Perfumer & Flavorist: Unraveling the mystery of olfaction

Since the beginning of history, humans have been captivated by scents; connecting the sensation to religious and metaphysical experiences. In ancient Egypt, fragrances were considered a byproduct of the gods, literally the sweat of the sun god Ra. In Greece, perfumes were central to worshipping the various gods and goddess of Greek mythology and vast quantities were used in countless ceremonies. The philosopher Theophrastus wrote “Concerning Odours,” a book detailing the use of fragrances in Greek society, while Egyptian physicians were fascinated by the anatomy of the nose – knowing that it held to a sense of smell.

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