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As the spirits of certain people hover over music, my soul, oh my love, swims over your perfume. ~ Charles Baudelaire A Brief Look at the History and Origins Perfumery the art of making perfumes has been with us for thousands of years. Perfume is derived from Latin ‘per fumers’ meaning through smoke. It all began in Egypt was refined and further developed by the Romans, Persians, and Arabs. The basics, ingredients, and methods are described by Pliny The Eden’s Natural Historia. The Ancient Beginnings of Perfume The oldest perfumery was discovered in Cypress in archaeologist excavations, uncovering remnants of an enormous factory that manufactured perfume on an industrial scale. Many of the artifacts are on display in Rome. Islamic cultures made major contributions to modern perfumes by perfecting the distillation process and introducing raw ingredients. The Perfume Industry Was Founded The spices, herbs and fragrance materials were of greater…

In the 1960’s the American fashion scene was taken by storm with the arrival of Roy Halston Frowick. Born in April 1932 in Iowa, Roy Halston Frowick of Des Moines, Iowa, was the second son of a Norwegian-American. His interest for swing was inspired by his mother and as a child, began developing hats and altering clothes for his mother and sister. He built on his interest in 1952 attending a night school of the Art Institute of Chicago and worked as a window dresser. He first received recognition when in 1957 the Chicago Daily News ran a brief piece about his hats. That same year, he opened his first shop, the Boulevard Salon. There is was that his professional moniker was born – using his middle name, which he’d used since childhood to distinguish himself from his uncle, who bore the same first name. Hats to Dresses Halston made…

Dr. Michael C. Scott, the Moses and Mary Finley Research Fellow at Darwin College, Cambridge and an affiliated lecturer at the Faculty of Classics, Cambridge. His research focuses on the ancient history and archaeology of the Greek and Roman worlds. Dr. Scott spoke with Eat Love Savor magazine about a brief look at the ancient history of luxury. INTERVIEW  Why are these discoveries of ancient Greek and the history of luxury so important for us to understand? Why did you feel it was important to do this documentary? We have a conflicted relationship with luxury today, especially now in the midst of the economic crisis. As a result its crucial we understand the complexity and both the positives and negatives of luxury in our society. One way to do that is to look at how luxury has operated in our past and how that past still affects us today. What…

Ask any woman, and they will typically have at least 3 tubes of lipstick or lip gloss in their purse at any one given time. The makeup staple of all women, typically it is the first make up they ever owned or started wearing and it is one of the indispensable tools in a woman’s beauty regime. Even if you don’t wear make up that much you’ll at least own a tube or two of lipstick, because when worn, make-up on the lips is just one of those essentials and it can even double as a blush! There is something so alluring about a tube of lipstick and wonderful about lips that shine with a little gloss. There are many formulations and types of lipsticks and glosses. Lipstick is by far, the oldest of the two and has the most history. The Origins of Lipstick Wearing make up on the…

Flowers date back to prehistoric times evidenced with the discovery of flower fossils. Discovered in burial sites of Neanderthals, the presence of much sediment pollen which indicates there…

Transport by train dates back nearly 500 years, its systems involving, man or horse power with rails of wood or stone. The modern rail appeared in England in the 1820’s. There is something so romantic about traveling on a train. A great sense of adventure even when you just step into a rail station in all its grandeur and splendor. Stepping out onto a platform, and into the train and hear the whooshing and whistling sounds of the train and conductor while you take your seat. The Luxury of Train Travel Think about old movies, romantic scenes on the platform, tearful goodbyes and passionate hellos. Even the new Harry Potter movies have the children traveling on trains. You get to spend hours, riding in more comfortable state of lounging, dazing dreamily out the window at the passing scenery while reading a book, having a coffee and enjoying a delicious snack.…

Traveling and tourism are common place these days but ever wonder how it all began? It used to be that wealthy people were the travelers – off to…