The word perfume derives from the Latin perfumare, meaning “to smoke through”. Perfumery, as the art of making perfumes, began about 4000 BC in ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus Valley Civilization and possibly Ancient China. It was further refined by the Romans and the Muslims.
The Persian chemist Ibn Sina (also known as Avicenna) 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 consisted of mixtures of oil and crushed herbs or petals, which made a strong blend. Rose water was more delicate, and immediately became popular. Both the raw ingredients and the distillation technology significantly influenced western perfumery and scientific developments, particularly chemistry.
Between the 16th and 17th centuries, perfumes were used primarily by the wealthy to mask body odors resulting from infrequent bathing. In 1693, Italian barber Giovanni Paolo Feminis created a perfume water called Aqua Admirabilis, today best known as eau de cologne; his nephew Johann Maria Farina (Giovanni Maria Farina) took over the business in 1732.
It is safe to assume that perfume was and always being used as a shield to protect the wearer mostly and the people surrounding from an unpleasant odor as well as self-esteemed.
Below are my un-surveyed favorite 5 instances where I Really Need my Perfume so much!! Basically, I am not stingy when it comes to using my perfume, up to a point my wife would ask why I am buying perfume so frequently.
Post breaks of a physical meeting – after a couple of hours of heavy bantering and arguments, your oxygen supply will be low, then coffee break time came and cigarette binged will be served. You will need at least two sticks, one for the last two hours, the next stick is for the next two hours or could be more. You need a lot of oxygen during meeting. Just imagined if you walk right back in, with your lucky strike perfume and sit next to a non-smoker teammate in the meeting… Heavy Perfume Dousing is a definite must for my sake and my neighbors as well. At this juncture, any perfume would be fine.
It’s pay day and your curry lover Nasi Kandar buddies say it’s to hit your favorite spot. After almost 45 minutes savoring the delicious and finger licking good curries, it’s time to go back to the good old office. You won’t notice a thing whilst in the car together with your binged buddies since everyone had the same curry fragrance. It is always a very smart ideas to bring a long a bottle of your favorite perfume for you to spray on just before re-entering your office. Else you will make your non-curry buddies extremely un-happy.
You woke up and its already 8.45am, and you had a meeting at 9.15min and it’s a half an hour drive to the office. You definitely need triple layers of perfume dousing, deodorants and whatever it takes to keep your confidence intact.
I drove as an e-hailing driver in between my career, and yes, I secretly carries perfume place beside my seat for safety reasons. After 4-5 hours driving and without the opportunity to savour my extremely additive cigarettes, it is very challenging for me to pick up a fellow heavy smoker who had just finished his puff before entering the car… I will secretly spray my fingered and rub my nose with my favorite perfume. I need calmness to drive and safely delivered my fellow smoker to his/her destination.
I like to cook as well, and normally after an Asian cooking session I would hit the shower and re-wear my perfume as the post cooking smell is a bit un-bearable. The smell is kind of hard to explain, it becomes extremely bad if the cooking involved lots of frying, just imagine the mixture smell of “ikan masin”, deep fried fish, stir fried vege with seafood…In this instance, perfume alone is not enough.
And to end this article on a pun…
What does a witty perfume have?
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