History of perfume oils.
Perfumed oils are known to have been used for quite some time, yet many do not realize how long we have been using perfumed oils. Let’s take a step back in his story to learn about our connection as well as a hidden passion for perfumed oils. “Perfume” is a Latin term meaning “through smoking”. Perfume is a mixture of essential oils, solvents, fixatives, and aroma compounds.
The origins of perfume.
The first perfumes were known to have been first created on a cuneiform tablet from Mesopotamia, dating back more than three thousand years.
The tablet identifies a woman named Tapputi as the first recorded perfume maker.
But perfumes could also be found in India at the time.
The earliest use of perfume bottles was in Egypt and dated back to around 1000 BC.
Perfumes of Egypt
Egyptians were undeniably responsible for the origin of perfumed oils.
The name of the Egyptian goddess Baast (also known as Baset, Baas, b’sst, Ubaset, Ailuros, and Sekhmet) means “She of the ointment jar”.
The name of the material known as alabaster might, through Greek, come from the name of the goddess.
Yet it wasn’t until the Greeks and Romans became acquainted with perfume that it began to be viewed as a form of art and produced en masse and inconsistent quality.
East Asians, Romans, Greeks, Arabs, and Persians all helped to refine perfume as well.
Perfumes of India
Perfumers and perfume are said to have also existed in Indus civilization between 3300×1300 BCE.
India perfumed oils are Mentioned in the Hindu Ayurvedic text Charaka Samhita and Sushruta Samhita.
There was a report written that states that terracotta vessels with plugged orifices of woven materials were used.
It is also said that when fragrant plant materials were covered with boiling water, the vapors would saturate the material which was then succeedingly wrung out in order to isolate the oil.
Islamic culture played an important part in the continuation of the perfuming. First by extraction of fragrance through steam distillation. They also introduced new raw materials.
As traders, Islamic cultures such as the Arabs and Persians at the time had wider access to a wide array of spices. They also used resins, herbs, precious woods, herbs, and animal fragrance materials such as ambergris and musk.
In the Islamic culture, perfume usage has been documented as far back as the 6th century and its usage is considered a religious duty in their culture.
When you think of perfumed oils you think of an ancient understanding you think of a being who understood the scent as a means to allure, hypnotize, arouse, and tantalize.
This was a being able to draw in the understanding of etheric realms that we wish to return to and bring that energy to our realm ask aroma.