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.
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.