Guide to a Perfect trip in Egypt!
Appearance was extremely important to ancient Egyptians and so was perfume and body fragrance. How someone smelled designed social, political and religious meaning. Egyptians have a long history of varied and exotic perfumes that determined one's class and defined certain periods of Egyptian history. Not only this, perfumes also demonstrated the presence of various gods.
For ancient Egyptians, fragrance and smell were very important for all areas of life. They loved using perfumes and started producing them long before they even discovered how to make alcohol. They used to make perfumes from many different plants, flowers and wood fragments along with the addition of required fats and oils. Ancient Egyptians often used moringa, linseed, sesame and castor oils in their perfumes. Some extracts of almond and olive oil were also used to increase the quality and pungency of the perfumes.
In 1479, Pharoah Hatshepsut was ruling Egypt on behalf of her three-year-old stepson. But her rule lasted for 20 years and she kept her son out of power even when he was capable enough to take over the kingdom. Egyptians admired her power and used versions of Hatshepsut’s unique perfume as it came to symbolize power. She proved to be great for Egypt, making it reach amazing influence and stability, so much so that some even began worshiping her as a goddess.
In many cases perfumes were made depicting gods and their imagined smell, but there was also a god who was considered the god of perfume: Nefertum. Nefertum had healing properties and was said to smell lovely like the ancient blue lotus flower. He was known as the aromatherapist of ancient Egypt.