The Perfume Roads


The Perfume Roads symbolize the crossing of different worlds and diverse cultures : the Middle East, the Orient and the Western World. Those roads created exchanges of goods, as well as exchanges of ideas and beliefs between the people. Each country has its own perfume culture, rituals, routes and history. The discovery of this great heritage has given birth today to the awareness of perfumes’ cultural wealth. Perfume is a worldwide heritage that must be protected.

Since the most ancient of times, perfume was used by all civilizations.

In Ancient Egypt, they said “Those who breathe the scent of flowers breathe the soul of flowers”.

In South America, Native American doctors were called “Perfumeros”.

In China the sign used to name perfume is similar to the one meaning “remedy” and a proverb says “a perfume is always a medicine”.

In Russia, perfumes were sold essentially in pharmacies. They owned their own laboratories, flower fields and perfume bottles factories.

“We owe Creezy Courtoy a debt of gratitude for her passion and research and for taking us on this marvelous journey along the Perfume Roads.” Pierre Dinand, July 2019


THE PERFUME ROADS exhibition received Unesco’s high patronage in 1999. The art pieces are part of the Creezy Courtoy’s important collection. Creezy Courtoy is expert in perfumes and fragrances and is internationally reknown for her research about perfume history and as the Founder and Chairman of The International Perfume Foundation. We thank Egypt, Yemen, India, China, Japan and Italy for their support. The 2500 art pieces of the collection allow the International Perfume Foundation to show all aspect of perfume and many exhibitions related to each country perfume heritage.

“The whole program related to LES ROUTES DU PARFUM (The Perfume Roads) attracted all my attention. The promotion of perfume as elemental part of the historical and cultural heritage is an excellent initiative. It is aligned with the UNESCO’s mission for the protection and the preservation of the cultural heritage, in particular intangible heritage.”
UNESCO Patronage, Hernan Crespo Thoral, Deputy Director General of Culture