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Perfumery evolution

Updated: Jul 24, 2020


Back in ancient times, aromatic plants were mainly used as oil maceration for cooking and medicine, or for fumigation.


The Egyptians already knew the art of associating different aroma to create complex perfumes as Kyphi, a multipurpose mixture made by many different fragrances including juniper berries, broom flowers, fragrant reed, oak resin, myrrh, cinnamon, the cardamom ...

In The Middle Ages, fragrances were considered a remedy against disease. Rich people used to carry little ceramic or crystal orbs filled with amber, musk or other aromatic resins to protect against epidemics. In that period and later in the Renaissance, the art of the perfume was the alchemists matter. Ethyl alcohol was discovered and also the distillation which allowed them to obtain the extracts, and the essences: the essential oils. At the same time, new raw materials were brought by the great explorers: cocoa, vanilla, tobacco, Peru balsam, pepper, clove and so on...