Perfume is a mixture of fragrant essential oils or aroma compounds, fixatives and solvents, usually in liquid form, used to give the human body, animals, food, objects, and living-spaces an agreeable scent. Further odors have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions, or will. Perfume is an important symbol as it is subtle and overlooked but has enormous effects; perfume can act as a mask of perfection.
Eau de Parfum is the strongest type out there. Eau de Parfum contains between 10-20% of perfume oil, and is a popular choice with both perfume brands and customers. Eau de Parfum will generally last around 8 hours. Eau de Toilette is next, containing around 5-15% of perfume oil.
The world's oldest perfumes have been found on Cyprus by a team of archaeologists. The perfumes were scented with extracts of lavender, bay, rosemary, pine or coriander and kept in tiny translucent alabaster bottles. The first evidence of perfume making began in Egypt and Mesopotamia and was then picked up by the Persians and the Romans. These ancient civilizations often turned fragrant materials into balms to use in religious ceremonies or to anoint their bodies.