The last stop for the day was perfect. A perfume showroom, that gave me a chance to douse myself in wonderfully smelling scents that briefly covered my Dahshur Pyramid stench. Golden Eagle Crystal, 13 Sakkara Road, gave ex-Marine and I an interesting demonstration on how different perfumes are distilled…View image. (They also had a gorgeous crystal showroom…View image.)
Moody (or Mohammed) was our perfume demonstrator. He sat us down in a private room and began lengthy explanations of how perfume is made and why we would want to buy their essences. This included igniting alcohol to demonstrate how high the percentage of alcohol is in perfumes we commonly buy, e.g. Chanel No. 5.
- To make perfume – 1 part essence to 10 parts alcohol;
- To make cologne – 1 part essence to 20 parts alcohol; and
- To make after shave – 1 part essence to 30 parts alcohol
Golden Eagle Crystal has their own flower farms around 100 km/66 miles from Cairo, and also export flowers to Europe. It was time to begin the serious sniffing and testing. There are 18 pure flower essences and we smelled quite a few of these. Lotus Flower, Papyrus (I liked and never knew Papyrus had a smell), Mint, Lily of the Valley, Jasmine, Orange Blossom. Others that we didn’t test were: Rose, Strawberry, Green Apple, Peach, Lavender, Narcissus, Gardenia, Lilac, Violet, Heliotrope, Carnation and Lemon.
Moving along to the blends, we tested: Key of Life, Five Secrets, Secret of the Desert, Ramses II (sounded like a condom) and a few others. ex-Marine and I were smelling better and better by the minute. A few of the blends are also supposed to act as aphrodisiacs according to Moody and the majority had exotic names. Omar Khayam, Osiris (wait…wasn’t he god of the dead?), Harem sounded a little better.
On to apply spice scents to wrists and find uses other than just smelling good. Musk, Sandalwood,Frankincense and Myrrh. Did you know that Yemen was part of the Frankincense Route? Egyptians use Sandalwood sap as a very thick massage oil that can also be put on the face.
Leaving clouds of scent in our wake, ex-Marine and I made our way back to the Horizon Pyramids Hotel still in awe as every turn of the car revealed new aspects of the pyramids in the dusk. They loom in the distance from wherever you are in Cairo…View image…including our hotel room…View image.