The history of perfume

Perfume, a magic word evoking mystery, sensuality, history, civilization and universality.
In ancient Egypt perfume was used to commune with the gods. Priests used terebinth for fumigation.
Incense is still used in churches. It didn’t take long before mere mortals began to enjoy this privilege: perfumed oils and ointment made up a large part of the remedies used by the Egyptians. Extraction techniques included grinding, mixing, blending and collecting the fragrant liquid after is was decanted.
The Hebrews, using these same techniques and traditions, went on to develop them even more by cooking the plants in water (infusions).
The perfumes become tools of seduction, many instances of which can be found in the Bible. During this period, only the basic essences were used in the art of perfume
making, they were not mixed.
The Greeks believed that perfume was of divine origin. Do not Nectar and Ambrosia confer immortality? They invented distillation, which improved the quality of the essences.
In Rome, during the first century, because people smelled bad, Nero developed the luxurious perfumes used to scent the waters of the public baths.
In the Arabic civilization, perfume is an important part of everyday life and these people became true perfume experts. They improved distillation techniques in order to extract and sublimate the essences of plants, flowers, fruits and spices. The French word for still, alambic, comes from the Arabic word al-ambiq During the Middle Ages, perfume was not widely used.
However, with the Renaissance came a genuine passion for art and perfume. Works abounded in both France and Italy and the passion for fragrance spread throughout Europe. As commerce increased and trading intensified, new fragrances appeared.
Forever more, perfume would symbolize elegance, sensuality and refinement.
In 1889, Jicky brokes with traditional perfume making methods: no longer imitating nature, but, just like a jeweler, creating new emotions by combining existing essences. It took some time for women to adopt Jicky.
Actually, men were the first ones to wear it, thus proving that a subtle perfume has no gender. Perfume became a symbol of evolved and refined society, an expression of a community’s level of civilization.
In the XVIIIth Century, tanners invented a way to make scented leather and glove makers who made scented gloves were very successful.
The Court at Versailles used fragrances to perfume clothing and accessories. The main reason for this was to mask bad odors due to poor hygiene.
The popularity of fragrances varied, from musks to florals, but only well-known fragrances were used.

In the 50’s the fashions “maisons de couture” employes “noses” to create perfumes emulating emotions. Nowadays, many perfumes rely on the extravagance of the bottle
and the “exuberance” of the scents.

These strong perfumes leave a trace in the wake. But as clothing reflects the shape of the wearer, an elegant perfume will reacts to the scent of the wearer’s skin.

The skins perfume

There is a new trend towards authentic, complex and refined perfumes that defer to the personality and needs of the individual.
This calls for new, more elegant fragrances, a new generation named “skins perfumes”, which combines with the wearer’s own chemistry.

This is why we have created
Absolument absinthe”,

Le Parfum d'Interdits