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What is Perfumery and where did it begin?

Posted on December 08 2020

What is Perfumery and where did it begin?

The art of making perfumes is called Perfumery which is believed to have begun in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt. Later refined by the Romans and Persians, it has also been mentioned in one of the earliest Hindu Ayurvedic texts, Charaka Samhita and Sushutra Samhita.


Where does the word come from?

The word, “perfume” is derived from the Latin word, “perfumare,” which means "to smoke through".


When and by whom was the first perfume created?

Well, if studies are to be heeded, the first recorded perfume chemist was a Mesopotamian woman named Tapputi who introduced the world to the art of perfume making through distilling flowers, oil and calamus with certain other aromatics. Experts also believe that perfume and perfumery existed as early as 3300 BC in the Indus valley civilization in India.