The word perfume was used before to denote a pleasant smelling smoke from a burning substance, especially one used in fumigation. Its origin comes from french « Parfum », from latin « per fumum » meaning «through smoke».
The Muslim World contributed significantly to the development of perfumery by perfecting distillation process and introducing new raw materials.
France became the European center of perfumery in the 14th century and Grasse, in the south of France, is considered the world capital of perfume.
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