Fra­granced ren­dezvous

It was the great Chris­tian Dior who claimed that a woman’s perfume tells more about her than her hand­writ­ing. But how much do we know about these aro­matic bot­tles? GITA HARI shines light on them.

Hair - - Perfumes -

Our affin­ity for pleas­ant fra­grances has ex­isted since time im­memo­rial. In the early ages, flow­ers were of­fered to God; some tree barks re­leased whiffs and fra­grant smoke fires were used in re­li­gious rit­u­als to ap­pease ce­les­tial be­ings. Egyp­tians even em­balmed dead bod­ies in flo­ral scented oils. With the pas­sage of time, new tech­niques of ex­tract­ing scents were un­earthed and the first steps in pro­duc­ing es­sen­tial oils were un­der­taken. For more than four cen­turies, the raw ma­te­ri­als used for de­vel­op­ing per­fumes were en­tirely nat­u­ral, com­ing from botanic or an­i­mal sources.

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