1050 - 1580 BC perfume was used in religious rituals; after this, perfumes were either burned as incense or applied to the body as perfumed balms and oils
- The first modern perfume, Hungaria Water, was produced in Hungary in 1370 when scented oils were blended in an alcohol solution
- Modern distillation methods were developed in Europe during the 15th century
- "Perfume gloves" were introduced in France during the 18th century, launching the industry
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Did you know?
- Aromatherapy research reveals that smells influence our emotions, inspire creativity and are the fastest memory-triggers
- The sense of smell is proven to be an important factor in the process through which we form relationships
"I wish that the fragrance I wear could improve the moods of the people around me..."