Interesting Facts about the World of Perfumes
Life is full of strange and interesting things. And the world of perfumes is no exception; in this post we'll tell you some of the most interesting and extravagant things about perfumes. We hope that you find its content entertaining and that it helps you show off your extensive knowledge of the world of perfumes.
The origin of the word perfume - The word perfume is derived from the Latin “per fumum” meaning “through smoke.” Perfumes date as far back as the Stone Age when men burned aromatic woods and herbs to praise their gods.
The Egyptians were the first civilization to master the art of perfume-making. Evidence of their practice of this craft was confirmed when the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamen was opened and archeologists found more than 3000 bottles of perfumes.
Of all the fragrances that exist today, the oldest one is "Eau de Cologne 4711." It was created in 1796 and it’s considered to have been the first unisex perfume in the world. It was used by Napoleon I and his beloved Josephine.
Did you know that women from Spain are the European population who use the most perfume? Contrary to popular belief, it’s not the French. Spanish women rank first followed by the Italians and the French.
Hard to believe, but there are countries in Asia where people do not use any perfume at all. Different, right?
The world's most expensive perfume is Imperial Majesty, a limited edition fragrance for women by British designer Clive Christian. Sold simply as No. 1, it costs the incredible amount of $249,034.40 USD and it’s only sold in an exclusive department store in New York. But don’t worry, if you really want to get your hands on this perfume, there is also an economic version. The designer provides a small 1 ounce bottle for just $2,043.36 USD.
Imperial Majesty was originally created in 1872, at the request of Queen Victoria of England, and was considered a gem. As a result, ladies would wear its container around their neck for everyone to see. It takes one year to manufacture it and approximately two hundred ingredients including Indian sandalwood, Arabic jasmine, Tahitian vanilla, and a variety of roses from countries such as France, Bulgaria and Egypt.
Its bottle is also the most expensive of the world. Made of Baccarat crystal, this piece of art is also an exclusive limited edition. It holds 500 ml. of the precious perfume, includes white diamonds around its collar, and its cap is a replica of Queen Victoria’s crown.