History of Perfumes

France obtained world leadership and tradition in terms of aromas and fragrances thanks to the city of Grasse, called "la capitale du parfum." Until then this was a small city located in the south of France that begun to gather merit, because it was one of the main sources of raw materials of the time for this sector. One of the things that always characterized the city was its aromatic blends of amber, musk and civet.

However, the elaboration of perfumes was born in Egypt, to later be developed by the Arabs and Romans. In Europe, it was born during the Renaissance in the middle of the XIV Century, especially in France, where perfumers laboratories were installed and in which they were dedicated to making their own preparations with flowers that they had previously grown.

However, these preparations were created exclusively for their clients depending on their tastes and requests. An example of this is the creation of Pierre Francois Pascal Guerlain, who carried the title of "Her Majesty´s perfumer" for having created in 1853 the "Eau de Cologne Imperiale" a fragrance that the Empress Eugenia commissioned.

Although during the French Revolution the market stagnated, the guillotine continued to roll the heads of the nobility, creating a new scent called the "Guillotine." Later with Napoleon on the throne an expansion for perfumes began eventually becoming a large industry, one which created new jobs and generated revenues for the throne. At the time, not only was the fragrance itself important, but also the container in which it came and the publicity the perfumers generated. For this, the Greeks had the role of applying art to the creation of the ceramic jars that housed these perfumes, still today this is difficult to match.

Today in the XXI century, perfumery continuous to grow exponentially, not only in the fashion sense but also creating a sensory experience for its consumers.


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