Composition of Perfume from 2000 Years Ago Decoded by Scientists
Scientists from the National University of Córdoba in Spain have identified the ingredients of a perfume that is over 2,000 years old.
According to Heritage magazine, this perfume is based on vegetable oil, olive oil at best, and patchouli oil (scientific name Pogostemon cablin) has been added to turn it into a perfume.
The researchers analyzed this fragrance, which was found in a rock crystal bottle in one of the urns containing the ashes of a cremated body in a mausoleum, possibly owned by a wealthy family, in 2019 while building a building in a Spanish city. from Carmona.
According to the researchers, the bottle was tightly closed, so there was a solid residue of the aromatic substance in it.
The researchers used several methods to determine the perfume components that were present in this vial, including chromatography and mass spectrometry.