Now, it’s common to wear perfumes to impress the cute boy or girl in your class but back in the days, during ancient civilizations to be specific, they were worn to honor deities in the temple! It was more wholesome.
Who should we give credit to? None other than the WORLD’S FIRST recorded perfumer or chemist, Tapputi. During her existence in 1200 BCE in Babylonia Mesopotamia, it was common for women to dabble in natural ingredients and experiment with different combinations but she was no ordinary gal! She was also the overseer of the Mesopotamian Royal Palace.
As the visionary queen she is, Tapputi worked on developing scent extraction methods that would inspire others to do the same in the future. From her groundbreaking distillation techniques to precise fragrance layering, she did the most! This method laid the foundation for modern distillation techniques used in perfumery and essential oil production.
Her precise record-keeping did not fall short! The Perfume Manual is a testament to Tapputi's meticulous record-keeping. She detailed her recipes, the ingredients used, and the procedures followed, providing valuable insights into the art of perfumery during her time.
As mentioned earlier, a plethora of natural ingredients were used and Tapputi was not shy to experiment with various aromatic ingredients, including flowers, fruits, spices, and resins. Her creations incorporated a wide range of scents, allowing for a diverse array of perfumes and fragrances.
Fragrance Layering whom we all know and love, is all thanks to our homegirl! Her expertise in blending different aromatic compounds set a standard for perfumery that continues to be followed by modern perfumers.
As we enjoy every whiff of our favorite perfume and the many delightful fragrances that surround us, we should also remember and honor the legacy of Tapputi, the pioneering female chemist who set the stage for perfumery.