Coco Chanel said “No elegance is possible without perfume. It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory."
Giorgio Armani said "A perfume is more than an extract it is a presence in abstraction. A perfume, for me, is a mystique."
Perfumes have been spreading the essence of aroma ever since the human civilization came into existence when oils and raw flowers were used to invocate the quintessence of smell. The Egyptians use to anoint their bodies using scents of cinnamon and honey. From the remains of Edfu temple, researchers are making depiction of the art of floral extraction as perfume is distilled from the flowers of the white Madonna lily. This accessory was for the upper class of the society but both men and women alike wore the precious scents.
Fragrance has the power to control our emotions setting the mood, be it a professional feel romantic or some nostalgic instance. Every person has a favorite fragrance which his olfactory centre recognizes. At an instant, our nose can detect, and associate, an elixir long forgotten. The oldest perfume was found in the island of Cyprus which is 4000 years old with sweet smelling concoctions brewed from lavender, bay, rosemary, pine or coriander. This article explores some of the great perfumes of the 20th century which lingers a nostalgic smell of an era. Chanel No 5, Joy, Femme, Youth Dew, Shalimar, Miss Dior, Caleche are some of the most successful perfumes which were developed during the 20th century and even after several decades they have managed to captivate our senses. This is a diminutive attempt to pay tribute to these timeless classics.