Perfumery of the East
Selected list of recreated fragrances:
Fragrances of the early Islamicate states
Pre-modern states of India
The top part is cut off
Steaming the filled pears
Soft pears ready to be blended into pulp
• Three recipes for kneaded incense (takimono) from Yōmei Bunko library collection, and most likely were compiled in first half of 17th century by members of the Imperial Family from the collection of incense manuals and "book of secrets"
"Celestial Being" - most likely from Heian period, based on ground agarwood, cloves, frankincense, and sandalwood. Made with prepared honey
"New Pillow" - not dated, but most likely Muromachi period, made with addition of Korean mint, cassia bark, wild turmeric and prepared honey.
"Fallen Leaves Covering the Ground" - most likely an early 17th century blend (Edo period), made with Korean mint, cassia bark, wild turmeric, lychee peels, honey and pulp from shade-dried mume (Japanese) plums.
Aged, ready to use incense pellets
• "Mt. Fuji" - from collection compiled by Nakanoin Michimura from Imperial sources, late 16th century, made with agarwood, frankincense, camphor, Ligusticum chuanxiong, refined honey.
• Recreation of the fragrant content of ebiko (fragrant bags # 4, #8 and # 9) from Nara period Japan (710-784 CE). The fragrant content was recreated based on available partial identification of ingredients, and contemporary recipes from China.
• Fragrant pills for perfuming the body, based on recipes from Ishinpō (醫心方) or "Formulas from the Heart of Medicine" – earliest extant Japanese medical text
• Powders for preventing bad body odors based on recipes from Ishinpō (醫心方) or "Formulas from the Heart of Medicine"
Prescription for ointment to treat sweaty armpits and soles of the feet and hands, groin, and thighs the are always sweaty and malodorous. The powder was mixed with soured rice wine before application
Powder for removal of armpit stink. This powder was kept in a small silk bag, placed under the armpit, and (worn) until odor is gone