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Perfumery History

The word perfume was used before to denote a pleasant smelling smoke from a burning substance, especially one used in fumigation. Its origin comes from french « Parfum », from latin « per fumum » meaning «through smoke».

The art of making perfumes began in ancient Egypt and in the Indus Valley Civilization (Afghanistan, Pakistan and a part of India). It was then refined by the Romans and the Arabs.

The Muslim World contributed significantly to the development of perfumery by perfecting distillation process and introducing new raw materials.

Perfume usage is recommended in many islamic texts (hadiths) as far as back as the 6th century .

France became the European center of perfumery in the 14th century and Grasse, in the south of France, is considered the world capital of perfume.

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