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We’ve sniffed out some of the most surprising facts in the story of scent
Scent is already making waves: Cleopatra allegedly uses fragrant oils to seduce Mark Anthony, while the Greek physician Hippocrates believes aromatherapy can prevent disease.
Explorer Marco Polo brings fragrant spices to Venice, sparking a trend for wearing a ‘pomander’ (a small metal ball of aromatics) around the neck, finger or girdle.
The first recorded alcohol-based perfume is created for the Queen of Hungary. Made with rosemary, the not-very-creatively named Hungary Water is thought to have magical properties to preserve youth and beauty.
Light, floral scents such as jasmine and violet are loved by the Victorians. Queen Victoria favours Fleurs de Bulgarie by Creed – a blend of Bulgarian rose, musk, ambergris and bergamot.
Coco Chanel revolutionises women’s fragrance with the launch of Chanel No5, which uses aldehydes to create crisp, citrus, soapy notes, rather than just florals.
Fragrance is still seen as special-occasion-only until savvy New Yorker Estée Lauder introduces a new scent, Youth Dew, as an everyday bath oil that doubles as a perfume. Women soon adopt it as a ‘signature scent’.
While 70s hippies go old-school and dab essential oils on their wrists, the 80s and 90s see the rise of the power perfume, with Calvin Klein’s vanilla-scented Obsession dominating the era.
A spritz of the past
OLD SCHOOL Who can forget Charlie Red Body Fragrance, £1/100 points (75ml)? The sweet smell of PE changing rooms UK-WideAdd
STAR POWER A true original, Glow By J.Lo, £42/4,200 points (100ml, edt), inspired hundreds of celebrity perfumes.Add
TEEN SPIRIT Lynx Aftershave in Africa, £7.49/749 points (100ml), will never not remind you of a high-school boyfriend.Add
EAU DE 90S Ahead of its time, Clavin Klein launched a unisex - and still popular - scent, CK One, £40/4,000 points (100ml, edt), in 1994.Add
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