The scent of Aphrodite.


Jennifer Lopez’s Glow fragrance, credited with igniting the mania for celebrity scents, made sales worth $100 million in 2002; Chanel’s legendary No5 is still among the best-sellers in department stores the world over 89 years after it was launched and Francois Coty, known as the first perfume manufacturer, in 1904 recognised that an attractive bottle was essential to a perfume’s success. High points in the history of a multi-billion dollar industry that now sees around 1,000 new aromas produced every year. Yet real fragrance history was made in 2003 when a team of archaeologists discovered a perfume lab in Cyprus dating from 4,000 years ago.

A group of Italian archaeologists led by Dr Maria Rosaria Belgiorno first uncovered the perfume factory site in 1993.....

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The scent of Aphrodite

By Eleni Antoniou Published on January 17, 2010

The 17 essential oil ingredients used to recreate the fragrance that is now available include aromatic herbs such as jasmine, marjoram, cypress and pine tree, rose and labdanum, one of the most important elements of the perfume that was also included in the Chypre de Coty perfume series created by Francois Coty in 1917, and named after Cyprus.

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