considering the aethers, the airborne subtleties, the sensibilities, awarenesses that moderns are pushed, and forced to override from a very young age. Awarenesses, senses that are rarely developed. “The word “perfume” is derived from the latin per fumum, meaning “by means of smoke”, a practice involving the transformation of a substance into something airborne through nebulisation.”

Musings of an Aromastrategist

The word “perfume” is derived from the latin per fumum, meaning “by means of smoke”, a practice involving the transformation of a substance into something airborne through nebulisation.  In ancient civilisations, the body and spaces were perfumed by the same method of fumigation, which which was synonymous with “purification”, both for religious and hygiene purposes.

Perfumes didn’t exist in the same way as we know them now.  Originally, flowers, plants and resins were offered to the gods.  Over time more elaborate substances were used to produce more intense aromas, such as suffumigants, oils, balsams and fermented liquors.  They were used as “media for approaching the divine”.

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