The world of Perfume
The Wonderful World of Perfume
We use perfume every day and for most of us, it is as necessary as a toothbrush and fresh running water! But the world of perfumes is much more interesting and complex than we think and there are many cool things worth knowing. So, here are seven interesting facts about perfumes that you might not know..
Perfume has a very long history:
Ancient civilization were no strangers to these precious liquids and archeologists have findings of up to 4000 years old!
Perfume was used as a cover-up:
Back in time, perfumes were used to cover up unpleasant scents. Rich but rather smelly European aristocracy relied on these expensive mixtures to help mask the “scents” produced by days of not bathing. YUCK!
The first modern perfume was made in 1370:
“Hungary Water” made in 1370 is said to be the first perfume that resembles the ones we use today. This perfume was made for Queen Elisabeth of Hungary and in order for it to have the maximum effect, it had to be drunk as well as applied to the body!
Europe did not use perfume much until the sixteenth century:
It was then that Catherin de Medici came from Italy to marry the future king. She wore gloves of perfumed leather and suddenly everybody wanted this. The best place to get these gloves was from Grasse (France) which soon became the perfume capital of the world.
You don’t need to waste half of the bottle to ensure long lasting smell:
Just one spritz on your chest and one in the back of your neck is all it takes for it to smell great all day long. These zones turn into “hotspots” in times when we’re scared or excited (due to the increased blood flow) and the scent that was subtle just moments ago, starts releasing faster.
Origin - The word “perfume” actually comes from Latin, “per fumum” which basically means through smoke.
Perfume can make you feel better! Scientific studies have shown that there is a link between scents and our emotions- so putting on the right fragrance really can put you in a better mood
One of the first ancient perfume makers was a woman
We smell with our brains – and not with our noses
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