Used by both men and women, the perfume for the body has a history that has its roots since ancient Egypt 5000 years ago, as attested by the archaeological findings that took place at the Luxor site in Cairo.
In modern society, attention to natural products and organic products is becoming increasingly popular, and many companies make organic their flags.
Perfumes are not exempt from this selection, indeed, synthetic or industrial perfumes always give more problems in conjunction with the increase of our body’s sensitivity to petrochemical products.
These types of products can be harmful to the body as they contain allergens and neurotoxins that can affect the nervous and immune systems, while natural fragrances, typical of certified perfumes, are the substances that are also the basis of aromatherapy and benefit the body.
In America, a movement was born that fights for an odorless working environment. In this case, the criticism is directed to perfumes for environments that can put people in touch with perfume or not, whose body could respond with dizziness, headaches up to asthma attacks and fainting.
Industrial fragrances are made up of 200 mostly synthetic molecules in addition to essential oils and this can give rise to an infinite number of combinations and fragrances that we do not yet have among natural perfumes.
Essences such as apricot or coconut can in fact only be obtained by synthesis. The natural scents are based only on essential oils, which can be found in nature such as rose and jasmine which alone contain almost 200 components.
A note to keep in mind is that natural fragrances are not free of allergens but being of vegetable derivation and undergoing a manufacturing process, they are much less aggressive than industrial ones.
The natural perfumes for the person are not a novelty, indeed the origins of the perfume are to be found in nature and in essential oils and in modern times we are trying to go back in time while maintaining a strong relationship with the advanced technology of which we have. This is why this type of essences is the best solution.
A bit of history
At the time when the first fragrances were born, they were mostly oily based since their primary function was to protect the skin from the sun. To this base were added natural aromas such as myrrh, incense, aloe, nard (typical of China in particular from the Himalayan area) and terebinth.
In the Middle Ages, the use of this substance declined both because the lands where the herbs were collected fell into the hands of the Arabs and because the Catholic church looked with suspicion on the art of perfumery, considered a voluptuous practice.
Art that instead spread very much in the Islamic world, especially in Persia, where rose water was invented, which is widely used even today. They were, however, water-based products, in fact, the first documentation of alcohol-based perfumes date back to the fourteenth century when these substances reappear in Europe, Hungary and especially Florence.
It was Queen Catherine de Medici after her marriage with the current king of France who brought her Florentine perfumer Renato (or Réné) to the French courts. Since then the fragrance spread quickly even in France although the main points for this type of product remained until the end of the 18th century Venice and Florence.
The monopoly remained Italian even later with new products on the market such as Acqua di Colonia and the development of new processing centers in southern Italy thanks to the presence of particular citrus fruits and flowers. The variety of fragrances increased throughout the 1800s and early 1900s thanks to geographical explorations until in 1921 the first fragrance was born as we know it today.