History of Perfume

No doubt every one likes the perfume but their flavors may be different. Now let me explain the history of perfumes. Islamic cultures contributed considerably in the development of western perfumery in both perfecting the taking out of delicate scent through steam distillation and introducing new raw components. Both of the raw ingredients and distillation technology significantly influenced western perfumery and scientific developments, particularly chemistry. As traders, Islamic cultures such as the Arabs and Persians had wider access to different spices, herbals, and other fragrance material. In addition to trading them, many of these exotic materials were cultivated by the Muslims such that they can be successfully grown outside of their resident climates. Two examples of this include jasmine, which is native to South and Southeast Asia, and various citrus, which are native to East Asia. Both of these ingredients are still highly significant in modern perfumery.

The Crusaders brought alcohol-based perfumes back to Europe from the Middle East in the 13th Century. The first modern perfume, made of fragrant oils mixed in an alcohol solution, 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 centre of perfume and cosmetic manufacture, cultivating huge amounts of flowers for their essence. By the 18th century, perfumed plants were being specifically grown in the Grassed region of France to provide the growing perfume industry with raw materials.