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Scents can alter the mood you’re in. Research has shown that a quick spritz can lift your spirits. Feeling overwhelmed? Apply a fragrance that contains lavender to promote relaxation. Coffee didn’t wake you up this morning? A citrus-infused scent will awaken your senses.
Eau de Cigarette: In 1921, Molinard released a fragrance called Habanita that was intended to scent cigarettes. You placed the satchels in your cigarette case, or applied it directly to your cigarette in liquid form for a “delicious, lasting aroma.” And you thought e-cigarettes were fancy!
Million Dollar Nose: Jean Carles, a famed French perfumer who created scents such as Miss Dior, was said to have insured his nose for one million dollars.
For The Bacon Lover: In case you wanted another way to enjoy your favorite breakfast food, you can now wear it. Bacōn by Fargginay ($36) was started in 1920 by a Parisian butcher who realized he could dramatically lift his customers’ mood with a blend of 11 essential oils plus the essence of bacon.
Perfumes can also contain animal ingredients, although nowadays many of these are created synthetically for ethical reasons. Some of these animal "fragrances" include honeycomb, civet, musk, castoreum, and ambergris.
Perfume is thousands of years old, with evidence of the first perfumes dating back to Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and Cyprus dates to around 1000 BC. The English word "perfume" comes from the Latin per fume, meaning "through smoke." They utilized scents in everything from religious ceremonies to burial preparations and even daily wear. The rich elites of Egyptian society, male and female alike, would adorn themselves with aromas like lily to denote their status. The Persians took over the use of perfume as a sign of political status. One of the oldest uses of perfume comes from the burning of incense and aromatic herbs for religious services, often the aromatic gums, frankincense, and myrrh gathered from trees. A cuneiform tablet from Mesopotamia identifies a woman named Tapputi as the first recorded perfume maker. The Egyptians invented glass and perfume bottles were one of the first common uses for glass. The 16th century saw the popularity of perfume explode in France, especially among the upper classes and nobles. After that the perfume industry continue to grow.