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      SCIENTISTS RECREATE THE PERFUME OF THE PHARAOHS
      Ananova
      Monday, October 7, 2002

      http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_685551.html?menu=news.scienceanddiscove
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      Scientists in France say they have recreated the perfume of the pharaohs
      which they believe was used by the ancient Egyptians to boost their
      love-lives.

      But as the ingredients of Kyphi perfume, said to be an aphrodisiac which
      helps wearers relax, include cannabis it cannot be commercially produced.

      Experts from L'Oreal and C2RMF, the Centre for Research and Restoration of
      French Museums, succeeded in recreating the legendary Kyphi perfume.

      French researcher Sandrine Videault, who for years had attempted to recreate
      the aroma, was finally able to do so with the help of Greek historiographer
      Plutarch.

      The Greek writer had written that Kyphi had the power "to send someone to
      sleep, to help them have sweet dreams, to relax them, to drive away the
      worries of the day and to bring peace."

      The numerous ingredients include pistachios, mint, cinnamon, incense,
      juniper and myrrh.

      Videault says all previous attempts to use traces of the perfume found in
      Egyptian museums had failed because not enough was provided for analysis.

      The expert says the recreation of the aroma is a long process because there
      are many different recipes for it: "In some samples only ten ingredients are
      used, in others up to 50," she said.

      According to written documents the perfume, which came in block form and
      unlike modern-day scents was not alcohol based, was worn by ancient
      Egyptians in their hair and in intimate places to boost their sex lives.

      But Videault said: "Kyphi will never be sold because some of the ingredients
      are illegal substances. In any case the smell is probably much too pungent
      for the modern world."

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