The Cologne Wars – Who Comes out Smelling Like a Rose?

The Cologne Wars – Who Comes out Smelling Like a Rose?
I love perfume. like, looooove it. I probably have over 50 bottles, spritzers, misters, and vials, in every imaginable manifestation: oils, sprays, dabbers, aerosols, testers, creams, lotions, and even in solid form. When I die, they won’t have to embalm me; they can just pickle me in all my fragrances, because I’ll never use them all up during my lifetime.

Luckily, I’m not alone in my love of the fragrant stuff. Millions of people around the globe share in my obsession. Perfume is a multi-billion-dollar industry. Around $30-40 billion a year, in fact. We’ve been schmearing, spritzing and dabbing ourselves with fragrance for thousands of years, and with no signs of stopping anytime soon.

Of course, many would argue that the French are some of the most skilled, prolific perfumers in the world. But, did you know that it was an Italian living in Germany who changed the perfume industry forever?

Giovanni (Johann) Maria Farina was born in 1685 in Italy. He moved to ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: The Cologne Wars – Who Comes out Smelling Like a Rose?
Guide Location: Germany » Cologne
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Author: Darlene Fisher
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