been in vogue since the earliest recorded times. Egyptians, Indians, Romans and Greeks used
them for both personal and religious purposes. In ancient times, perfumes were of considerable
hygienic as well as aesthetic value, for they acted as true antiseptics and deodorants and
masked offensive odour at a time when personal cleanliness was too often over looked. Today
perfumes are still in great demand.
The consumption of natural product
is increasing in spite of many synthetic substitutes. These synthetic materials are not so
lasting as those obtained directly from the plants. The most valuable perfumes are
combinations of several essential oils.