French’s perfume is known by people all over the world, including some top products which have astonishing price. In France, you can Judge his or her social identity from the perfume which he or she uses. However, you may not know that origin of perfume unexpectedly has a close relationship with stench.
Voltaire wrote a booklet named Beautification of Paris in 1756, he says that the dirty market in Paris at that time diffused stench here and there, dimmed, narrow and ugly streets represented one of the barbarous age, even that thousands of people in the streets pissed everywhere; it is really a disgusting thing.
Besides the above phenomenon, the rotten body also mattered; it released an unpleasant odor. From 1785, the Paris government spent two years in burying 200 million body which was accumulated before. Another smelly source came from the body, The French king, Louis xiv just washed once within 64 years, this astonishing record reserved in the notebook which describe the king’s physical condition in detail by his Royal physician.
According to the common sense at that time, taking a bathing is a medical means, even the gentleman and fair ladies are not willing to bathe if they are not advised or commanded by doctor.Because the medical knowledge tells them that the smelly body means healthy body.
Although odor symbols the excellent body, it still feels unpleasant, so the perfume comes into being as a rival against stink. Then animal spice is the most popular one, such as ambergris and musk. After the 18th century, Parisians gradually lost interest in animal spice because of its irritating smell and turn to another kind spice .That is plant spice, lemon and orange and rose, etc can be made into sachet, perfume.
The climate of the southern coastal city in French is humid, and it is suitable for flowers to be cultivated, so it is still an important flower perfume cultivated center until nowadays; During the same period, Parisians are conscious of the importance of taking a bathing, later on dozens of public bathrooms were built.
By bathing and spraying perfume make Parisians get rid of annoying odors.