Amazing Perfumes Made in the 16th Century
I recently came across an old book titled “A Queens Delight”. It is also called “A Right Knowledge Of Making Perfumes, And Distilling The Most Excellent Waters”.
The book was published in London and was printed by E. Tyler and R. Holt in 1671. Unfortunately, its writer is not known since it was written by an anonymous author.
Here is a list of the perfumes it contains. The book also includes Make your perfume singapore their ingredients and directions on how to make them.
-A Perfume For Cloths, Gloves
-To Make Excellent Perfumes
-A Tincture Of Ambergreece
-To Make An Excellent Perfume To Burn Between Two Rose Leaves
-King Edwards Perfume
-Queen Elizabeth’s Perfume
-To Perfume Water
Since we’re on the topic of ancient fragrances, here’s a little history on perfumes.
The word perfume is derived from “per fumus”, a Latin term which means “through smoke”. The fragrant art of making perfume, or perfumery, started in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, then refined further by the Persians and Romans. Perfumery was established in India as well but most of its perfumes were incense based.
Incredibly, the world’s oldest perfumes were discovered in a hidden ancient Cyprus perfumery and dates back over four thousand years.
The Persian chemist Avicenna discovered a method to extract oils from the Rose flower by way of distillation, which is now the most used procedure today. Before his discovery, ancient perfumes included heavy amounts of oil which produced strong blends. Not surprisingly, Rose water, being more delicate, immediately gained popularity. Both the distillation process and raw ingredients in Avicenna’s discovery were to significantly influence western perfumery.
In sixteenth and seventeenth century Europe, perfumes were mostly used by wealthy society in order to cover up their body odors due to infrequent bathing.
In Germany, Giovanni P. Feminis made perfume water named Aqua Admirabilis, which today is commonly called eau de cologne.
By the eighteenth century, aromatic herbs and plants were grown in France and Italy to supply raw materials to the burgeoning perfume industry. Even today, the two countries remain the center of Europe’s perfume trade.