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for the ancient egyptians, perfume was luxury

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king tutankhamun’s alabaster perfume vase, displayed at the egyptian museum http://www.touregypt.net/museum/tutl26.htm

the perfumes of ancient egypt are not a secret to us. we know what they used and have actual recipes for them. among their favorite fragrances were cinnamon, frankincense, lemongrass, myrrh, and rose, commonly using balanos or ben oil.

up to the first few centuries a.d., the egyptians were famed for their international perfume industry. though even the most poor had access to good smelling flowers and used them for fragrance such as floral garlands, perfume itself was a luxury item for the elite and for export. ancient egyptian perfumers perfected the art of making long-lasting perfumes that wouldn’t turn rancid and could replicate the same perfumes for the same scent each time. they had three methods of releasing fragrance: burning; unguents, fragrant ointments, or pastes; and oil itself.

if you want more information and to read the article i got this information from, here is the link: http://www.touregypt.net/egypt-info/magazine-mag08012000-mag4.htm. the website has more links and information to check out if you so desire to explore this subject further. take a look and let me know what you think!

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