When i see glory, i first look for the story. Have you ever considered the story behind the perfume, yes perfumes, how did it all begin. Perfume has a latin derivative known as ” per fumum’ which is to say smoke.
Perfumery, or the art of making perfumes, began in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt and was further enhanced by the Romans and Persians. Although perfume and perfumery also existed in India as india was part of the earlist civilisation we had but much of their fragrances were incense based.
There is however different stories surrounding the origin of this wonderful craft but the world’s first recorded chemist is considered to be a woman named Tapputi, a perfume maker who was mentioned in a cuneiform tablet from the second millennium BC in Mesopotamia. She distilled flowers, oil, and calamus with other aromatics then filtered and put them back in the still several times.
The Persian Muslim doctor and chemist Avicenna (also known as Ibn Sina) introduced the process of extracting oils from flowers by means of distillation, the procedure most commonly used today.
He first experimented with the rose. Until his discovery, liquid perfumes were mixtures of oil and crushed herbs or petals, which made a strong blend. Rose water was more delicate, and immediately became popular.
Both of the raw ingredients and distillation technology significantly influenced western perfumery and scientific developments, particularly chemistry.
Knowledge of perfumery came to Europe as early as the 14th century due partially to the spread of Islam. But it was the Hungarians who ultimately introduced the first modern perfume. Made of scented oils blended in an alcohol solution, the first modern perfume was made in 1370 at the command of Queen Elizabeth of Hungary and was known throughout Europe as Hungary Water.
France quickly became the European center of perfume and cosmetic manufacture. Cultivation of flowers for their perfume essence, which had begun in the 14th century, grew into a major industry in the south of France.
During the Renaissance period, perfumes were used primarily by the wealthy to mask body odors resulting from infrequent bathing. Partly due to this patronage, the western perfumery industry was created. By the 18th century, aromatic plants were being grown in the Grasse region of France to provide the growing perfume industry with raw materials. Even today, France remains the centre of the European perfume design and trade.
Today, Perfum, is a multi billion dollar industry, with people of different class irrespective of financial status being able to afford and use it as well as engage in the business. It is relatively easy to set up a low end perfume industry and begin to end revenue within months, so if you are thinking of a sure business to start with low capital involvement this is one you may want to explore.
Well, the next time you pick up a bottle of perfume, remember it has come from a long way quiet a journey to get to what it is today, so never despise the days of small beginings.
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