FrühzeitlicheNo other region in the world is as rich in aromatic plants as India. The Indian "Culture of Fragrance" can be traced back for thounsands of years. The desciprtion of medical basic knowledge and the destillation of scents by Indian doctor and Mahatma Susruta can be dated back as early as 500 BC. Fragrances were also part of daily body care routine. The doctrine of Kamasutra does not only impart erotic knowledge, but also about men's and women's body care. Using scented care products is part of that. Someshvara, a 12th century poet, wrote about the king's morning routine, which culminated in a massage with a perfume oil based on sesame oil.


Buddhistischer TempelChina was even a bit earlier - it was common to aromatise wine and food with essential oils, like rose or myrrh, already in 5000 BC. These oils were said to have a particularly pleasent effect on the body, as they were of aphrosidiacal effect. Until today it is common to smoke the buildings of Taoist and Buddhist temples during celebrations with scents like myrrh or resins. Perfuming rooms, clothes and bodies was also important in daily life.



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Since more than 15 centuries people in Japan burn incense materials on different occasions. Knowledge about it is passed on in the Koh-Do-Ceremony, which can be translated as "Path of the Fume-Scents". This old tradition is still applied for the atmospheric arrangemtn of a room, when welcoming guests or as a  mean to intensify a certain mood. Incense materials are of different shapes and forms: globes, spirals, cones or sticks - the last ones are most common also in Western countries. These incense materials consist of lumber, herbs, oils and spices, which are belnded and grinded with water and binding agents. One of the most important production areas in Japan is still the island Awaji vlose to Kobe.
In opposition to Europeans, the Chinese and Japanese perfumed their surrondings rather than their bodies. This was for synitary reasons. Other than in Europe, frequent washing of the body was implemented in Eastern Asian culture, so perfuming was not as necessary.


Region Asia

Asia's fragrance culture is one of the oldest in the world. India started at about the same time as Egypt. In China, people started aroung 500 BC to flavour their food and wine with essential oils. These oils were also included in spiritual celebrations and worshipping of gods. The burning of incense materials for cultural reasons has been praticed in Japan for more than 1500 years. Due to high hygienic standards, the perfuming of the body in Asia started only later - it was not necessary to distract from strong body odors.