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The perfumes, a secret passion for Egyptians


The perfumes, a secret passion for Egyptians

In the Ancient Egypt were used sophisticated perfumes for personal care and for religious and funeral rituals.

The Ancient Egyptians loved beautiful fragrances. They associated them with the gods and recognised their positive effect on health and well being. Perfumes were generally applied as oil-based salves, and there are numerous recipes and depictions of the preparation of perfume in temples all over Egypt. 

Three women in a banquet, with cones of perfume on her wigs. Tomb of Nakht, Tebas. Dynasty XVIII. 

Women are very attractive. His large almond-shaped eyes front highlight your beauty. The main group sits on mats of papyrus behind a blind harpist. Are the ladies invited van decorated with garlands of flowers, rich jewels and elegant linen dresses. They converse among them and pose with elegant movements. A nude maid (in smaller) helps them straighten gold earrings. The heady perfume of the cones with essences that carry on their elaborate wigs and blue Lotus delight them smell and induce them to a sense of spiritual well-being.





The god of perfume, Nefertum, was also a god of healing who wassaid to have eased the suffering of the aging sun god Re with a bouquet of sacred lotus. He could be described as the world’s first aromatherapist!







The most valued essence

Pressing of iris, by twisting it to collect its juice in a vessel/container.Fourth Century  B.C. Louvre Museum, París.

The most highly prized perfumes of the ancient world came from Egypt. Of these, arguably the most popular were Susinum (a perfume base don lily, myrrh, cinnamon), Cyprinum (based upon henna, cardamom, cinnamon, myrrh and southerwood) and Mendesian (myrrh and cassia with assorted gums and resins)   They also loved Stakte, a perfume with fairly stronge aroma of myrrh, Rhondinium (based on the highly popular scent of rose) and a scent simply known as “the Egyptian” which seems to have been based on cinnamon and myrrh with sweet wine. Perfumes were generally stored in beautiful alabaster bottles. 

Priestesses richly adorned, 
Anointed with myrrh, perfumed with lotus, 
Their heads garlanded with wreaths, 
All together drunk with wine, 
Fragrant with the plants of Punt, 
They danced in beauty, doing my heart's wish, 
Their rewards were on their limbs.

Tomb of Wennefer
M. Lichtheim, Ancient Egyptian Literature, Vol. 3. p.56