The Lost History of Women in Chemistry:The First Perfumer

Today is International Women’s Day, and all of March is Women’s History Month in the US, so I thought it would be a splendid time to talk about the lost history of women in the sciences, specifically in chemistry and perfume. Perhaps lost isn’t the right word. We didn’t lose most of these incredible women,…

Egypt’s Sacred Scent Business

There is no scent culture with more mystery or confusion than that of the ancient Egyptians. Their perfume production wasn’t the oldest in the world nor the most sophisticated, yet the mystique of Egypt drips with fragrance. Perhaps it was because perfume and cosmetics played such a vital role in everyday life.

History & Alchemy?

History and Alchemy is devoted to the myth and history of scent production. We’ll explore how rare and beautiful scents became commodities, grave goods, and items of legend. The first post in this section will appear tomorrow, which is based on the events depicted above. Any guesses as to what is brewing?