The smell of women in the Middle East

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Posted by Noli on September 24, 2002 at 01:53:19:

In reply to: WHERE TO BUY Amla and Shikakai? posted by Murzilka on September 23, 2002 at 18:30:54:


In addition to the kind of skin that develops a distinctive smell
according to the weather of every country...I would like to mention
some factors that help giving that nice smell:

First of all, most women in the Middle East wash their bodies with
organic handmade soap known as "saboon baladi" or "Saboon Ghar" which
consists of 85% of Laurel Oil and 15% of Olive Oil.

Then, when it comes to washing clothes, they put dried Laurel leaves
in their washing machines which give a very nice smell to the clothes

As for the "Bokhour"...the meaning of the word varies from the East
to the West of the Middle East area."Bokhour" in the western area
(Lebanon,Syria,Jordan,...) is what is known as Granular Incense.The
widely used Granular Incense is the Olibanum ( which is a word
derived from the arabic Al Luban). The granular incense is smouldered
on small charcoal discs in special brass incense burners.....the
burner is placed on the floor....and the member of the family would
step over it in different directions. It has some rituals and
religious symbolizm...however the smell sticks to the body and
clothes and you would be able to smell it well on the person.

In the Eastern area of the Middle East ( Sultanate of
Oman,UAE,Quatar,...) Bokhour is something like brown dried
leaves/flakes that has a variety of EXTREMELY strong smell and it is
VERY expensive too! Most of the times, different blends of this
Bokhour are used by differents families/tribes. Same way, Bokhour is
placed in a small tray that has a special cover...put on the floor
(no burning/charcoal in the process) and the women would step over it
while wearing their heavy long dresses...and the smell will remain on
their body and clothes for well more than a couple of days.

Finally, there are lots and lots of organic handmade perfume made out
of marjoram, orange blosson, rose water, camomile,etc... that are
purchased from small shops called "Aattarin" which is the plural
of "Aattar"

You may even have a look at some pictures of that Bokhour and the
burners on my site through the link below:


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