The earliest known perfume containers date back more than 4,000 years.
Knowledge of perfumery came to Europe as early as the 14th century, due partially to the spread of Islam.
The Hungarians introduced the first modern perfume. Made of scented oils blended in an alcohol solution, it was made in 1370 at the command of Queen Elizabeth of Hungary and was known throughout Europe as “Hungary Water.”
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