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(1) Products that are used to scent skin, hair, and clothing; they may also be used as hygienic fresheners. In ancient times only natural products, such as essential oils, balsams, and resins, were used as perfumes. With the development of organic chemistry, synthetic aromatic substances have been used along with essential oils and such animal products as ambergris and musk in the manufacture of perfumes.

Perfumes are basically alcohol or water-alcohol solutions made from mixtures of various aromatic substances known as perfume blends. They are packaged in decorative glass or plastic vials. Some perfumes are available in aerosol form. Perfumers today manufacture a wide range of perfume blends, which reproduce the delicate aroma of flowers or leaves or create new scents that are not found in nature.

The most popular types of perfumery are perfume, cologne, and toilet water. Less common is cream perfume. Sachets, small bags containing a perfumed powder, are used to scent linen. Perfume blends are used as scenting agents in the manufacture of cosmetics, toilet soap, detergents, and other household products.

(2) The branch of industry engaged in the manufacture of perfume.


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Douglas is Europe's leading beauty retailer, with around 1,200 perfumeries in 18 countries and 14,000 employees.
Through its subsidiary, the Group sells its ten major brands in salons, perfumeries, pharmacies, supermarkets and hypermarkets.
Watson Group, operates health & beauty stores and perfumeries with outlets in six European countries.
Creed is one of the oldest perfumeries in the world and has been a family- owned and operated business since 1760.
GANT fragrance and related products will be distributed to selected prestige department stores and perfumeries as well as in GANT's 154 freestanding stores world-wide.
In Italy, Bvlgari was launched in mid-February 1994 and is currently sold in the most exclusive perfumeries.
The wholesale subsidiary, which will offer customers approximately 1,100 SKUs, is targeting smaller accounts, namely, independent drug stores, small retailers, perfumeries, sundry shops, and other small retailers.
The trademarks cover a variety of moderately priced fragrance lines for distribution to perfumeries.