The Scent of Perfume
A Web Documentary about Perfume
The term perfume is associated with fragrance - an arousing odor,
pleasant smell, erotica, sensuality.
The French use of the term perfume dates back to the 16th Century and is derived
from the Latin per- "through" + fumare -"to smoke". It
describes the activity used to spread scent in churches, public places and homes
by burning aromatic plants - incense - and thus "through smoke"
production of perfume is part of a multi billion-dollar industry. In ancient
times it also played a major role in the prosperous trading of merchandise between the east and
and Scent - The
sense of smell is one of our 5 senses. It is the sense that allows us,
with the help of organs in our nose, through a process of memory and
associations, to recognize our world and to understand and
adapt to our environment.
what we like and dislike; it influences how we feel about ourselves and
with whom to fall in love. It is critical in some creatures
for survival and for regeneration of the species. Many animals identify their hunt with the aid of
smell - and their predators. It also helps newborn babies recognize their
have questioned whether human beings respond identically to the same
smell. Are we or some of us allergic to different types of smells? What is
the difference between how humans use the sense of smell and how animals
All living creatures
use their senses to the degree that nature granted them. One species may
have a more developed sense of sight, another a better sense of
hearing and another may have an intensified sense of touch, taste or --
the subject of this docuweb-- smell.
about our sense of smell....
Basics - Perfume
is a man made product, mostly in the form of liquid, which is composed of
several, sometimes hundreds, of components that produce a pleasant smell by
having their odor molecules float in the air.
animals and synthetic aromatic compounds make up the source ingredients
for the perfume industry.
formulas used for creating perfume are usually carefully guarded secrets
- but almost all perfume manufacturers have developed a similar
technique that enables the scent of the perfume to unfold gradually over
about perfume basics....
History of Perfume - The
history of the production and use of perfume stretches back some thousands
Perfume, incense and the use of scent were mentioned many times in the
bible, along with remains of records describing production in ancient Egypt, the
land of Israel, India, Mesopotamia and in the Far East.
Greeks, followed by the Romans, refined the process of production of
aromatic oils and perfumes, and emphasized the use of them in the
culture of body care.
scientists, hundreds of years ago, introduced a process of distilling that
enabled manufacturers to
extract essential oils and fragrances from raw materials.
Read more about the
history of perfume production
Incense Trade Routes - The Perfume and
incense trade route played an important role in the connection between the East
and the West - providing commercial activity that also included the
trade of spices and precious stones.
ancient Arabia and its neighbors, this route brought famous aromatic plants such
as frankincense and myrrh to the holy land, and eventually to the western world.
were built in strategic points along the trade routes in order to protect
the convoys carrying the expensive merchandise from robbers.
Read more about the
ancient incense and
Stations along the Trade Route
Incense route from Petra, through the Israeli Negev to the port of Gaza along
the shore of the Mediterranean, stretches across some 150 kilometers. This route
has now been recognized and acknowledged as a world heritage route by UNESCO.
can still find remains of many of the stations along this route. Some of these
ancient stations are those found at Petra, Moa, Ovdat, Mamshit, Shivta and
Read more about
stations along the famous
with the production of perfume, a secondary industry emerged that was dedicated to
manufacturing containers for storage and delivery of this
From ancient times,
one finds remains of magnificent jugs, vials and bottles made of substances
such as clay, alabaster, precious metals and, of course, glass.
design and manufacturing of perfume bottles
became a profitable industry by itself and, consequently, unusual perfume bottles
soon began to attract the attention of collectors. These collectors relate to the bottles in terms of their own
unique beauty and consider them to be an item of art.
about the history of perfume bottles...
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