Ancient perfumes reconstructed by University of Nice-Sophia

The major difference between ancient and contemporary perfume is the base

The Musée International de la Parfumerie in Grasse, France, has opened an exhibition called 'Ancient Perfumes - from the Archaeologist to the Chemist', which looks at how perfume has been obtained throughout the millennia.

Perfume shops found in the ruins of archaeological sites such as Herculaneum and Pompeii, and analysed by the Centre Jean Bérard, have enabled the chemistry institute of the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis to attempt the reconstruction of perfumes used in the ancient world, using similar methods.

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