Arabs from ancient times were involved in the art of perfumery. it was they who brought various fragrances from Ceylon, Sumatra and the Malacca Peninsula to Europe. These were cinnamon, sandalwood, camphor, cistus, and others. Egypt, Syria, Babylonia, India and other countries have been producing a number of fragrances (musk, amber, myrrh, saffron, aloe, rose water and others). But they came to the status of a leading producer of fragrances after the fall of Ancient Rome, when Christianity prevented the spread of perfume in Europe, which declared perfumes to be useless and contrary to the true faith, which rejected all excesses. On the contrary, in the East, the Arabs continued to develop the art of making incense. They traded fragrant flowers and spices, invented a still cube and improved distillation techniques. Thanks to this day technique, the method of obtaining alcohol was rediscovered, without which it is impossible to imagine modern perfumery.
Even the most strict image can be easy soften by a playful and slightly flirtatious aroma. But even the resistant fragrance is not able to accompany its owner throughout the day. Of course, you can carry a bottle of perfume with you, but modern women’s handbags are not always adapted for large bottles of perfumes. Oil perfume is quite another story. It stays on the body for much longer. Moreover, the oil perfume (Arabian perfume) has a very large number of scents.
Oil perfumes appeared in Europe thanks to the Arabs, who along with cinnamon, geranium, and cistus brought oriental flavors. In the East, the smell was considered a symbol of approaching God, and perfumery art continued to develop. It was believed that the smoke from incense rising up a thin thread binds the world of earth and heaven. And due to the property of smells to penetrate even through closed doors, oil perfumes were considered a symbol of overcoming. In general, in the East, the art of fragrances is a whole science. Certain smells were used at birth, death, and wedding; it was believed that each person’s path must have its own fragrance.
And each ingredient was rich with its own properties and values. How and by whom oil perfumes were invented, today remains a mystery.
Perfumes of the East are a mixture of spices, precious oils, sandalwood, and jasmine. Just few drops and any woman can turn into a mysterious eastern princess. And the incredible scent of oil perfume can turn the head of any man.
It was thanks to the Arab countries, where crusades were regularly sent in the Middle Ages, that Europe rediscovered it. Today, the biggest fashion brands return to the roots of oil Arabic perfumery and offer their clients high-standard luxury perfumes. You can find some notes of Middle East in “Oud” by Reminiscence, “Oud Essentiel” by Guerlain, “Oud Ispahan” by Christian Dior or “Oud Wood” by Tom Ford. And here Arabia and Europe meet again…