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Brief History Of Perfume

By: Ursula McLean

Who created perfume? When was perfumed first used? Learn all about the history of perfume!

Everything has a history, and perfume is included. Have you ever wondered why perfume was ever even created in the first place? Who invented perfume, if it is even known? How long has perfume been in existence? There are so many questions we could ask about the history of perfume, but let’s get right down to the answers and take a nice, brief look at the history of perfume.

We do know that perfume is mentioned in the Bible with the mention of frankincense and myrrh. Ancient priests used these for their incense in religious ceremonies One quote from the Bible that refers to perfume (incense) is, “take unto thee sweet spices, stacte and onycha and galbanum...with pure frankincense...And thou shalt make it a perfume.".

Perfume has been used for thousands of years. The word itself even has its own history. In Latin the word perfume means “through smoke” and would be written perfume. In France they used to use the word perfume to describe the scents that incense made as the breeze made it travel through the air. There is one thing for certain - the history of perfume is directly tied to the history of humans.

Incense was most likely one of the first types of perfume used in the world - in religious uses, mostly. The first perfumes were probably frankincense, myrrh and other aromatics that people would take from trees. Incense was definitely the first form of perfume and it was founded in a very influential ancient country.

We do know the first culture of people to use perfume are the Egyptians. After the Egyptians began to use perfume in their own culture there were many other to follow the scent of perfumes, including the Israelites, Hindus, Arabs, Carthaginians, Greeks, Chinese, and Romans. The earliest documentation of the use of perfumes in Egypt was in about 1,000 B.C. Perfume has been around for a very, very long time! The Egyptians even invented glass, and you know what that leads to in the perfume business - glass perfume bottles. The Egyptians often used the glass they made to store their perfumes.

There was a certain queen of Egypt who loved perfumes and sent people on quests to find more scents for perfumes. This was around the time of about 3,000 B.C. Queen Hatshepsut made perfume more than just incense used to burn in religious ceremonies. She saw that it could also be used for personal use. Perfumes have even been discovered in the tombs of ancient Egyptians that were held at a high esteem. These were often the tombs of Pharaohs, Kings, Queens, and others in ancient Egypt.

The Romans also loved perfumes and were proud of them just as the Egyptians were. The Romans kept various perfumes in their bathrooms, but this was usually kept in the more wealthy of the Romans, just as it was with the ancient Egyptians. They used perfumes in celebrations by perfuming their table clothes, draperies, candlesticks, and cushions. They even released caged birds with perfume so that the scent would spread through the air wherever they flew.

Since then the use of perfume both for religious and personal uses spread throughout the world.

We are not so different from our ancestors who used perfumes in the same way we do - by applying it to our skin and in using perfumes in religious ceremonies. It is amazing that around 1,000 B.C. there were people rubbing perfumes on their skin in much the same way we do today. We might use different ingredients, different bottles and different ways of using it. However, we still use the perfume, it has just evolved. Now we can get perfume in lotion or solid forms rather than just the good old fashioned spray bottle forms. We also use different types of bottles to store our perfume in. We can even find perfumed soaps, perfumed bath accessories, perfumed shampoo, and more.

Author bio :- Ursula McLean is a IA and ITEC qualified beauty therapist working with Feel Confident an online retailer of Eyesential and Eye Treatment, Aftershave, Bags and Cases, Bath and Body Care, Candles, Condoms, Cosmetics, Digital Cameras, Hair Care, Hair Removal, Hands and Feet, Lingerie, Lip Balm, Lubricants, MP3 Players, Oral Care, Perfume, SkinCare, Slimming, Tanning, Tools and Accessories, Drinking Games, Gifts, Hen Night Novelties, Personalised Gifts

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Ursula McLean is a IA and ITEC qualified beauty therapist working with Feel Confident an online retailer of Eyesential and Eye Treatment, Aftershave, Bags and Cases, Bath and Body Care, Candles, Condoms, Cosmetics, Digital Cameras, Hair Care, Hair Removal, Hands and Feet, Lingerie, Lip Balm, Lubricants, MP3 Players, Oral Care, Perfume, SkinCare, Slimming, Tanning, Tools and Accessories, Drinking Games, Gifts, Hen Night Novelties, Personalised Gifts


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