The Olfactory Factor : insight on Arabic perfumes #Gulf Times

When Shakespeare’s Lady Macbeth, looked at her bloodied hands and cried that all the perfumes of Arabia could not sweeten them, perhaps she too knew that the scent of rose, jasmine and amber have the mystical power to wash away almost anything.

Perfumery, or the art of making perfumes, began in ancient Egypt but was developed and further refined by the Romans, the Persians and the Arabs.

It’s an Arab tradition to use aromatic oils as a base for perfumes, called attar. The word ‘attar’, ‘ittar’ or ‘othr’ is basically an Arabic word which means ‘scent’, derived from the Persian word ‘Atr’, meaning ‘fragrance’.

A 9th century Abbasid scientist, Abu Yusuf Yaqub bin Ishaaq al-Kindi, is considered the founder of the Arabic perfume industry.

Ittars, long been considered one of the most treasured of material possessions, are popular not only in Qatar, but throughout the Middle East. These natural perfumes are affordable because they are so concentrated that a small bottle will last for several weeks, if not months.

For the same reason, they are usually offered for sale in small quantities, traditionally in decorated crystal cut type bottles or small jewelled decanters. Due to the purity and the nature of oils, there is very little chance of spoilage.

Additionally, since these perfumes are highly concentrated, a small drop makes the aroma last the whole day. It is also amazing how the aroma’s intensity changes with the changes of body temperature. Their peculiarity is that they are made only from natural ingredients and doesn’t contain any alcohol.

Perfumes are very powerful agent in our social life.

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Why I need 21 pairs of Footwear

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People say women take a lot of time to get ready.

I feel I am an exception 😉 I kinda have everything sorted out (blame my OCD for being meticulously organised)

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These are some basic/essential footwear and here is why I need my 21 pairs of footwear –

  1. Colorful flip-flops to go to market
  2. Blue-green floaters to go on a walk
  3. Black pumps to go out with office people
  4. Black heels to go out with friends
  5. Black bellies for a casual shopping experience
  6. Black flats for the days when I have to go out but my feet say NO to heels
  7. White peep toes for dresses with which black footwear can’t be worn
  8. Maroon zigzag strapped flats for funky outfits
  9. Red strappy flats for comfortable shopping/night outs
  10. Grey and light grey striped shoes for walks in the winter
  11. Blue and green canvas cuz I can afford them
  12. Black and red shoes for solid work-outs/jogs/gym
  13. White shoes to wear with my white shorts
  14. Black flats to go with my eastern wear
  15. Black casual boots for winters
  16. Black leather ankle boots for anytime-boot-time
  17. Silver zigzagged flats for the dresses which don’t look good with any other colored slippers
  18. White studded flats for my eastern wear
  19. Black shoes for office
  20. Brown bathroom slippers
  21. White fur slippers for home

After due thought, I have excluded my ex-footwear, which now belong either to dumpsters or orphans or my cleaner or kids of my cleaner 😉