A Rose is a Rose is a Rose

by David Stewart, Ph.D., R.A. Most men and women enjoy perfumes, whether they are colognes, aftershave lotions, sachets, or costly potions to titillate emotions. There are perfumes for the morning, for the working day, for occasions of entertainment, for the evening, and for the night. Some people wear different fragrances according the occasion and the time of day. People usually wear fragrances for a purpose. Flowers do the same. If you have a rose garden,…

The Ancient Art of Extracting Essential Oils & Making Perfumes & Today’s Methods

According to Miriam Stead, author of “Egyptian Life,” the process of distillation using steam was not known for the extraction of essences, but there were three techniques available for producing perfumes from flowers, fruits and seeds. She writes, “There was enfleurage, the saturation of layers of fat with perfume by steeping flowers in the fat and replacing them when their perfume was spent.