Perfumes have been a very important
part of culture since ancient times. Not only
were the perfumes valuable, but so were the containers
that held them. The oldest known perfume bottles
came from the Ancient Egyptians. They used containers
made of stone and alabaster which kept the perfume
cool, and did not leak the precious liquids. They
also used clay pots made into sculptures of people
and animals. They were very creative in their
perfume containers have been found in tombs. Perfume
was an important part of the Egyptians preparation
of the dead. Containers have been found made of
wood with different compartments for each perfume.
bottles date back to the fifteenth century BC.
The glass bottles were also non-porous, and were
also lightweight. Eventually the glass bottles
were created in brilliant colors.
bottles found in Palestine were made of glass,
and had narrow long necks. They were primarily
found in tombs. Large bottles of perfumes were
often found in tombs, believed to cover the smell
of the dead bodies.
Ancient Greeks made beautiful containers for perfume.
They hand painted vases which were often shaped
as animals. They used lidded bowls for holding
less expensive perfumes.
bottles were again reformed upon the invention
of blown glass. Bottles were designed in the shapes
of animals, bunches of grapes, fruit, shells and
Roman's used hollowed-out precious stones to carry
their most valuable perfumes.