- First South African Perfume Museum is established in 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa by Kumanov family. Building on our ancient heritage we are importers of fine perfume oils and manufacturers of fine fragrances. Kumanov proudly enables others through education in perfumery. We are the only perfumers in Africa who educate and enable others to grow from knowledge to enterprise through lectures and starter packs. First South African Perfume Museum is the First and Only Perfume Museum in Africa.
- Perfume is thousands of years old – the word “perfume” comes from the Latin per fume “through smoke”. One of the oldest uses of perfumes comes from the burning of incense and aromatic herbs used in religious services, often the aromatic gums, frankincense and myrrh, gathered from trees.
- The Egyptians were the first to incorporate perfume into their culture followed by the ancient Chinese, Hindus, Israelites, Carthaginians, Arabs, Greeks, and Romans.
- The word cosmetae was first used to describe Roman slaves whose function was to bathe men and women in perfume. In Egypt, as early as 10,000 BC, men and women used scented oils and ointments to clean and soften their skin and mask body odor. . Throughout history people have found ways to surround themselves with pleasing smells – sometimes for erotic arousal, and sometimes just to cover up unpleasant street and body odours.