It began in the lifetimes of the privileged born to ancient civilisations who have since transcended into legend and myth.
Perfume is rooted in the antiquity of humanity long before the emergence of western civilisations. The Sahara was still lush with green and had not yet transformed into a desert.
No one can say for sure, but I imagine that like all creations of exquisite beauty and desire, the catalyst for its founding must have been love.
A tribe elder’s for his doting wife.
A wealthy merchant’s for his lover.
A Pharaoh’s for his Queen of the Nile.