Using perfume is a common occurrence for most of us in the industrialized parts of the world. Also, for most of us, we may not even recognize how much we “fragrance” ourselves throughout the day.
In the routine of nearly every morning, we “get ready” to go somewhere (work, school, even just the mega grocery stores). As we shower, moisturize, deodorize, brush, spray perfume/cologne, we constantly fragrance ourselves.
How about the rest of the day? I’m not sure about you, but I wash my hands about 20 times a day. As I clean and disinfect my workspace, I fragrance. Later at night, I will throw a load of laundry in the washing machine right after washing the dinner dishes and…you guessed it, I’m “fragrancing” again?
So, what’s my point here? Nearly everything we use to clean and care for our clothes, our belongings and ourselves has perfume in it. Our soaps, moisturizers, deodorants, toothpaste, cleaning wipes, and detergents are all scented…with some form of perfume. We may have lavender shower gel, mint toothpaste, and lemon-fresh dish detergent.
Our part in fragrance history is the continued amount of fragrance, especially synthetic scents; we use every day. We demand it and we expect it. We’re always trying to smell great.
Throughout history, different civilizations have used fragrances in their daily lives also. Arguably, the ancient Egyptians were the first to use them. In the form of incense and myrrh, they tried to please their gods. From 3300-1300 BC, Indian lovers used frankincense and Cyprus for lovemaking preparations. Royalty and the elite wealthy of the 16th century wore perfumed gloves to mask body odors of poor, or lack thereof, hygienic practices, at that time.
Now, you can take notice of our daily scented products by recognizing the existence of their fragrance. You can appreciate the prior civilizations paving the way for the many uses of perfumes. Thankfully, though, we won’t be spraying any incense on our possessions or ourselves.
By Eric Lundeen
Eric Lundeen is the store manager at Perfumes 4U store located at St. Louis Premium Outlets. He is an expert fragrance consultant